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

Heinrich "Henry" Eby[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

Male 1820 - 1855  (35 years)


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  • Name Heinrich "Henry" Eby 
    Born 25 Jan 1820  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1842  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    printer 
    Historic Building 1850  33 Eby Street South, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Built in 1850-1855 by Henry Eby, it is a frame house. In 1978 it was covered in insul-brick and was listed as being in fair condition.
    Name Henry Eby 
    Occupation 1851  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    printer 
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    gentleman 
    Eby ID Number 00031-2450.19 
    Died 11 Mar 1855  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 10, 14, 15
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I21144  Generations
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2023 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Mary Brubacher,   b. 6 Aug 1789, Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1834, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 7 Feb 1807  [14, 16, 17, 18
    Family ID F159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Bowers,   b. 12 Nov 1825, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1903, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 22 Aug 1843  [1
    Children 
     1. Julia Anna Eby,   b. 15 Aug 1844, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Harriet Louise Eby,   b. 10 Oct 1846, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1920, Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Adelaide Matilda Eby,   b. 9 Sep 1848, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1877, Fort Gratiot, St. Clair County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2023 
    Family ID F4294  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Adelaide Matilda Eby,   b. 9 Sep 1848, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1877, Fort Gratiot, St. Clair County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2023 
    Family ID F255051  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Henry Eby, "the fourth son of Bishop Benjamin Eby, was born January 25th, 1820. When a young man he received a fair school education. He was a printer by trade and for some time editor and publisher of the Deutscher Canadier, issued weekly at Berlin, Ontario. He also published many books and all kinds of English and German literature. His printing office and residence were situated on the west side of King Street, South Ward, Berlin, about 150 yards from the Market House. The property is now owned by Mr. A. S. Hallman, grocer, who resides in it, and the printing office has been turned into a dwelling house which is rented to a Mrs. John Stauffer. Henry Eby was married, August 22nd, 1843, to Elizabeth Bowers who was born November 12th, 1825. Mr. Eby died March 11th, 1855, leaving three daughters"


      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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      Henry Eby, proprietor of the German Canadian, died in Berlin, Waterloo County, the 11th inst.

      The Christian Guardian 28 Mar 1855, pg 99

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      A-1-66 Henry Eby: Probate of Will, granted by William Miller, Esquire, Judge of the Court, 24 March 1855 on the prayer of and in favor to Elias Eby of Lancaster Mills, Miller, Joseph E. Schneider, and Jacob Y. Shantz, both of Berlin, Yeomen, all in the County of Waterloo, and by Henry Eby, formerly of the said Berlin, Gentleman, deceased, appointed Executors to his Last Will and Testament….on the said Executors giving proof and satisfaction that the said Henry Eby is dead, and he having died on or about the eleventh day of the same month of March, and they also giving proof that such Will, and of which the following is a true and faithful transcript, is the true Last Will and Testament of the said Deceased…

      In the name of God, Amen - I, Henry Eby, of the Village of Berlin…being of sound and disposingh mind, memory and understanding do make, pubish and declare this my Last Will and Testament, hererby revoking and making null and void all former Last Wills and Testaments and writings in the nature of last Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made. First I give and devise in trust to my hereinafter named Executors and the survivors or survivor…to dispose of all and singular my real personal and mixed property of which I shall be seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my deceased (excepting that portion thereof herinafter given to my beloved wife Elizabeth Eby) entire or in parcels, by public auction or private contract…for the most money that can be obtained..to pay debts, dues, notes, bill, book accounts, obligations and charges against me…to give public notice in some public newspaper for all parties who are indebted to me to pay without delay and all persons to whom I be indebted to send in their claims forthwith, so that my Executors may know what amount to reserve for my debts and liabilities….I give devise and bequeath as follows, that is to ssay, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Eby, one acre of land, which consists of the rear or south end of the lot number twelve in the said Village of Berlin, where I now reside, commencing at the corner of Eby and Church Streets…and which said lot of land together with the month and other provisions for her hereinafter made I declare shall be taken in lieu and satisfaction of all her Dower and right to Dpwer in the lands of which I have been or may hereafter be seized…I also direct that my said Executors shall build and prepare for my said wife a suitable house and premises, the expenses whereof shall not exceed twelve hundred dollars on the said acre of land bequeathed to my wife, and that my Executors do reserve sufficient for her support, so that she may live comfortably so long as she remains my Widow., and in case of my wife's second marriage or upon her death, I direct that the said acre of land and all and singular shall be sold - the money to be put into a general fund for my children. It is my desire that my children shall live with their mother until they shall attain respectively the age of Eighteen years…If all my said children be eighteen years of age upon my wife's death or in case of her second marriage, all the said money under the control of Executors shall be equally divided among my said children…I nominate and appoint Elias Eby of Lancaster Mills, in the Village of Lancaster and County of Waterloo, Miller, Joseph Schneider of the Village of Berlin, Farmer, and Jacob Y. Shantz of the said Village of Berlin, Farmer, to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
      The Inventory of the personal Estate of the aforesaid Henry Eby, deceased, is of the amount of One Thousand Four Hundred and forty seven pounds, fifteen shillings and five pence.

      Witnessed by Johannes Hiller and James Potter
      Will Dated 8 March 1855
      Probate granted 24 March 1855
      Inventory amount £1447/15/5
      Died 11 March 1855

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      King Street, Kitchener

      Benton to Eby Street.-Successive occupation was as follows: From Benton Street easterward, before 1855, a one-story brick building with gable facing King Street was erected at the corner and used by Jacob Benner as blacksmith shop. Later Benner moved to West Montrose and the next occupant was Valentine Gildner and after him his son John Gildner . This blacksmith shop continued until comparatively recent years. A frame building painted white, with veranda in front, was Gildner s residence..

      Vacant lot.

      A tinsmith shop owned by Mr. Lehnen . This had a nice front with two good-sized glass windows on either side of the door.

      A dwelling house built by Henry Rothaermel 1848-9. He was a carpenter and later was market clerk and tax collector.

      A lane.

      A one and one-half story building, with gable facing King Street and a verandah extending over the sidewalk, occupied by a Mr. Coleman 1855-1860. Adjoining it was a warehouse. The store passed to Coleman's son and then to John Kegel. Later John George Schmidt, shoemaker, occupied the building.

      A lane.

      A double, frame building about 50 feet along King St.; the east half used as a dwelling had a veranda; the west half was occupied by Charles Koehn, shoemaker.

      Open space.

      Dwelling of Gabriel Bowman, carpenter, who built the house.

      A one and one-half story building occupied by Balzar Allendorf, a coverlet weaver, about 1840. Allendorf later moved to New Hamburg. There was a veranda at the front of the house and under it a well. Cattle ran at large in the streets at this time and one Sunday afternoon a steer got on the veranda floor, which was partly rotted, broke through, fell into the well and had to be pulled out by means of a windlass. The building was torn down later.

      frame building ocupied by Henry Sippel, former employee of Allendorf, as a weaver's shop.

      In 1855 there was a frame building one and one-half story high along King Street divided into two parts, one part a dwelling and the other part a hat shop, owned by John Kidder, who made felt hats and old-fashioned bonnets. The shop was a few steps above the sidewalk level.

      A dwelling.

      A one and one-half story frame building lengthwise with King street occupied by a widow, Mrs. Caroline Lehnen.

      A driveway.

      A two story brick building with gable toward King Street, occupied by J. J. Lehnen, son of the widow Lehnen, as a copper and tinsmith shop and a store. Lehnen made his own tinware. Later Jacob Doebler occupied this building as a bakery.

      A one and one-half story frame building with gable toward King Street occupied by George Yantz, a cabinet maker. He had a tavern in this same building for a time, and lived there.

      In the early years a garden.

      A small shop with sloping roof used by Christian Enslin as a book store and book-bindery, the first book-bindery in Berlin Enslm arrived in Berlin about 1830. Jacob Stroh remembers going with his father to the store to buy school supplies. Enslin later was editor, for Henry Eby, the publisher, of the Deutsche Canadier which began publication in 1840.

      Enslin's House, one-half story, frame, standing lengthwise with King Street and having a veranda over the door, was on the site of Dr. Hetts present office and house. At the rear there was an orchard.

      About 60 feet back of King Street there was a house built by Henry Eby. Shubel Randall, brother of George Randall, lived in it later. In 1860 the building was destroyed by fire and a servant girl Dina Hertz, perished in the flames. The walls remaining standing, the house was re-built, and is still in use.

      A brick building, abutting on King Street with gable facing the street, was Henry Eby's printing office. The main floor was she or seven feet above the sidewalk level. In 1860 this building was changed to a church and was the first Anglican Church in Berlin.

      A frame building, one end of which was used by Henry Bowman as a general store; he lived in the other end. This was known as the Bowman building. Later William Stein had a tailor shop in it and after him William Thoms used it as a shoe repair shop.

      REMINISCENCES OF BERLIN (NOW KITCHENER) By JACOB STROH Contributed by Joseph M. Snyder.

      Part I. Settlement - Early Villagers and Buildings, Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume 1930

  • Sources 
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    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..., 345.

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    5. [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..., 179.

    6. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.
      (eroded) Zum Andenken von / Heinrich Eby / starb den 11ten Maerz 1855 / Alter 35 Jahr (1) Mon. u. 16 Tage / (verse) / in memory of / Henry Eby / died the 11th day of March 1855 / aged 35 years 1 mo. & 16 days / (verse)

    7. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 2 Aug 1877.
      Died 1 May 1877 In Fort Gratiot, Michigan, Adelaide Matilda, daughter of the late Heinrich Eby in Berlin, wife of W. Mortimer, died at 29 years of age.

    8. [S16] Bible - Genealogical Information in the Bibles of the Waterloo Historical Society, Eby Bible owned originally by Menno Eby Jr. Berlin, 15 Mar 1885.
      Henry Eby born January 25, 1820 at 3.00 p. m. under the sign of Gemini. Died March 11, 1855 at 8 a. m. Aged 38 years, 4 months and 16 days.

    9. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 5.
      Henry EBY Gentleman Canada 32 Mennonite b. 25-Jan
      Elisabeth EBY Canada 26 Lutheran b. 8-Nov
      Juliana EBY Canada F. 7 Mennonite b. 10-Aug
      Heriette L. EBY Canada F. 6 Mennonite b. 9-Oct
      Adelaide M. EBY Canada 4 Mennonite b. 11-Sep
      William RUEMANAK Labourer Germany 48 Lutheran b.

    10. [S244] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Deutsche Canadier (1841-1865) - Index to Births, Deaths and Marriages Announced in the Deutsche Canadier, Berlin, Canada West. originally indexed by Simone Nieuwolt and Sylvie Kuppek..organised by Rosemary Ambrose, 15 Mar 1855 Page 11.
      Heinrich Eby Died 10 Mar 1855 Son of Benjamin Eby. 35y, lm, 16d. Brother of the owner of Deutsche Canadier, & publisher, but left it to its present owner due to poor health. Leaves his widow and 3 children

    11. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Minister of The German Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Church Greenbush, Waterloo Township, Halton County, Wellington District, 31 Aug. 1842 to 31 Aug. 1843 report 25.
      Sem Wissler, Tanner, to Jane Robertson, both of Waterloo. Wit. Henry Eby, Printer and Elisabeth Bowers, both of Waterloo.

    12. [S2070] Directory - Ontario Directory for 1851.

    13. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 5.

    14. [S16] Bible - Genealogical Information in the Bibles of the Waterloo Historical Society, Eby Bible owned originally by Menno Eby Jr. Berlin, 15 Mar 1885.

    15. [S1000] News - Christian Guardian - Death Notices from the Christian Guardian 1851-1860, 28 Mar 1855, pg 99 - Death Notice of Henry Eby.

    16. [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..., 550.

    17. [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..., 616.

    18. [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..., 344.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Jan 1820 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - printer - 1842 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 1850 - 33 Eby Street South, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - printer - 1851 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - gentleman - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Mar 1855 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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