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Senator Samuel Merner

Senator Samuel Merner[1, 2]

Male 1823 - 1908  (85 years)

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  • Name Samuel Merner 
    Prefix Senator 
    Born 29 Jan 1823  Kien, Canton Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1845  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Occupation 1852  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    foundry man 
    Occupation 1861  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence 1861  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Lutheran 
    Business 1867  Peel St., New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    New Hamburg Foundry 
    New Hamburg Foundry
    New Hamburg Foundry
    Advert 1867 Waterloo Directory
    Historic Building 1868  145 Peel St., New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Puddicombe House 
    • Two story yellow brick house built by Samuel Merner, now (2010) a bed and breakfast, restaruant and spa called "Puddicome House". Sold in 1888 to the Puddicombe family.
    Occupation 1871  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Iron Foundry 
    Elected Office 1872  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve/Mayor 
    Elected Office 1873  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Occupation 1881  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Manufacturer 
    Residence 1881  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Reformed Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1891  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Furniture Manufacturer 
    Residence 1891  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Evangelical 
    Elected Office 1894  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve/Mayor 
    Residence 1894  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Elected Office 1896  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Died 11 Aug 1908  [3
    Website 2007 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    politican, blacksmith, newspaper editor, 
    Interesting politics, story, business 
    Eby ID Number 00127-7659.2 
    Buried Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I17651  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2021 

    Father Jacob Emanuel Merner,   b. 20 Oct 1789, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1869, East Zorra Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Susanna Schlueter,   b. CALC 9 Mar 1789, , Canton Berne, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1875, South Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Family ID F11110  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Ann Grasser,   b. CALC 25 Dec 1827, , Alsace Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1892, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Married 11 Nov 1845  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
     1. Simpson Merner,   b. 26 May 1848, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1920  (Age 72 years)
     2. Absalom Merner,   b. 22 Mar 1850, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1920, , Parry Sound District, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Judith Ann Merner,   b. 19 Dec 1851, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Ammon Merner,   b. 3 Apr 1854, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1932, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Miriam Merner,   b. 3 Feb 1857, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Susannah Merner,   b. 1858, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Maria Merner,   b. 1860, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Tallmay Merner,   b. 24 Mar 1860, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1876  (Age 15 years)
     9. Rosamanda Merner,   b. 23 May 1860, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1862  (Age 1 years)
     10. Rosemunda Merner, II,   b. CALC 2 Feb 1862, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1863, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     11. Amanda Merner,   b. 1863, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. Methuselah "Mesulam" Merner,   b. 1864, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1945  (Age 81 years)
     13. Samuel Merner,   b. 1865, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     14. Samantha Merner,   b. 9 Dec 1866, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1954, Stratford, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     15. Lavina Merner,   b. 1869, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     16. Susannah Merner,   b. 1870, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1898  (Age 28 years)
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F4602  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ellen Fletcher,   b. 20 Mar 1829, , Northumberland Co., England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1912, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 10 Nov 1894  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F41065  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Merner, Samuel 1808-1883.jpg
    Merner, Samuel 1808-1883.jpg
    Samuel Merner
    Samuel Merner

  • Notes 
    • A grist-mill built by Josiah Cushman about 1834 formed the nucleus around which a small community of Amish Mennonites and recent German immigrants developed. A village plot was surveyed in 1845 and six years later a post-office, New Hamburg, was established with William Scott, an early mill-owner, as postmaster. By then the village, with a population of 500, contained several prosperous industries, including a pottery, and the carriage-works and foundry of Samuel Merner, a prominent Swiss-born entrepreneur. The construction of the Grand Trunk Railway, completed in 1856, and agricultural prosperity stimulated the community's development as an important centre for milling and farm machinery production. New Hamburg was incorporated as a Village, with about 1100 inhabitants, in 1857 and as a Town in 1966.


      Text from the Founding of New Hamburg Plaque

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      MERNER (Muerner, Mürner), SAMUEL, blacksmith, businessman, politician, and jp; b. 9 Jan. 1823 in Kien, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, son of Jakob Emanuel Muerner, a farmer, and Susanna Schluchter; m. first November 1845 Maria Ann Grasser (d. 1890), and they had seven sons and seven daughters; m. secondly 1898 Ellen Sararus, née Fletcher; d. 11 Aug. 1908 in Berlin (Kitchener), Ont.

      Samuel Merner attended school in Reichenbach in the central Swiss Alps. He immigrated to Upper Canada with his family in 1837, settling in what would become Waterloo County, where Germans and the German language were common. Jakob Muerner located on a bush farm on Bleam's Road, about two miles east of the village of Hamburg. Samuel stayed on the farm for one year and then was apprenticed to a blacksmith in Preston (Cambridge). He became a journeyman blacksmith in 1840 and four years later established his own shop in Hamburg. He expanded it to make wagons and carriages. The business was sold to his brother Frederick in 1856, by which time Samuel had accumulated sufficient capital to establish a foundry in New Hamburg, as the village had become known, and another in Waterloo. He had anglicized his name, as many German families in the area then did.

      Merner's ancestry, however, was no barrier to either success in business or entry into public life in the Waterloo County area. In 1857 he became a member of the council of the newly incorporated village of New Hamburg. He was appointed a justice of the peace in 1862, in which year he purchased the Canadisches Volksblatt, the local German newspaper. As he accumulated public offices - he also served as reeve of New Hamburg (1873-78) and warden of Waterloo County (1878) - his business interests prospered. Though the foundries were turned over to sons in 1873, he still owned two large farms, a major flour-mill and another structure in New Hamburg, and two large buildings in Berlin, where he was associated with William Simpson's furniture company. He was a founding director of the Economical Fire Insurance Company and a director of several other businesses, including the Preston Furniture Company, the John Hoodless Furniture Warehouse in Hamilton, the Dominion Life Assurance Company, and the Canadian Manufacturing Company, which had taken over the Simpson firm. It was said by the Canadian parliamentary companion that "all Swiss people emigrating to the Western Province [Ontario]" were directed to Merner.

      In 1878 he stood for election to the Ontario legislature as a Conservative in the Waterloo South by-election. He lost, but later that year he was elected to the House of Commons for Waterloo South, defeating well-known Liberal James Young*. Merner helped his cause by assisting in the establishment of New Hamburg's first English newspaper, the New Hamburg Independent. At the next general election, in 1882, he was defeated by James Livingston, a business competitor from nearby Baden. Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald* appointed Merner to the Senate on 12 Jan. 1887.

      Merner was very much the dominant personality in the life of New Hamburg in the 1870s and 1880s. He and his family lived in a stately residence situated on the Nith River in the centre of the village. After remarrying, in 1898, he moved to Berlin and took up residence in the Brunswick Hotel, which he owned. His health declined quickly after the move, as did his personal fortune, the result of "reverses" and the failure of his endorsements "for others"; he appears to have tried to commit suicide by taking carbolic acid in 1905. The attempt failed and he actually attended some sittings of the Senate before his death in 1908. Merner was survived by his wife and by four sons and four daughters from his first marriage.

      The Berlin News-Record noted his death with the headline "Vital spark passes." "Honest Sam" Merner had little impact on national politics but, like so many public figures of the time, he significantly affected the community in which he lived. A biographer described him as "a typical Swiss burgomeister who achieved wealth and distinction in the New World." That success was the result not of Merner's abilities but of the fact that his small part of the New World had a Germanic tradition that allowed a German-speaking immigrant to flourish. In that sense, he was not so typical of his times in Canada.

      Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, article by John English AO, RG 22, ser.211, reg.M, no.5196. Univ. of Waterloo Arch. (Waterloo, Ont.), L. J. Breithaupt, diaries, 1905. Waterloo Hist. Soc. (Kitchener, Ont.), Merner file; "Mürner, Muerner, Merner: genealogy and related branches," comp. Ruth Merner Connell (1976). Canadisches Volksblatt (New Hamburg, Ont.), 12 Aug. 1908. News-Record (Berlin [Kitchener]), 11 Aug. 1908. E. H. Bovay, Le Canada et les Suisses, 1604-1974 (Fribourg, Suisse, 1976). Can., Senate, Debates, 1887-1909. Canadian album (Cochrane and Hopkins), 2: 364. Canadian biog. dict. CPG, 1879, 1883, 1903-9. Cyclopædia of Canadian biog. (Rose and Charlesworth), vol.1. E. H. Devitt, "Hon. Samuel Merner," Waterloo Hist. Soc., Annual report, 1940: 139-41. Directory, Waterloo County, 1877/78: 149. Alexander Fraser, A history of Ontario: its resources and development (2v., Toronto, 1907). More than a century in Wilmot Township, [comp. Florence Diamond et al. ] ([New Hamburg, 1967]). Newspaper reference book.

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      SAMUEL MERNER 1823-1908

      Samuel Merner, born and educated in Berne, Switzerland, eventually became a Canadian senator.

      He came to Wilmot Township with his parents and nine brothers and sisters in 1837. At Preston he learned the blacksmith trade and four years later at New Hamburg opened a blacksmith business which in time branched into a wagon and carriage trade. He sold his business to his brother Frederick and opened foundries in New Hamburg and Waterloo. In 1873 his sons purchased the foundries.

      In 1862 Merner purchased the New Hamburg German newspaper, the Volksblatt, which he sold to Otto Pressprich in 1865.

      He was reeve of New Hamburg from 1872 to 1878 and was the first New Hamburg reeve to be chosen warden of Waterloo County. In 1878 he was elected to the Dominion Parliament as an Independent. A supporter of Sir John A. MacDonald, he was appointed to the Senate in 1887.

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      The Hon. Samuel Merner was born in Reichenboch, Canton of Berne, Switzerland, January 29, 1823. He is the son of Jacob Merner, a farmer of the same place. He was educated at Reichenboch, and removed to Canada with his parents in 1837. For several years he did business as an iron founder and manufacturer of furniture. He was married to Mary Anne, daughter of Joseph Crasser, of Wilmot, Ont. He has been Reeve of New Hamburg for several years, and was Warden of Waterloo County in 1873. He has been engaged for several years in the settling in the Province of all the Swiss people emigrating to Canada. At a by-election held in 1877, he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Legislative Assembly for South Waterloo. He held a seat for the same constituency in the Commons from 1878, when he defeated the Hon. James Young, of Galt, to 1882, when he was defeated. He was appointed to the Senate, January 12, 1887. A Conservative. New Hamburg, O.

      Personnel of the Senate and House of Commons, Eighth Parliament of Canada Elected June 23, 1896, Portraits and Biographies of the Members, Montreal, John Lovell & son 1898, pg 206

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      Jacob Merner with his wife and family emigrated from Germany and settled on a farm miles west of New Hamburg in 1837. Several of the ten children still survive, among them being Mr. Christian Merner of whom a sketch appears elsewhere. Wm. Smith had the first blacksmith shop. It was here that the late Samuel Merner learned his trade. Jacob Brill was the first cooper and did a thriving trade in barrels, churns, &c. The pioneer weaver was John Oehm who made cloth for his numerous patrons on his hand loom. Theobald Seyler owned a frame hotel on the site of the present Queen's and John Boeckner did the cobbling and shoemak-ing for the neighborhood. The latter's shop was on the site of the present residence of Mr. D. Becker. Wendel Schuyler was the first teacher in 1838 or 1839. A portion of the first log schoolhouse still stands near the Cemetery and is used for a dwelling: Soloman Weaver was a miller in the early days and later became an evangelical minister. Business men who came a little later were Wm. Burkhold, who established a brickyard; Fred Merner who started a carriage business and Wm. Hunter, who had a general stare. In the early 50's Sylvester Frank built a brewery. It was of brick and a portion of it is still in use in connection with the present brewery. Hse village has gradually increased in population and assessment with no particularly stirring events to mark its even progress. The great flood of 1883 due to a cloudburst is an event never to be forgotten by those who witnessed it. On that occasion the water covered the streets up to the door of the Imperial hotel, and swept away the Rau, Hartman and Helmer bridges, thus cutting the village off from the outside world. In this its golden jubilee year, New Hamburg stands a community of contented, busy people, living in good homes and doing admirably their little share of the great world's work.

      Special Industrial souvenir number of New Hamburg: containing a comprehensive review of the natural advantages and resources of the village of New Hamburg, 1908, Berlin Daily News, Berlin, Ontario

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      SAMUEL MERNER, M. P. , of New Hamburg, was born in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland, in 1823. He emigrated with his father's family to Canada in 1837, when they settled a bush farm two miles west of the village, where he now resides, and there his father lived to the age of 86 years. After learning the blacksmith's trade in Preston, our subject opened a shop in New Hamburg in 1844, from the operations of which he embarked in foundry and implement manfacturing busi-ness some years later, and this branch of industry he still carries on. By the exercise of a large degree of energy and a progressive spirit above the average, he has succeeded in amassing a large and valuable property in the village of his residence and environs ; though in order so to do he has not neglected to give that attention to matters of a public nature which is incumbent upon all good citizens. He has held successively the various offices of municipal honor, from Councillor to Warden, and after suffering defeat in a contest for parliamentary honors in 1877, was elected in 1878 to the House of Commons for South Waterloo, as a Conservative and advocate of a protective tariff.

      Illustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo, H. Parsell & Co., Toronto, Ont. 1881

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      Merner, Samuel, M.P., formerly Reeve of New Ham-burg. Owns 400 acres in the Townships of Wil-mot and Wellesley, valued at $25,000. Is a native of Switzerland. Born, 1823. Has resided here since 1837.

      Illustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo, H. Parsel & Co., Toronto - 1881 (Village of New Hamburg entries)

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      HON. SAMUEL MERNER.

      Hon. Samuel Merner, whose intense and well-directed activity has led him from small beginnings into large business enterprises, stands today as one of the foremost men of western Ontario. He has been and is distinctively a man of affairs and one who has wielded a wide influence. There is in him a native sagacity, a strength of character and a firmness of purpose which have enabled him to leave the impress of his individuality upon any line of action which has claimed his attention and co-operation. Success has seemed to follow his every move, but this is due to no fortunate combination of circumstances. An analyzation of his life work shows that his advancement in business and political lines has come as the result of careful investigation of the questions under consideration, of well formulated plans and unflagging industry in the prosecution of a course which he has marked out.

      A resident of Berlin and for many years numbered among the citizens of Waterloo county, for during a long period he made his home at New Hamburg, Mr. Merner comes from a land noted for men of unflinching bravery and resolute purpose. He is a native of Berne, Switzerland, born on the 19th of January, 1823. His parents were Jacob and Susanna (Schluter) Merner, and while spending his boyhood days in their home he pursued his education in the public schools to the age of fourteen years, when in 1837 he accompanied his parents to the new world. The family home was established in Wilmot township, Waterloo county, and after a year devoted to farm labor Samuel Merner was apprenticed to the blacksmith's trade in Preston, Ontario. He served for two years, gaining an accurate knowledge of the business and becoming an expert workman. He then established a shop of his own at New Hamburg and gradually built up an extensive trade in general blacksmithing and in wagon and carriage building. Some years later he sold this business to a brother, Frederick Merner, and opened a foundry at New Hamburg and also one in the village of Waterloo. In 1873 he sold the New Hamburg foundry to his eldest son, Simson, and the Waterloo foundry to his second son, Absalom. In the meantime he had made investments in commercial and industrial interests whereby the development and growth of the county has been largely promoted. For years he was one of the large stockholders in the Simpson & Company furniture factory of Berlin, and when that industry became absorbed in the vast corporation known as the Canadian Manufacturing Company, Limited, he became a director in the new enterprise. He is also a director and president of the Preston Furniture Company, Limited, and director of the John Hoodless furniture warehouse in Hamilton. He also holds stock in the Economical Fire Insurance Company of Berlin, the Dominion Life Assurance Company of Waterloo and the New Hamburg wagon works, and is connected with the directorate of all these. Notably prompt, energetic and reliable, he has made a record in the business world which any man might be proud to possess and has enjoyed to the fullest extent the confidence and admiration of his contemporaries and associates in the business world.

      Mr. Merner has been twice married, his first union being with Miss Mary Ann Grassar of Wilmot township, who died in 1890. Their family numbered fourteen children. Following the death of his first wife he wedded Miss Ellen Fletcher, a native of England. He has four sons and four daughters still living and in addition to the two sons named above a third son, Ammon, is foreman of the Waterloo Manufacturing Company, of which Absalom is vice-president, while the fourth son is a hotelman at Clifford, Ontario.

      While Mr. Merner 's accomplishments in industrial and commercial circles would entitle him to distinction and representation as one of the prominent men of western Ontario, he is perhaps even better known because of his native and honorable political service. Following his retirement from business he became a leading figure in political circles as an advocate of the Conservative party, which had always received his endorsement at the ballot box. For eighteen years he was reeve of New Hamburg, for ten years was a member of the New Hamburg school board and for two terms was warden of the county of Waterloo. In 1877, at the by-election in South Waterloo, he was nominated as the candidate of his party for the Ontario Legislature. Though defeated at that time, in 1878, at the general election for the House of Commons, he was successful in defeating so distinguished a public man as the Hon. James Young of Galt. Residents of the village of New Ham- burg will long remember the night of September 17, 1878, when their fellow citizen was declared elected as their representative in the Dominion House. The rejoicing which followed bespoke the immense popularity of the candidate. At the general elections of 1882 he was defeated by James Livington, ex-member of Parliament of Baden, Ontario, and in 1887 he was called to the Senate at the instance of the late Sir John A. Macdonald. He has always stood firm in support of his honest convictions and his political service has been marked by the utmost fidelity to the duties that have devolved upon him. His position is never an equivocal one. On the contrary he gives careful consideration to the questions at issue and when once his course is determined nothing con swerve him from the path which he believes to be right. The same honesty of intention and unfaltering course in action have been manifest by him in all the relations of life and have made him therefore a man honored and respected by his political adversaries as well as his political adherents.

      A History of Ontario: its resources and development

  • Sources 
    1. [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..., 567.

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 7 Jul 1892.
      July 1, 1892 Maria Anna Merner, nee Grasser, wife of Samuel Merner, died in New Hamburg at age of 64 years, 6 months & 6 days.

    3. [S153] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - Riverside New Hamburg CC#4564 Internet Link.
      (E) Susana / daughter of / Samuel & Mary Ann / Merner / died Nov. 8,1898 / aged 27 years / Senator S. Merner / January 29,1823 / August 11,1908 / Meinke & Stroh / Berlin (N) Mary Anne / Die Frau von / Samuel Merner / gest Juli 1,1892 / Alter 64 Jah. / 6 Mo. / und 6 Tage / Mittie / 1857-1901 (W) Rosamanda / Tochter von / Samuel & Maria Anna / Merner / geb. 23 Mai 1860 / gest. 2 Feb. 1862 / Alter 1 Jah. 8 Mo. / & 10 Tage (S) Tallmay / Tochter von / Samuel & Maria Anna / Merner / geb. 24 Maerz 1860 / gest. 15 Feb. 1876 / Alter 15 Jahre 10 Mo. / & 22 Tage

    4. [S250] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1871, Page 25.

    5. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 3 Pg 6.
      Samuel MURNER Foundry Man Switzerland Methodist 29
      Marie MURNER Alsace Methodist 23
      Simson? MURNER Ontario Methodist 4
      Absalam MURNER Ontario Methodist 2
      (girl) MURNER Ontario Methodist 1

    6. [S251] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1881, New Hamburg 1881 Page 42.

    7. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 12976 (1894), Merner-Sararies.
      Hen Saml Merner, residence, New Hamburg, Birth Place: Switzerland Age: 71 Estimated birth year: abt 1823 Father Name: Jacob Merner Mother Name: Susan Schluter Spouse Name: Mrs Ellen Sararies, residence Guelph, Spouse's Age: 63 Spouse Birth Place: England Spouse Father Name: John Fletcher Spouse Mother Name: Mary Honden Marriage Date: 10 Nov 1894 Marriage Location: Wellington, Guelph

    8. [S1868] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1861, Div. 2 Pg. 18.

    9. [S1840] Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, Biography of Samuel Merner.
      MERNER (Muerner, Mürner), SAMUEL, blacksmith, businessman, politician, and jp; b. 9 Jan. 1823 in Kien, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, son of Jakob Emanuel Muerner, a farmer, and Susanna Schluchter;

    10. [S699] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1891, Section 1 Page 7.

    11. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Rev'd Jacob Huttner, Lutheran Minister, Preston report 53.
      Samuel Murner, married to Mary Graser, both of Wilmot. 11 Nov. 1845

    12. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Div 3 Pg 6.

    13. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Jan 1823 - Kien, Canton Bern, Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1845 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Nov 1845 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - foundry man - 1852 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - ? - 1861 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1861 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - New Hamburg Foundry - 1867 - Peel St., New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - Puddicombe House - 1868 - 145 Peel St., New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Iron Foundry - 1871 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve/Mayor - 1872 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1873 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1881 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Reformed Presbyterian - 1881 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Furniture Manufacturer - 1891 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1896 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - politican, blacksmith, newspaper editor, - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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