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

Benjamin Burkholder[1, 2, 3]

Male 1814 - 1898  (83 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Burkholder 
    Born 26 Mar 1814  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Business 1835  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Morgenstern newspaper 
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    teacher 
    • Lived with Daniel Stauffer.
    Residence 1860  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Teacher 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Teacher 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Mennonite 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Mennonite 
    Historic Building Abt 1863  883 Doon Village Rd., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 883 Doon Village Road is a good representation of Georgian style in the Region of Waterloo. Typical of Georgian style, the building is two storeys high with a symmetrical three-bay facade. The facade also demonstrates Georgian architecture with its centrally located door with surrounding transom and sidelights, as well as its six over six windows with shutters. In addition to the windows on the facade, there are small square attic windows and two chimneys at either end of the gable roof.
    Interesting news, story 
    Religion 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Evangelical Nethodist 
    Occupation 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Teacher 
    Religion 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Methodist 
    Eby ID Number 00020-1531 
    Died 5 Jan 1898  Strasburg, (Kitchener) Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 12
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Person ID I16568  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father Christian Burkholder,   b. 3 Feb 1783, , , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth Bauman,   b. 27 Aug 1788, , Berks Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1862, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Family ID F2022  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Barbara Kinzie,   b. 2 May 1830, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1866, Near Doon, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 15 Aug 1860  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 13, 14
    Children 
     1. Asa Burkholder,   b. 2 Jul 1861, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1862, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     2. Adin Burkholder,   b. 1 May 1863, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Sarah Burkholder,   b. 29 May 1866, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1866, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F4370  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Mar 1814 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Morgenstern newspaper - 1835 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - teacher - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Aug 1860 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Teacher - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Teacher - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - Abt 1863 - 883 Doon Village Rd., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evangelical Nethodist - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Teacher - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Jan 1898 - Strasburg, (Kitchener) 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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  • Photos
    Benjamin Burkholder
    Benjamin Burkholder
    Image from: 100 Years of Progress in Waterloo County Canada Semi-Centennial Souvenir 1856-1906

  • Notes 
    • Benjamin Burkholder, "the second son of Christian Burkholder, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, March 26th, 1814. When four years of age his parents moved to Waterloo County and settled on a farm a little north of the town of Waterloo, now in possession of C. Huether. Here he was raised. In 1835 he issued the first paper for the county. It was called 'The Morning Star' and was published at his father's residence. He was both editor and printer of the same. In later years he commenced to teach in our public schools and taught for more than thirty years. He was married to Barbara, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Moxley) Kinsie, August 15th, 1860. She was born May 2nd, 1830, and died November 6th, 1866. They resided near Doon, on the place now in possession of Thomas Sherrington. At present he resides in Strasburg, Ontario, and is quite well and active yet for a man of his age. They had a family of three 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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      Benjamin Burkholder and Elias Eby were among the first teachers who received their licenses to teach, from the commissioners at Freeport in 1843, the commissioners being Dr. Fulsom, James Phin, William Tilt, Jacob Lutz, and a Church of England clergyman from Guelph, who presided.

      Waterloo's second school was built of stone, in 1842, and was in use for about twenty years. It stood on the central school grounds, about midway between the present brick school and King Street. This was known as School Section No. 10, Waterloo Township. When Waterloo was incorporated as a village in 1857, it automatically became a village school.

      An old account book of School Section No. 10, begins with an entry dated January 1, 1843, Benjamin Burkholder, Teacher. "To about a year's teaching during the past year (1842), and the latter part of 1841 - $171.44." As the teacher, in the old days, was an agriculturist also, he did not depend on teaching for a living, but did farm work in the summer, most of his teaching being done in the fall and winter months.

      Sixteenth Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society, 1928, A Historical Sketch of the Town of Waterloo, Ontario, Clayton W. Wells, L.D.S., D. D. S.

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      Benjamin Burkholder, the old school-master, died on Wednesday in Strassburg at the at of 83 years, 9 months and 10 days. He was born March 26, 1814 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and came to Canada with his parents at the age of 4 years and settled on a farm north of Waterloo town. In 1835, he published the first newspaper in Waterloo county, the "Morgenstern", which, after several years, was amalgamated with the "Museum", founded in the meantime in Berlin. After giving up the press, he devoted himself to teaching and taught for approximately 30 years. His wife, Barbara, nee Kinzie, died 31 years ago. He had 3 children. - Translated by: Patricia J. Kauk

      Berliner Journal 5 Nov 1903 pg 4 col 5

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      Severing Doon landmark 'another mistake,' residents warn
      Designated heritage property unique in its totality, say those in opposition

      Kitchener's committee of adjustment has deferred a severance application for a designated heritage property at 883 Doon Village Rd. that predates our country's act of Confederation.

      The property includes a two-storey brick house, circa 1863, that was originally owned by Benjamin Burkholder, one of the first four people to receive a teaching certificate in Waterloo County back in 1843.

      The home is said to be a good example of Georgian-style architecture, with a symmetrical three-bay fa├žade, a centrally located door with surrounding transom and sidelights, "six over six" paned windows with shutters, two chimneys and a gable roof.

      At issue, however, is the interpretation of a consultant's heritage impact assessment that determined views of the 1.3-acre property from Bechtel Drive aren't historic, as they were only made available when the surrounding subdivision was built back in the 1980s.

      Plans include moving a former coach house on the site to make way for four new development lots fronting onto Bechtel Drive. The old home and coach house would remain, with access maintained off Doon Valley Road as it's always been.

      Yet, local residents and heritage advocates who appeared as delegates at the Feb. 20 committee meeting emphasized that the property, situated across the street from the Doon Retirement Village, was designated under Part 4 of the Ontario Heritage Act back in 1984.

      One of its former owners, Tim Keller, made a severance inquiry back in 2007. He was told, in writing, that his proposal wouldn't be supported, partly because of the negative impact it would have on views of the heritage property.

      Coun. Yvonne Fernandes said that fact could present legal implications for the city if it were to approve the severance application. Third-party analysis by one heritage expert determined the entire site falls under the provincial heritage designation, not just the house, she noted.

      Juliane von Westerholt, a senior city planner and co-ordinator for the committee of adjustment, said the heritage designation bylaw references the entire property, but elaborates on the cultural heritage value in the statement of significance and the list of heritage attributes.

      "Under the current bylaw, only the main house is identified as a heritage attribute," she said.

      von Westerholt said staff required the heritage impact assessment under the Planning Act. It identified other heritage attributes, including the accessory building (referred to as the coach house or the hog and hen house). A number of heritage-related conditions are outlined in staff recommendations, including revising the heritage designation bylaw to include additional heritage attributes, as well as the requirement to relocate the accessory building to the same lot, so that it remains visually connected to the main house.

      But, not everyone agrees with the move.

      "If the owners are allowed to go ahead with this severance, they will alter the grandness of the site, probably take down numerous old and majestic trees, create more traffic and deny schoolchildren walking by an appreciation of the beautiful agricultural scene, a link to our early history and rural roots in Waterloo County," said Irene Hoffman, a Bechtel Drive resident who lives directly across from the historic property.

      "If this whole property is not kept intact, then a cultural heritage design will be turned into an ordinary suburban lot," she said.

      Irene's husband, Ross, said a past planning/surveying "mistake" resulted in the demolition of a heritage barn which stood on the southwest corner of the property until 1978.

      "Let's not make another mistake that will conceal, behind a row of houses, the coach house that is currently a trademark in our Doon Pioneer Park community," Ross Hoffman told the committee.

      He argued that the east view of the homestead would have been seen for more than 100 years by eastbound travellers going from the village of Strasburg to the village of Doon.

      "At that time, this view - unobstructed by houses or industrial buildings - could have been seen from more than one kilometre away and would have been enjoyed for several minutes by travellers who would have only gotten a passing view of the front facade of the house."

      Even though Kelli Kuzyk doesn't live in the immediate area, she was disturbed to hear of the application. She had always been under the impression that the property was fully protected under the heritage act.

      "The heritage designation was very clear that it covered the house and the hen house, also fondly known as the coach house, along with the property itself and its mature trees and pleasant landscape, depicting life as it was in the 1860s and beyond," she said.

      "This property, which measures about one acre in size, was severed off from the original farm of about 25 acres by a developer many years ago, with the intent that someone would buy the house and lot to preserve the look and feel of the cultural heritage depicted from its roots."

      Kuzyk believes the current owners, who purchased the property in 2012, knew that it was designated heritage and there would be strict rules around what they could/couldn't do with the property.

      "This application to sever the property appears to be a way to cash in on a property on the backs of the previous owners, all of whom respected the rules and decisions of the heritage committee and the city.

      "Not asking for input from the public ahead of time is also a travesty, as we all consider this property a piece of our own Doon neighbourhood," she added.

      According to the Hoffmans, local residents were only recently informed in a letter the city defines as "a courtesy" because they live within 30 metres of the property. They say the wider community has no idea what's being proposed.

      The city staff recommendation to approve the severance with numerous conditions was deferred by the committee due to a lack of information, Fernandes said.

      "I think that what struck me is that all three members were very concerned around the heritage of the site '97 not just the house, but the entire site," she said.

      The ward councillor plans on meeting with local residents before the committee of adjustment reconsiders the recommendation.

      "The challenge is that often when the committee of adjustment makes its decision, it often comes to council as a consent item and we don't discuss it any further," she said.

      Jackson, B. (2018). Severing Doon landmark 'another mistake,' residents warn. KitchenerPost.ca. Retrieved 23 February 2018, from https://www.kitchenerpost.ca/news-story/8146448-severing-doon-landmark-another-mistake-residents-warn/

  • 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..., 378.

    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..., 844.

    3. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 30 Aug 1860.
      Married 15 Aug 1860 By Rev. Hodgskin, Benjamin Burkholder was married to Barbara Kinsey, both of Waterloo.

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

    5. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Benjamin Burkholder aged 40 res Waterloo, born Pennsylvania son of Christian and Elizabeth married 13 Aug 1860 to Barbara Kinsey aged 28 res Waterloo born Waterloo daughter of John and Elizabeth (Morley).

    6. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 37.

    7. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 3 Page 37.

    8. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Obituary of Benjmain Burkholder - 5 Nov 1903 pg 4 col 5.

    9. [S1943] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1861, Div. 10 Page 79.

    10. [S1946] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (South Division), Div. 4 Page 30.

    11. [S2560] aaaWaterloo Township South 1891, Sect. 1 Page 49.

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

    13. [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..., 379.

    14. [S20] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Telegraph (title varies: Berlin Telegraph, Berlin Daily Telegraph) (1853-1922), 24 Aug 1860.
      "Burkholder - Kinsey: On Wednesday the 15th inst., at the residence of the Bride's Mother, by the Rev. T. J. Hodgkin, Mr. Benjamin Burkholder, of the Township of Waterloo, to Barbara, second daughter of the late Mr. John Kinsey, also of Waterloo."