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

Peter Martin

Male 1797 - 1831  (34 years)


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  • Name Peter Martin 
    Born 27 Jan 1797  Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Interesting story, religion 
    Eby ID Number 00075-4348 
    Died 6 Nov 1831  [1, 3
    Buried Martin Meeting House Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I6922  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2022 

    Father Peter Martin,   b. 26 Feb 1769, West Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1831, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother 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  [5
    Family ID F1834  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Weber,   b. Abt 1800, of, Waterloo Twp., Region of Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Michael Martin,   b. 12 Feb 1820, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1888, Clinton Twp., Lincoln Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F1891  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Peter Martin, "the third son of Peter and Anna (Zimmerman) Martin, was born January 21st, 1799, and died November 7th, 1834. He was married to Elizabeth Weber. They resided in Woolwich Township, a few miles north of Waterloo where he was engaged in farming. They had one child, a son named Michael. Some time after Mr. Martin's decease the widow was again married to Joseph Fretz from the Twenty, Lincoln County, where she afterwards resided."

      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a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character.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 Waterlo.


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

  • 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..., 28.

    2. [S64] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - Martin's Mennonite CC#4521 Internet Link.
      Eby gives birthdate as 21 Jan 1799, tombstone gives 27 Jan 1797

    3. [S64] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - Martin's Mennonite CC#4521 Internet Link.
      Eby gives death date as 7 Nov 1834, tombstone calculated date gives as 6 Nov 1831

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

    5. [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.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Jan 1797 - Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania 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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