Waterloo Region Generations
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Reeve John Ratz

Reeve John Ratz[1, 2]

Male 1833 - 1889  (55 years)

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  • Name John Ratz 
    Prefix Reeve 
    Born 7 Dec 1833  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Christened 19 Oct 1834  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gender Male 
    Elected Office Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Reeve - Elmira 
    Religion 1851  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Evangelist 
    Occupation 1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Methodist 
    Occupation 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer - Miller 
    Religion 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    E. Methodist 
    House Abt 1876  10 Centre St., Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Organization Elmira Public Library, Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On January 24, 1888, a meeting was held to organize a Mechanics' Institute in Elmira. Membership cost $1 a year. The first board members were: David Bean, George Klinck, A. Werner, John Ratz, A. H. Erb, A. Blatz, Wm. Behrens, Sol Laschinger, Dr. Ullyot, and M. Weber. The librarian/caretaker, C. K. Jansen was paid $30 a year.
    Occupation 1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    miller 
    Occupation 1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Miller 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-25862 
    Died 14 Oct 1889  Elmira Mennonite Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 11
    Buried Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I25862  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2019 

    Father Valentine Ratz,   b. 12 Aug 1798,   d. 28 Dec 1870, South Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Anna Gertrute "Gertrude" Lanz,   b. 2 May 1798, , Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1872, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married
    Valentine and Gertrude (Lanz) Ratz
    Valentine and Gertrude (Lanz) Ratz
    Family ID F11278  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Saloma Haist,   b. 29 Dec 1835, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1917  (Age 81 years) 
    Children 
     1. Samuel Ratz,   b. 1857, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Lydia Ann Ratz,   b. 22 Mar 1857, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1876, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     3. Simon H. Ratz,   b. 25 Oct 1858, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1910  (Age 51 years)
     4. Daniel Ratz,   b. 9 Nov 1860, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1909  (Age 49 years)
     5. George Ratz,   b. 20 Dec 1862, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1918  (Age 55 years)
     6. Mary Ann Ratz,   b. 27 Nov 1865, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1916, East Oxford Township, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     7. Susannah Ratz,   b. 17 May 1867, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1912, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     8. Dr. Major John Henry Ratz,   b. 7 Sep 1869, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1918, Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     9. Emma M. Ratz,   b. 2 Mar 1872, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1953, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London, Middlesex Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     10. David D. Ratz,   b. 20 Aug 1875, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1917, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F6743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Lydia Ann Ratz,   b. 22 Mar 1857, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1876, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F255089  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    John Ratz
    John Ratz
    From Enterprising Elmira, An historical, discriptive, and illustrated book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, published by George Klinck 1903

  • Notes 
    • The Late Reeve John Ratz, who was one of the leading spirits in the railroad agitation as well as in the movement to incorporate the Village of Elmira, was born in the town of Waterloo 70 years ago. He purchased a farm near Elmira in 1855, which he disposed of 26 years ago and removed to Elmira. He was elected the first Reeve of Elmira in the year 1887 and died while in office the next year.

      Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 012546-84.
      Daniel RATZ , 24 , miller , Woolwich Twp., Nichol Twp., s/o John RATZ & Saloma HAIST , married Annie SCOTT , 25 , Elora , Nichol , d/o Charles SCOTT & Ann KNOX , witn: George RATZ of Elmira Woolwich Twp. & Addie BOONE of Wellesley Twp., 24 June 1884 at Nichol Twp

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 27 Jul 1876.
      Died 18 Jul 1876 In Elmira, Lydia Ann, daughter of John Ratz, died at the age of 19 years, 3 months, 26 days.

    3. [S98] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Elmira Union CC#4578 Internet Link.
      John Ratz/ Died Oct. 14, 1889/ Aged 55 Yrs. 10 Ms. 7 Ds

    4. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div 2 Page 42 Family 194.

    5. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 2 Page 42.

    6. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 62.

    7. [S211] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church Register of H. W. Peterson 1833-1835.
      John, born December 7th 1833, baptized October 19th 1834, by the Reverend H W Peterson; parentes, Valentine Ratz, & Gertrude, his wife; testes, godfather John Moak, godmother, Gertrude Ratz.

    8. [S141] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1851, Div. 3, Pg. 17.

    9. [S915] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1861, Township of Woolwich 1861 Div. 4 Page 39.

    10. [S77] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Signet (1893-1982), Obituary of Daniel Ratz - 9 Dec 1909.

    11. [S2057] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1891, Pg. 41.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Dec 1833 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 19 Oct 1834 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve - Elmira - - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evangelist - 1851 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - Miller - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - E. Methodist - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHouse - Abt 1876 - 10 Centre St., Elmira, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrganization - - Elmira Public Library, Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - miller - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Miller - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Oct 1889 - Elmira Mennonite Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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