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

Valentine Gildner[1, 2, 3]

Male 1814 - 1897  (83 years)


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  • Name Valentine Gildner 
    Born 15 Jan 1814  , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1839  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    blacksmith 
    Occupation 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    blacksmith 
    Elected Office 1865  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    member of Kitchener Council 
    • 1865-1868, 1871-1873
    Name Valentin Gueldner 
    Occupation 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Blacksmith 
    Residence 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Blacksmith 
    Residence 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1891  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gentleman 
    Residence 1891  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Lutheran 
    Eby ID Number 00124-7598.1 
    Died 24 Jun 1897  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Buried First St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery, Wellesley Village, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I3871  Generations
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2022 

    Family Catherine Unger,   b. 15 Mar 1824, Strasburg (Kitchener) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1875, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 29 Oct 1839  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
     1. Henry Gildner,   b. 4 Jul 1844, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John U. Gildner,   b. 1 Jul 1845, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1929  (Age 84 years)
     3. Dr. David Gildner,   b. 5 Mar 1847, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1920  (Age 72 years)
     4. Allan Gildner,   b. 29 Jul 1850, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Menno Gildner,   b. 1853, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Mary Ann Gildner,   b. 1856, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Menno Gildner,   b. 1858, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Lucinde Gildner,   b. 11 Jun 1863, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1863, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F1241  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • King Street Kitchener

      Benton to Eby Etreet.-Successive occupation was as follows: From Benton Street easterward, before 1855, a one-story brick building with gable facing King Street was erected at the corner and used by Jacob Benner as blacksmith shop. Later Benner moved to West Montrose and the next occupant was Valentine Gildner and after him his son John Gildner. This blacksmith shop continued until comparatively recent years. A frame building painted white, with veranda in front, was Gildner s residence..

      Vacant lot.

      A tinsmith shop owned by Mr. Lehnen. This had a nice front with two good-sized glass windows on either side of the door.

      A dwelling house built by Henry Rothaermel 1848-9. He was a carpenter and later was market clerk and tax collector.

      A lane.

      A one and one-half story building, with gable facing King Street and a verandah extending over the sidewalk, occupied by a Mr. Coleman 1855-1860. Adjoining it was a warehouse. 1 he store passed to Coleman's son and then to John Kegel. Later John George Schmidt, shoemaker, occupied the building.

      . A lane.

      A double, frame building about 50 feet along King St.; the east half used as a dwelling had a veranda; the west half was occupied by Charles Koehn, shoemaker.

      Open space.

      Dwelling of Gabriel Bowman, carpenter, who built the house.

      A one and one-half story building occupied by Balzar Allendorf, a coverlet weaver, about 1840. Allendorf later moved to New Hamburg. There was a veranda at the front of the house and under it a well. Cattle ran at large in the streets at this time and one Sunday afternoon a steer got on the veranda floor, which was partly rotted, broke through, fell into the well and had to be pulled out by means of a windlass. The building was torn down later.
      frame building ocupied by Henry Sippel, former employee of Allendorf, as a weaver's shop.

      In 1855 there was a frame building one and one-half story high along Kmg Street divided into two parts, one part a dwelling and the other part a hat shop, owned by John Kidder, who made felt hats and old-fashioned bonnets. The shop was a few steps above the sidewalk level.

      A dwelling.

      A one and one-half story frame building lengthwise with King street occupied by a widow, Mrs. Caroline Lehnen.

      A driveway.

      A two story brick building with gable toward King Street, occupied by J. J. Lehnen, son of the widow Lehnen, as a copper and tinsmith shop and a store. Lehnen made his own tinware. Later Jacob Doebler occupied this building as a bakery.

      A one and one-half story frame building with gable toward King Street occupied by George Yantz, a cabinet maker. He had a tavern in this same building for a time, and lived there.

      In the early years a garden.

      A small shop with sloping roof used by Christian Enslin as a book store and book-bindery, the first book-bindery in Berlin Enslm arrived in Berlin about 1830. Jacob Stroh remembers going with his father to the store to buy school supplies. Enslin later was editor, for Henry Eby, the publisher, of the Deutsche Canadier which began publication in 1840.

      Enslin's House, one-half story, frame, standing lengthwise with King Street and having a veranda over the door, was on the site of Dr. Hetts present office and house. At the rear there was an orchard.

      About 60 feet back of King Street there was a house built by Henry Eby. Shubel Randall, brother of George Randall, lived in it later. In 1860 the building was destroyed by fire and a servant girl Dina Hertz, perished in the flames. The walls remaining standing, the house was re-built, and is still in use.

      A brick building, abutting on King Street with gable facing the street, was Henry Eby's printing office. The main floor was she or seven feet above the sidewalk level. In 1860 this building was changed to a church and was the first Anglican Church in Berlin.

      A frame building, one end of which was used by Henry Bowman as a general store; he lived in the other end. This was known as the Bowman building. Later William Stein had a tailor shop in it and after him William Thoms used it as a shoe repair shop.

      REMINISCENCES OF BERLIN (NOW KITCHENER) By JACOB STROH Contributed by Joseph M. Snyder.

      Part I. Settlement - Early Villagers and Buildings, Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume 1930

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      Queen Street South, West Side.

      A frame building used as a tavern by Phineas Varnum and later the kitchen of the Gaukel Hotel.

      A frame building erected by Frederick Gaukel about 1833 as shelter for the considerable number of immigrants coming to Berlin at that time. In 1837 it was made into a dwelling for John Stroh, uncle of Jacob Stroh. Two children were born in this building, Katie, in 1838, (she married Jacob Oswald, still living, now 93 years of age), and Henry Stroh, born in 1840.

      Hall's Lane.

      A brick building erected about 1850. John Klein, father of John Klein of Buffalo, was the first occupant. Later the building was used as a printing office, first by the "Berlin Chronicle", William Jaffray editor and proprietor, and later by the "Berliner Journal", Rittinger & Motz. The site is now occupied by the Lockhart garage.

      The Franklin Hotel, a handsome, good-sized frame building, erected by Philip Roth about 1856. Successive hotel-keepers were John Klein, Levi Gaukel, Frederick Riegelman, who later moved to Buffalo, and Jacob Weber. Weber was occupant in 1874 when the hotel was burned down. The fire started in the barn at the rear of the hotel. The hotel shed, next south, extended, at right angles, from Queen Street to the barn.

      A garden.

      A one and one-half story frame building lengthwise with the street occupied by Christopher K. Nahrgang whose parents came from Hessen, Germany, about 1835. He was married to a Miss Zinkann of New Hamburg.

      A stone building used as a tailor shop by Mr. Nahrgang who was deaf and dumb. His wife helped him in the business. She lived to be 87. It was in this building that John Motz of the "Journal" and eventually County Sheriff, learned the tailoring trade.

      A one and one-half story dwelling, erected about 1857, occupied by George Fischer, barber, who had his shop on King Street. A later occupant was George Lutz, a cabinet maker in Hoffman's factory and after him Henry Schaefer's mother.

      A frame building lengthwise with the street, the church of the Evangelical denomination, erected in 1841. In 1866 it was replaced by the brick building still standing, now used as stores and upstairs dwellings.

      A one and one-half story frame building with kitchen at the rear erected by William Becking, wagonmaker, about 1848. Becking was noted as a hunter. White hare and passenger pigeons, practically extinct long ago, were abundant at that time.

      Becking's wagon-shop and lumber yard at the corner of John Street with the customary incline and stair to the second story of the shop. Up this incline the wagons were drawn to the paint shop. Valentine Gildner, at the corner of King and Benton Streets, did the blacksmith work for Becking's wagons.

      John Street.

      A one and one-half story house occupied by H. Baedecker in 1860 and later by Adam Doering.

      Rev. F. W. Tuerk's residence erected about 1860 by Henry Rothaermel, a carpenter. The matching and planing was all done by hand, slow but thorough work. Window sashes, panel doors and all other requirements were made in the same manner. A skilled workman at that time was expected to he able to do painting as well as carpenter work. A single room in the shape of a square turret on the ridge of the building was Rev. Tuerk's study. The house was up-hill about twenty feet above the street level so that the study on top gave a good outlook. The site is now occupied by the York Apartments.

      A frame building one and one-half story high.

      Nothing but a building used as an ashery between that and Joseph E. Schneider's house and farm buildings.


      REMINISCENCES OF BERLIN (NOW KITCHENER) By JACOB STROH Contributed by Joseph M. Snyder.

      Part I. Settlement - Early Villagers and Buildings, Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume 1930

  • Sources 
    1. [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..., 552.

    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..., 553.

    3. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Conrad Ortwein Born: Waterloo Tp Ont Age: 36 Father: Geroge Ortwein Mother: Maria Ortwein Born: abt 1844 Spouse: Lena Gildner Age: 24 born: Bertin CO Waterloo Father: Valentine Gildner Mother: Hanah Gildner married 18 May 1880 married: Perth

    4. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div4 pg 36.
      Valentine Gildner Blacksmith Germany LU 47
      Catherine Gildner UC MN 37
      Henry Gildner UC MN 17
      John Gildner UC MN 15
      David Gildner UC MN 12
      Allen Gildner UC MN 9
      Menno Gildner UC MN 7
      Mary Ann Gildner UC MN 4

    5. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 6.
      Valentne GUELDNOR Blacksmith Germany 38 Lutheran b. 15-Jan
      Katherina GUELDNOR Canada 28 Mennonite b. 15-Mar
      Henry GUELDNOR Canada 8 Lutheran b. 4-Jul
      John GUELDNOR Canada 7 Lutheran b. 1-Jul
      David GUELDNOR Canada 5 Lutheran b. 5-Mar
      Ellen GUELDNOR Canada 2 Lutheran b. 29-Jul
      George WALLES Blacksmith Germany 36 Lutheran b.
      Henry UNGER Blacksmith Canada 21 EA b.
      Hanah UNGER Canada 16 Lutheran b. 16-Aug

    6. [S224] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1881, Div 3 Page 4.

    7. [S1573] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1891, Section 1 Page 1.

    8. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 11 Feb 1875.
      Died 6 Feb 1875 By Berlin, Catharina nee Unger, wife of Valentin Gueldner died at about 50 years of age.

    9. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Sect. 2 Page 14.

    10. [S2173] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/64767440/valentin-gildner.

    11. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 9 Nov 1839:39.
      29 Oct 1839 Rev Jacob Huettner m. Valentin Gueldner to Spr Catharine Unger, both of Berlin.

    12. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 6.

    13. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div4 pg 36.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Jan 1814 - , Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1839 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Oct 1839 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - blacksmith - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - blacksmith - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - member of Kitchener Council - 1865 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1891 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1891 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Jun 1897 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First St. Pauls Lutheran Cemetery, Wellesley Village, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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