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

Magdalena Shoemaker[1, 2]

Female 1811 - 1907  (95 years)

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  • Name Magdalena Shoemaker 
    Born 20 Nov 1811  Frederick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Female 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55219293 
    Immigration 1829  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Name Magdalena Devitt 
    Residence 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Mennonite 
    Residence 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Mennonite 
    Residence 1891  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Evangelical 
    Eby ID Number 00112-7023 
    Died 12 Nov 1907  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I4787  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  [2, 11
    Family ID F1505  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Barnabas Devitt,   b. 25 Mar 1807, , New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1891, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1 May 1831  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Children 
     1. Devitt
     2. Jacob Devitt,   b. 13 Mar 1832, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1832  (Age 0 years)
     3. John Devitt,   b. 7 Apr 1833, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1901, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     4. Mayor Benjamin Devitt,   b. 10 Jul 1835, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1910, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     5. Isaac Devitt,   b. 22 Jan 1837, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1907, Nelson Twp., Halton Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     6. David Devitt,   b. 12 Aug 1839, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1915, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     7. Magdalena Devitt,   b. 4 Aug 1841, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1842, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     8. Abraham Devitt,   b. 1 Dec 1841, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1893, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     9. Mary A. Devitt,   b. 1 Feb 1844, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1914, Lyndhurst, Augusta, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     10. Barnabas Devitt,   b. 18 Aug 1846, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1913  (Age 66 years)
     11. Magdalena Devitt,   b. 13 Aug 1848, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1849  (Age 1 years)
     12. Menno Devitt,   b. 6 Oct 1850, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1932, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     13. Matthew Devitt,   b. 7 Oct 1852, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1856, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     14. Louisa Devitt,   b. 20 Sep 1856, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1927  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2024 
    Family ID F1513  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    https://images.ourontario.ca/kitchener/details.asp?r=vs&ID=41997&number=51
    https://images.ourontario.ca/kitchener/details.asp?r=vs&ID=41997&number=51
    studio portrait of Jacob S. Shoemaker's (1798-1875) sisters and daughters. They are identified as follows: back row from left to right: Aunt Barbara Huber (Mrs. Henry), Aunt Mary Ann McNally (Mrs. John), Aunt Lena (Magdalena) Clemens (Mrs. Joel); middle row from left to right: Aunt Mary Myers (Mrs. Michael), Aunt Magdalena (Mrs. Barnabas Devitt), Aunt Veronica Eby (Mrs. Isaac); and front row from left to right: Aunt Hannah Hett (Mrs. Caspar), Aunt Elizabeth Shoemaker (Miss).
    Magdalena Shoemaker wife of Barnabus Devitt
    Magdalena Shoemaker wife of Barnabus Devitt

  • Notes 
    • Magdalena Shoemaker, "was born November 20th, 1811. In 1829 she came to Canada with her mother and family. On May 1st, 1831, she was married to Barnabas Devitt who was born March 25th, 1807, and died January 20th, 1891."

      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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      In Memoriam Died. At Waterloo, Tuesday Nov. 12th, 1907, Mrs. Barnabas Devitt, Aged 95 years, 11 months and 22 days. The Funeral Will take place from the residence of Mr. Benjamin Devitt, at 1.30 o'clock, Friday afternoon, Nov. 15th, to Emanuel Evangelical Church, Waterloo, for service, thence to the East End Mennonite Cemetery, Berlin, for interment. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

      Funeral Card

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      MRS. BARNABAS DEVITT PASSED AWAY ON TUESDAY

      Ninety-Six Years of Age and Waterloo's Oldest Resident. Generally Respected and Loved.

      The death of one of Waterloo's most estimable in the person of Mrs. Barnabus Devitt, removes one of the early pioneers who has witnessed the growth of the town from a small struggling hamlet of a few houses nestling in the midst of the woods to the Waterloo of today. Although in her 96th year the aged lady enjoyed splendid health up to a week ago Saturday, attending service at the Mennonite church on Thanksgiving Day. However, she fortunately contracted pleurisy and had been confined to her bed since that time. The malady terminated fatally, and she passed peacefully away at 6.30 A. M. Tuesday at the ripe old age of 95 years, 11 months and 22 days.

      Mrs. Devitt, whose maiden name was Magdalena Shoemaker, was a member of a long-lived and highly respected family and was the daughter of the late John Shoemaker, She was born in Pennsylvania, U.S. on Nov 20th, 1811, and would have celebrated her 96th birthday on the 20th of this month. She came to Waterloo in the year 1829 with her mother and family, traversing the distance in one of the old-fashioned Wagons used in those times. Two years later she was married to the late Barnabas Devitt and they resided for a time in Waterloo, afterwards removing to Bridgeport, where her husband purchased the mill at that place. It was later disposed and the family again moved to this place where she has almost continuously resided.

      As one of the early pioneers Mrs. Devitt saw the transition of this sparsely settled community to the present prosperous town of Waterloo and often recounted experiences of early days conditions which
      prevailed in those primitive times. On the journey to the new home in this county from Pennsylvania, the distance was made with horse and wagon, the mother of Mrs. Devitt travelling on horseback. They had several cows with them which supplied milk and butter was churned right on the wagon as they went along. The route lay over mountains, across rivers, through swamps and over roads almost impassable and in many places did not exist at all.

      The passage over the Niagara River was made in a scow as there was no bridge across at that time. When the family arrived here Waterloo to consisted of a mill store, and a few houses, and the surrounding vicinity was all woodland. Mr. and Mrs. Barnabus Devitt for a goodly number of years resided on the site where the present residence of Mrs. C Kumpf now stands where Mr. Devitt had over 100 acres of farm land. After his retirement they removed to the old Barnabas Devitt property, now owned by Mr. Herold

      Mr. Devitt died in 1891 and Mrs. Devitt has of late years made her home with her son, Mr. Benjamin Devitt.

      The late Mrs. Devitt possessed those qualities of heart and mind which endeared her to all with whom she came in contact and was held in the highest regard not only by the members of her family but by all her acquaintances. She was unassuming. and of a sunny disposition and cheery presence and a wide circle of friends will sincerely mourn her demise. At the recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Devitt she was the oldest of the five generations represented.

      Despite het great age she took a lively and intelligent interest in every day life and retained her mental and bodily vigor almost to the time of her death. The passing away of this pioneer in a community wherein she resided for many years and in which she was held in general esteem will learn with sorrow by her many friends but the legacy which she leaves behind in an upright, and long life of activity and usefulness filled with many kindnesses will remain as a precious memory to those who had grows to love and esteem her for her many good and many qualities.

      The deceased was an adherent of the Evangelical Church for many years.

      Twelve children were burn to Mã and Mrs. Devitt, six of whom survive, vis. Benjamin, Waterloo, David Berlin, Mary (Mrs. Jacob Wissler), Lyndhurst, Virginia, Barnabus Philadelphia, Menno, Waterloo, Louisa (Mrs. Jacob Smith) Fork's Road. The dead are John, Abram, Isaac, Jacob, and Magdalena, who died in infancy and Matthew, whose death occurred when four years old. Thirty grandchildren, twenty-one great grand children and one great great child survive.

      The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon the at 1.30 o'clock from the residence Benj Devitt, to the Evangelical Church for service thence to the East End Mennonite Cemetery, Berlin for interment.

      The Telegraph extends sincerest condolences to the bereaved family.


      The Chronicle Telegraph (190101), 14 Nov 1907, p. 5

  • 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..., 528.

    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..., 374.

    3. [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.

    4. [S135] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1901, Waterloo (Town/Ville) D-4 Page 8.

    5. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 18.

    6. [S302] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1881, Waterloo Village 1881 Div. 1 Page 17.

    7. [S1943] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1861, Div. 10 Page 78.

    8. [S168] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 18.

    9. [S1573] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1891, Section 3 Page 29.

    10. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.

    11. [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.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1829 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 May 1831 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Evangelical - 1891 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Nov 1907 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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