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

Peter Martin[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Male 1769 - 1831  (62 years)


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  • Name Peter Martin 
    Born 26 Feb 1769  West Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gender Male 
    Interesting story, pioneer, religion 
    Residence 1830  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 010, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Eby ID Number 00075-4295 
    Died 2 Mar 1831  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buried Martin Meeting House Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I5981  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 

    Father Rev. Henry Martin,   b. Abt 1745, Of, Blue Ball, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Anna Burkhard,   b. Abt 1745, Of, Blue Ball, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F1105  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Zimmerman,   b. 18 Feb 1775, Of, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1836, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1793  [7
    Children 
     1. Henry Z. Martin,   b. 16 Feb 1794, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1853, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. Barbara Martin,   b. 1 Feb 1795, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , Franklin Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Maria Martin,   b. 12 May 1796, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Peter Martin,   b. 27 Jan 1797, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1831  (Age 34 years)
     5. Christian Martin,   b. 16 Oct 1797, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1863, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     6. Daniel Z. Martin,   b. 5 Apr 1800, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1856  (Age 55 years)
     7. Anna Martin,   b. 26 May 1802, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1886  (Age 83 years)
     8. Esther Martin,   b. 29 Aug 1803, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1872  (Age 68 years)
     9. Samuel Z. Martin,   b. 18 Mar 1805, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1855, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     10. John Z. Martin,   b. 20 Dec 1806, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1879  (Age 72 years)
     11. Elizabeth Martin,   b. 27 Dec 1808, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1900  (Age 91 years)
     12. Lydia Martin,   b. 24 Aug 1810, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1899  (Age 88 years)
     13. Joseph C. Martin,   b. 4 Dec 1811, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1856, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     14. Benjamin Z. Martin,   b. 4 Dec 1811, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1899  (Age 87 years)
     15. Magdalena Martin,   b. 14 Apr 1814, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1897, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     16. Deacon David Z. Martin,   b. 30 Aug 1815, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1894  (Age 79 years)
     17. Judith Martin,   b. 2 Jan 1821, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1884, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F1834  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Peter Martin, "was born in West Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, February 26th, 1769. He was married to Anna Zimmerman, December 25th, 1793. She was born February 18th, 1775. He followed farming in his native state, but owing to the poor harvests for several years in succession, together with low wages and many business failures, caused him to make arrangements with his numerous family to move to Canada. Two of his daughters, Barbara, married to David Martin and Maria, married to Christian Zimmerman, remained in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, while the parents with fourteen of their children, together with Daniel Weber and others, moved to Canada in 1819. They, at their arrival here, settled first on the farm now owned by Dilman Shantz and the heirs of the late Abraham Groff, but not finding this to their taste they finally located on the farm now possessed by Menno Gingerich. Here they resided until their deaths. He died March 2nd, 1831, and she died December 12th, 1836. They had a family of seventeen children, all of whom were married."


      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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      Martin Meeting House

      According to Isaac Horst, "Martins meeting house was the first of the Old Order places of worship to be built. A meeting house is reported to have been built in 1830; burial was begun in the adjoining cemetery in 1831. Martins was aptly named. The first three bishops of the area were Martins, all descended from the pioneer, Peter Martin. The land on which the house stands was formerly owned by Martins (1979: 376)." Peter Martin, Jr. purchased 220 acres of land from his brother, Henry Martin, on May 8, 1824. Apparently he set aside four acres for a meeting house and burying ground at that time. The first burial is reported to have been that of Peter Martin, Sr., who died March 2, 1831. The meeting house was enlarged in 1900.

      John Weber was the first minister, followed by Abraham W. Martin, Samuel Weber, Paul Martin, Tobias Martin and Urias Martin. At one time surrounded by countryside, the meeting house and cemetery are now completely encircled by the commercial development brought about by the rapid expansion northward of the city of Waterloo.


      Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900
      By Rosemary Ambrose

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      ...Martin was 62 when died in 1831, just 12 years after coming to Canada, but his important role in local history was not forgotten. His home doubled as the Martin's Church before the Martin's Meeting House on King Street North was completed.

      The meeting house still stands today, next to the Martin's cemetery that holds Peter Martin's remains. Across King Street was the Martin's School (SS21), in use until 1972. It's gone now.

      Because of his large family, 17 children in all, Martin was once described as "probably the most vigorous progenitor in the history of the region." His story is told in a booklet Thou Art Peter, published in 1983 by the Mennonite historian Isaac Horst of Mount Forest.....

      Flash from the Past: Peter Martin House once stood in Waterloo, Waterloo Region Record 4 May 2013 Jon Fear, Record Staff

  • Sources 
    1. [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..., 17.

    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..., 613.

    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..., 605.

    4. [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..., 817.

    5. [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..., 705.

    6. [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..., 119.

    7. [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..., 18.

    8. [S1319] Assessment Roll - ON, Waterloo Twp. - 1829-1830.

    9. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 37.

    10. [S64] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - Martin's Mennonite CC#4521 Internet Link.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Feb 1769 - West Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1830 - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 010, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Mar 1831 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Martin Meeting House Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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