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

Rev. Martin Bear[1, 2]

Male 1774 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Martin Bear 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 1774  , York Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - Beasley's Lower Block Conc. 1 Lot 06E, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Name Martin Baer 
    Residence 1831  Waterloo Township - Beasley's Lower Block Conc. 1 Lot 06, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number 00003-596 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I7188  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2021 

    Father Michael Bear,   b. 1749, , York Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F2099  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catharine Gingrich,   b. CA 1782, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1849, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Children 
     1. Benjamin Bear,   b. 1799, , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Rev. John G. Bear,   b. 15 May 1804, Near Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1894, Near Doon, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. Elizabeth Bear,   b. 17 Sep 1805, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1838, Speedsville (Waterloo Township), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     4. Annie Bear,   b. 29 Apr 1807, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1867, West Montrose, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     5. Michael Bear,   b. 1 Jan 1809, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1821  (Age 12 years)
     6. David Bear,   b. 24 Nov 1810, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1881, Blandford Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     7. Abraham Bear,   b. 19 Apr 1812, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1890, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     8. Salome Bear,   b. 12 Jan 1814, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Martin Bear,   b. 4 Oct 1815, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1889, , Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     10. Catharine Bear,   b. 18 May 1817, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. George Bear,   b. 10 Jun 1819, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. Leah Bear,   b. 21 Mar 1821, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. Susannah Bear,   b. 6 Jul 1822, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1854  (Age 31 years)
     14. Rachel Bear,   b. 10 Mar 1825, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F1776  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Martin Bear, "was born in York County, Pennsylvania, in 1774. At the time when he was a young man, real estate in Pennsylvania, especially in the older counties, became so high in price that the majority of farmer's sons who wished to follow their paternal calling, were not in a financial position to procure a farm for themselves, hence the desire to seek homes elsewhere. This caused young Martin to make a journey to Canada to see the country before he would move here. In the summer of 1800 he arrived at old Joseph Schörg's who had located on the Grand River, opposite Doon, a few months previously. Finding the nature of the country, soil, timbers, and waters even beyond his expectations, he decided to settle here and immediately selected a tract of land (Now in possession of Anson Groh) situated between Preston and Hespeler, of which he cleared several acres and erected a small log house thereon, then returned to Pennsylvania. Early in spring, 1801, he in company with his wife and others, moved to Canada, and upon their arrival here each party settled on the locations made the year previously. In a few years nearly all these early settlers had comfortable homes. Old Mr. Martin Bear was an ordained minister of the Mennonite Church. He was one of the first that was ordained in this county (Ordained in 1808 by Bishop Moyer of the Twenty). He was married to Catharine, daughter of Abraham and Anna (Hunsicker) Gingerich. They had a family of thirteen Children"


      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.].

  • 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..., 686.

    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..., 571.

    3. [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..., 183.

    4. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 7.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1774 - , York Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Bef 1831 - Waterloo Township - Beasley's Lower Block Conc. 1 Lot 06E, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1831 - Waterloo Township - Beasley's Lower Block Conc. 1 Lot 06, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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