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

Jacob Kropf[1, 2, 3]

Male 1784 - 1875  (~ 90 years)


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  • Name Jacob Kropf 
    Born Feb 1784  [4
    Gender Male 
    Birth CALC 2 Dec 1784  Epfig, , Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Residence 1840  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation 1851  Wilmot Township, Waterloo County Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Retired Farmer 
    Religion 1851  Wilmot Township, Waterloo County Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Mennonite 
    Land 1855  Wilmot Township - Concession North of Snyder's Road Lot 14, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1861  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Retired 
    Religion 1861  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Mennonite 
    Religion 1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-87116 
    Died 28 Jan 1875  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Person ID I87116  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

    Family Magdalena Rothaker,   b. 7 Aug 1786, Strassburg, , Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1878, Baden, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 15 Apr 1811  Epfig, , Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Jacob Kropf,   b. 14 Jun 1812, Epfig, , Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1848, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     2. Christian Kropf,   b. 10 Jan 1815, , Alsace Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1898, Lancaster, Schuyler, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. Heinrich "Henry" Kropf,   b. 9 Feb 1817, , Alsace Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1855, Baden, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     4. Catharina Kropf,   b. 18 Oct 1819, Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1840, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     5. Elisabeth Kropf,   b. 22 Jan 1822, Leacock Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1853, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     6. David Kropf,   b. 24 Mar 1824, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1909, Garden City, Cass, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F36120  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Jan. 29, in Waterloo Co., Canada, Bro Jacob Kropf, at the advanced age of 90 years, 1 month and 26 days. He enjoyed remarkably good health up to the 26th of December, 1874, when he had a stroke of palsy whereby his right side and also his tongue became paralyzed. He served as deacon in the Amish Church in Canada about 50 years, during which time his seat was seldom vacant when he was able to go. He leaves an aged widow about two years his junior, with whom he lived in matrimony 64 years.

      Obituary - Herald of Truth, February, 1875

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      The Kropf Family

      In 1819, Jacob Kropf and his wife Magdalena Rothaker applied for a passport to leave Lower Alsace. The Kropfs had resided in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but in the fall of 1823 they accompanied the Brennemans to Upper Canada. Although Kropf laid claim to a lot next to Joseph Goldschmidt's in the German Block, he took his family to Woolwich Township. When Goldschmidt left for Ohio in 1831, Kropf moved to Wilmot, purchased Goldschmidt's 50 acres and registered his intent to purchase both lots 13 and 14, NSR, with King's College. Goldschmidt had already built a sawmill on his property, and Jacob Kropf and his sons continued to operate it. Although the Kropf family seemed fairly well situated with their sawmill and 400 acres of land, tragedy stalked them on all sides. Daughter Catherine, age 20, died in 1840 and Jacob Jr. in 1848. He had been married to Jacobena Bender, but did not have any surviving heirs. In the spring on 1853, death claimed daughter Elizabeth who was married to John L. Lichti. She left seven young children. In the fall of the same year the Kropf sawmill burned to the ground. Son Henry died in 1855, leaving his wife, Anna Nafziger, and seven young children. In 1855, the Kropfs acquired their deeds from the University of Toronto - David for Lot 13 and Jacob Sr. for Lot 14. Perhaps the expense of building a new mill or an economic slump caused both David and Christian to consider leaving their aging parents to seek their fortunes elsewhere. David, who was married to his neighbour Magdalena Oesch, sold his last piece of land in Wilmot in 1862 and Christian his in 1864. Both of them eventually settled in Missouri. Jacob and Magdalena lived to a ripe old age. Jacob died in 1875 at the age of 90 and Magdalena in 1878 at the age of 91. Their graves on the family farm are unmarked.


      The Amish and Their Neighbours, The German Block, Wilmot Township, 1822-1860" by Lorraine Roth, 1998

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      Jacob Kropf was the son of Christian Kropf (1736-1802) and Elisabeth Goldschmidt. They were married before 1766, and he was a farmer and lease-manager. After marrying they moved several times, and lived near Bernardswiller, Bas-Rhin (Alsace), in 1767, in Hattstatt, Haut-Rhin (Lorraine), in 1776, in Rouffach, Haut-Rhin, in 1778, and, in the spring of 1779, together with his wife, leased the Gollweilerhof outlying Epfig, Bas-Rhin. Their son Jacob was born there in 1784. Christian died there on Nov. 16, 1802 (25 Brumaire XI in the Republican Calendar). The fate of Elisabeth Goldschmidt is not known, except that she was still alive in 1811. They had eight known children: Joseph (1767), Christian (1768), Heinrich (1772), Anna Maria (1776), Magdalena (1778), Barbara (1780/81), Jacob (1784) and Elisabeth (1787/88).

      Excerpt from "French Records About the Kropf Family of Epfig, Bas-Rhin", Mennonite Family History Juky 2001, by Neil Ann Stuckey Levine

  • Sources 
    1. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 15 Feb 1840:46.
      10 Feb 1840 Catharina Kropf, daughter of Jacob Kropf of Wilmot Twp, died at the age of 20 years, 3 months, 23 days. (Details follow in the paper)

    2. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 29 Nov 1838:50.
      4 Oct 1838 Johannes Oesch, teacher, m. Jacob Kropf, son of Jacob Kropf, to Jacobina Bender all of Wilmot.

    3. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 6 Jun 1878.
      Died 24 May 1878 Magdalena Kropf in Baden, widow of Jakob Kropf died at the age of 93 years. She was one of the oldest residents in Wilmot

    4. [S2563] Vit - France, Bas-Rhin, Epfig - Registres de l'├ętat civil, 1792-1882, Film: 747477.

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 11 Feb 1875.
      28 Jan 1875 By Joseph Ramseyer in Wilmot, Jakob Kropf died at 91 years of age. He was one of the first settlers in Wilmot.

    6. [S32] News - Herald of Truth, Obituary of Jacob Kropf - Feb 1876.

    7. [S190] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1871, Div. 3 Page 2.

    8. [S134] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1851, Sect. 5 Page 185.

    9. [S2639] aaaWilmot Township 1861, Sect. 12 Page 69.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - CALC 2 Dec 1784 - Epfig, , Alsace, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Apr 1811 - Epfig, , Alsace, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1840 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Retired - 1861 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jan 1875 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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