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Johann Jacob "Jacob" Hailer

Johann Jacob "Jacob" Hailer[1]

Male 1804 - 1882  (77 years)

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  • Name Johann Jacob "Jacob" Hailer 
    Born 20 Dec 1804  Wilferdingen, Grossherzogthum Baden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1829  Baltimore, Baltimore (City), Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Immigration 1830  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation 1851  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    wheelwright 
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    wheel wright 
    Occupation 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Wheelwright 
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Wheelright 
    Residence 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Evangelical 
    Died 6 Mar 1882  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 6
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Interesting honoured, business, story, religion 
    Possesions Cane of John Jacob Hailer 
    John Jacob's cane in possession of Ian Hadden 2012
    John Jacob's cane in possession of Ian Hadden 2012
    Name Jacob Hailer  [11, 12, 13
    Name Jakob Hailer 
    Name John Jacob Hailer 
    Residence Evangelical Gemeinshaft Association, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-24450 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Person ID I24450  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2020 

    Family Margareth Riehl,   b. 13 Oct 1807, Muehlhausen, , Bayern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1885, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Hailer,   b. 30 May 1831, Chippewa, Welland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1918, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     2. Catharine Hailer,   b. 16 Aug 1834, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1910, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. Harriet Hailer,   b. 1 Nov 1836, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1927, Sanger, Fresno, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     4. Marian Hailer,   b. 6 Nov 1838, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1932, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     5. Carolina H. Hailer,   b. 6 Sep 1843, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1923  (Age 79 years)
     6. Jacob Christian Hailer,   b. 15 Feb 1846, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1886, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    Last Modified 7 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F6108  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Jacob Hailer
    Jacob Hailer
    source Waterloo Hall of Fame

  • Notes 
    • Breithaupt is a daughter of Jacob Hailer, a native of Baden, Germany. He left the old country in 1829, and after spending one year in Baltimore, Maryland, came to Canada, and settled where the town of Berlin now stands. That was just fifty years ago. He built the fifth or sixth house in the place, and followed the wheelwright business till a few years ago, his specialty being spinning wheels and reels. He is in his 76th year, and somewhat deaf and infirm. His wife is also living, and quite smart and active. Mr. Hailer is a prominent member of the Evangelical Association, and has long been an officer of the same.

      The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Ontario Volume, 1880

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      Zion United Church

      A Sunday School was established in Berlin in 1837, meeting in Jacob Hailer's carpenter shop which was located at the southeast corner of what is now King and Scott Streets. A mission was begun by Rev. Christian Holl shortly after his arrival in Berlin on May 9, 1839, and a class (or congregation) was organized several months later on August 29, 1839 by Bishop John Seybert of the Evangelical Association during a camp meeting held at David Erb's farm near Lexington. John Hoffman was the Berlin class leader; his brother, Jacob, was class leader for the Waterloo-Lexington congregation. The Berlin congregation met in the old Town Hall until their first church was built in 1841 on Queen Street South across from Church Street on land purchased as of August 24, 1841 from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schneider. The church was dedicated on September 25th of that year, with Rev. Christian Hummel of Buffalo, New York, officiating. Rev. Joseph Harlacher was pastor from 1840-1842. In 1842 the Waterloo Mission became a Circuit of the East Pennsylvania Conference. Two years later it was part of the New York Conference.

      The second church building was built of brick on the same site in 1866, and dedicated in 1867; Rev. C.A. Spies was pastor at the time. The old frame church was sold and moved to Elgin Street where it was used as a dwelling. In the same year Berlin became a station.

      The present church building was built in 1893 on Weber Street; dedication services were held on June 15, 16 and 17, 1894. This building was heavily damaged by fires in 1942 and 1965 but was renovated and restored each time.

      The union of the Evangelical Church and the United Brethren in Christ Church on November 16, 1946 created the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The name of the church was to change again, to Zion United Church when the Evangelical United Brethren Church joined the United Church of Canada on January 1, 1968.

      Of interest: some maps of early Berlin show this church as a German Methodist church.


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

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      Jacob Hailer was born in Wilferdingen, in the Grand Duchy of Baden, in 1804, came to Waterloo Township in 1832, bought his first acre of land in Berlin from Bishop Benjamin Eby in 1833 and at once established himself as proprietor of a chair and spinning wheel shop, in which he did a modest but flourishing business for well over forty years. He was instrumental in establishing in Canada the religious denomination known as the Evangelical Association, whose regular place of worship for some time, until a church was built, was in Hailer's shop. The first church of this denomination in Canada was built in 1841, on Queen street south, opposite the end of Church street, Berlin. This was a frame building, replaced in 1866 by one of brick and moved to Elgin street, where it still exists as a dwelling. The present church on Weber street is the third building of this denomination in Berlin. Jacob Hailer died in 1882

      First Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society, 1913

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      Jacob Hailer of Wilferdingen, Grand Duchy of Baden, bought an acre of land at the southeast corner of King and Scott Streets in 1832 from Bishop Ben Eby. A stretch of forest stood on the other side of King Street. Mr. Hailer built a home on his purchase and next a chair and spinning-wheel shop. At first he used a foot lathe to do his turning. Samples of his chairs and spinning-wheel may be seen in the Waterloo Historical Society's Museum. Mr. Hailer was the grandfather of a prominent city family, and actively engaged in business for more than forty years.

      A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937, pp 33-34

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 9 Mar 1882.
      06 Mar 1882 Johann Jakob Hailer died in Berlin at age of 77 years, 2 months and 14 days, a native of Wilferdingen near Carlsruhe in Baden. He landed in Baltimore, Maryland on Sep 9, 1829, came here in 1831, 51 years ago and was the first European-German settler in Berlin.

    2. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 8.
      Jacob HAILER Wheel Wright Germany 48 Evangelical Association b. 28-Dec M
      Margareth HAILER France 45 Evangelical Association b. 13-Oct F
      Katharine HAILER Canada 18 Evangelical Association b. 16-Aug F
      Heriata HAILER Canada 16 Evangelical Association b. 1-Nov F
      Mariana HAILER Canada 14 Evangelical Association b. 6-Nov F
      Carolina H. HAILER Canada 8 Evangelical Association b. 6-Sep F
      Jacob C. HAILER Canada 6 Evangelical Association b. 15-Feb M

    3. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div 13, Page 23.

    4. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      S.E. Hier ruhet in Gott / J. Jacob Hailer / geb. in Wilferdingen / Grossherzogthum Baden / 20 Dec. 1804 / gest. 6 Maerz 1882 / War Einwohner von Berlin seit 1831 / der erste Europseische Deutsche ansiedler / Liech. text Lukas 2: 29,30 / Hailer

      N.E. Margaretha Hailer / geb. Riehl geb. 13 Oct. / 1807 / in Muehlhausen Bei / Straszburg Elsasz / gest. 9th June 1885 / Alt. 77 Jahr 7 M. / u. 27 Ta. A. M.H. Fence

    5. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 25.

    6. [S2173] Find A Grave, Cemetery, M., America, N., Municipality, W., & Cemetery, M. (1804). Johann "Jacob" Hailer (1804-1882) -... Retrieved 12 May 2020, from https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/154285300/johann-_jacob_-hailer.

    7. [S107] Book - The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Ontario Volume, 1880.

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

    9. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 8.

    10. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

    11. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register, marriage of daughter Margaret to Daniel Bean.

    12. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Catherine Breithaupt d. 5 Jul 1910 Berlin, b. 16 Aug 1834, aged 75y, 10m, 19d Berlin, d/o Jacob Hailer (b. Germany) & Margaret Riehl (b.. Germany) cause: dilation of the heart (12 weeks)

    13. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 19 Apr 1866.
      Emilie Goetze died 13 Apr 1866 in New York, daughter of William H. granddaughter of Jakob Hailer. 3 yrs.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Dec 1804 - Wilferdingen, Grossherzogthum Baden, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1829 - Baltimore, Baltimore (City), Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1830 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - wheelwright - 1851 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - wheel wright - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Wheelwright - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Wheelright - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Evangelical - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Mar 1882 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Evangelical Gemeinshaft Association, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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