Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

David Musselman[1, 2, 3]

Male 1799 - 1870  (71 years)


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  • Name David Musselman 
    Born 18 Apr 1799  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Birth CALC 25 Apr 1799  [7
    Interesting pioneer, mill, story 
    Occupation 1852  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    farmer 
    Occupation 1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00083.4908 
    Died 25 Oct 1870  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 7, 10, 11
    Cause: typhoid fever 
    Buried Martin Meeting House Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Person ID I13810  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

    Family Esther Martin,   b. 29 Aug 1803, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1872  (Age 68 years) 
    Children 
     1. Anna "Nancy" Musselman,   b. 26 Dec 1823, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1902  (Age 78 years)
     2. Peter M. Musselman,   b. 7 Oct 1825, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1904  (Age 78 years)
     3. Magdalena Musselman,   b. 16 Dec 1827, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1877, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     4. Daniel M. Musselman,   b. 10 Apr 1830, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1830, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Dr. David M. Musselman,   b. 26 May 1832, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1905  (Age 72 years)
     6. Mary Musselman,   b. 24 Nov 1833, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1867, near, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     7. John M. Musselman,   b. 15 Nov 1836, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1918  (Age 81 years)
     8. Lydia Musselman,   b. 22 Jun 1838, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1918, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     9. Solomon M. Musselman,   b. 8 Sep 1840, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1891, Near Conestogo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     10. Esther Musselman,   b. 18 Nov 1842, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1926  (Age 83 years)
     11. Leo Musselman,   b. 1844, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. Leah Musselman,   b. 3 May 1844, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1921  (Age 77 years)
     13. Elizabeth Musselman,   b. 27 Nov 1845, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1926  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F3782  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Musselman, "The two old pioneer settlers of this numerous family were David and Frederick who were no relatives to each other. They came to Canada in 1819 and settled in Waterloo County. The former, Mr. David Musselman settled in Woolwich Township, near Conestogo, on the farm now possessed by David Koch, while Frederick Musselman settled on the farm known as Rev. Elias Snider's place a little north of Waterloo. We shall first five the family of David and then of Frederick."

      David Musselman, "was a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he was born April 18th, 1799, and was married to Esther, daughter of Peter and Anna (Zimmerman) Martin. She was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, August 29th, 1803, and died July 31st, 1872. He died October 25th, 1870. To them was born a family of twelve children".


      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). A biographical history of Waterloo township and other townships of the county: being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

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      All lands in the early days was in the hands of large holders. Where the village now standing was part of a large holding belonging to David Musselman who himself lived on the western side of the village[Conestogo]. It was this man Musselman who started the wheels of Conestogo running by beginning the very important business of flour milling. This was urgent owing to the extreme distance that settlers had to hand for their supplies as all these were brought in on horseback from Dundas.

      The Milling Industry

      In 1845 the flour mill was built, also a saw mill, both run by waterpower, obtained from the waters of the Conestogo River diverted to these plants thru a raceway nearly a mile in length, the building of which was a colossal piece of work.

      Mr. Musselman did not continue long as a miller, for in 1850 he sold the saw and grist mill with the property belonging to them to Henry Snider who conducted both for some years. The saw mill was finally abandoned and the mill taken away. More time was devoted to the flour mill which had attained wonderful proportions so much so that a new building on a far larger scale was put up equipped with more machinery.

      About this time it was a common occurrence for farmers to come 40 and 45 miles with their wheat, so that very often from 20 to 30 teams stood waiting at this mill for their chance to unload. After a very successful term, Mr. Snider turned over his interests here to one of his sons Menno who remained at the head until about 1916. During this time he suffered reverses and a severe fire in 1904 wiped out the mill with its contents together with the storeroom for wheat all of which was lost.


      Berlin Daily Record Apr. 26, 2008 typed by Marion Roes

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      CONESTOGA

      A pioneer named David Musselman is credited with having founded Conestoga. He first purchased 700 acres of forest in the vicinity. In 1830 he bought a parcel of land where the village stands from Abram Martin. It was watered by the Conestoga River and Spring Creek, on which he built a sawmill. In 1844 he built a dam across the Conestoga River and erected another sawmill and a flourmill. A hamlet sprang up. Among the first buyers of lots in Musselman's survey were: John Miller, Adam Heller, Stephen Washburn, John B. Eby, Christian Stuernagel, James Merrilees, H. von Trilera, Theodore Spetz, Henry Snider, Jacob Grosz, Philip Oswald, Joseph S. Weaver, George Davidson, Peter Eby, S. B. Eby, Peter Buchanan, Michael Oswald, Jacob Kuntz, Charles Hendry, Solomon Kaufman, and Jacob Lippert.

      After their advent a cooper shop, blacksmithshop, a store, an hotel, and a post office followed. In time a brickyard, a school, and a church were added, and the place was called Musselman's Mills. Later Perine Brothers built a flaxmill on Spring Creek, while on the same stream Goodworth & Sills constructed a paint mill.

      The hamlet was known as Musselman's Mills until 1852, when it was renamed Conestoga, after the Conestoga River or the town of Conestoga in Lancaster County, Pa., from which county many of the pioneers had come. David Musselman operated his mills until 1856 and then sold them to Henry Snider, who carried on the milling till his death in 1885. His executors sold the mills to Menno Snider, who operated the flourmill until his own death in 1916. During his closing years he was assisted by his son Walter J. Snider, who succeeded to the property. Walter Snider afterward purchased the flour-mill at St. Jacobs from W. W. Snider and operated the two mills as the Snider Flour Milling Company, Limited. After his decease, his son Russell became head of the industries..

      Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume 1933 pg 16 - Woolwich Township - Its Early Settlement by W. V. Uttley

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 119.

    2. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 347.

    3. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 153.

    4. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin...

    5. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration, as recorded by Eldon Weber for the Waterloo Region Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.

    6. [S141] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1851, Div 3 Pg 1.
      David MUSSELMAN Farmer Woolwich Mennonist 53
      Esther MUSSELMAN Woolwich Mennonist 49
      David MUSSELMAN Woolwich Mennonist 20
      John MUSSELMAN Woolwich Mennonist 17
      Solomon MUSSELMAN Woolwich Mennonist 12
      Mary MUSSELMAN Woolwich Mennonist 19
      Lidia MUSSELMAN Woolwich Mennonist 14
      Esther MUSSELMAN Woolwich Mennonist 11
      Lea MUSSELMAN Woolwich Mennonist 4
      Elisabeth MUSSELMAN Woolwich Mennonist 7

    7. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 3 Nov 1870.
      David Musselmann died 25 Oct 1870 in Conestogo, 71 yrs, 6 mths.

    8. [S915] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1861, Township of Woolwich 1861 Div. 1 Page 11.

    9. [S141] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1851, Div 3 Pg 1.

    10. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 34.

    11. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 8.

    12. [S64] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - Martin's Mennonite CC#4521 Internet Link.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Apr 1799 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1852 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: typhoid fever - 25 Oct 1870 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Martin Meeting House Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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