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

John Eby[1, 2, 3]

Male 1814 - 1899  (84 years)


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  • Name John Eby 
    Born 7 Aug 1814  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Historic Building 1838  362 Frederick St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • The Eby-Dunham home was constructed 1838-1840 by John Eby. It is a frame construction and in 1978 was considered to be in good condition. It was much altered in 1887.

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      John, bought the Poor House farm. The son erected a home in Frederick Street, opposite the House of Refuge. It was made of foot-wide planks, laid one atop the other. In 1837 he married Rebecca, daughter of Samuel Bricker, who played a prominent past in the Beasley mortgage snag.1a

      1a
      A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937
    Med. Note
    • For the last few years of his life he was completely blind.
    Residence 1838  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    farmer 
    Occupation 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Farmer 
    Religion 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Gentleman 
    Religion 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00031-2760 
    Died 6 Mar 1899  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 15, 16
    Cause: old age 
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Person ID I21980  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 

    Father Deacon Samuel Eby,   b. 27 Aug 1785, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1844  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Break,   b. 13 Aug 1789, , Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1872, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1808  [17
    Family ID F4299  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rebecca Bricker,   b. 22 Sep 1819, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1872, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1837  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 18
    Children 
     1. Dr. Aaron Eby,   b. 14 Aug 1838, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1899  (Age 60 years)
     2. Sophia Eby,   b. 10 Jun 1840, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1868, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     3. Veronica Eby,   b. 25 Mar 1842, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Moses Eby,   b. 2 Oct 1844, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1867, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     5. S. Groff,   b. 1846, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Elizabeth Eby,   b. 23 Oct 1846, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1867, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     7. Magdelina "Maggie" Eby,   b. 19 Apr 1851, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1929  (Age 77 years)
     8. Susannah Eby,   b. 22 Sep 1858, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1939, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F3540  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Nancy Groff,   b. 5 Oct 1822, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 29 Jan 1880  [2, 11
    Children 
     1. Susanna Eby,   b. 1858, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F1303  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Eby, "the second son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Brech) Eby, was born August 7th, 1814. On November 7th, 1837, he was married to Rebecca Bricker who was born September 22nd, 1819, and died May 11th, 1872. They resided on the farm now known as the "Poor House Farm", on which was built, in 1869, by the County Council of the County of Waterloo, the House of Industry and Refuge. The farm is directly east of Berlin, about ten minutes' walk from the Court House. Mr. Eby was married a second time to Nancy Groff (widow), and is now comfortably located in the town of Berlin, Ontario. Of late years, however, he has been so unfortunate as to be totally deprived of his eyesight. He has a family of seven 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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      On the 6th of March, 1899, in Berlin, Ont., of the infirmities of old age, John Eby, in the 84th year of his age. He was born Aug. 7th, 1814; was married to Rebecca Bricker, Nov. 7th, 1837. She died May 11th, 1872. To this union were born seven children, of whom four survive. After the death of his first wife deceased was married to Nancy Groff. For a number of years previous and up to his death deceased was completely blind. Buried on the 9th in the C. Eby cemetery.

      The Herald of Truth , Vol. XXXVI, No. 7, April 1, 1899 - pages 108-110

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      John, bought the Poor House farm. The son erected a home in Frederick Street, opposite the House of Refuge. It was made of foot-wide planks, laid one atop the other. In 1837 he married Rebecca, daughter of Samuel Bricker, who played a prominent past in the Beasley mortgage snag.

      North Waterloo is indebted to the Mennonites for the introduction of the apple-tree and apple-butter. John Eby planted a large orchard and owned a cider-mill. Maryborough farmers drove down and bought wagon-loads of apples from him. The buyers came in one day, stayed over night, and started off the next morning.

      Mr. and Mrs. John Eby were the parents of two sons and four daughters. The youngest daughter, Susanna, of 178 Frederick Street, was born in the farm house in 1858. She remembers seeing her mother spinning flax and wool, and of twisting the threads for her. The girls were taught how to bake and sew; and all the children to work and save. Miss Eby often saw the pleasure wagon in which Samuel Bricker brought over the mass of silver to pay for the Mennonite purchase.

      Her father built a home (which is still in use) [1937], for his widowed mother, on the east side of Frederick Street, at the Five Points. In 1868 her father sold the County the Poor House farm, retaining only his home and five acres of land. His second youngest child was daughter named Madeline (1851-1929). She was married to Martin Dunham in 1880. Eight years later her father sold to Mr. Dunham the five acres mentioned and moved farther into town. Later on Mr. Dunham subdivided his purchase and sold it for building lots The city renamed part of East Avenue and La Grange Street, Dunham Avenue, in 1933, in honor of this family.

      1aA History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937, pg 18

  • 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..., 611.

    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..., 723.

    3. [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..., 332.

    4. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div 13, Page 4.

    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..., 295.

    6. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 16.
      John EBY Farmer Birthplace: Canada Age 38 Mennonite b. 7-Aug
      Rebeca EBY Birthplace: Canada Age 33 Mennonite b. 22-Sep
      Aron EBY Labourer Birthplace: Canada F. Age 14 Mennonite b. 14-Aug
      Moses EBY Birthplace: Canada F. Age 13 Mennonite b. 2? October
      Sophia EBY Birthplace: Canada F. Age 12 Mennonite b. 10-Jun
      Veronica EBY Birthplace: Canada F. Age 10 Mennonite b. 25-Mar
      Elisabetha EBY Birthplace: Canada F. Age 6 Mennonite b. 25-Oct
      Magdelena EBY Birthplace: Canada F. Age 1 Mennonite b. 19-Apr

    7. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 16 May 1871.
      11 May 1872 in Berlin, née Bricker, wife of John, 57 yrs, 7 mths, and a few days.

    8. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 58.

    9. [S32] News - Herald of Truth, April 1, 1899 - Obituary of John Eby.

    10. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 1 Page 1.

    11. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Sec. 5 Page 64.

    12. [S872] Book - Historic Building Inventory - Kitchener.

    13. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 23 Aug 1838:36.
      14 Aug 1838 The family of John Eby, son of Samuel Eby, (oldest), by Berlin, was blessed with a son

    14. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 16.

    15. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.

    16. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 16 May 1871.
      11 May 1872 in Berlin, née Bricker, wife of John, 57 yrs, 7 mths, and a few days.
      date differs from cemetery stone

    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..., 610.

    18. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 7 Nov 1837:47.
      5 Nov 1837 Rev Bindemann m. John Eby to Miss Rebecca Bruecker, both of Waterloo.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Aug 1814 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Nov 1837 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 1838 - 362 Frederick St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1838 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: old age - 6 Mar 1899 - 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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