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

Gilbert Bergey[1, 2]

Male 1877 - 1950  (72 years)

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  • Name Gilbert Bergey 
    Born 13 Sep 1877  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Mennonite 
    Religion 1891  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1901  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Laborer 
    Occupation 1911  New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Farmer 
    Religion 1911  New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00004-892.5 
    Died 15 Jan 1950  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Buried Blenheim Mennonite Cemetery, Blenheim Township, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I6564  Generations
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2019 

    Father Deacon David E. Bergey,   b. 3 Jul 1845, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1932, New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Louisa Bowman,   b. 28 Nov 1845, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1931, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 31 Dec 1872  New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Family ID F1955  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Angeline Martin,   b. Nov 1878, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1942  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Children 
     1. William Bergey,   b. Nov 1903, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. David Dalton Bergey,   b. 6 Feb 1916, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1980, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F6292  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Sep 1877 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1891 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Laborer - 1901 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1911 - New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1911 - New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jan 1950 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blenheim Mennonite Cemetery, Blenheim Township, Oxford Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Bergey, Gilbert & Angelin Martin.jpg
    Bergey, Gilbert & Angelin Martin.jpg

  • Notes 
    • Bergey, Gilbert (1877-1950)

      "Gilbert Bergey, church leader and dairy farmer; b.13 September, 1877 in Waterloo County, Ontario to David and Louisa (Bowman) Bergey . He was the eldest son in a family of four sons and three daughters. On 8 October 1902 he married Angeline (Angie) Martin (19 November 1877-27 February 1942) in Elmira. They were members of the Blenheim Mennonite Church near New Dundee and took up residence on the Bergey dairy farm. They had one son, David. Gilbert Bergey died 16 January 1950 and was buried at the Blenheim Mennonite Church.

      Both Gilbert and Angie taught Sunday School classes. As a young man, Gilbert taught the Young Ladies' Class; his next assignment was the Mothers' Class. Angie found her niche in teaching the Beginners' Class. Gilbert led congregational singing using a "tuning fork" to get the pitch; he was never known to falter when the music was written in "shaped notes".

      In 1921, Gilbert's father, David Bergey, the aged deacon at Blenheim asked to step back from active service. When the voice of the congregation was sought and the lot was cast, it fell on Gilbert who succeeded his father as deacon on 17 July 1921 . He also followed his father as secretary of the Mennonite Conference of Ontario from 1922-1940. He also served on the conference Welfare Board organized to assist indigent widows and orphans and to counsel persons in financial difficulty within the Ontario conference constituency.
      In his vocation as a dairy farmer, Gilbert processed most of his milk supply into cheese which he sold at a nearby Farmers Market. He also sent a small quantity of milk to the local New Dundee Co-Operative Creamery. This led to a call on his counseling skills by non-Mennonite neighbors. In the mid 1930s a sharp controversy arose between the co-operative's directors and its patrons. Due to Gilbert Bergey's reputation in as a skillful mediator, he was elected as a director. It was a demanding request to which he responded with hesitation but served with integrity.

      Gilbert Bergey has a quiet and cheerful nature. He was sought by many for his wise counsel; he was a stable voice in the Ontario Mennonite community in the decades prior to World War II."

      1a
      Bergey, Lorna. "Bergey, Gilbert (1877-1950)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2004. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 12 Nov 2005 <https://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/B4542.html>

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      Bergey. --- Gilbert, eldest son of David and Louisa (Bowman) Bergey, was born Sept. 13, 1877; died at the Galt, Ont., General Hospital, Jan. 16, 1950; aged 72 y. 4 m. 3 d. Death followed two years of failing health. On Oct. 8, 1902, he was married to Angeline Martin, who predeceased him Feb. 27, 1942. Surviving are one son (David), 2 grandsons, one adopted son (William), 2 granddaughters, 2 brothers (Milton, Ancaster, Ont.; and Herbert, New Hamburg, Ont.), and one sister (Mrs. Fred Millar, Kitchener, Ont.). At the age of nineteen he united with the Blenheim, Ont., Mennonite Church, where he was called to the office of deacon on July 17, 1921. From 1922 to 1940 he served as secretary of the Ontario Mennonite Conference. He had a quiet and cheerful nature. His timely counsel will be missed. Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at the home by Moses S. Bowman and at the Blenheim Church, where S. F. Coffman, conducted the devotional period and J. B. Martin, Ontario Conference moderator, preached the sermon. Text: I Thess. 1: 9, 10.

      Gospel Herald - Volume XLIII, Number 14 - April 4, 1950 ----- page 334, 335

  • 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..., 78.

    2. [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..., 235.

    3. [S133] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1901, Wilmot H-2 Page 8.

    4. [S138] Cemetery - ON, Oxford, Blenheim - Blenheim Mennonite Internet Link Blenheim Mennonite Cemetery online.
      Gilbert Bergey Sept 13, 1877 - Jan 15, 1950 his wife Angelina Martin 19 Nov, 1877 - Feb 27, 1942

    5. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 3 Page 11.

    6. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, Obituary of Gilbert Bergey - April 4, 1950.

    7. [S346] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1911, Div. 12 Page 12.

    8. [S939] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1891, Div. 1 Page 27.

    9. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, February 5, 1931 - Obituary of Louia Bowman.

    10. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 16 Jan 1873.
      31 Dec 1872 By Pastor Spring in New Hamburg, David Berge, a schoolteacher, was married to Louise Baumann, both of Wilmot.