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

Joseph Schneider[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1772 - 1843  (71 years)

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  • Name Joseph Schneider 
    Born 24 May 1772  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Gender Male 
    Historic Building 466 Queen st., S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Joseph Schneider's house is the oldest surviving in Kitchener dating from 1820 and has been made into the Joseph Schneider Haus Muesum.
    Joseph Schneider's House and Land 1875
    Joseph Schneider's House and Land 1875
    1875 Map of Berlin, Ontario showing Joseph Schndeider Haus Museum site. Look at the bridge in front the creek has been covered over.
    Historic Building 1807  393 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Site of first log cabin 
    • Now on this site is Barra Castle a 15 unit apartment building, due to be renovated for other purposes (2009).
    Historic Business 1816  113 David Street, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sawmill 
    • Joseph Schneider's Saw-Mill

      The pioneers had then begun to replace their log-houses with frame homes. To meet a demand for lumber Joseph Schneider built a saw-mill in 1816 on Schneider's Creek. It rested on the easterly side of David Street, opposite Victoria Park. The mill dam was above the railway, and the mill-race crossed David Street between Schneider Avenue and Roland Street. The up-and-down or "muley" saw was run by an overshot waterwheel.1a

      1aA History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937 pg 17
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 017W, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 023W, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Historical Event 29 Aug 1839  Evangelical Association Church, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    church founding 
    • 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.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]
    Interesting religion, pioneer, story 
    Eby ID Number 00106-6346 
    Died 27 Oct 1843  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2477  Generations
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2019 

    Father Jacob Schneider,   b. 1727, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Maria Herschi,   b. Abt 1732, Of, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1 Apr 1755  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F2837  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Barbara Eby,   b. 29 Apr 1774, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1843, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 21 Feb 1798  , , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Children 
     1. Catharine Schneider,   b. 12 Feb 1799, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1881, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Jacob E. Schneider,   b. 2 Sep 1800, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1884, East Of Berlin, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Elizabeth Schneider,   b. 2 Jan 1802, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1876, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     4. Veronica Schneider,   b. 25 Jul 1803, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1872, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     5. Mary Schneider,   b. 1 Apr 1808, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1887, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     6. Deacon Joseph E. Schneider,   b. 23 Nov 1810, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1880, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     7. Moses E. Schneider,   b. 24 Nov 1810, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1896  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F798  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Joseph Schneider, "was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, May 24th, 1772. On February 21st, 1798, he was married to Barbara, daughter of Christian and Catharine (Bricker) Eby. She was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, April 29th, 1774, and died in Berlin, Ontario, March 13th, 1843. On May 8th, 1807, Mr. Schneider with wife and family and a large company of others (See Vol. 1 pages 39, 40 and 41 for particulars) moved to Canada and settled where now is the town of Berlin, Ontario. Here he was engaged in farming. His first buildings were erected where now his grandson, Samuel B. Schneider, lives, a little west of the Walper Block, Berlin. Here he died October 27th, 1843, leaving 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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      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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      SCHNEIDER, JOSEPH, settler and sawmill owner; b. 24 May 1772 in Lancaster County, Pa, son of Jacob B. Schneider and Maria Herschi; m. 21 Feb. 1798 Barbara Eby, sister of Benjamin Eby*, and they had seven children; d. 27 Oct. 1843 in Berlin (Kitchener), Upper Canada.

      Joseph Schneider's father immigrated with his parents to Pennsylvania from the Palatinate (Federal Republic of Germany) in 1736. In 1806, three years after Jacob's death, two of his sons, Christian and Jacob, settled in block 2 (Waterloo Township), in the vicinity of present-day Kitchener. Joseph and a group of other Mennonites followed them, making the month-long journey in horse-drawn wagons. Schneider purchased and settled on lot 17 of the German Company Tract of block 2. It was the attraction of inexpensive land, as well as the desire to remain under British rule in the years after the American revolution, that brought many Mennonites to the area, among them Benjamin Eby and Samuel D. Betzner*. Geographical isolation allowed them to practise their religion and language freely, although at first it forced them to travel to such centres as Dundas for supplies and services.

      Schneider was an active figure among the Mennonite settlers and, with Eby, is often regarded as a founder of Kitchener. He helped open the first local road, which ran from his farmstead to the Dundas road and was known as Schneider's road until the 1870s. In 1808-9 he and four other heads of families hired a teacher to open the first school in the area. He was involved four years later in the building of the first Mennonite meeting-house, headed by Eby; in 1834 Schneider participated in the construction of a new church. Perhaps as early as 1816 he had built a sawmill on what is still known as Schneider's Creek, and in the 1820s a blacksmith shop and tavern were erected by Phineas Varnum on land leased from Schneider. Together these enterprises formed the commercial nucleus of the developing village, known variously as Sand Hills, Ebytown, and, later, Berlin. In 1835 Schneider strongly supported the establishment of its first newspaper, Heinrich Wilhelm Peterson*'s Canada Museum, und Allgemeine Zeitung, of which he was a stockholder.

      Schneider died on 27 Oct. 1843. Among the possessions he left to his family were traditional objects valued by Pennsylvania Germans, including a tall case clock, the works for which he had brought with him in 1807. The clock still stands in the house he built about 1820, Kitchener's oldest structure and now a museum. In other local collections are two family bibles: one, in the Mennonite Archives of Ontario, a rare edition published in Zurich in 1560 by Christoph Froschauer and brought to Upper Canada by Schneider; the other, in the possession of a descendant, printed in Lancaster County in 1805 and containing striking examples of fraktur (ornamental writing), executed by teacher-artist Jacob Schumacher in 1821.

      Schneider's farming and milling operations were continued by his youngest son, Joseph E., who in 1849 had the family's history printed in Berlin in a small booklet, possibly the earliest published genealogy in Canada. In 1874 he was a charter member of the Reforming/Reformed Mennonites (later the Missionary Church) .
      E. Reginald Good and Paul Tiessen

      Toronto and York Land Registry Office (Toronto), "Old York County," deeds, 5, no.1839 (mfm. at AO). Waterloo South Land Registry Office (Kitchener, Ont.), Waterloo Township, abstract index to deeds, German Company Tract, lot 17 (mfm. at AO). E. E. Eby and J. B. Snyder, A biographical history of early settlers and their descendants in Waterloo Township, with Supplement, ed. E. D. Weber (Kitchener, 1971), 136. John English and Kenneth McLaughlin, Kitchener: an illustrated history (Waterloo, Ont., 1983). Hannes Schneider and his wife Catharine Haus Schneider, their descendants and times, 1534-1939, ed. J. M. Snyder (Kitchener, [1940]). Herkommen und Geschlechts Register der Schneider Familie (Berlin [Kitchener], 1849). P. G. Klassen, "A history of Mennonite education in Canada, 1786-1960" (d.ed. thesis, Univ. of Toronto, 1970), 73-74. W. V. Uttley, A history of Kitchener, Ontario (Kitchener, 1937; repr. [Waterloo, 1975]), 17. M. [H.] Snyder Sokvitne, "The Joseph Schneider house, 1820," Waterloo Hist. Soc., [Annual report] (Kitchener), 1966: 20-27. W. V. Uttley, "Joseph Schneider: founder of the city," Waterloo Hist. Soc., Annual report (Waterloo), 1929: 111-19. G. K. Waite, "Joseph Schneider sawmill operations, 1848-1859," Waterloo Hist. Soc., [Annual report], 1985: 57-65.

      Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
      2000 University of Toronto/Université Laval

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      JOSEPH SCHNEIDER
      Founder of the City

      The first stones in the city's foundation were laid in South Queen Street, in 1807, by Joseph Schneider. He was born in Lancaster County, Pa, in 1798, and married Barbara, sister of the Rev. Benjamin Eby.

      On Lot No. 17, Pioneer Schneider built a log cabin. It stood on the east side of Queen Street, where John McKay's former home rests. Next he cut a roadway from the house to the Walper House corner and easterly to No. 57 East King Street, where he built a barn. South Queen Street was the first thoroughfare in the city and until the eighteen-eighties was called Schneider's Road.


      A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937 pg 16

  • 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..., 549.

    2. [S10] Book - Vol II 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..., 28.

    3. [S10] Book - Vol II 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..., 422.

    4. [S10] Book - Vol II 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..., 139.

    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..., 341.

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

    7. [S552] Book - A History of Kitchener, Ontario, pg 16.

    8. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 47.

    9. [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..., 266.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 May 1772 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - - 466 Queen st., S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Feb 1798 - , , Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - Site of first log cabin - 1807 - 393 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Business - Sawmill - 1816 - 113 David Street, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistorical Event - church founding - 29 Aug 1839 - Evangelical Association Church, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Oct 1843 - 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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