Waterloo Region Generations
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John Zurbrigg

Male 1836 - 1922  (86 years)


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  • Name John Zurbrigg 
    Born 8 Apr 1836  , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Rsrch. Note
    • Punkeydoodle's Corner is located at the precise spot where Oxford, Perth and Waterloo, ON Counties connect. (East of Tavistock and south of Highway 7 and 8) Why Punkeydoodle's Corner? One story has it that John Zurbrigg, who settled there over 100 years ago and grew fields of pumpkins, had a dispute with another settler named Hellman. During an argument, he was called an old "Punkeydoddle" by Mrs. Hellman. The name stuck, and afterwards and the land became known as Punkeydoddle's Corner. The second story is that John grew so many pumpkins and because of his short, stout stature, was nicknamed 'Punkeydoodle'. Again his land was called Punkeydoodle's Corner. The third story is the most probable version, handed down from the early settlers. It revolves around an innkeeper, John Zurbuchen, who used to lead his patrons in the singing of popular tavern songs. He was a native of Germany and had difficulties with the English language. Instead of singing 'Yankey Doodle went to town' he always sang 'Punkeydoddle went to town'. As a result, Punkeydoddle became his nickname and it became Punkeydoodle's Corner. Controversy appears to always surround this community. When you visit Punkeydoodle's Corner, you will notice that the street signs, on the main street, have a different spelling on the sign at each end of the street. The largest event to have occurred at Punkeydoodle's Corner was on June 26, 1982. Over 10.000 people assembled in the field to the south of the present homes to celebrate Canada's Birthday. Canada Post established a Post Office. Many souvenirs mark this famous Canadian community. A monument was unveiled to commemorate the occasion.

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      John ZURBRIGG
      8 Apr 1836 - 27 Oct 1922
      RELIGION: W. Methodist (1871), Evangelical (1881-91), Evangelical Association (1901)
      BIRTH: 8 Apr 1836, Frutigen, Ct. Berne, Switzerland
      DEATH: 27 Oct 1922, Kurtzville, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario
      BURIAL: 29 Oct 1922, Fairview Cemetery, Listowel, Ontario
      EVENT: Occupations : Farmer, Labourer, Coopersmith/Cooper, Journeyman
      REFERENCE: 12
      Father: Anthony ZURBRIGG
      Mother: Magdalena TRACHSEL

      Family 1 : Lydia GOOD
      MARRIAGE: 14 Oct 1867, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario
      MARRIAGE: 13 Oct 1868, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario
      EVENT: Couple Met : 3rd Concession of Wallace Twp.

    Immigration 1847  [1
    Name John Z├╝rbrick 
    Occupation 1901  Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    farmer 
    Eby ID Number 00041-3306.1 
    Died 27 Oct 1922  Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: old age 
    Person ID I9107  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2021 

    Father Anton Zurbrigg,   b. 25 Mar 1809, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1877, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Magdalena Traschel,   b. 1 Jun 1806, Of, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1850  (Age 44 years) 
    Family ID F7781  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia Good,   b. 24 Jun 1849, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1927, Listowel, Wallace Twp., Perth County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Children 
     1. Lovina Zurbrigg,   b. 25 Jul 1870, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Susannah Zurbrigg,   b. 16 Jun 1872, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1931, Listowel, Wallace Twp., Perth County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     3. William John Zurbrigg,   b. 25 Mar 1876, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1933, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     4. Henry A. Zurbrigg,   b. 30 May 1879, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Moses F. Zurbrigg,   b. 24 Mar 1882, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Veronica Lucinda Zurbrigg,   b. 27 Aug 1884, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Mary Ann Zurbrigg,   b. 24 Sep 1886, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Ida Matilda Zurbrigg,   b. 31 Jan 1888, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Alvin W. Zurbrigg,   b. 8 May 1889, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Emma Zurbrigg,   b. 3 Oct 1891, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Milton Zurbrigg,   b. 1 Aug 1893, Wallace Twp., Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F2647  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S258] Census - ON, Perth, Wallace - 1901, l-3 Page 2.

    2. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.

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