1769 - 1855 (86 years)
||Joseph Schoerg |
||3 Feb 1769
||Franklin Co., Pennsylvania [1, 2, 3, 4]
||381 Pioneer Tower Rd., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada
- The Schoerg Homestead is a classic representation of the Mennonite Georgian style. The house is a two-and-a-half-storey dwelling, constructed of hand-made red-brick, with a two-storey wood frame wing to the rear. The structure is in sound condition and has been altered very little from its original appearance. The brick portion of the home is set upon a foundation of rough squared granite stone. The fieldstone foundation of the two-storey rear wing suggests an earlier farmhouse may have existed at this location.
The barn, constructed circa 1830, was a classic example of a Pennsylvania Mennonite bank barn and the remains of the granite and limestone foundations can be seen just west of the farmhouse.1a
1a381 Pioneer Tower Road, Heritage Property Report, City of Kitchener, December 7, 2004.
||Waterloo Township - Beasley's Broken Front Lot 11, Waterloo County, Ontario 
||Joseph Schörg |
||Joseph Sherk |
|Eby ID Number
||17 Feb 1855
||Near Doon, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada [1, 3, 4, 6]
||Doon Pioneer Tower Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada 
||4 Dec 2021 |
||Joseph Schoerg, b. Abt 1735, Of, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania , d. Yes, date unknown |
||Barbara Kaufman, b. Abt 1735, Of, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania , d. Yes, date unknown |
||24 Mar 1761 
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Elizabeth Betzner, b. Abt 1773, Of, Pennsylvania , d. Yes, date unknown |
| ||1. Jacob Sherk, b. 18 Aug 1795, , Pennsylvania, USA , d. 6 Aug 1834, Near, Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada (Age 38 years)|
| ||2. John Shirk, b. 23 Nov 1796, , Pennsylvania, USA , d. 1843, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada (Age 46 years)|
| ||3. Catharine Shirk, b. 11 Feb 1798, , Pennsylvania, USA , d. 8 Oct 1882, near, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada (Age 84 years)|
| ||4. Elizabeth Shirk, b. 3 Dec 1799, , Pennsylvania, USA , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||5. Rev. David Sherk, b. 9 Sep 1801, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada , d. 19 Sep 1882, Near Doon, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada (Age 81 years)|
| ||6. Polly Shirk, b. 1804, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||7. Joseph Shirk, b. 15 May 1808, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada , d. 29 Nov 1897, Caledonia, Kent, Michigan, USA (Age 89 years)|
| ||8. Magdalena Shirk, b. 11 Sep 1810, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||9. Susannah Shirk, b. 1814, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||10. Lydia Shirk, b. 28 Dec 1817, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada , d. Yes, date unknown|
||4 Dec 2021 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Joseph Schorg, "was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, February 3rd, 1769. He came to Canada in fall of 1799, and in spring, 1800, he with his wife and family of five children settled on lot No. 11, B.F. Beasley Block, S. R., on the banks of the Grand River, opposite Doon. Here they raised a family of ten children. He died February 17th, 1853."
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.].
February 17, 1855 - Joseph Schorg. The first settler of Waterloo township. 86 years, 14 days.
Death Announcement - Deutsche Canadier, March 1, 1855
It was 100 years on Monday since the first settler came to Waterloo County. His name was Joseph Sherk; after he visited the area in 1799, he and his family settled on Lot 11, Beasley Block, on the banks of the Grand River opposite Doon. He died February 17, 1853.
Berliner Journal 3 Mar 1904 Translated by: Patricia J. Kauk October 28, 2005 for the Kitchener Public Library
A-1-60 Joseph Sharick: Last Will and Testament of Joseph Sharick of Waterloo, Yeoman, ..
I Joseph Sharick the Elder, of the Township of Waterlooo, Yeoman, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, but being of sound mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament, in manner following, that is to say : I will and desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expensees be paid by my Executors hereinafter named, as soon as conveniently may be after my decease, and as to my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to blessw me, I give and dispose of the same as follows, that is to say, I give and devise to my beloved wife the Bedstead and bedding and the bureaus which she brought with her at her marriage with me, and my will is, that my executors do support and maintain my said wife Barbara out of my estate hereinafter named in such manner as shall be ample and sufficient for her proper maintenance during the time of her natural life. And my will is further, that all the proceeds out of my real and personal estate hereinafter named shall be divided unto and among my hereinafter named children, viz: Catharine, the wife of John Brubacher, John, David, Elizabeth the wife of Peter Woods, Joseph, Magdalena the wife of David Codlin, Susanna the wife of John Thornton, Lidia[sic] the wife of Morgan Thompson, share and share alike, subject nevertheless to the following conditions, that is to say that Magdalena shall have the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars in addition to the different sum and articles which she already has received, over and above her equal share as aforsaid, and said one hundred and fifty dollars and the different sums and articles which she already has received, shall be in lieu of wages for the time she has worked for me over age, and the said Susannah shall have the said one hundred and fifty dollars less than her equal share as aforesaid. And my will is further, that the said Magdalena shall only be entitles to draw one half of the amount of her share and the one hundred and fifty dollars, and for the other half the Executors shall pay her the lawful interest, provided always that if it shall appear to said Executors that the said interest shall not prove sufficient at any time for the support of the said Magdalena, the said Executors then shall have power to pay over to the said Magdalena such sums out6 of the said remaining half share, as they may think sufficient, and my will is further that if my said daughter Magdalena should die without leaving lawful issue, that then my Executors shall divide the remainder of her share unto and among the other of my above named children share and share alike. And my will is further that my Executors in dividing the proce3eds of my estate, shall take my Book wherein I have made charges to my said children as and for their guide and divide accordingly to said charges already made, and before any of my heirs shall receive his full share, my will is that all the above named heirs are placed on an equal footing according to the above named charges in the book, and none of my heirs shall have any right to demand their respective shares of my Executors during the lifetime of my said wife Barbara….I nominate my trusty and worthy friends Jacob Hagey of the said Township of Waterloo, Blacksmith, Abraham Kinsey, of the same place, Yeoman, and my son David Sharick of the same place Yeoman, to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
Witnessed by John Betzner, Aaron Biehn, Otto Klotz, Notary Public
Will dated 6 March 1852
Will proven 26 February 1855
No Inventory amount
Died 17 February 1855
Surrogate Court Records Copybook Register A 1853-1871 partial transcript to 1863. Frances Hoffman transcriber.
- [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..., 231.
- [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..., 241.
- [S244] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Deutsche Canadier (1841-1865) - Index to Births, Deaths and Marriages Announced in the Deutsche Canadier, Berlin, Canada West. originally indexed by Simone Nieuwolt and Sylvie Kuppek..organised by Rosemary Ambrose, March 1, 1855.
Eby in his book has Joseph dying in 1853
- [S2378] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Doon Pioneer Tower.
Joseph SCHORG/ Geboren den 3 ten Feberuar/ 1769 im Staat Pensylvania/ eingewandert in Canada/ alseiner der ersten/ Mennoniten im Jahr/ 1799 und starb 1855 den/ 17 ten Feberuar/ brachte sein Alter/ auf 86 Jahren und 14 Tagen
- [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 50.
- [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...