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

David Shantz Shoemaker

Male 1820 - 1892  (71 years)


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  • Name David Shantz Shoemaker 
    Born 7 Jan 1820  Frederick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Business 1841  Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Store 
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    Waterloo County Chronicle (186303), 3 May 1900, p. 4
    Occupation 1841  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    storekeeper 
    Public Service 1850  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Clerk - Waterloo Township 
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    merchant 
    Public Service 1854  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Treasurer - Waterloo Township 
    Name D. S. Shoemaker 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Registrar 
    Residence 34 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Free Church 
    Eby ID Number 00112-7025 
    Died 6 Jan 1892  Three Rivers, St. Joseph, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers, St. Joseph Co., Michigan, USA. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4772  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2024 

    Father Johannes "John" Schumacher,   b. 12 May 1775, Frederick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1828, Frederick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Maria "Mary" Shantz,   b. 13 Mar 1775, Near Pottstown, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1866, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 2 May 1797  [7, 8
    Family ID F1505  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margaret Wykoff Knickerbocker,   b. 9 Oct 1819, , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1860, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 1 Aug 1841  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Children 
     1. Wiliam Henry Shoemaker,   b. 1842, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Mary Shoemaker,   b. 18 Jul 1842, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1849  (Age 7 years)
     3. Sgt. John Henry Shoemaker,   b. 28 Jul 1843, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1917, Lawrence, Van Buren, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     4. David Cameron Shoemaker,   b. 13 Jan 1845, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Barnabas Garret Shoemaker,   b. 29 Jun 1846, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Johnson Adam Shoemaker,   b. 24 Dec 1847, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Mary Amelia Shoemaker,   b. 18 Nov 1849, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Margaret Amanda Shoemaker,   b. 20 May 1852, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1853, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Georgiana E. Shoemaker,   b. 22 Jan 1854, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1854, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     10. Charles P. Shoemaker,   b. 5 May 1855, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Emma N. Shoemaker,   b. 23 May 1857, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. Margaret W. Shoemaker,   b. 18 Mar 1860, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2024 
    Family ID F1506  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Louisa Knickerbocker,   b. 28 Dec 1833, , Niagara Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 15 May 1864  [1
    Children 
     1. Sarah E. Shoemaker,   b. 7 Jun 1866, , Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1870  (Age 4 years)
     2. Catharine M. Shoemaker,   b. 29 Aug 1868, , Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Grace W. Shoemaker,   b. 9 Sep 1872, , Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Alice A. Shoemaker,   b. 5 Mar 1874, , Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2024 
    Family ID F1507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • David Shoemaker, "the youngest child of John Shoemaker, was born January 7th, 1820, and came to Canada with his mother in 1829. His younger days were spent clerking in a store. He carried on business in Bridgeport for some time, thence he moved to Berlin from which place he moved to Three Rivers, Michigan, where he died January 6th, 1891. He was married twice, first to Margaret W. Knickerbocker, August 1st, 1841. She was born October 9th, 1819, and died at Bridgeport, March 18th, 1860. After the decease of his first wife he was married to Elizabeth Louisa Knickerbocker at Schoolcraft, Michigan May 15th, 1864. She was born in Niagara County, New York, December 28th, 1833. After their marriage they moved to Three Rivers, Michigan where he died. The widow is still residing there with her daughters. With first wife there were eleven children and with second wife four"

      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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      Queen Street North, West Side

      Gaukel's well at the corner of the hotel shed, the corner being later built up as the Bowman Block, now the Bank of Montreal.

      A brick warehouse belonging to the corner store of the Bowman Block. First occupants of this store were Bowman and Heins, later H. S, Huber and then by Huber and Roy.

      Opposite the Breithaupt leather store stood a one-story brick building, Dr. Pipe's surgery and later Dr. Wright's.

      A two-storey brick house lengthwise with Queen Street and with veranda on two sides, the veranda a few steps above the ground, occupied by Henry Schaefer. In 1871 Dr. Pipe lived in this house. Among other things Dr. Pipe kept bees, although he was quite afraid of them. Dr. Pipe and Henry Stroh succeeded in bringing the first Italian queen bee to this part of the country.

      A lane.

      A handsome brick house, gable roof, lengthwise with the street, the corners faced with limestone from Guelph, erected by Joseph Hobson, the surveyer, in 1860. Hobson eventually was Chief Engineer of the Great Western Railway and when that was merged with the Grand Trunk he became Chief Engineer of the latter Company and was among other things Chief Engineer of the Sarnia tunnel. Alexander MacPherson, editor and publisher of the Berlin Telegraph, later lived in the house. The site is now occupied by the head office of the Economical Fire Insurance Company.

      A two-story red frame building well back from the street built probably before 1850 by Peter Eby, identified with the "Deutsche Canadier" and with the early days of the "Telegraph". Dr. Eggert, homeopath, lived in the house 1859-1860 and later John Klippert, high constable and county bailiff.

      One and a half story brick building at the corner of Duke and Queen Streets occupied by a Mr. Von Ebenau and wife and later for a number of years by Michael Jaehle, a blacksmith. The site is now occupied by the Daily Record building.

      Duke Street.

      A large handsome building trimmed with cut stone built in 1860 by David S. Shoemaker of Bridgeport who was county registrar, The building was intended for a bank and agent's residence and so used first by the Commercial Bank which failed and later by the Merchants Bank of which R. N, Rogers was agent for a number of years. Some time later Dr. H. S. Lackner acquired the property and used it as residence and surgery. After Dr. Lackner's death the property was sold to the present occupants, the Langleys of Toronto.

      building, colonial style, with large posts at the front carrying the projecting roof, erected in 1848-49, the Waterloo Township Hall, the land for which was donated by Frederick Gaukel. General public meetings were held in this hall, among others meetings purposing to have Berlin named as county town. After consummation of this a banquet was held in the hall, which was occasionally used for such purpose. The occasion of this particular banquet was the laying of the corner stone of the new county buildings in 1852. 100 guests were present and there were a number of patriotic toasts. Later the building was used as a printing office, the "Deutsche Canadier" and the "Telegraph" being printed there for a time. Eventually the building was remodelled and enlarged and became the Methodist Church. In 1904 the St. Matthews Lutheran congregation purchased the property and later the First English Lutheran Church, which still continues in the building.

      Behind the present Kitchener Public Library, occupying the site of his ornamental garden, and still standing is Dr. Scott's residence, built in 1855. Henry Rothaermel was the contractor. Dr. Scott was the first warden of the county and first reeve of Berlin. After his death the house was occupied by M. C. Schofield who married Dr. Scott's widow. Later Israel Bowman, for many years county clerk and town clerk of Berlin, acquired the property and lived there.

      Weber Street.

      On the corner the Presbyterian Church first built 1860-61 at a size of 36 ft. by 50 ft., cost $4,500 and seating 175 persons. Rev. John McMeekin was an early minister.

      A two-story red brick building lengthwise with Queen Street, built 1855-56, the house of H. S. Huber.

      Simon Roy's house, also red brick, one and one-half story high, both of these houses were set back from the street. Mr. Roy was nurseryman and florist.

      A one-story double house lengthwise with Queen Street.

      Before Ahrens Street was continued westerly across Queen Street there was on the site a two-story unpainted weather-boarded building, the house of John Dopp.
      frame building, similar to Dopp's, the house of Christina Bloch, a widow who lived there for many years.

      A frame building, similar to Dopp's, but with gable facing Queen Street, the house of August Vetter, painter and paper-hanger.

      A vacant lot later owned by Louis Breithaupt who built, on the corner of Margaret Avenue, a residence for Judge Lacourse.

      Margaret Avenue.

      On Margaret Avenue a short distance westerly from Queen Street was the Moxley farm with house and barn. The barn was later moved to Lexington by Henry Stroh who bought it to replace one that had been struck by lightning. On the corner of Ellen Street a brick house occupied in the early days by Rev. Mr. Savage, Methodist minister, and later by John Hoffman, Jr., a druggist.

      Ellen Street.

      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..., 452.

    2. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 3 Pg 31.
      David S. SHOEMAKER Merchant USA 32 Presbyterian
      Mary SHOEMAKER wife USA 32 Presbyterian
      William Henry SHOEMAKER daughter Canada 9 Presbyterian
      David Cameron SHOEMAKER daughter Canada 8 Presbyterian
      Barnabas Garret SHOEMAKER son Canada 6 Presbyterian
      Adam Johnston SHOEMAKER son Canada 5 Presbyterian
      Mary Emelia SHOEMAKER daughter Canada 3 Presbyterian
      Elizabeth Louisa KNICKERBOCKER Servant USA 19 Presbyterian
      Lidy ?? KUICHERBACHER ?? Friend USA 89 Presbyterian

    3. [S1887] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (North Division), Div 6 Page 29.

    4. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852.
      Marriages By Rev'd F. W. Bindemann, Minister Of The German Evangelical Protestant Church
      Daniel L. Shoemaker, Storekeeper, To Margareth Knikerbocker, Both Of Waterloo. Wit. John U. Tyson, Storekeeper, And Levy Clemens, Yeom. , Both Of Waterloo

    5. [S1449] Book - Grassroots Government Biographies of Waterloo Township Councillors.

    6. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 3 Pg 31.

    7. [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..., 448.

    8. [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..., 374.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Store - 1841 - Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - storekeeper - 1841 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Aug 1841 - Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPublic Service - Clerk - Waterloo Township - 1850 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - merchant - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPublic Service - Treasurer - Waterloo Township - 1854 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Registrar - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 34 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Free Church - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Jan 1892 - Three Rivers, St. Joseph, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers, St. Joseph Co., Michigan, USA. Link to Google Earth
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