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

Elizabeth Diefenbach

Female 1763 - 1825  (62 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Diefenbach 
    Born 1763  , , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Name Elizabeth Shupe 
    Eby ID Number 00113-7169.10 
    Died 21 Mar 1825  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I5554  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2020 

    Family 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) 
    Children 
     1. Daniel Shupe,   b. Abt 1782, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1842, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
     2. John Shupe,   b. 5 Oct 1784, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1861, Freeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Bishop George Shupe,   b. 25 Dec 1788, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1870, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. David Shupe,   b. Abt 1790, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Adam Shupe,   b. 29 Jul 1793, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1878, Moline, Allegan, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. Jacob Shupe,   b. Apr 1795, , , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Near, New Dundee, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Catharine Shupe,   b. 29 Mar 1798, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1869, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     8. Benjamin Shupe,   b. Abt 1799, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F1720  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A POEM ON THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ELIZABETH SHOOP

      The following verses were written in memory of the late Elizabeth Shoop, who was an inhabitant of the township of Waterloo, in the District of Gore, Upper Canada, where she resided with her family until the day of her death. The time of her living in that place, was something like twenty-four years, which about one-half of that time, in the latter part of her life, she lived in a state of widowhood with her children. The following poem is a true and short history of her holy life and death. The late Elizabeth departed this mortal life, March 21, 1825; and the following remarks were made a few days after her death, by JOHN A. CORNELL, an intimate acquaintance with her person, life, death and character, who had the great satisfaction to preach her funeral sermon to a numerous concourse of people, from the following words, taken from Heb. 4: 9, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God."

      Ye nations of the earth give ear
      To what I here relate;
      Your Maker learn to love and fear,
      Prepare to leave this state.

      The sacred truth I now indite,
      God print it in your minds;
      Strong memory on your hearts to write,
      With letters more divine.

      Oh! cruel death, how dreadful bold,
      He bears a mighty sway;
      He calls away both young and old,
      To long eternity.

      The Lord his messenger did send,
      The Widow Shoop hath died,
      She was the poor, the orphan's friend,
      Likewise the Pilgrim's guide.

      Religion is a glorious prop,
      Surely it is the best:
      We have a consolating hope,
      Her soul has gone to rest.

      She was a soldier of the cross,
      Her duty she'd fulfill;
      No toil, no pain she counted loss,
      To do her Master's will.

      The church of God, she lov'd to meet,
      To see her brethren there;
      That they might fall at Jesus' feet
      And join in holy prayer.

      The place of praise, the house of prayer,
      It was her chief delight;
      She was a constant member there,
      She kept the end in sight.

      She never left the house of God,
      But like Anna of old;
      She marked the steps her Savior trod,
      Bro't fruit an hundred fold.

      Her heart to church and God was true,
      Her soul was sanctified;
      Her happy spirit never knew,
      What it was to backslide.

      That hateful sin. call'd dressy pride,
      Her soul it did abhor;
      Such vain and foolish sins as these,
      She kept at open war.

      What others took to paint their clay,
      And dress their bodies fine;
      Unto the poor she gave away,
      To cheer the feeble mind;

      The lame, the sick, naked and poor,
      They were her constant care --
      Were always welcome at her door,
      With her they had a share.

      She often borrowed of the rich,
      To give it to the poor:
      Her love and charity was such,
      She gave them all her store.

      She laid her own advantage by,
      To do the needy good;
      Yet all her hopes they did rely,
      Upon her Savior's blood.

      Third of March she was taken ill,
      And to her bed confin'd ;
      Yet to her heavenly Father's will,
      Appeared to be resigned.

      She seemed to think her morning sun,
      Was then about to set;
      She thank'd the Lord her work was done,
      In Christ was made complete.

      While she could use her feeble tongue,
      Her Maker she ador'd;
      By exhorting both old and young,
      To seek and serve the Lord.

      Her friends and children she did teach;
      From Scripture truth was drawn,
      Hoping her words would louder preach,
      When she was dead and gone.

      Twenty-first of March, on that day,
      She bid this world adieu;
      Her longing spirit left its clay,
      The age of sixty-two.

      At God's great and sovereign will,
      Resigned her fleeting breath,
      Without a doubt, without a fear,
      She pass'd the gates of death.

      She bid the church farewell below,
      To join the church above;
      Where all the happy spirits go,
      To sing Redeeming Love.

      Come sick, come Christians mourn your loss
      Of your departed friend;
      And learn to bear an equal cross,
      As she unto the end.

      Oft at her tomb, my heart shall rove,
      To drop a sacred tear;
      In token of that Christian love,
      While she was with us here.

      Whatever we may count our loss,
      Shall be her greatest gain;
      She now can say, farewell to cross,
      Farewell to grief and pain.

      A life so holy, true, and just,
      Example so divine;
      Must not be buried in the dust
      Before the world must shine.

      Now I'll refrain, why should I weep?
      Since she has gone to rest;
      She's only laid her down to sleep,
      Upon her Savior's breast.

  • Sources 
    1. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.
      Erected / to / the memory of / Elizabeth Shupe / wife of John Shupe / who departed this life / March 21, 1825 / aged 62 years

    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..., 478.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1763 - , , Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Mar 1825 - Waterloo Twp., 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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