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

Rev. Amos Bechtel[1, 2]

Male 1836 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Amos Bechtel 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 28 Sep 1836  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Interesting accident, life story 
    Misfortune logging accident 
    • About fifteen years ago Mr. Bechtel met with quite a serious accident while felling timber in the woods, by the tree falling on his right leg, and since then he has been slightly crippled.
    Religion 1852  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00007-0747 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I15121  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Father Abraham Bechtel,   b. 19 Oct 1796, , , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884, Elkhart, Elkhart, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Wanner,   b. 1802, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Family ID F3902  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary A. Funk,   b. 24 Aug 1836, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 27 Sep 1859  [3
    Children 
     1. Leah Bechtel,   b. 9 Mar 1860, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Rachel Bechtel,   b. 27 Nov 1861, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Harriet Bechtel,   b. 13 May 1863, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1870, , Elkhart Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F4076  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Amos Bechtel "is engaged in farming. He reside in Indiana and is married to Mary Funk."

      Biographical History of Waterloo Township

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      REV. AMOS BECHTEL
      , in addition to looking after the spiritual welfare of his fellows, is devoting much of his attention to tilling the soil in Harrison township, of which section he has been a resident for thirty years. He was born in Waterloo county, Canada, September 28, 1836, a son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Warner) Bechtel, the former of whom owes his nativity to Lancaster county, Penn., being a son of Jacob Bechtel, who was a native of that State also, but who became one of the early settlers of Canada. He reared eleven children: John, Henry, Jacob, Abraham, Isaac, Nancy, Elizabeth, Mary, Hannah, Catherine and Magdalana. Abraham was two years of age when taken to Canada, grew up, married and lived there, but in 1863 came to Elkhart county, Ind., and died in 1884, at which time he was eighty-seven years of age. He was a member of the German Baptist Church. His wife died in Canada in 1863.

      Of the large family of sixteen children born to this worthy couple, twelve are still living: Mary, Nancy, Abraham, William, John, Jacob, Magdaline, Noah, Amos, Lydia, Isaac and David. They all grew up in Canada, but a number moved to the States. Rev. Amos Bechtel received his education in the district schools of Canada, and in his youth became inured to pioneer life, but his early struggles taught him self-reliance, energy and thrift.

      On September 27, 1859, he was married to Miss Mary A. Funk, who was born in that section August 24, 1836, a daughter of Henry and Sarah (Sedcrist) Funk, the former of whom was of Buck's county, Penn. He was a son of John Funk, who removed from that State to Canada in an early day, but died in Michigan some years since. He was married twice, and his first wife was the mother of Mrs. Bechtel, whom she left an orphan at the age of nine years. She was one of five children: Mary A., John, Samuel, Hannah, and Sarah who died young. The second marriage resulted in the birth of five children also: Libbie, Henry, Margaret, Dennis and Stella. Mrs. Bechtel was reared in the woods of Canada, but about thirty years ago came to this country with her husband, and with this section they have been identified ever since. They are earnest members of the Brethren in Christ Church, in which he has been a minister for the past fourteen years. He is a zealous worker for the cause of Christianity and has been since he was thirty years of age. He worked by the day in Harrison Center upon first coming to this township, but in a few years succeeded in purchasing eighty acres of land, but since 1885 has owned his farm of ninety-three acres where he is now living. He is a successful farmer and stockraiser, and is one of the most prominent of the county's many worthy citizens.

      They have reared eight children and lost two: Leah was born in Canada, March 9, 1860, and is the wife of John Stump, living in Union township, by whom she has six children: Clara, Charles, Harvey, Vernie, Oscar and Milton; Rachel was born in Canada, November 27, 1861, is the wife of Jacob Fulmer, of Concord township, and has four children: Maude, Walter, Saloma and Truman; Harriet was born in Canada, May 13, 1863, and died in Elkhart county, October 2, 1870; Lavina was born in this township, April 16, 1866, is the wife of John Kehr, of Harrison township, and has three children: Roscoe, Ray and Dora; Daniel was born April 15, 1869, and died August 29, 1875; Mary A., was born March 10, 1872, and is the wife of Samuel Troup, of Jackson township, and has one child: Ralph; Amos F. was born December 22, 1873; Dora was born March 12, 1876; Rufus was born April 20, 1878, and Alpha was born September 22, 1880.

      Mr. and Mrs. Bechtel occupy a leading position among the citizens of their township, and are among the foremost in all good works. They are kind and charitable, generous in the use of their means in worthy causes, have been faithful and considerate in their family, and their children rise up and call them blessed. About fifteen years ago Mr. Bechtel met with quite a serious accident while felling timber in the woods, by the tree falling on his right leg, and since then he has been slightly crippled. He and his wife have cheerfully borne the burden and heat of the day, and are still ready to put their heart in the work that is found for them to do. They are a worthy couple in every respect, and possess numerous friends.

      "Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties, Indiana Together with Biographies of Many Prominent Men of Northern Indiana and the Whole State, Both Living and Dead", Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago, 1893, John Morris Co. Printers and Binders

  • Sources 
    1. [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..., 214.

    2. [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..., 558.

    3. [S1131] Book - Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties, Indiana, Biography of Amos Bechtel.

    4. [S233] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1852, Div. 3 Page 18.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Sep 1836 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1852 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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