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

Rev. John Stoeckle[1, 2]

Male 1802 - 1879  (76 years)


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  • Name John Stoeckle 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 25 Nov 1802  Biern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Honoured 811 Bleams Rd., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The J. Steckle Heritage Homestead is named in honour of John Steckle (Stoeckle), a farmer, weaver, and pastor of Mennonite faith, originally from Switzerland. He and his wife, Esther Bleam, built the Homestead in 1833. The site was the ideal location due to its proximity to a spring/artesian well, which had a history of native use that predated European occupation. The Steckle Homestead has remained in the hands of the Steckle family since the time of the original settlers, with many of the original buildings still intact. In 1978 Dr. Jean Steckle purchased the Homestead and remaining 10.2 acres from her parents. In 1983 the J. Steckle Heritage Homestead was designated a heritage property in the City of Kitchener under the Ontario Heritage Act. In 1988 a non-profit organization was established to preserve the site as an education centre for youth.

      Steckle Heritage Farm
    Interesting pioneer, story, weaver 
    Land Bef 1831  Bechtel Tract, Waterloo Township, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Name Johannes Stoeckle 
    Name John Steckle 
    Name John Steckley 
    Occupation 1851  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    farmer 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Residence 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gentleman 
    Residence 811 Bleams Rd., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Mennnonite 
    Eby ID Number 00118-7447 
    Died 22 Apr 1879  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 9
    Buried Weber Mennonite Biehn Drive Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I20227  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Dec 2021 

    Father John Stoeckle,   b. 1768, , Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary Witmer,   b. 1770, Of, Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1796  [11
    Family ID F5031  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Esther B. Bliehm,   b. 16 Mar 1808, Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1892, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 22 Jan 1833  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 12
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth "Betsey" Steckle,   b. CALC 20 Aug 1834,   d. 14 Jul 1878, Williamsburg (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years)
     2. Daniel B. Steckle,   b. 28 Apr 1837, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1900  (Age 62 years)
     3. John B. Steckle,   b. 20 Feb 1840, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1857, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
     4. Abraham Steckle,   b. 20 Jan 1842, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1913, Freeport, Barry, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     5. Elisabeth Steckly,   b. 1843, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Jacob B. Steckle,   b. 20 Aug 1844, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1898, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     7. Hannah Steckle,   b. 1846, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Heinrich B. "Henry" Steckle,   b. 20 Dec 1846, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1920  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 4 Dec 2021 
    Family ID F5032  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Stoeckle, "was born November 25th, 1802. He left Germany and emigrated to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, U.S., where he arrived October 2nd, 1829. Here he remained until the summer of 1831 when he moved to Canada and arrived at Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario, August lst, 1831. Here he followed his profession (weaving) for about eighteen months. On January 29th, 1833, he was married to Esther Bliehm who was born March 16th, 1808. They moved on their large farm north of Strasburg and about four miles southwest of Berlin where they resided until his death which took place April 22nd, 1879. He was a member of the Mennonite Church of which body he was a minister for many years. His family consisted of six 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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      Pioneer Park (Weber/Strasburg) Christian Fellowship Mennonite Church

      Early services were held in the homes of the first settlers, perhaps as early as 1833. Services often were held at the home of David Weber who lived across from where the church would be located. David Sherk was ordained deacon to serve the group in 1837, and in the next year, 1838, he was ordained minister. He was followed in 1840 by John Steckle (Stoeckle).

      In 1842, David Weber donated one acre of land for a meeting house and burial ground. The deed was dated March 23, 1854, although the meeting house had been built in 1843. A new yellow brick church was built in 1894 on the same site. Noah Stauffer, who had been ordained in 1876 to assist John Steckle, was minister at the time. A Sunday School was organized in the 1890s; Sunday School records date from 1898. In 1899 the first Bible Conference to be held in an Ontario Mennonite church was held in the Weber church.

      In 1971-1972 the church was enlarged and completely renovated. During that time - from October 17, 1971 to January 23, 1972 - the congregation met in the Herbert Feick home on Doon Village Road. On September 24, 1872 the congregation celebrated the 130th Anniversary of the building of the first meeting house. The name of the church was changed to Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship Mennonite Church in 1972.

      In 1951 the congregation had purchased from Clifford Snider an additional acre of land located behind the church. In 1976, for the sum of $1, the congregation acquired a sixty-five foot strip of land along the south edge of the church property from Major Holdings & Development Co. A new church was built within several feet of the old yellow brick one which was removed; the date on the cornerstone is 1980. The 150th Anniversary of the construction of the first meeting house is to be celebrated in 1993.

      Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900 By Rosemary Ambrose

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      April 22nd, in Waterloo Co., Ont., Preacher JOHN STECKLE, aged 76 years and 4 months. He served as minister 38 years. Buried at Weber,s burying ground the 25th.

      HERALD OF TRUTH - Volume XVI, Number 7 - July 1879 - page 137, 138

  • 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..., 525.

    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..., 278.

    3. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 5 Pg 22.
      John STOEKLE Farmer Birthplace: Germany Age 49 Mennonite
      Esther STOEKLE Birthplace: Canada Age 44 Mennonite
      Elisabeth STOEKLE Birthplace: Canada Age 17 Mennonite
      Daniel STOEKLE Labourer Birthplace: Canada Age 14 Mennonite
      John STOEKLE Birthplace: Canada Age 12 Mennonite
      Abraham STOEKLE Birthplace: Canada Age 10 Mennonite
      Jacob STOEKLE Birthplace: Canada Age 7 Mennonite
      Henry STOEKLE Birthplace: Canada Age 5 Mennonite

    4. [S16] Bible - Genealogical Information in the Bibles of the Waterloo Historical Society, Steckle Bible - family register.
      Johannes Steckle born Nov. 25, 1802 - Germany, married - Jan. 29, 1833 - Upper Canada - E. B. (Esther Bliem), died April 22, 1879 - Waterloo County, Ontario

    5. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 53.

    6. [S1946] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (South Division), Div. 5 Page 33.

    7. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 55.

    8. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851.

    9. [S32] News - Herald of Truth, July 1879 - Death Notice of John Steckle.

    10. [S136] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Weber Mennonite CC#5426 Internet Link.

    11. [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..., 524.

    12. [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..., 278.
      states 29 Apr 1879 whearas the bible is 29 Apr 1879

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Nov 1802 - Biern, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHonoured - - 811 Bleams Rd., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Jan 1833 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1851 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 811 Bleams Rd., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennnonite - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Apr 1879 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Weber Mennonite Biehn Drive Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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