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

Christian Eby[1, 2, 3]

Male 1734 - 1807  (73 years)


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  • Name Christian Eby 
    Born 22 Feb 1734  Near Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/60179011 
    Died 14 Sep 1807  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Website 2009 
    Eby ID Number 00031-2421 
    Person ID I20971  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2024 

    Father Christian Eby,   b. 12 Feb 1698, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 15 Sep 1756, Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Mayer,   b. Abt 1700, Of, Near Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1787  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Family ID F5168  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catharine Bricker,   b. 1743, Near Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1910, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 167 years) 
    Children 
     1. Barbara Eby,   b. 29 Apr 1774, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1843, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Anna Eby,   b. 9 Sep 1777, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1829  (Age 51 years)
     3. Bishop Benjamin Eby,   b. 2 May 1785, Hammer Creek, Warwick Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1853, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     4. Maria Eby,   b. 12 Oct 1787, Of, Elizabeth (Part Of Warwick) Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1864  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2024 
    Family ID F5169  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Christian Eby, "the eldest of the above family, was born near Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, February 22nd, 1734. He was married to Catharine Bricker. They retained the old "Eby Homestead" situated on Hammer Creek. He greatly improved the dwelling house erected by his father in 1754. The dressed sandstone in front wall bears date 1754 and names of Christian Eby and his wife Elizabeth. (From Simon P. Eby's notes) The house and barn on the old homestead were in their time considered stately buildings. The house had originally a large chimney in the centre with fire place in nearly every room on first and second story; it had an arched cellar underneath, walnut and oaken panneled partitions, with some of the window sashes hung on cords with lead weights. The barn was built 99 feet long (only that long so as not to offend a neighbor who shortly before had built a barn of the boasted length of 100 feet). The walls of both, particularly so of the house, are good and solid to this day. Christian was a large, well proportioned and athletic man, retaining unusual health and vigor of both body and mind up to the time of his death. He was an elder in the Mennonite Church and wore a long beard, which in his later years had turned white. Regular stated Mennonite meetings were held at his house, until a building for that purpose was erected in his neighborhood. He lived during the Revolutionary War and foraging parties took off some of his horses and cattle, carrying with them large quantities of flour and grain from his mill. On one occasion his wife's pewter dishes and spoons and an oven full of newly baked bread and pies shared the same fate. During the winter in which the American Army was encamped at Valley Forge a number of disabled soldiers were quartered in the old Lutheran Church near Brickerville, and were supplied weekly with milk and other necessaries of life from his and neighboring farms. As already stated, he died September 14th, 1807, and lies buried in the family graveyard on top of the hill opposite the buildings of the said place. His wife Catharine, who is said to have been an amiable and greatly esteemed person, survived him several years. They had a family of twelve children, as follows: Elizabeth, Christian, Peter, John, Andrew, Catharine, Barbara, Anna, George, Maria, Benjamin, Maria. Barbara and Benjamin were the only two of the family that settled in Canada. The descendants of the others are all to be found in Pennsylvania and the Western and Pacific States with the exception of Sem Wissler,(See family of Sem Wissler), one of the sons of Anna who was married to Jacob Wissler."


      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.].

  • 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..., 547.

    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..., 341.

    3. [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..., 671.

    4. [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..., 548.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Feb 1734 - Near Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Sep 1807 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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