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

Rev. Samuel S. Eby[1, 2]

Male 1772 - 1849  (76 years)


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  • Name Samuel S. Eby 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 20 Feb 1772  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81744071 
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 001NW, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 018, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Name Indian Sam 
    Eby ID Number 00031-2543 
    Died 10 Feb 1849  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5
    Cause: heart attack 
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I21462  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 

    Father George Eby,   b. 11 Dec 1748,   d. 10 Jun 1800, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Barbara Sensenig,   b. Jan 1750,   d. 24 Apr 1787  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Married 17 Sep 1769  [1
    Family ID F5171  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Magdalena Erb,   b. 2 Feb 1777, Warwick Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1864, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Children 
     1. Moses Eby,   b. 10 Mar 1799, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1854, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F5243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Samuel Eby, "(known as "Indian Sam") the second son of George Eby, was born February 20th, 1772, and died February 10th, 1840. He was married to Magdalena Erb who was born February 2nd, 1777, and died December 26th, 1864. In company with his brother, George, and a few others he left Pennsylvania in the spring of 1804 and moved to Canada. He took up north-west part of lot No. 1, German Company's Tract, in the township and county of Waterloo, Ontario. At that time there were but few white settlers in this beautiful county and the Indians were his next neighbors. He spent much of his time among the Indians and taught them many good things, in fact he was their law-giver, minister, interpreter and peace-maker. He had a family of one son"

      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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      "Mennonite entrepreneur "Indian Sam" Eby, for instance, established a distillery in 1804 at a crossroads where he traded whisky in exchange for the Mississaugas' furs. Fellow settlers in 1808 then complained to the provincial legislature that Eby's actions had caused the Mississaugas "to get drunk and lie about and not follow their hunting, and [to leave] their young ones starving and begging for food." The Mississaugas eventually reacted by converting to Methodism and giving up the use of liquor. The Mississaugas also strove to become exemplary models of middle-class culture, leading one German immigrant to Waterloo in 1833 to remark that the Aboriginals he had met were "the most peaceable people, a large number of them Christians."

      UW Gazette, October 25, 1995

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      INDIAN SAM EBY

      Samuel Eby of Lot No. 18 was called "Indian Sam" because he was the Indians' minister, interpreter and lawgiver, says Ezra Eby. In a vacant log house on his clearing the first school in the settlement was opened in 1808, with John Beatty as teacher. He taught only in the winter months and parents who sent their children to school paid him for his services. The rate is unknown, but in the early eighteen-forties Benjamin Burkholder, a Waterloo teacher, charged a child two dollars for three months' instruction, with two terms during a winter. In addition every pupil had to contribute a share of the firewood to heat the schoolroom.

      A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937

  • 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..., 582.

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 12 Jan 1865.
      25 Dec 1864 in Wilmot, widow of Simon Sr., 88 yrs.

    3. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.
      Zum Andenken von/ Samuel Eby/ geboren/ den 20sten Februar/ 1772/ gestorben den 10 then Febraur/ 1849 76 Jahre 11 Monate/ und 20 Tage Alt. [eroded, July 2010]

    4. [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, 16 Feb 1849 Page 7.
      Samuel Eby Died 10 Feb 1849 Heart attack. 76y, 11m, 21d.

    5. [S844] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1861, Sect. 8 Page 47.

    6. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 23.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Feb 1772 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: heart attack - 10 Feb 1849 - , 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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