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

Adam Diefenbach Shupe[1, 2]

Male 1793 - 1878  (85 years)


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  • Name Adam Diefenbach Shupe 
    Born 29 Jul 1793  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/90097120 
    Military 1812 
    War of 1812 
    Occupation 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Eby ID Number 00113-7182 
    Died 29 Nov 1878  Moline, Allegan, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    Buried Gaines Cemetery, Cutlerville, Kent, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5530  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2024 

    Father John Shupe,   b. 1759, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1812, Near Freeport, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Diefenbach,   b. 1763, , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1825, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Family ID F1720  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Springer,   b. 16 Jun 1799, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1888, Moline, Allegan, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Children 
     1. Elias Shupe,   b. 1817, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Anna Shupe,   b. 1822, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1856  (Age 34 years)
     3. Sarah Shupe,   b. 1823, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Rebecca Shupe,   b. 24 Aug 1824, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1897, Scotland City, Bon Homme, South Dakota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     5. Mary Shupe,   b. 4 Aug 1827, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1851  (Age 24 years)
     6. Elizabeth Shupe,   b. Abt 1835, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Isaac S. Shupe,   b. 19 Sep 1835, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1909, Newmarket, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     8. Emeline "Emily" Shupe,   b. 1837, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2024 
    Family ID F1711  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Adam Shupe, "was born July 29th, 1793, and was married to Mary Springer who was born June 16th, 1799, and died January 30th, 1888. They resided near Freeport, Ontario, for many years. When well advanced in age they made their home with Mrs. Levi Clemens who resided at Moline, Michigan, where they both died. His death took place November 29th, 1878. To them was born a family of eight children"

      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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      After the Flank units were disbanded in 1813 Adam never served in the Militia again, but did serve as a teamster with the others listed at top during Proctor's retreat from Detroit. Adam was the only Waterloo boy who was captured by the Americans and the story goes that he was set free by future president of the United States William Henry Harrison himself who could see he was harmless and sent him home. While that part sounds fanciful, it does seem like he was captured and released as a non-combatant. with his capture Adam would have been present for the death of Tecumseh which took place after the other British troops and units had fled. this would make Adam one of the few people who would have been present at the death of both Brock and Tecumseh, as the Applegarth Flank of 2nd York was also on the hill with Brock when he was shot at Queenston Heights.

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      "... On the 18th day of June, 1812, President Madison declared war against England. This placed the Pennsylvania people in a very trying position and as they could not be induced to take up arms, they were pressed into service as teamsters and were obliged to furnish their own horses. Ox-teams were employed when no horses were to be had. Those who were required to serve in this capacity were Christian Schneider Jr., Peter Erb, Joseph Eby, Samuel Eschelman, Benjamin Springer, Frederick Herner, Jacob Bock, Henry Pannebecker, John Scheirich, Henry Wismer, John Biehn, Adam Shupe and Wildfong.

      In January, 1813, General Proctor defeated the Americans near Detroit, capturing General Wilkinson with 500 men. In September General Harrison having been joined by a fierce body of riflemen from Kentucky, advanced towards Detroit in such force that General Proctor crossed the Detroit River and retreated up the Thames. On being followed by the American Army of 3500 men, he made a stand at Moraviantown with 800 British and 500 Indians under Tecumseh. This warrior was killed, and Proctor retreated in great confusion to Burlington Heights in order to join the Niagara Army. A number of the Waterloo people were up at the battle on the Thames. These Waterloo boys acting as teamsters had taken shelter in a swamp near by while the battle was being fought. An officer of the British army, seeing that all was lost, gave them warning, said 'Boys, all is lost, clear out and make the best you can,' upon which some ran, while others unhitched their horses and rode off for their lives. Christian Schneider Jr., who carried the money-safe on his wagon, cleared out on his horses, leaving the wagon with all its contents behind. In this defeat old Adam Shupe was taken prisoner by the Americans. He was taken before General Harrison who, perceiving his innocent and harmless appearance, dismissed him and granted him permission to return to his Canadian home. He lost both his horses and wagon. Christian Schneider was away the greater part of the summer. On his first trip he had a two-horse team. After being home a few weeks he had to go again, this time with a four-horse team. During this war which lasted a little more than two years, quite a number of small battles were fought in the Niagara Peninsula and in the vicinity of Detroit. Quite a few of these Pennsylvania Dutch boys were pressed to serve as teamsters and exposed to all manner of danger, but strange to say, not one lost his life through the war.

      On the 24th of December, 1814, peace was made between England and the United States, leaving each in exactly the same position as they had been before the war. After peace was restored the government of Canada fully compensated those teamsters for their losses during the war and for their valuable services. Christian Schneider Jr. was paid $5.00 a day for the time he served with a two-horse team, and $8.00 per day for a four-horse team, besides they were paid for horses and wagons that were lost during the time they served the government."


      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.].

  • 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..., 434.

    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..., 500.

    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..., 480.

    4. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div 4, Page 43.

    5. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851.
      gives the country or province of birth.

    6. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 19 Dec 1878.
      Died 29 Nov 1878 Adam Shupe died at the home of his son-in-law, Levi Clemens, in Michigan at age of 85 years and 4 months

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Jul 1793 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Nov 1878 - Moline, Allegan, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Gaines Cemetery, Cutlerville, Kent, Michigan, United States Link to Google Earth
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