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

Mayor Benjamin Devitt[1, 2, 3]

Male 1835 - 1910  (75 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Devitt 
    Prefix Mayor 
    Born 10 Jul 1835  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1857  Lancaster, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Merchant 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Lutheran 
    Elected Office 1865  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Councillor - Waterloo City 
    Occupation 1871  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Merchant 
    Religion 1871  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Mennonite 
    Elected Office 1873  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Waterloo City - councillor 
    Elected Office 1881  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor - Waterloo 
    Rsrch. Note
    • Benjamin Devitt, 1835 - 1913

      Born in the village of Bridgeport in 1835 the son of a grist mill operator, Benjamin Devitt was a businessman. In partnership with local postmaster Daniel Snyder, Devitt constructed what became known as the Devitt-Snyder Block on King Street in 1860. From this location Devitt operated a general store that was later taken over by his younger brother Menno. He was also employed as the hotel building inspector for Waterloo for a number of years. Devitt was instrumental in the formation of the Waterloo Musical Society and became the founding president in 1882. He also served on the board of The Mechanics Institute and in 1888, with the transfer of the Institute's assets, he continued on the new municipal library board. Active in local politics, Devitt served on the Village of Waterloo Council from 1865-1866 and from 1873-1876. Five years after the incorporation of the Town of Waterloo, Devitt was elected mayor. One of the most debated issues during Devitt's three year term in office was the plan to purchase a steam fire engine and construct a new fire hall for the Town, a project that was not completed until he left office. In 1882, during Devitt's second year as mayor, The Grand Trunk Railway finally completed a branch line to Waterloo following extensive negotiations and council involvement.Taken from the City of Waterloo Website 2005
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    Occupation 1881  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gentleman 
    Religion 1881  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Swedenborgian 
    Occupation 1891  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Inspector 
    Religion 1891  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1901  Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Hotel Inspector 
    Eby ID Number 00030-2325 
    Died 4 Sep 1910  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I16717  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Barnabas Devitt,   b. 25 Mar 1807, , New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1891, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Magdalena Shoemaker,   b. 20 Nov 1811, Frederick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1907  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 1 May 1831  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 13
    Family ID F1513  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Lewis Bowman,   b. 1 Jan 1839, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1921  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 29 Sep 1857  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 14
    Devitt,Benjamin-NancyL.Bowman-biblerecord.jpg
    Devitt,Benjamin-NancyL.Bowman-biblerecord.jpg
    Children 
     1. Ida Priscilla Devitt,   b. 31 Oct 1858, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1927, Nepean, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Emma Alvarena Devitt,   b. 16 Oct 1860, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1925  (Age 64 years)
     3. Anson Harvey Devitt,   b. Jan 1863, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Alvah Edison Devitt,   b. 4 Aug 1865, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Edward Morton Devitt,   b. 17 Sep 1867, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Dr. Benjamin Franklin "Franklin" Devitt,   b. 6 Jan 1870, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1943, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     7. Daniel Everett Devitt,   b. CALC 25 May 1872, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1874, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     8. Hannah Oliva "Olive" Devitt,   b. CALC 19 May 1874, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1889, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 15 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F2410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Jul 1835 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1857 - Lancaster, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Sep 1857 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1861 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1861 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - Waterloo City - 1865 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1871 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1871 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Waterloo City - councillor - 1873 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor - Waterloo - 1881 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1881 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1881 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Inspector - 1891 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1891 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Inspector - 1901 - Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Sep 1910 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Mayor Benjamin Devitt
    Mayor Benjamin Devitt
    Benjamin and Nancy Devitt
    Benjamin and Nancy Devitt
    from Ancestry.com 2010

  • Notes 
    • Benjamin Devitt, "was born July 10th, 1835. He is married to Nancy Bowman. They reside in the town of Waterloo. He holds the position of Inspector of Hotels. They have a family of eight 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 DEVITT- PASSES AWAY

      The death of Mr. Benjamin Devitt who passed away on Sunday at his home on Erb Street removed another estimable and worthy citizen who say the town grow from a small hamlet to its present population. Especially during the early years of the town's history he took an active interest in Municipal affairs and was prominently identified with various organizations of the town.

      The end came peacefully Sunday evening at six o' clock. After an illness of two years ago his health became less robust, being affected by hardening of the arteries. He, however, was able to be about until January last when he broke his hip bone while alighting from a cutter after a drive. Since the accident he was confined to his bed almost constantly being unable to walk owing to the injury. About two months ago, he suffered a paralytic stroke which was followed by several others. On Monday night another stroke left him in a very critical condition and he lingered until Sunday evening.

      The funeral was held on Wednesday at 2 o'clock from his late residence, Erb Street East, Waterloo to the Emmanuel Evangelical Church for service, then to Mount Hope cemetery where the remains were interred.

      Mr. Devitt was the third son of the late Barnabas Devitt and was born July 10, 1835 on the old homestead of Mrs. C. Kumpf, King Street. He followed the occupation of miller with his father at Bridgeport for a number of years and during his residence here was married to Miss Nancy Bowman. They later removed to Waterloo where Mr. Devitt erected the Devitt Block and conducted a general store for fifteen years when he disposed of the business. He afterwards became License Inspector for North Waterloo which position he held for about fifteen years.


      Elmira Advertiser Sep 8 1910

  • 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..., 146.

    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..., 528.

    3. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 1 Aug 1889.
      July 27, 1889 Hannah Oliva Devitt, daughter of Benjamin Devitt, died in Waterloo at age of 15 years, 2 months & 8 days.

    4. [S135] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1901, Waterloo (Town/Ville) D-4 Page 8.

    5. [S135] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1901, Waterloo (Town/Ville) d-4 Page 8.

    6. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 18.

    7. [S302] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1881, Waterloo Village 1881 Div. 1 Page 18.

    8. [S1885] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1861, Waterloo 1861 Dist. 3 Page 22.

    9. [S956] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Advertiser, "Benjamin Devitt - Passes Away," Sep 8 1910.

    10. [S2418] aaaa CensusTown of Waterloo 1891 Sect. 3, Section 3 Page 29.

    11. [S2658] aaaaWaterloo Village 1871, Sect. 2 Page 3.

    12. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 7 Oct 1857.
      Bowman, Nancy married 29 Sep 1857 to Benjamin DEVITT At Berlin by Rev Smith. Benjamin, of Lancaster; Nancy, of Waterloo.

    13. [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..., 452.

    14. [S14] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Chronicle (1856-1860), September 30, 1857.
      At Berlin, on the 29th instant, by the Revd. Mr. Smith, Mr. Benjamin Devitt, of Lancaster, to Miss Nancy Bowman, of Waterloo Village.