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

Daniel Zehr

Male 1891 - 1912  (~ 20 years)


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  • Name Daniel Zehr 
    Born Jul 1891  Topping, Ellice Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-38942 
    Died 24 May 1912  Tavistock, East Zorra Twp., Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Cause: train accident 
    Buried East Zorra Mennonite Cemetery, East Zorra Township, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I38942  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2022 

    Father Dr. Joseph R. Zehr,   b. 28 Aug 1848, South Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1915, Tavistock, East Zorra Twp., Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Albrecht,   b. Abt 1860, Of, Topping, Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1883  [4
    Family ID F12129  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Clarissa M. Hesse,   b. 20 Nov 1890, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1984  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 5 Mar 1912  Tavistock, East Zorra Twp., Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F12710  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • DOUBLE FUNERAL
      Held Sunday, May 26, 1912

      A sorrowful accident occurred in the village of Tavistock, Ont., Thursday morning, May 23, when Bro. Moses Roth was instantly hurled into eternity, and Bro. Daniel Zehr, son of Dr. Jos. R. Zehr, was so badly injured that he died on Friday, May 24, shortly after noon.
      It appears the young brothers were driving into the village and as they came to the Hope Street Crossing the way freight from Stratford was in the yard and was shunting some cars into the Milling Co. siding. The engine and a couple of cars had passed them on the main line and the unfortunate brothers with their attention attracted to the receding train got directly in front of two cars that were being dropped into the siding. The buggy was caught by the oncoming cars, dragged about fifty yards along the tracks. Bro. Daniel Zehr was picked up about twenty-five feet from where the cars struck the buggy. He was conscious to the minute of his death. His right limb above the knee was crushed to a pulp and his left one was broken above the ankle. When the cars stopped Bro. Moses Roth and the buggy had been dragged about fifty yards. His body was twisted up in the wreckage and terribly mangled.

      The funeral, which was held in the East Zorra Church, was the largest ever held in the history of the church, fully two thousand people being present. The church was crowded to the doors and outside were more than enough to have filled the house twice over before the funerals arrived.

      Bro. Moses Roth was the son of Daniel and Katie Roth and was born in 1884; died May 23, 1912; aged 27 y. In Sept., 1911, he was married to Sister Barbara Zehr (sister of then deceased Daniel Zehr) but she went to the spirit world, April 12, 1912, just one day less than six weeks before his death. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mother, grandparents, 6 sisters and 1 brother.

      Bro. Daniel Zehr was born in July 1891, and died May 24, 1912; aged 20 y. 10 m. On March 5, 1912, he was married to Sister Klarissa Hess. He leaves to mourn his loss a loving wife, father, mother, 4 brothers, and 5 sisters.

      The two brothers were laid side by side in one grave. Both were members of the Amish Mennonite Church. The services at the house of Bro. Daniel Zehr was held by Bro. Michael K.Yantzi, and the services at the house of Bro. Moses Roth were held by Bros. Christian Gasho, Christian Litwiller and Jacob M. Bender.

      This again reminds us that we have no abiding city here, for "the Son of man cometh in such an hour as ye think not." Therefore let us always be ready, always waiting for His coming, that our names will be written in the book of life and can take part in that enjoyable service, the song of Moses and the Lamb.
      J. B. S.

      Gospel Herald - Volume V, Number 11 - June 13, 1912 - page 175, 176

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, June 13, 1912 - Obituary of Moses Roth and Daniel Zehr.

    2. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Daniel Zehr Born: Topping Perth C Ont Age: 20 Father: Joseph R Zehr Mother: Elisabeth Albrecht Zehr Born: abt 1892 Spouse: Charissa M Hess Age: 21 born: Wilmot Waterloo Co. Ont Father: Joseph Hess Mother: Matilda Amacher married 5 Mar 1912 married: Perth, Tavistock

    3. [S2173] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35829748.

    4. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, 28 Oct 1915 - Obituary of Joseph R. Zehr.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Jul 1891 - Topping, Ellice Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Mar 1912 - Tavistock, East Zorra Twp., Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: train accident - 24 May 1912 - Tavistock, East Zorra Twp., Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - East Zorra Mennonite Cemetery, East Zorra Township, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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