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

Rev. Moses H. Schmitt[1]

Male 1876 - 1947  (71 years)


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  • Name Moses H. Schmitt 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 13 Aug 1876  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1881  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Mennonite 
    Residence 1891  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1901  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Farmer Son 
    Eby ID Number 00048-3568.3 
    Died 23 Dec 1947  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6305  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2021 

    Father John B. Schmidt,   b. 30 Jun 1835, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1911  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Magdalena Hallman,   b. 1838, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1893, East Of Berlin, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1872  Mannheim, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F1644  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Leah Weber,   b. 5 Mar 1874, Freeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1944, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1902 
    Children 
     1. Naomi May Schmitt,   b. 24 Oct 1903, Carstairs, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1988, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Leighton W. Schmitt,   b. 27 Mar 1905, Carstairs, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1995, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     3. Lloyd Elmer Schmitt,   b. 17 Mar 1913, of, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1981, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F6306  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Rev. Moses H. Schmitt
    Rev. Moses H. Schmitt

  • Notes 
    • Schmitt, Moses H. (1876-1947)

      Moses H. Schmitt Moses H. Schmitt: deacon, minister and bishop of the West Zion Mennonite Church near Carstairs, the Mayton Mennonite Church at Mayton, Alberta, the Clearwater Mennonite Church near Youngstown, Alberta, and the Sharon Mennonite Church near Guernsey, Saskatchewan, was born 13 August 1876 near Baden, Ontario, and died at Galt, Ontario, on 23 December 1947. He married Leah Weber (1874-1944) on 26 February 1902. They had four sons and one daughter; two sons died in infancy.

      Moses Schmitt grew up, joined and participated in the Mennonite churches in the Berlin (Kitchener) area of Ontario. He first came west in 1900 to look for a homestead and moved the following year.In 1901 he became a founding members of the West Zion Mennonite Church near Carstairs, and was in the lot but not chosen as the congregation's first deacon. He was chosen and ordained as a deacon in 1909, serving in that capacity until 1915 when he was chosen and ordained as a minister.

      The circumstances of Moses Schmitt's ordination as a minister were somewhat unusual. John K. Lehman, a minister in the congregation at Mayton, moved to Oregon in the spring of 1915. The conference agreed to provide the Mayton congregation with ministerial support. The West Zion congregation was closest to Mayton, but an additional minister was needed if ministers from West Zion would also assist at Mayton. Moses Schmitt, while remaining on his farm in Carstairs, was ordained to meet the needs of the Mayton congregation.
      The Lehman's returned to Mayton in 1917. Conference leaders then asked Moses Schmitt to move to Reist/Youngstown, Alberta, to assist the struggling Clearwater congregation there. In 1919 Schmitt answered a call to serve the Sharon Mennonite Church near Guernsey, after Abram Reist agreed and was ordained as the minister of the Clearwater congregation.

      Moses Schmitt served the Sharon congregation near Guernsey as minister from 1919 until his retirement and move back to Ontario in 1940. He was ordained as a bishop on 12 August 1929 to serve both the local congregation and the conference. He was, according to a published obituary, "Loved in the home circle, respected by the community, appreciated in church circles for his humility, loyalty, and sacrificial service."

      Regehr, Ted D. "Schmitt, Moses H. (1876-1947)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2003. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 14 Nov 2005 <https://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/S35535.html>

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      Schmitt. - Moses H., son of the late John B. and Magdalena (Hallman) Schmitt, was born near Baden, Ont., Aug. 13, 1875; passed away at the Galt General Hospital, following a lengthy illness, Dec. 23, 1947; aged 72 y. 4 m. 10 d. He was married to Leah Weber, who predeceased him on Aug. 14, 1944. Surviving are 2 sons (Leighton, Petersburg, Ont.; and Lloyd, New Dundee, Ont.), one daughter (Mrs. Osias Gingrich, Elmira, Ont.), 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Herman, Kitchener, Ont.; and Jonathan, Red Deer, Alta.), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Joseph Weber, Carstairs, Alta.; and Mrs. Irvin Snider, Guernsey, Sask.). In his early years he became a Christian. In 1901 he moved from Waterloo Co., Ont. to Carstairs, Alta., where he was ordained deacon in 1910, minister in 1915, and bishop in 1928. In 1940 he moved back to Ontario and spent his last years in the fellowship of the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener. He was loved in the home circle, respected by the community, appreciated in church circles for his humility, loyalty, and sacrificial service. Funeral services were in charge of C. F. Derstine, assisted by S. F. Coffman, J. B. Martin, Manasseh Hallman, and Oscar Burkholder. Text: II Sam. 3: 38.


      Gospel Herald - Volume XLI, Number 2 - January 13, 1948, pages 46, 47.


  • 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..., 763.

    2. [S132] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1901, Waterloo C-5 Page 9.

    3. [S140] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1881, Div. 1 Page 45.

    4. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, January 13, 1948 - Obituary of Moses H. Schmitt.

    5. [S939] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1891, Div. 3 Page 49.

    6. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Magdalena Hallman Born: Tp of Dumfries Age: 32 Father: John Hallman Mother: Sally Hallman Born: abt 1840 Spouse: John B Schmitt Age: 36 born: Tp of Wilmot Father: George R Schmitt Mother: Salomy Schmitt married 19 Mar 1872 married: Waterloo, Mannheim

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Aug 1876 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1881 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1891 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer Son - 1901 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Dec 1947 - Galt (Cambridge), 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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