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

Michael Bergey[1]

Male Cal 1792 - 1877  (~ 85 years)

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  • Name Michael Bergey 
    Born CALC 11 Dec 1792  , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Building 41 Queen St. W, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    log house built in 1831 
    Michael Bergey's house on Queen St. West, Hespeler, Ontario
    Michael Bergey's house on Queen St. West, Hespeler, Ontario
    Historic Building Cooper St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Built by Michael Bergey in the 1840s, the Community Meeting House on Cooper St served as the hub of New Hope. Most early church congregations met here; as well it was used for weddings, Temperance Meetings, social clubs, dances and anniversary parties. Torn down in the late 1940s, the 100 year old lumber was sold to become a house on Henderson St. still standing today.1a

      1aLary Turner 2012
    Hespeler Community Meeting House
    Hespeler Community Meeting House
    Built by Michael Bergey in the 1840s, the Community Meeting House on Cooper St served as the hub of New Hope. Most early church congregations met here; as well it was used for weddings, Temperance Meetings, social clubs, dances and anniversary parties. Torn down in the late 1940s, the 100 year old lumber was sold to become a house on Henderson St. still standing today.
    Historic Building 12 Adam St.S., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    2 story rubblestone house 
    • 2 story rubblestone house located at 12 Adam Street, Cambridge, Ontario (formerly Hespeler). It is rectangular in shape and in 1978 listed in good condition.
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - Beasley's Lower Block Conc. 3 Lot 10W, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gentleman 
    Religion 1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Evengelist 
    Eby ID Number 00004-845 
    Died 22 Dec 1877  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: old age 
    Buried New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I4833  Generations
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2019 

    Father Isaac Bergey,   b. Abt 1740, Of, Montgomery Co. Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Veronica Hunsberger,   b. Abt 1740,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F1434  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susannah Oberholtzer,   b. CALC 27 Oct 1805, , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1895  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Children 
     1. Susannah Bergey,   b. Abt 1814, Of, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Isaac Bergey,   b. CALC 7 Dec 1827, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1889, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F1532  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Michael Bergey, "was married to Susannah Oberholtzer and resided near Hespeler where he died. They had several children but all died in infancy save two

      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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      Michael is credited with being the first settler in was called Bergeytown later named Hespeler. Arrived about 1830, he built the first dwelling and the area's second sawmill along with a small foundry.

      Cambridge Mosiac, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [snippet from original text in book]

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      Michael Bergy erected in 1830 the first saw-mill and small foundry which he located a little north of the present R. Forbes Co. site, near where a small spring creek joins the Speed. This streamlet was in those days considerably larger than its present volume. The writer's father told of having fished trout from it in his boyhood. The ruins of the old saw-mill, which has been described by some as a pail-factory and foundry, was a favorite playhouse for the boys a few decades back. Mr. W. A. Kribs, ex M. P. P. recalls the presence of old foundry patterns lying about the place of his boyhood days.

      We must continue with the activities of Mr. Bergy who brought the second saw-mill in Bergytown into existence. it was perhaps with the commencement of this second venture that the name of the place was changed to New Hope, but by the year 1840, Mr. Bergy's hope or interest in the second mill had faded to such an extent that he resold the property to Abram C. Clemens, from whom he had purchased the land. This second saw-mill was the one included in Jacob Hespeler's purchase. it was situated where another streamlet enters the Speed, the site being afterwards occupied by Mr. Hespeler's grist-mill near the stone dam which Hespeler placed in front of Bergy's wooden dam..

      Tenth Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society, 1922, pages 213 - 224.

  • 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..., 228.

    2. [S508] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1871, Page 38.

    3. [S237] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - New Hope CC#4498 Internet Link .
      Michael Bergey/ Died Dec. 22,1877/ Aged 85 Yrs. 11 D's. / Susannah Oberhozer/ Wife Of/ Michel (Sic) Bergey/ Died June 27,189(5)/ Aged 8(9) Yrs. 8 Mos. / Susannah 0. Bergey/ Daut. Of/ M. & S. Bergey/ Died 1844 Aged 13 Y. / Bergey

    4. [S1837] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1861, Div. 2 Page 11.

    5. [S1034] Book - City of Cambridge Local, Architectural Conversevation Advisory Committee Local Building Inventory, Report of 12 Adam Street, pg 3.

    6. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 11.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - CALC 11 Dec 1792 - , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuilding - log house built in 1831 - - 41 Queen St. W, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - - Cooper St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 2 story rubblestone house - - 12 Adam St.S., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1861 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evengelist - 1861 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: old age - 22 Dec 1877 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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