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

Anson Groh[1]

Male 1859 - 1944  (85 years)


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  • Name Anson Groh 
    Born 17 Apr 1859  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Dunkard 
    Religion 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Mennonite 
    Religion 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Protestant 
    Occupation 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Farmer 
    Religion 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Protestant 
    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 00045-3422 
    Died 8 May 1944  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 11, 12
    Cause: Arteriosclerosis - Myocarditis 
    Buried 12 May 1944  Wanner Mennonite Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 11
    Person ID I386778  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

    Father Reeve Isaac Groh,   b. 14 Mar 1829, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1901, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Mary S. Wanner,   b. 10 Nov 1828, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1896, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 9 May 1848  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 13, 14, 15
    Family ID F549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lovina Bechtel,   b. 1 Dec 1860, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1932, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 7 Mar 1882  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 8, 16, 17
    Children 
     1. Herbert Groh,   b. 7 Mar 1883, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1971, Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. Mabel Groh,   b. 17 Oct 1884, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1962  (Age 77 years)
     3. Melvin Soloman Groh,   b. 15 Oct 1886, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1954  (Age 67 years)
     4. Norman I. Groh,   b. 2 Jul 1888, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1980, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     5. Ida Elizabeth Groh,   b. 27 Jul 1890, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1975  (Age 84 years)
     6. Mary Esther "Esther" Groh,   b. 5 May 1892, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1973, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     7. Bertha Amelia Groh,   b. 24 Apr 1894, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Elsie Groh,   b. 7 Mar 1896, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1914, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     9. Oscar A. Groh,   b. 6 Dec 1897, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Ivan Groh,   b. 21 Feb 1899, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1988, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     11. Rev. Harold David Groh,   b. 22 Nov 1900, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1981, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F261940  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Anson W. Groh, "was born April 17th, 1859. He resides about one mile north-east of Preston, on the farm formerly possessed by the Rev. John Bear. He is married to Lovina Bechtel and 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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      Wanner Mennonite Church
      Begun: 1829

      A small wooden meeting house was built in 1829 on a corner of the farm belonging to Samuel Bechtel which was located in the vicinity of the present-day regional headquarters of the Ministry of Natural Resources near the intersection of Highways 24 and 401. The site for this community meeting house, as well as a school and a burial ground, had been chosen on August 8, 1829. The land was donated by Samuel Bechtel and his wife Barbara (Baumann) on March 15, 1830. A new meeting house, of white brick, was built in 1837 on the east side of Henry Wanner's farm, somewhat north of the first meeting house. Meetings at first were held every eight weeks. The deed of land for the meeting house known as Wanner's was dated October 15, 1837. Early preachers were David Sherk, who had been ordained by Benjamin Eby in July 1837, Jacob Bretz, Jr., and Joseph Hagey.
      Joseph Hagey was ordained bishop in 1851. During his time divisions occurred in the church by a surge of enthusiasm for a Methodist form of revivalism. Solomon Eby of Port Elgin, who announced his own conversion in December 1869, was leader of a group which believed that members could be converted through participation in revival meetings. John Baer of Wanner's became associated with Solomon Eby, and was compelled to leave the church in the spring of 1874, as were Eby and his other followers. The new church movement resulted in organization conferences which culminated in the conference on March 23, 1875 at Bloomingdale where New Mennonites and Reforming (or Reformed) Mennonites joined together as United Mennonites. The United Mennonites favored revival meetings, Sunday Schools and prayer meetings, and were opposed to the use of alcohol and tobacco.
      The date of construction of the meeting house which replaced the one built in 1837 is somewhat in doubt. It is possible that a new building was erected in the early 1870s; it is also possible that the 1837 building only underwent extensive renovations at that time. There is no doubt, however, that a new brown brick church was built in 1938. An education wing was added in 1969.
      The earliest Mennonite Sunday School in North America was begun in 1842 and was held jointly by the Wanner and Hagey Meeting Houses. It was discontinued after a short time because of a division of opinion within the congregations. An attempt was made later, in the mid-1860s, to begin another Sunday School, but this, too, did not last long. Many years later, on June 10, 1896, a meeting was held to organize a Sunday School. Anson Groh was appointed superintendent..

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

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      Groh.-Anson Groh was born April 17, 1859; died May 9, 1944, at his home near Preston, Ont., in which community he was born and had farmed till near the close of his life. He suffered a slight stroke about three and one-half years ago, and was in failing health since that time, though usually able to be up and about the home till the past January. He grew gradually weaker and passed quietly away without severe suffering. Although his mental powers faded as strength declined, he remained calm and conscious to the end. On March 7, 1882, he was united in marriage to Lovina Bechtel, who departed this life in August 1932. Eleven children were born to this union. One daughter died in 1914 at the age of eighteen. Surviving are 4 daughters (Mabel, and Esther at home; Ida, Mrs. Menno Snyder, near Kitchener; Bertha, Mrs. D. W. Lehman, Orrville, Ohio), 6 sons (Herbert, Ottawa; Melvin, Preston; Norman, Beamsville; Oscar, Detroit, Mich.; Ivan, St. Catharines; Harold, Toronto), 31 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 4 brothers. He and his wife were interested in spiritual things. Before his conversion he was instrumental in helping to organize a Sunday school at the Hagey Church in order that his growing family might have Sunday-school privileges. Soon after J. S. Coffman came to Waterloo County, he and his wife gladly accepted salvation and united with the Wanner Mennonite Church, in which fellowship he remained till death. After helping at the Hagey Sunday School for a number of years, he turned his attention to the establishing of a Sunday school at the weaker Wanner church, where he served as superintendent and later as teacher for many years. He was a well-known speaker at Sunday-school conferences in the early days, and was a speaker at the first Sunday convention in Indiana. He served on the Mission Board of Ontario, and it was largely through his efforts that the Ontario Board of Mennonite Finance was organized. He was also largely used as a lecturer on agriculture and forestry by the Ontario Department of Agriculture. For some years he gave himself to the development of Farmer's Co-operation, while his last major task was the building and management of a Municipal telephone system. These responsibilities were relinquished one by one as age crept on, but he was devoted to his farm as long as he was able to get around. Funeral services were conducted by Bros. J. W. Witmer and B. B. Shantz at the Wanner Church, and the body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery to await the resurrection.

      Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXVII, No . 14 - July 7, 1944, page 270, 271, 272

  • 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..., 199.

    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..., 735.

    3. [S86] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1901, Waterloo (South/Sud) G-4 Page 12.

    4. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 22.

    5. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 2 Page 13.

    6. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, July 7, 1944 - Obituary of Anson Groh.

    7. [S342] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1911, Div. 6 Pg. 2.

    8. [S2575] aaaaWaterloo Township South 1891, Sect. 3 Page 25.

    9. [S2588] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Wanner Cemetery Internet Link.
      GROH/ Anson GROH/ 1859-1944/ Lovina BECHTEL/ Wife of Anson GROH/ 1860-1932/ Elsie GROH/ 1896-1914/ At rest/

    10. [S2653] aaaaWaterloo Twp. 1861, Sect. 10 Page 73.

    11. [S163] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Wanner Mennonite CC#6479 (formerly Waterloo Township).

    12. [S2491] aaa Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 035099 (1944).
      Name:Anson Groh Gender:Male Age:85 Birth Date:17 Apr 1859 Birth Place:Watelroo Township Death Date:8 May 1944 Death Place:Waterlo Township, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Father:Isaac Groh Mother:Mary Groh Spouse:Lavina Bechtel

    13. [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..., 563.

    14. [S12] Vit - ON, Gore - Gore District Marriage Register - Waterloo Entries, Revd Strang Presbyterian, Waterloo, Dumfries, Blenheim (pg. 117 - 119).
      Isaac Groh, married Mary Warner, both of Waterloo. 9 May 1848, by banns, Witnesses: Abraham Rosenberger and David Bemer.

    15. [S2575] aaaaWaterloo Township South 1891, Sect. 3 Page 28.

    16. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, September 29, 1932 - Obituary of Lovina Bechtel.

    17. [S2488] aaa Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 011833 (1882).
      Name:Anson Groh Age:22 Birth Year:abt 1860 Birth Place:Waterloo, Ontario Marriage Date:7 Mar 1882 Marriage Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Father:Isaac Groh Mother:Mary Groh Spouse:Levina Bechtel

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Apr 1859 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Dunkard - 1861 - 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 MapsReligion - Protestant - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Mar 1882 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Protestant - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada 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 - Cause: Arteriosclerosis - Myocarditis - 8 May 1944 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 12 May 1944 - Wanner Mennonite Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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