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

Rev. Jacob Bechtel Bowman[1, 2, 3]

Male 1827 - 1910  (82 years)


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  • Name Jacob Bechtel Bowman 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 26 Dec 1827  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Interesting life, religion 
    Name Jacob B. Bauman 
    Occupation Freeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    postmaster 
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    farmer 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Preacher 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    United Bretheran 
    Occupation 1881  New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    minister 
    • Although early meetings are reported to have begun in the Roseville area as early as 1860, it was not until 1881 that Rev. George Backus of New Dundee came to the area to conduct regular services in Roseville homes on Sunday evenings. The first services were held in the home of Mrs. Jacob Bricker ; there were seven charter members in the group. Shortly after this time, c.1884, the present church building, which was originally of frame and dates to 1852 when it belonged to a Lutheran Congregation, was bought from the Wesleyan Methodists who had acquired it earlier from the Lutherans. The first United Brethren in Christ pastors after Rev. Backus were Revs. David B. Sherk and Jacob. B. Bowman . 1a

      1aAmbrose, Rosemary. Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide to Churches Established Before 1900. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Waterloo-Wellington Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1993. [used the kind permission of Rosemary Ambrose 2011]
    Occupation 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Preacher 
    Religion 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    United Bretheren 
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Minister 
    Religion 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    United Bretren 
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Clergyman 
    Eby ID Number 00002-238 
    Died 19 Jan 1910  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I7391  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

    Father Rev. Johnnes B. "John" Bauman,   b. 4 Apr 1800, , Berks Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1850, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Nancy Bechtel,   b. 6 Jun 1808, Blair (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1855  (Age 47 years) 
    Family ID F2028  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth "Lizzie" Oberholtzer,   b. 8 Oct 1831, Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1910  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1850  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 9, 10, 12, 13
    Children 
     1. Lucinda O. Bowman,   b. 11 Mar 1851, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1852, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Rachel O. Bowman,   b. 24 Mar 1853, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1854, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     3. Abraham O. Bowman,   b. 18 Oct 1855, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1929  (Age 73 years)
     4. Nelson O. Bowman,   b. 18 Mar 1859, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1883  (Age 23 years)
     5. Nancy O. Bowman,   b. 23 Sep 1864, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F2235  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Jacob B. Bowman, "the eldest son of John B. and Nancy (Bechtel) Baumann, was born near Freeport, December 26th, 1827. In 1850 he married Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham and Rachel (Baumann) Oberholtzer. She was born in Bloomingdale, October 8th, 1831. After their marriage they moved on his father's old homestead where they resided for twenty-four years, thence they moved to Freeport where they resided for nine years, from there they moved (in 1883) to Berlin where they still reside. In 1855 he entered the ministry and labored for the Lord's cause ever since. The first two years of his ministerial life were spent in the services of the Baptist church. In 1857 or 58 he joined the United Brethren in Christ for which body he proved himself to be an honorable and hard working servant both in and out of the pulpit. He is one of those men who are naturally gifted with an ability of making friends of all with whom they meet. As a minister he is much beloved by both his own and other congregations. His family consists of five 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.].

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      Roseville United Brethren in Christ Church

      Although early meetings are reported to have begun in the Roseville area as early as 1860, it was not until 1881 that Rev. George Backus of New Dundee came to the area to conduct regular services in Roseville homes on Sunday evenings. The first services were held in the home of Mrs. Jacob Bricker; there were seven charter members in the group. Shortly after this time, c.1884, the present church building, which was originally of frame and dates to 1852 when it belonged to a Lutheran Congregation, was bought from the Wesleyan Methodists who had acquired it earlier from the Lutherans. The first United Brethren in Christ pastors after Rev. Backus were Revs. David B. Sherk and Jacob. B. Bowman. The congregation remained on a circuit until 1969 when the connection ended with New Dundee and Roseville became independent. A parsonage was purchased in 1971 and on September 9, 1973 a sod-breaking ceremony was held for the Christian Education addition. Dedication services were held on October 6, 1974.

      A split in the United Brethren in Christ in 1889 resulted in two groups calling themselves by that name. One group joined the Congregationals in 1906. The other group remained United Brethren in Christ until November 16, 1946 when most congregations of the United Brethen in Christ organization joined with the Evangelical Church to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church - later to join with the United Church on January 1, 1968. This congregation is one of three United Brethren in Christ Churches in Waterloo County today. The others are Stanley Park in Kitchener, and New Dundee. The headquarters of the church is in Huntington, Indiana.

      Although the building was originally of frame construction, remodelling and renovations have resulted in the church building of today.

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

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      A Bad Fall
      Rev. J. B. Bowman, Church street fell while proceeding along the sidewalk in front of the post office this morning and striking his head with great force on the walk was rendered unconscious. He was taken home in a conveyance and a physician called in. At three o'clock in the afternoon he was still unconscious and no one was allowed to see him. We trust that his fall may not result seriously.

      The Daily Record 18 Dec 1893

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      Pioneer Minister of Waterloo County Passes Away Wednesday

      WAS IN HIS 83RD YEAR

      The Grim Reaper called one of Waterloo County's, most widely known and respected residents, Rev. Jacob B. Bowman, who passed away at 12:30, Wednesday morning, at the residence of his son, Mr. A. O. Bowman, Church street, Berlin. The deceased has been in poor health for the last eighteen months and for the past two months has been in a helpless condition, his death being calm and peaceful. The late Jacob B. Bowman was born on the old Bowman homestead near Freeport, in 1827 and was 82 years and 24 days of age. He was a son of John Bowman, one of the pioneer settlers of this county. He was educated in the common schools and when about 30 years of age he entered the ministry of German Baptist church and afterwards united with the United Brethren denomination. He resided on the farm near Freeport, until 26 years ago, when he took up his residence in Berlin. The deceased was actively engaged in the ministry for many years and had charge of nearly all the U. B. circuits in this county. During his ministerial career he performed over 400 marriage ceremonies. Had the late Mr. Bowman lived until February 17th next, he would have been married 60 years. He is survived by his bereaved widow, who is in her 78th year and one son and one daughter, Mr. Abram O. Bowman, of the Customs staff and Mrs. (Rev.) W. A. Hutchison of Elyrie, Ohio. Three children died in infancy. The deceased was a brother of the late I. L. Bowman and the late Mrs. Amos Weber. He was a living example of a true Christlike life and his death removed a useful and highly esteemed citizen from this community. The funeral will take place from the residence of A. O. Bowman, 87 Church St., on Friday at 2 o'clock p.m. and proceed to Allan St., U.B. Church and thence to Mount Hope cemetery, for interment.

      Chronicle-Telegraph 20 Jan 1910 pg 10

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      Post office closed -
      Freeport post office, which has been in existence for the last 50 years or more, was closed last week by order of the Postmaster General. This office, which was opened in the early sixties. In the old Academy building, (now a mass of ruins), had for its first postmaster Mr. Charles Lutz, only brother Mr. Hy. Lutz of this place. Later on it was transferred to the house now occupied by Mr. Adam Sherman, when Mr Jacob Lutz father the Lutz brothers took over the office. Next and turn as postmaster came Mr. John Schlichter, who was followed by Rev. J. B. Bowman with Miss Harriet Pogson as deputy. On the removal of Mr. Bowman to Berlin Miss Pogson assumed the duties of postmistress, which she filled for some years. On her resignation the office was moved to Centreville, with Mr. Ferdinand Latsch in charge. When he resigned Mr. Jacob Ebel was appointed in his stead, and for the past few years he has been our postmaster, until now on the closing of the office he has been relieved of its duties. With the introduction of the ever popular rural mail delivery there is no call for this office, and said it was closed. 'Aurevoir.

      Waterloo Chronicle Telegraph 22 May 1913

  • 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..., 172.

    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..., 147.

    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..., 222.

    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..., 105.

    5. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-8 Page 6.

    6. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link , Section H.
      In memory of / Rev. J.B. Bowman / died Jan. 19, 1910 / aged 82 yrs. 24 dys. / Elizabeth Oberholtzer / his beloved wife / died March 31, 1910 / aged 78 yrs. 5 mos. / 23 days / they rest from their labours / and their works do follow them

    7. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 22.
      Jacob BOWMAN Farmer Birthplace: Canada Age 25 Mennonite b. 15-Dec
      Elisabeth BOWMAN Birthplace: Canada Age 21 Mennonite b. 8-Oct
      George SCHAEFER Labourer Birthplace: Germany Age 15 Lutheran b. 6-Jun
      Anna SCHAEFER Birthplace: Germany Age 13 Lutheran b. 13-Oct
      Rocinda BOWMAN Birthplace: Canada Age 1 Mennonite b. 11-Mar
      Nancy BOWMAN Birthplace: Canada Age 42 Mennonite b. 9-Aug
      Isaac BOWMAN Teacher Birthplace: Canada Age 22 Mennonite b.
      May Susana STAUFER Birthplace: Canada Age 11 Mennonite b. 7-Sep

    8. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 2 Page 47.

    9. [S1887] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (North Division), Div. 1 Page 2.

    10. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 3 Page 14.

    11. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 22.

    12. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.

    13. [S244] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Deutsche Canadier (1841-1865) - Index to Births, Deaths and Marriages Announced in the Deutsche Canadier, Berlin, Canada West. originally indexed by Simone Nieuwolt and Sylvie Kuppek..organised by Rosemary Ambrose, 22 Feb 1850 Pg 8.
      BAUMANN, Jacob married 17 Feb 1850 To Elisabeth OBERHOLTZER, of Waterloo. minister F. W. Bindemann

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Dec 1827 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - postmaster - - Freeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Feb 1850 - Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Preacher - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Bretheran - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister - 1881 - New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Preacher - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Bretheren - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Bretren - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clergyman - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Jan 1910 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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