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Rev. Jonas B. Snider

Rev. Jonas B. Snider[1]

Male 1858 - 1944  (85 years)

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  • Name Jonas B. Snider 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 2 Oct 1858  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Interesting pioneer, story, religion 
    Religion 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Mennonite 
    Residence 1879  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1892  Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Minister 
    • Early services which began around 1837 were held in private homes. Land at the corner of Erb Street and Hallman Road, where the present-day cemetery is located, was donated by David Eby Sr. on July 14, 1851; a red brick church known as David Eby's Church was built in the same year. The first minister in the new church was Jacob M. Oberholtzer who served from 1852 to 1874. He was followed by Elias Schneider (1874-1889), Jonas Snider (1892-1900), Newton Weber (1921-1923), and Noah Hunsberger (1923-1929).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]
    Occupation 1901  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farmer 
    Occupation 1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Farmer 
    Religion 1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00106-5880 
    Died 6 Sep 1944  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I2394  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Mother Hannah Bingeman,   b. 1 Aug 1815, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1893  (Age 78 years) 
    Family ID F1844  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Rev. Jonas B. Snider
    Rev. Jonas B. Snider
    source: Mennonite Archives of Ontario

  • Notes 
    • Jonas Snider, "was born October 2nd, 1858. His boyhood days were spent on the farm he now possesses. The long summer months were engaged in performing such duties generally allotted to the juvenile race, while the winter time was engaged in attending the public school of the neighborhood where he received such an education generally furnished by those schools. When a young man he joined the church of his choice, the Mennonite, of which body he is held in high esteem for his many noble qualities. On June 24th, 1892, he was ordained to the ministry of the Mennonite Church. His sermons are characterized by ability and great faithfulness and are well received by his congregation and others. As a minister he is a diligent and faithful worker and pursues his calling with great devotion, doing good unto all. On April 1st, 1879, he was united in matrimony with Lucy Snyder who died June 15th, 1886. On July 5th, 1887, he was again married to Susannah Horst. Mr. Snider's family consists of nine children, of whom the four eldest were born unto his first wife"


      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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      Snider.-Jonas Snider was born near Waterloo, Ont., Oct. 2, 1858; died after a lengthy illness, at his home, Waterloo, Sept. 6, 1944; aged 85 y. 11 m. 4 d. On April 1, 1875, he was married to Lucy Ann Snyder, who predeceased him in 1886. On July 5, 1887, he was united in marriage to Susanna Horst, who passed away in 1933. He is survived by 8 sons (Edgar, Clayton, and Delton, Waterloo; Addison and Walter, Bridgeport; Omar, New Dundee; Benjamin, Woodstock; and Gilbert, near Waterloo), 2 daughters (Clara and Hannah, at home), 30 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and one brother (Amos, of Iowa).

      Many incidents and experiences of interest were connected with Bro. Snider's life. His grandfather, Jacob C. Snider, was a pioneer of Waterloo County. He came from Pennsylvania and engaged in the sawmill and flour mill business at Waterloo. His father, Elias Snider, was a minister in the Mennonite Church.

      In 1885 a wonderful revival was experiences in Waterloo County. It was not the custom of the church to have evangelistic services in the churches. A number of brethren, among them Noah Stauffer and Solomon Gehman, preached the Gospel in private homes, and many were converted. Among these converts was our departed Bro. Snider. At that time Sunday schools were not held in the church houses. In 1887, in a private dwelling owned by Levi Groff (at present the home of Bro. Snider's son, (Clayton), a Sunday school was organized, and the brethren Levi Groff and Jonas Snider were chosen as superintendents. The workers in this Sunday school labored faithfully in spite of opposition, and under the blessing of God the school outgrew its quarters. It was then held in Martins Schoolhouse, and finally in the David Eby Church.

      On June 24, 1892, Bro. Snider was ordained a minister in the David Eby Church, now the Erb St. Mennonite Church, Waterloo. On Nov. 17, 1895, he was ordained bishop. In his church record book he wrote: "Nov. 17, 1895 at the Cressman Church ordination services were held to ordain a bishop to assist Bishop Elias Weber in his field of labor, when it again pleased God to let the lot fall on me." He held this office until the Lord saw fit to call him home. At his request the conference released him form his major responsibilities as bishop in 1935. During his ministry he filled many preaching appointments, and two or three days with horse and buggy were often required to make the round trip. Among these appointments were : Mosa (Bothwell), Glen Allen, Port Elgin, Hanover, Rainham and South Cayuga, Wallace, Zurich, Clarence Center, N.Y., and Berne, Mich. The congregations in his bishop district were: Waterloo, Kitchener, Snyder, Cressman, Wanner, Hagey, and Weber's. Bro. Snider officiated at many ordination services. He preformed two hundred and forty-two wedding ceremonies. His baptismal records are not complete, but up to 1919 he had baptized over six hundred people. In the conference district his name will long be remembered. At the close of his ministry we can say in the words of Scripture: "After he had served his own generation by the will of God, [he] fell on sleep." (Acts 13: 36). "I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing" (11 Tim. 4: 6-8). The family will miss him as a loving father. The congregation at Waterloo will remember him as a faithful minister and bishop. In the conference he rests from his labors, but his works do follow him. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, in charge of the following brethren: Merle Shantz, B. B. Shantz, M. Hallman, C. F. Derstine, S. F. Coffman, M. H. Roth, and J. B. Martin.


      Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXVII, No . 25 - September 22, 1944, page 503, 504

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      Erb Street (David Eby) Mennonite Church

      Early services which began around 1837 were held in private homes. Land at the corner of Erb Street and Hallman Road, where the present-day cemetery is located, was donated by David Eby Sr. on July 14, 1851; a red brick church known as David Eby's Church was built in the same year. The first minister in the new church was Jacob M. Oberholtzer who served from 1852 to 1874. He was followed by Elias Schneider (1874-1889), Jonas Snider (1892-1900), Newton Weber (1921-1923), and Noah Hunsberger (1923-1929).

      Due to a difference of opinion in the David Eby congregation, Sunday School classes were held at first in a private home, that of Levi Groff, beginning in 1887. The dissension which resulted culminated in a division in the church in 1889; the minister, Elias Schneider, and the deacon, Menno S. Shantz, left the church and joined with the Old Order Mennonites of Woolwich Township. The following year, 1890, saw the commencement of "Edification Meetings", which were held in the homes of members of the David Eby congregation. These meetings later became the Young People's Bible Meetings.

      By the beginning of the twentieth century, it was recognized that the church building was either in need of repair or in need of complete replacement. Consideration was given to building a new church on the same site or on a site on King Street North. A decision was made to accept from Samuel S. Snider the donation of a parcel of land which was also on Erb Street, but nearer town. Excavation of the foundation for the new church began in the Spring of 1902. A dedication service was held on August 17, 1902. A parsonage was built in 1929 on land donated by Herbert Snider, the son of Samuel Snider. The church building was renovated and enlarged in 1949-1950; a dedication service was held on April 9, 1950. Further renovations were made in 1974..

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

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] 268.

    2. [S3] 275.

    3. [S132] Waterloo C-3 Page 15.

    4. [S8] Obituary of Jonas B. Snider - September 22, 1944.

    5. [S16] Elias Schneider and Hannah Bingeman Family Bible.

    6. [S2] .
      Name: Jonas Snider Age: 20-1/2 res: Waterloo Tp. Place of Birth: Waterloo Tp. Names of Parents: Elias Snider & Hannah Bingeman Name: Lucy Anna Snyder Age: 21 res: Waterloo Tp. Place of Birth: Waterloo Tp. Names of Parents: Benjamin Snyder & Magdalena Schantz Witness(S): : Ida Tuerk res: Berlin Witness(S): : Revd. A. O. Brickman res: Allentown Date of Marriage: Apr. 1, 1879

    7. [S214] Div. 3 page 2.

    8. [S1943] Div. 10 Page 79.

    9. [S168] Div. 3, Pg. 32.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Oct 1858 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1879 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1892 - Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1901 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Sep 1944 - Waterloo City, 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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