Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
William Martin Behrens

William Martin Behrens[1, 2]

Male 1856 - 1951  (94 years)

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  • Name William Martin Behrens 
    Born 30 Apr 1856  , Hanover, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Organization Elmira Public Library, Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On January 24, 1888, a meeting was held to organize a Mechanics' Institute in Elmira. Membership cost $1 a year. The first board members were: David Bean, George Klinck, A. Werner, John Ratz, A. H. Erb, A. Blatz, Wm. Behrens, Sol Laschinger, Dr. Ullyot, and M. Weber. The librarian/caretaker, C. K. Jansen was paid $30 a year.
    Immigration 1873  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Store Clerk 
    Occupation 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Clerk General Store 
    Religion 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Lutheran 
    Immigration 1893  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Name W. M. Behrens 
    Occupation 1901  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Clerk General Store 
    Residence 1903  18 Centre St., Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Behrens Residence 1903
    Behrens Residence 1903
    From: Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.
    Occupation 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Income 
    Religion 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Presbyterian 
    Residence 1951  2 William Street, Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number 00127-7776.1 
    Died 29 Mar 1951  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Buried Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I17950  Generations
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Father Augustus Behrens,   b. Abt 1824, Of, Hanover, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Wilhelmina,   b. Abt 1824, Of, Hanover, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F20728  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susannah Weber,   b. 23 Dec 1861, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1943, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 14 May 1884  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Bertram Louis Behrens,   b. 4 Jun 1886, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1966, Anaheim, Orange, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Edith Lenore Behrens,   b. 24 Dec 1887, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1980, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. Norma Bell Wilhelmina Behrens,   b. 14 Apr 1888, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1906, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     4. Ralph W. Behrens,   b. 8 Jun 1891, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Beatrice Irene Behrens,   b. 13 Sep 1893, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1974, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F4664  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    William M. Behrens 1903
    William M. Behrens 1903

  • Notes 
    • Mr. Wm. M. Behrens was born in Hannover, Germany, 1854. He emigrated to New York in 1871 and 3 years later to Elmira. Some years later he went to Detroit where he was in business a short time, and returned to Elmira in 1885. He is salesman in the general store of Messrs Weber & Erb. He has been many years treasurer of the Elmira Musical Society and the I.O.O.F. [Independent Order of Foresters] and has been an officer of the Elmira Public Library almost ever since its organization.

      Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.

      _____________________

      WILLIAM BEHRENS

      William Behrens, 96, who died Thursday, March 29, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Oscar Vogt, 2 William street, was Elmira's oldest citizen. Born in Hanover, Germany, on April 30, 1954, he came to Elmira in 1871.

      Mr. Behrens was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for almost 73 years, joining on October 8, 1879. He was a member of Gale Presbyterian Church.

      His wife predeceased him eight years ago. Surviving are two sons, Betram L., Chicago, and Ralph W., Elmira; two daughters, Mrs. Oscar (Edith) Vogt, Elmira, and Mrs. R. O. (Beatrice) Winn, Kitchener; three grand-children and one great-grandchild. Funeral service was held Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Dreisinger Funeral Chapel with Rev. C. L. Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Elmira Cemetery.

  • 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..., 584.

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 21 Sep 1893.
      13 Sep 1893 The wife of William Behrens, in Elmira, a daughter.

    3. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      William Behrens Born: Hanover Germany Age: 29 Father: Augustus Behrens Mother: Wilhelmina Behrens Born: abt 1855 Spouse: Susanna Weber Age: 22 born: Elmira Ont Father: Solomon Weber Mother: Elizabeth Weber married 14 May 1884 married: Waterloo, Woolwich

    4. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B. Page 17.

    5. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 2 Page 71.

    6. [S176] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1911, Div. 49 Pg. 8.

    7. [S2057] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1891, Pg. 41.

    8. [S98] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Elmira Union CC#4578 Internet Link.
      Wm. Behrens/ 1854 - 1951/ At Rest

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Apr 1856 - , Hanover, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrganization - - Elmira Public Library, Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1873 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Store Clerk - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 May 1884 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clerk General Store - 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1893 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clerk General Store - 1901 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1903 - 18 Centre St., Elmira, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Income - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1951 - 2 William Street, Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Mar 1951 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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