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

Abraham Sherk[1]

Male 1817 - 1898  (80 years)

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  • Name Abraham Sherk 
    Born 7 Jul 1817  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Name Abraham Sharick  [3
    Name Abraham Sherrick 
    Name Abram Sherrick 
    Residence 1845  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    farmer 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Farmer 
    Residence 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Farmer 
    Residence 1881  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1891  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Residence 1891  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00101-5613 
    Died 8 Apr 1898  [10
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I15163  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2021 

    Father Jacob Sherk,   b. 18 Aug 1795, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1834, Near, Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Hannah Bechtel,   b. 24 Oct 1799, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1874  (Age 74 years) 
    Family ID F1397  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louisa "Lucy" Buckler,   b. 9 Feb 1828, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1905  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 30 Oct 1845  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6, 7, 8
    • The marriage record recorded by Rev. Strang gives Oct 3rd not 30th as recorded by Ezra Eby.
    Children 
     1. William Sherk,   b. 7 Mar 1846, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1906  (Age 59 years)
     2. Rev Moses Sherk,   b. 31 Mar 1849, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1928, , Lapeer Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     3. Wendel Buckler Sherk,   b. 17 May 1857, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1914, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     4. Lauretta Sherk,   b. 1873, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Hannah Sherk,   b. 27 Aug 1847, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Alvin Sherk,   b. 1881, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Jacob Sherk,   b. 5 Dec 1850, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1936, Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     8. Abraham Sherk,   b. 13 Feb 1853, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Elizabeth "Bessie" Sherk,   b. 1 Jan 1855, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1937  (Age 82 years)
     10. Thomas Sherk,   b. 19 Aug 1859, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Lucy Ann Sherk,   b. 13 Feb 1862, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1936  (Age 74 years)
     12. Mary Sherk,   b. 2 Feb 1864, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1865, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     13. Samuel B. Sherk,   b. 7 May 1866, Blair (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1941  (Age 74 years)
     14. Caleb Sherk,   b. 15 Apr 1869, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     15. Loretta May Sherk,   b. 30 May 1873, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F1398  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Abraham Shirk
    Abraham Shirk
    Photo published in the Newsletter of the Schurch Family Association of North America, from the collection of Sarah I. Banfield, 956 Cowichan St., Victoria, B.C. V8S 4E5
    Waterloo-LogSchool-00002.jpg
    Waterloo-LogSchool-00002.jpg

  • Notes 
    • Abraham Sherk, "was born July 7th, 1817. He was married October 30th, 1845, to Lucy Buckler who was born February 9th, 1828. Soon after their marriage they moved on a farm near Blair where they resided until lately when they moved to Berlin where they now reside. To them was born a family of thirteen 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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      THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE

      An interesting meeting took place the Saturday before last in the old log cabin in Waterloo Park.

      This house was, of course, the first schoolhouse in this area and stood originally on the school-house square at the corner of King and Church Streets in Waterloo. It was built in 1820 and served its purpose until 1842, when it was torn down and a 1-storey stone house was constructed on the site. The dismantled log house was erected again in Greenbush and served as a residence for a long time for the coloured man, Mr. Carroll and his family. In the course of this year, the Waterloo Park Commissioners purchased the house, moved it to their park and furnished it again as it was when it was a school-house.

      At this gathering, in addition to many other ladies and gentlemen, the following (male and female) former pupils attended, took their places on the benches, and were called to order by the 82-year-old teacher, Benjamin Burkholder, who held the scepter, or rather, the switch, from 1831 to 1842 in the old log-house: Joel Guth, 80 years old; Abraham Scherk, Blair, 79; Jakob Bricker, Waterloo, 77; Sarah Burkholder, nee Erb, Bridgeport, 75; Amos Weber, Berlin, 73; John C, Bricker, Hawksville, 71; Maria Erb, nee Quickfall, Norwich 69; David B. Eby, Waterloo, 69; Wendel Baumann, Woolwich, 68; Henry Stauffer, Erbsville, 67; Simon Beatty, Elmira, 67; Jakob Ratz, New Hamburg, 67; Israel Baumann, Berlin, 65; George Elbert, Moorefield, 63; George H. Baumann, Elmira, 63; John Devitt, Waterloo, 62; Richard Quickfall, Bridgeport, 62; Isaak Hoffmann, Waterloo, 61; Robert Barkwell, Peel, 60; Diana McMahon, nee Dekay, Berlin, 60; Thomas Quickfall, Floradale, 60; Benjamin Devitt, Waterloo, 60; Isaak Devitt, Floradale, 58; John Longmann, Peel, 57. In addition, to these, the teacher read the names of 25 pupils from the roll; they were, however, absent.

      Mr. Burkholder gave an interesting talk about the history of the old school-house, and after him, Rev. J.A. MacLachlan, Rev. J. McNair, Mr. J.E. Baumann, M.P., and Mr. Jakob Ratz spoke about the old days which brought many things out of the past to mind again. School was, as a rule, only in session in winter and the costs were borne by the parents of the children. There were few subjects taught, namely: Reading, Writing and Sums. The children heard little about language, and geography; no child had more than 2 or 3 books. The predominant language was German. The pupils learned to read and write English, but didn't understand a word of it. Among the teachers in the old school-house from 1820-1842, with the exception of Mr. Burkholder, were the following whose names are still recognized: Jephtha DeKay, Joseph Guth, John Herringer, Peter Otto, John Dobbin, Elias Eby, Robert Barber, & Joseph Eby.

      After those present, on hearing the various speeches felt themselves transported back to the past, the school was closed at four o'clock and the pupils were gathered together in front of the school and photographed as a group. On their return into the school, they found it had been transformed into a dining room with heavily-laden tables, which the old-timers thoroughly enjoyed. After everyone had chatted cordially for a while longer, the gathering broke up. The company will not meet again in complete numbers, nor in such a way.

      Berliner Journal September 26, 1895 Page 4 Column 4

  • 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..., 215.

    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..., 235.

    3. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.
      Gone / but not / forgotton / in / memory of / Abraham Sharick / who died / April 8, 1898 / aged 80 years / 9 mos. & 1 day / (verse)

    4. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 5 Pg 10.
      Abraham SHERRICK Farmer Birthplace: Canada Age 35 Mennonite
      Lucy SHERRICK Birthplace: England Age 24 Mennonite
      William SHERRICK Birthplace: Canada F. Age 6 Mennonite
      Hovisch ? SHERRICK Birthplace: Canada Age 5 Mennonite
      Moses SHERRICK Birthplace: Canada Age 3 Mennonite
      Jacob SHERRICK Birthplace: Canada Age 2 Mennonite
      Hannan? SHERRICK Birthplace: USA Age 52 Mennonite

    5. [S205] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1881, Div. 1 Page 23.

    6. [S2042] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1891, Sect. 2 Page 43.

    7. [S2653] aaaaWaterloo Twp. 1861, Sect. 12 Page 83.

    8. [S12] Vit - ON, Gore - Gore District Marriage Register - Waterloo Entries, Rev. James Strang, Presbyterian Church Pg 35 1845.
      Oct. 3 Abraham SHARRICK, Waterloo, to Lucy BUCKLER, Waterloo. Wit: Samuel Sharrick, Abraham Buckler.

    9. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 5 Pg 10.

    10. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Jul 1817 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1845 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Oct 1845 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1881 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1891 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1891 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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