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

Jacob B. Betzner[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1818 - 1915  (97 years)


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  • Name Jacob B. Betzner 
    Born 5 Sep 1818  Near Doon, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Gender Male 
    Interesting pioneer, story 
    Residence 1842  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    farmer 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Farmer 
    Religion 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Grain Dealer 
    Religion 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1899  Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    grain dealer 
    Retired 1901  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Religion 1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Mennonite 
    Retired 1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Eby ID Number 00006-0954 
    Grave Photograph - Find A Grave Jacob B. Betzer 
    Died 31 Oct 1915  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Cause: Old Age 
    Buried Breslau Mennonite Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I9578  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

    Father Johannes "John" Betzner,   b. 7 May 1783, , , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1852, Opposite Doon, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Mary Bechtel,   b. 11 Jul 1782 OR 22 Jul 1782, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1847, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 6 Jul 1804  [1, 16
    Family ID F2454  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ID F24663  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Magdalena Scheirich,   b. 17 Jun 1822, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1850  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 15 Apr 1842  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 7, 14
    Children 
     1. Maria "Mary" Betzner,   b. 4 Aug 1843, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1924  (Age 80 years)
     2. Barbara Betzner,   b. 9 Dec 1844, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1928, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. John S. Betzner,   b. 9 Aug 1846, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1925, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. Isaac Betzner,   b. 2 Dec 1848, Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1926, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F2773  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Maria Bretz,   b. 5 Feb 1829, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1899, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 28 Sep 1851  [5, 13
    Children 
     1. Magdalena "Mattie" Betzner,   b. 5 Jul 1852, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1931, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Aaron Betzner,   b. 13 Dec 1853, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1938, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Moses B. Betzner,   b. 21 Jul 1855, Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1936, Baden, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Samuel Betzner,   b. 22 Dec 1857, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Susannah Betzner,   b. 8 Jun 1860, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948  (Age 87 years)
     6. Lydia Ann Betzner,   b. 24 Dec 1865, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1893, Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F2774  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Jacob B. Betzner "the youngest child of John and Mary (Bechtel) Betzner, was born September 5th, 1818. On April 15th, 1842, he was married to Magdalena, daughter of John and Barbara (Groh) Scheirich. She was born June 17th, 1822, and died March 7th, 1849. After her decease he was married (September 28th, 1851) to Maria, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Reist) Bretz. She was born February 5th, 1829. Mr. Betzner followed farming for many years but at present resides in Breslau, Ontario. His family consists of ten 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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      Oldest Berlin Citizen is Dead
      Jacob B. Betzner Passes Away on Monday in His 98th Year
      Was Born Near Doon

      Berlin's oldest citizen, Mr. Jacob B. Betzner, passed peacefully away on Monday afternoon at the advanced age of 97 years, 1 month and 26 days. The decease enjoyed good health almost until the end. Two months ago he became quite feeble but his mind was clear up to about two weeks ago when the infirmities of old age weakened his constitution until the Grim Reaper summoned him.

      The late Jacob B. Betzner was one of the pioneer native-born residents of Waterloo County. He was the youngest child of John and Mary (Bechtel) Betzner, and was born September 5, 1818, on the first settlement in Waterloo township, east of Doon, now known as the old Betzner Homestead. He began farming when a young man on the Springbank farm, near Breslau, now owned by Mr. A. C. Hallman. He later moved to Port Elgin where he purchased the flour mills of that village which he operated for a number of years. He sold those mills and then bought the New Dundee mills which he run several years. He retired later and moved back to Breslau. Since the death of his second wife he has been living with his children in Berlin and vicinity.

      On April 15th, 1842, he was married to Magdalena Scheirich, and the union was blessed with four children, viz: Mary (Mrs. Benj. Stauffer), High River, Alta.; Barbara (Mrs. (Rev) Noah Stauffer), Waterloo; John, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Isaac, New Hamburg. After her decease in 1849, the late Mr. Betzner married Maria Bretz and the union was blessed with six children, viz: Mrs. Aaron Cressman, Vineland, Ont.; Aaron, Berlin; Moses, on the Breslau Road; Samuel, Yukon Territory; Mrs. Eph. S. Cressman, Berlin. The youngest child, Mrs. Ozias Snyder, died at Breslau in 1893.

      The late Mr. Betzner was industrious and successful in his various undertakings, whether as a farmer or a miller. He was of a retiring disposition, but has always been held in the highest esteem by all his acquaintances. During years of his retirement he kept himself informed regarding the events that were announced from time to time. He was particularly interested in the automobile enterprise and greatly enjoyed rides throughout the country. He was a Mennonite in religion and a Liberal in politics.

      The funeral will take place from the residence of his son, Aaron Betzner, 148 Weber Street E., Berlin on Wednesday, Nov. 3rd at 1: 30 p.m., to the Breslau Mennonite Church for service and internment.


      Obituary - Berlin Daily Telegraph, November 2, 1915

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      Betzner - Bro. Jacob B. Betzner was born Sept. 5, 1818, in one of the early settlements of Waterloo Co., Ont.; died at the home of his son, Bro. Aaron Betzner, in Berlin, Ont., Nov. 1, 1915; aged 97 y. 1 m. 26 d. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. On April 15, 1842, he was married to Magdalena Scheirick. This union was blessed with four children, all of whom are yet living. She died in 1849. On Sept. 28, 1851, he was married to Maria Bretz, which union was blessed with 6 children, all living except one. His second wife died in 1899. He leaves a posterity of 10 children, 9 of whom are living; 45 grandchildren, 42 whom are living; 53 great-grandchildren, of whom 7 died, and also 2 great-great-grandchildren. Bro. Betzner was a member of the Mennonite Church from his youth. The funeral was held on Nov. 3. Services at the house by Bro. Isaish Wismer and at the Cressman Mennonite Church at Breslau by Bro. Jonas Snider. (Text, Dan. 12: 13) and Bro. Isiah Wismer. (Text, Job 19: 25). Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

      Gospel Herald Vol. III No. 36, 2 Dec 1915

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      Died At Berlin, Monday, November 1st, 1915 Jacob Betzner Aged 97 years, 1 month and 26 days. The Funeral will take place from the residence of his son, Aaron Betzner 148 Weber St. E., Berlin, on Wednesday, November 3rd,1915, at 1. 30 o'clock p. m. to Breslau Mennonite Church for service and interment. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

      Funeral Card

  • 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..., 224.

    2. [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..., 300.

    3. [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..., 226.

    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..., 499.

    5. [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..., 248.

    6. [S86] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1901, Waterloo (South/Sud) G-6 Page 10.

    7. [S20] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Telegraph (title varies: Berlin Telegraph, Berlin Daily Telegraph) (1853-1922), November 2, 1915.
      Obituary of Jacob B. Betzner

    8. [S15] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Breslau - Breslau Mennonite CC#4579 Internet Link .
      Holy Bible / In memory of / Jacob Betzner / born / Sept.8,1818 / died / Oct.31,1915 / aged / 97 years 1 mo. / & 23 dys. / Scott, Galt

    9. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 2 Pg 79.

    10. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 1 Page 38.

    11. [S214] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1911, Div. 5 Page 5.

    12. [S1946] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (South Division), Div. 6 Page 42.

    13. [S2573] aaaaWaterloo Township South 1891, Sect. 2 Page 16.

    14. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Eby, Benjamin Rev., Minister of the Mennonist Society #19.
      Jacob Betzner, To Magdalene Sheirich, Both Of Waterloo. 5 Apr. 1842. Rev. Eby. Wit. John Sheirich And John Betzner

    15. [S375] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin News Record (title Berlin Daily Record, Berlin News Record) (1893- 1919), April 17, 1899.

    16. [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..., 242.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1842 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Apr 1842 - Waterloo Twp., 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 - Farmer - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Grain Dealer - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - grain dealer - 1899 - Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1901 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Old Age - 31 Oct 1915 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Breslau Mennonite Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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