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Christian Oesch

Male 1821 - 1897  (76 years)


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  • Name Christian Oesch 
    Born 1 Apr 1821  Of, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1842  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Immigration 1861  , Davis Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-76685 
    Died 11 Apr 1897  , Cass Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I76685  Generations
    Last Modified 19 May 2022 

    Father Bishop Johannes "John" Oesch,   b. 27 Aug 1791, , Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1850, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Barbara Schultz,   b. 1803, , Alsace Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1881, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Family ID F31420  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Catharina Zehr,   b. 29 Mar 1820, of, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1867, Hickson, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 2 Mar 1842  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Catherine Oesch,   b. Abt 1844,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Oesch,   b. 14 May 1846, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1940, Garden City, Cass, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     3. Barbara Oesch,   b. 1853, Of, Garden City, Cass, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1940  (Age 87 years)
     4. Anna V. Oesch,   b. Abt 1860, Of, Spokane, Spokane, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 20 May 2022 
    Family ID F23547  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 ?,   b. Abt 1840,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Christian Oesch,   b. Abt 1870, Of, Sedalia, Pettis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 20 May 2022 
    Family ID F25649  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Christian, the oldest of the children was born at Rothsee and was three years old when the family crossed the Atlantic. He grew up in what is now Baden. He married Catherine Zehr, daughter of Joseph Zehr and Barbara Kennel. Her family lived in Woolwich Township, but after the death of Joseph, the widow and her children went to live in Wilmot where most of the Amish Mennonites had settled. In 1849, Christian leased Lot 6, Concession XIII in Stanley Township, a short distance north of the land which his father leased in Hay Township. After the death of John, Christian was issued the deed for the 150 acres still owned by the University of Toronto in 1855. The Christian Wagler family, who had been residing there since the Oesch family moved to Huron County, then purchased both the 150 acres from Christian and the front 50 acres from John's executors in 1856. In 1858, Christian gave up his lease to the property in Stanley Township, and it was transferred to C. H. Bushey.

      It was probably in 1858 or shortly thereafter that Christian and Catherine left for Davis County, Iowa. Several other Amish Mennonite families were leaving Canada for this distant state. After living there a few years, they moved to Hickory County, Missouri. Catherine's brother Christian settled there also, but it is not known whether he was living there before the Oesches arrived or whether he came later. Christian Zehr probably served as a minister in this Amish Mennonite Community. It was while in Hickory County that Catherine died. Various records give different dates--from 1867 to 1871.

      Between 1880 and 1885, Christian and his family--several of them already married--moved to Cass County, Missouri, northwest of Hickory County where the land was considered better. Christian and many of his children were members of the Sycamore Grove Amish Mennonite Church at Garden City. Christian and several family members are buried in the Clearfork Cemetery. The Christian Oesch family has spread all over the North American continent.


      Esch/Oesch Family by Lorraine Roth 2003

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Rev'd John Oesch, Minister Of The Society Of German Mennonites, In The Township Of Wilmot #20.
      Christian Oesch, Yeoman, Of Wilmot, To Catharina Zehr, Of Woolwich. 2 Mar. 1842, Wilmot. Rev. Oesch. Wit. Michael Roth, And John Brenneman, Both Of Wilmot, Yeomen

    2. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, October 10, 1940 - Obituary of John Oesch.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Apr 1821 - Of, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1842 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Mar 1842 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1861 - , Davis Co, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Apr 1897 - , Cass Co., Missouri Link to Google Earth
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