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Valentine Wahn

Valentine Wahn[1]

Male Cal 1822 - 1883  (~ 60 years)

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  • Name Valentine Wahn 
    Born CALC 8 Oct 1822  Obsaula, Obbornhofen, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Interesting foundry, business 
    Occupation Neustadt, Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Iron Foundry 
    Occupation Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Iron Foundry 
    Occupation 1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Foundry 
    Religion 1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Calvanist 
    Occupation 1871  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Iron Founder 
    Retired 1881  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 1883  [4
    foundry man 
    Religion 1883  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    German Reformed 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-52691 
    Died 8 Apr 1883  Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 9
    Cause: Cause: Dropsy (6 months) 
    Buried Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I52691  Generations
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2019 

    Family Johanna Christina Goldschmidt,   b. CALC 4 Jul 1830, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1925, Neustadt, Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 94 years) 
    Married 15 Mar 1848  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Margaret "Maggie" Wahn,   b. 1848, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Mena Wahn,   b. 20 Sep 1851, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1942  (Age 90 years)
     3. Eliza Wahn,   b. 1852, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Caroline Wahn,   b. 1853, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Carolina Wahn,   b. CALC 18 Dec 1853, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1922, Neustadt, Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     6. Mary Wahn,   b. 1855, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932  (Age 77 years)
     7. Carl "Charles" Wahn,   b. 1856, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Valentine Wahn,   b. 1859, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Victoria Georgina Wahn,   b. CALC 25 May 1861, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1871, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 10 years)
     10. William Wahn,   b. 1862, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Frederick William Wahn,   b. CALC 3 Apr 1863, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1918, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F18342  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - CALC 8 Oct 1822 - Obsaula, Obbornhofen, , Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Iron Foundry - - Neustadt, Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Iron Foundry - - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Mar 1848 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Foundry - 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Calvanist - 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Iron Founder - 1871 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1881 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - German Reformed - 1883 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Dropsy (6 months) - 8 Apr 1883 - Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Valentine Wahn
    Valentine Wahn
    hathcc originally shared this to Ancestry Public Member Tree

  • Notes 
    • An enterprising young German came here [Preston] about 1838 by name of Mr. Jacob Beck. He had invented a peculiar kind of water-wheel, small in size but of great power, and its use in several small water powers gave young Mr. Beck quite a reputation. He commenced a small foundry near a saw-mill in the village of New Hope, and finding considerable encouragement came to Preston, where he erected a foundry upon the premises now owned by Peter E. Shantz in Fountain Street. Business increased rapidly, but unfortunately a fire broke out which completely destroyed his flourishing foundry and Mr. Beck, no insurance having been effected, stood once more poor and penniless; but, thanks to the liberality of his neighbors in and around Preston, a subscription was raised, men turned out to help with work and material and in a short time after the fire, Mr. Beck was again in possession of a foundry of considerably larger dimensions than the one destroyed by fire. He did an excellent business, and had men selling his stoves and other wares over a large part of Western Ontario. His means increased at a rapid rate, and he enlarged his premises according to the wants of his business. Some years later he took in as partners two of the young men in his employ, viz: John Clare and Valentine Wahn, and the foundry business continued to prosper for several years. Mr. Beck had in the meantime arranged with Mr. Robert Hunt of the Woolen Mills to improve his water power by heightening the dam and digging a canal from the dam alongside the (Speed River. This canal is still in existence except a small portion of its terminus which has recently been closed. Mr. Beck for the construction of the said canal obtained the privilege of erecting a saw-mill upon Mr. Hunt's premises. This saw-mill Mr. Beck carried on for some time but seeing that a grand scheme that he had in mind could not be carried out, he sold his sawmill to Messrs. Hunt & Elliott. This grand scheme was nothing less than extending the said canal, crossing King Street and Queen Street and erecting along the canal a number of factories and mills. The proprietor of the land positively refused to grant permission to construct such a canal and Mr. Beck was forced to abandon his cherished plan of making Preston a great manufacturing place, such as the Town of Galt is at the present day. Mr. Beck, notwithstanding the good business done in his foundry, became displeased with Preston. The partnership of Beck, Clare & Wahn was abruptly dissolved, the business closed and the affairs of the firm wound up. Each partner obtained his proper share of the assets, which were largely in excess of the liabilities, Mr. Clare a store and other property and Jacob Beck a large sum of money. He went in search of a mill property which he found in Wilmot. There he erected mills, foundry and other industries, and founded a village which he named Baden. The grist-mill built by him was the third grist-mill built with money earned in Preston.

      Fifth Annual Report Of The Waterloo Historical Society, 1917 pg 29

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      VALENTINE WAHN

      c.1820-1883

      Valentine Wahn was a native of Oberaula, Hessen, Germany. It is uncertain when he immigrated to Preston but it was probable that he was among the wave of German immigrants who arrived in the area in the 1830's. In the early 1850's Mr. Wahn, along with John Clare, was taken into partnership by Jacob Beck in ownership of an iron foundry that Mr. Beck had started in 1839. Mr. Beck became disenchanted with business prospects in Preston and, in 1856, dissolved the partnership. He left Preston for a mill site in Wilmot township where he founded the town of Baden. It appears that Mr. Wahn then took control of the foundry which continued to do a prosperous business producing cast iron stoves. In 1875 the factory site was purchased by Abram Z. Detweiler and Peter E. Shantz who then formed the Preston Agricultural Works, later the P. E. Shantz Foundry. Mr. Wahn died on April 8, 1883 and is buried in the Preston Cemetery.

      Sources:
      1. Alfred Pautler, Preston, A Friendly Welcome Awaits You, Preston Golden Jubilee and Old Boys' Re-Union Committee, Preston 1947.
      2. W.H. Breithaupt "Some German Settlers of Waterloo County", Waterloo Historical Society Journal Vol. I, 1913.



      Cambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [used with kind permission of Jim Quantrell]

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 5 Oct 1871.
      Victoria Georgina Wahn died 26 Sep 1871 in Preston, daughter of Valentin, 10 yrs, 4 mths.

    2. [S105] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1871, Pg 10.

    3. [S297] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1881, Page 40.

    4. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Valentin Wahn d. 8 Apr 1883 Normanby, aged 60y 6m, b. Obsaula, Hesse Cassel, Germany, cause: dropsy general (about 6 months), informant C. Schroder, clergyman Preston, Ontario. religion German Reformed Church

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 12 Apr 1883.
      09 Apr 1883 Valentin Wahn, Sr., died in Neustadt at age of 64 years. The deceased was a native of Oberaula, Hesse-Darmstadt, & for many years, had an iron foundry in Preston & Neustadt. The burial takes place today (Thurs.) in Preston

    6. [S1473] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1861, Div. 3 Page 30.

    7. [S239] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Preston CC#6335 Cemetery Internet Link .
      In Memory Of/ Valentine/ Wahn/ Died Apr. 8, 1883/ Aged 63 Yrs/ 6 M's./ A Native Of Oberaula Hessen/ Germany/ Verse/ [Right Side] Johanna/ Wahn/ Born 1830/ Died 1925.

    8. [S1473] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1861, Div. 3 Page 31.

    9. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Name:Valentin Wahn Gender:Male Birth Year:abt 1820 Birth Place:Obaula, Hesse Cassel, Deu Age at Death:63 Death Date:8 Apr 1883 Death Place:Grey, Ontario, Canada

    10. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Rev'd Jacob Huttner report 120.
      Valentin Wahn, to Johann Goldschmidt. 15 Mar. 1848