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

Ezra Reis Burkholder[1]

Male 1856 - 1923  (66 years)


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  • Name Ezra Reis Burkholder 
    Born 14 Nov 1856  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1871  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00020-1539 
    Died 23 May 1923  McPherson, McPherson, Kansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, McPherson, Kansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I16583  Generations
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2022 

    Father Samuel B. Burkholder,   b. 2 Jan 1816, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1893, , Marion Co., Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Eva Reis,   b. 1822, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1893, Canada, Marion, Kansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1850  [2, 4
    Family ID F4372  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Vinnie Tubbs,   b. Abt 1856,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2022 
    Family ID F4377  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Notes 
    • Ezra R. Burkholder, "was born in Waterloo, Ontario, November 14th, 1856. He is married to Vinnie Tubbs. Their family consists 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a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character.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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      Ezra Reis Burkholder was born in Waterloo County, Canada West, on 14 November 1856. He was the son of Samuel and Eva (Reis) Burkholder. Ezra's birthplace is not known: Samuel was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and came to Canada as a small child. Ezra was the fourth child in a family of six boys, which included: Joseph, Benjamin, John, Samuel, and Abraham. The Burkholders seem to have been a family in transition, rooted in a Mennonite society but associating easily with Waterloo's Evangelical Church and with Methodism in both Canada and the United States.

      In September 1873, Ezra's parents and most of his brothers moved from Waterloo County, Ontario, to Marion County, Kansas. Ezra remained in Ontario to complete his education at the University of Toronto. In 1876, he travelled to Kansas to see his parents' place but returned to Canada for four more years of training, this time for the Methodist Ministry, which included two years as a probationary itinerant minister. In October 1883, suffering from ill health, Ezra left the ministry in Canada and joined his family in Kansas permanently, where he established a lumberyard, E.R. Burkholder Lumber Company, in Hillsboro. Later he acquired other yards in McPherson and Marion counties. In June 1885, Ezra married Vinnie Ream Tubbs, and together they had three children. He also involved himself in all aspects of community affairs, serving one term as county representative for Marion in the state legislature. He died in 1923, leaving a thriving business to two of his sons.


      From the inside out the rural worlds of Mennonite diarists, 1863 to 1919 by Royden Loewen pg 29

  • 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..., 380.

    2. [S2658] aaaaWaterloo Village 1871, Sect. 1 Page 35.

    3. [S2173] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53502265.

    4. [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.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Nov 1856 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1871 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 May 1923 - McPherson, McPherson, Kansas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, McPherson, Kansas, United States Link to Google Earth
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