Waterloo Region Generations
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Simon Cress[1]

Male Abt 1764 -


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  • Name Simon Cress 
    Born Abt 1764  , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Eby ID Number 00027-2012 
    Died Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I16706  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2021 

    Family Catharine,   b. Abt 1764, Of, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Maria "Polly" "Mary" Cress,   b. 29 Apr 1790, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1852, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     2. Elizabeth Cress,   b. 17 Feb 1792, , Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1854  (Age 62 years)
     3. Rachel Cress,   b. 6 May 1797, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1846, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     4. Jacob Cress,   b. 1806, , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. South Of St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Ephraim Cress,   b. 9 Jun 1806, , Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1874, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F2409  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Simon Cress, "the progenitor of this family was a native of Pennsylvania, U. S., where he was born about the year 1764. In 1806 he and his wife and family moved to Canada and located temporarily near Preston, Ontario. A few months later they moved to where they resided for some years. In 1819 he purchased the lot now forming the farms of the late Absalom Martin, Peter Cress, Levi Cress, and others near St. Jacobs, Ontario. Here the old progenitor resided until his death. His family consisted of five 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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      So far those mentioned have, of with the exception of Capt. Smith, been situated along the road which follows the general course of the river northward. There was only one other spot, so far as can be learned, where a settlement had been made up to the year 1825. Simon Cress and his wife, Rachel, with their two sons and two daughters, came to Waterloo along with Mr. Erb, in 1806. They settled on land upon part of which the village of St. Jacob's stands now. In doing this they followed the rule by going up the Conestogo river. Simon Cress died in October, 1863, and his wife twenty years before him. Those in their family were : Ephraim, the oldest ; Polly, who married John Beatty ; Jacob, died at Port Elgin, and Rachel, the wife of Elisha Hewitt. In the family of Ephraim Cress were: Simon ; Levi, now living retired in St. Jacob's ; John, also in St. Jacob's ; Elizabeth,,. Mrs. Bricker ; Polly, Mrs. John Whiteman ; Rachel, Mrs. Bernard Meyer.

      A son of Jacob Cress, who died at, Port Elgin, is Peter Cress, living in St. Jacob's, and a daughter is Mrs. David Puttock, living at Blair, near Preston. Henry, son of Levi, is now on the old Cress farm at St. Jacob's.

      The Early History of Elora, Ontario, and Vicinity by John R. Connon

  • 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..., 467.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1764 - , Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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