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

Jacob Hoffman[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1809 - 1864  (55 years)


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  • Name Jacob Hoffman 
    Born 18 Sep 1809  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Historical Event 29 Aug 1839  Evangelical Association Church, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    church founding 
    • A mission was begun by Rev. Christian Holl shortly after his arrival in Berlin on May 9, 1839, and a class (or congregation) was organized several months later on August 29, 1839 by Bishop John Seybert of the Evangelical Association during a camp meeting held at David Erb's farm near Lexington. John Hoffman was the Berlin class leader; his brother, Jacob, was class leader for the Waterloo-Lexington congregation.1a

      1aAmbrose, Rosemary. Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide to Churches Established Before 1900. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Waterloo-Wellington Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1993. [used the kind permission of Rosemary Ambrose 2011]
    Name Jakob Hoffman 
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    chair and cabinet maker 
    Occupation 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Manufacturer 
    Religion 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Evangelical Association 
    Eby ID Number 00055-3799 
    Died 15 Nov 1864  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 6, 9
    Cause: serious throat infection 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2063  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Peter Hoffman,   b. 27 Sep 1776, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F632  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Veronica Eby,   b. 8 Mar 1817, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1876, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Children 
     1. Isaac E. Hoffman,   b. 8 Mar 1835, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1898  (Age 62 years)
     2. Sarah Hoffman,   b. 1 Apr 1837, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1854, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
     3. Susanna Hoffman,   b. CALC 8 Jan 1843, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1897  (Age ~ 54 years)
     4. Mary Ann Hoffman,   b. 10 Feb 1845, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1874, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     5. Rebecca Hoffman,   b. 22 Jun 1848, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1909  (Age 61 years)
     6. Edward Hoffman,   b. 1852, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Magdalena Hoffman,   b. 7 Jul 1853, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1857, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F661  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Sep 1809 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistorical Event - church founding - 29 Aug 1839 - Evangelical Association Church, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - chair and cabinet maker - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evangelical Association - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: serious throat infection - 15 Nov 1864 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Jacob Hoffman, "son of Peter Hoffman, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, September 18th, 1809. When a young man he came to Canada and settled in Waterloo County where he worked with the carpenters for a number of years. He was married to Veronica Eby who was born March 8th, 1817, and died December 19th, 1876. They resided in the town of Berlin where he was engaged in manufacturing all kinds of furniture. He died November 15th, 1864. They had a family of eight children, two of whom died in infancy."


      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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      Bridgeport United Church

      The early Evangelical Association congregations in Berlin and Waterloo date back to August 1839 when a Camp Meeting was held over a number of days at David Erb's farm (Lot 7, German Company Tract) at Lexington. Classes (or congregations) in Berlin and in Waterloo were organized at that meeting by Bishop John Seybert - on August 29th. Twenty-six charter members were divided into the two classes. Class leader for Waterloo and vicinity was Jacob Hoffman. His brother, John, was class leader for Berlin.

      The Waterloo class, along with classes at Lexington and Breslau, was connected to the Berlin Mission until the organization of the Canada Conference of the Evangelical Association in 1864. The Waterloo Mission was formed at that time. In 1866 the Breslau class was merged with the Lexington class and in 1876 the Lexington class, with 31 members, was referred to as the Bridgeport class for the first time.

      An old log schoolhouse was purchased in 1879 for $500.00 on condition that it be used only for Sunday School services, not for preaching. The exterior walls were covered with lumber and the building was dedicated on November 9, 1879. A new white brick church was built ten years later, in 1889, when the old schoolhouse became inadequate for the growing congregation. This church was in use until 1934 when the present building was completed. A decision had been made at a congregational meeting in July 1933 to proceed with construction of a new church. The ground-breaking service was held on August 28, 1933 and on October 1 of that year the cornerstone was laid by Rev. W.J. Zimmerman. Dedication services were held in the new red brick church on Sunday March 18, 1934. In 1942 the old brick church was sold to Mr. Minnacker for $100. An addition which was built on to the west side of the church in 1958 provided additional space for the Sunday School, as well as offices and a kitchen. The new complex was dedicated on November 30, 1958 with Professor John F. Schaefer of Naperville, Illinois preaching the dedication sermon.

      Bridgeport and Waterloo were a joint parish from 1876 until 1910, when Bridgeport was joined with Strasburg. This association lasted until 1914 when Bridgeport called its own full-time pastor. The Evangelical Church joined with the United Brethren in Christ Church on November 16, 1946 to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church. On January 1, 1968 when the Evangelical United Brethren joined with the United Church, Emmanuel's name was changed once again - to Emmanuel United Church. In February 1987 the congregation voted to change the name of the church to Bridgeport United Church.

      Rev. J. Kaechele (1864-1865) was pastor in 1864 when the Waterloo Mission was formed; Solomon Kraft was the Bridgeport class leader when the schoolhouse was bought in 1879 and Rev. S.R. Knechtel (1888-1891) was pastor in 1889 when the new white brick church was built.

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

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      Zion United Church

      A Sunday School was established in Berlin in 1837, meeting in Jacob Hailer's carpenter shop which was located at the southeast corner of what is now King and Scott Streets. A mission was begun by Rev. Christian Holl shortly after his arrival in Berlin on May 9, 1839, and a class (or congregation) was organized several months later on August 29, 1839 by Bishop John Seybert of the Evangelical Association during a camp meeting held at David Erb's farm near Lexington. John Hoffman was the Berlin class leader; his brother, Jacob, was class leader for the Waterloo-Lexington congregation. The Berlin congregation met in the old Town Hall until their first church was built in 1841 on Queen Street South across from Church Street on land purchased as of August 24, 1841 from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schneider. The church was dedicated on September 25th of that year, with Rev. Christian Hummel of Buffalo, New York, officiating. Rev. Joseph Harlacher was pastor from 1840-1842. In 1842 the Waterloo Mission became a Circuit of the East Pennsylvania Conference. Two years later it was part of the New York Conference.

      The second church building was built of brick on the same site in 1866, and dedicated in 1867; Rev. C.A. Spies was pastor at the time. The old frame church was sold and moved to Elgin Street where it was used as a dwelling. In the same year Berlin became a station.

      The present church building was built in 1893 on Weber Street; dedication services were held on June 15, 16 and 17, 1894. This building was heavily damaged by fires in 1942 and 1965 but was renovated and restored each time.

      The union of the Evangelical Church and the United Brethren in Christ Church on November 16, 1946 created the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The name of the church was to change again, to Zion United Church when the Evangelical United Brethren Church joined the United Church of Canada on January 1, 1968. Of interest: some maps of early Berlin show this church as a German Methodist church.3a

      3aWaterloo County Churches A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900 By Rosemary Ambrose

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      Emmanuel United Church

      The first Evangelical missionaries arrived in the Waterloo area in 1837. The first Waterloo class (congregation) was formed on August 29, 1839 by Bishop John Seybert during a camp meeting at David Erb's farm near Lexington. Jacob Hoffman was the Waterloo-Lexington class leader; his brother, John, was class leader in Berlin. A brick building which was erected by Samuel Burkholder in 1849 on Church Street, near King, was offered to the congregation for their use as a church, rent free, provided that they agreed to finish and furnish the building. Dedication of the new church was in 1851. The house, known as Burkholder House, is still standing, but Church Street in Waterloo is now known as Central Street.

      In the early 1890s Waterloo was in the North District of the Canada Conference of the Evangelical Association, and was ministered to jointly with Bridgeport. Pastors in those years were Revs. C.R. Knechtel (1890-1891), F. Meyer (1892), D. Kreh (1893), and W.J. Yaeger (1894).

      A new church, which was built in 1871 at the corner of Cedar and Water Streets (now Bridgeport Road and Dorset Street), was replaced in 1905 by the present structure. Dedication was in May, 1906. Emmanuel Hall was built in 1938. Changes made in 1963 included an addition, a new front entrance and renovation of the former Christian Education area.

      On November 16, 1946 the Evangelical Church joined with congregations of the United Brethren in Christ Church to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church. When the Evangelical United Brethren Church joined the United Church of Canada as of January 1, 1968, Emmanuel became a United Church..4a

      4aWaterloo County Churches A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900 By Rosemary Ambrose

  • 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..., 802.

    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..., 608.

    3. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 17 Apr 1862.
      Elisabeth Scherk died 9 Apr 1862 near Churchtown, Lancaster Co., PA, wife of Christian, 58 yrs, a sister of Jakob Hoffman living here.

    4. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 21 Dec 1876.
      Died 19 Dec 1876 In Berlin, Veronika, widow of the late Jakob Hoffmann, died at the age of 59 years, 9 months, 11 days. (Funeral details follow.)

    5. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 12.
      Jacob HOFFMAN Cab. & Chair Mfg. USA 42 EA
      Veronica HOFFMAN Canada 36 EA b. 8-Mar
      Isaac HOFFMAN Canada F. 17 EA b. 8-Mar
      Sarah HOFFMAN Canada F. 15 EA b. 31-Mar
      Susana HOFFMAN Canada F. 10 EA b. 8-Jan
      Marion HOFFMAN Canada F. 6 EA b. 9-Feb
      Rebeca HOFFMAN Canada F. 4 EA b. 19-Jun
      Andrew POTH Cabinet Maker Germany 25 Lutheran b.
      Martin GOOD Cabinet Maker Canada 20 Mennonite b.
      Henry AERMEL Cainet Maker Germany 20 Lutheran b.
      George CONRAD Timster Germany 24 Lutheran b.
      Adam NAGEL Cabinet Maker Germany 22 Lutheran b.
      Martin WEGENAST Turner Germany 15 EA b.
      Lydia EBY Canada 16 Mennonite b.

    6. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 17 Nov 1864.
      Jakob Hoffman died 15 Nov 1864 in Berlin, after a short time of suffering from a serious throat infection, 55 yrs, 1 mth, 27 days.

    7. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 3 Page 26.

    8. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 12.

    9. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 69.