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

John Scheirich[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1787 - 1862  (74 years)


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  • Name John Scheirich 
    Born 4 Aug 1787  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/201938789 
    Military 1812 
    War of 1812 
    Name John Shiry  [6
    Residence 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Eby ID Number 00100-5561 
    Died 3 Apr 1862  near, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 8
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 10
    Person ID I10473  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 

    Father Mathias Scheirich,   b. 6 Dec 1751, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1835, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Catharine Mooney,   b. 1762,   d. 10 Dec 1825  (Age 63 years) 
    Family ID F3004  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Barbara Groh,   b. 28 May 1784, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1858, Near Hespeler, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married Abt 1807  [5
    Children 
     1. Catharine Scheirich,   b. 20 May 1814, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1837, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     2. Elizabeth Scheirich,   b. 1 May 1816, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1890, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Joseph Scheirich,   b. 8 May 1817, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1828, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
     4. Anna Scheirich,   b. 25 Oct 1818, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1881, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     5. Susannah Scheirich,   b. 1 Apr 1820, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1884, Near Shantz Station, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     6. Magdalena Scheirich,   b. 17 Jun 1822, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1850, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     7. Samuel Scheirich,   b. 6 May 1824, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1824, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Esther Scheirich,   b. 18 May 1825, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1845  (Age 19 years)
     9. Veronica "Franny" Scheirich,   b. 6 Nov 1827, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1848  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F528  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Scheirich "was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, August 4th, 1787. He came to Canada with his parents when eighteen years of age. When some twenty years old he was married to Barbara Groh who was born May 28th, 1784, and died November 28th, 1858. They resided on his father's place near Berlin where both died. His death took place April 3rd, 1862. Their family consisted of nine 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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      "... On the 18th day of June, 1812, President Madison declared war against England. This placed the Pennsylvania people in a very trying position and as they could not be induced to take up arms, they were pressed into service as teamsters and were obliged to furnish their own horses. Ox-teams were employed when no horses were to be had. Those who were required to serve in this capacity were Christian Schneider Jr., Peter Erb, Joseph Eby, Samuel Eschelman, Benjamin Springer, Frederick Herner, Jacob Bock, Henry Pannebecker, John Scheirich, Henry Wismer, John Biehn, Adam Shupe and Wildfong.

      In January, 1813, General Proctor defeated the Americans near Detroit, capturing General Wilkinson with 500 men. In September General Harrison having been joined by a fierce body of riflemen from Kentucky, advanced towards Detroit in such force that General Proctor crossed the Detroit River and retreated up the Thames. On being followed by the American Army of 3500 men, he made a stand at Moraviantown with 800 British and 500 Indians under Tecumseh. This warrior was killed, and Proctor retreated in great confusion to Burlington Heights in order to join the Niagara Army. A number of the Waterloo people were up at the battle on the Thames. These Waterloo boys acting as teamsters had taken shelter in a swamp near by while the battle was being fought. An officer of the British army, seeing that all was lost, gave them warning, said 'Boys, all is lost, clear out and make the best you can,' upon which some ran, while others unhitched their horses and rode off for their lives. Christian Schneider Jr., who carried the money-safe on his wagon, cleared out on his horses, leaving the wagon with all its contents behind. In this defeat old Adam Shupe was taken prisoner by the Americans. He was taken before General Harrison who, perceiving his innocent and harmless appearance, dismissed him and granted him permission to return to his Canadian home. He lost both his horses and wagon. Christian Schneider was away the greater part of the summer. On his first trip he had a two-horse team. After being home a few weeks he had to go again, this time with a four-horse team. During this war which lasted a little more than two years, quite a number of small battles were fought in the Niagara Peninsula and in the vicinity of Detroit. Quite a few of these Pennsylvania Dutch boys were pressed to serve as teamsters and exposed to all manner of danger, but strange to say, not one lost his life through the war.

      On the 24th of December, 1814, peace was made between England and the United States, leaving each in exactly the same position as they had been before the war. After peace was restored the government of Canada fully compensated those teamsters for their losses during the war and for their valuable services. Christian Schneider Jr. was paid $5.00 a day for the time he served with a two-horse team, and $8.00 per day for a four-horse team, besides they were paid for horses and wagons that were lost during the time they served the government."


      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.].

  • 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..., 796.

    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..., 731.

    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..., 259.

    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..., 278.

    5. [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..., 225.

    6. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.
      To / the memory of / John Shiry / who died 3rd April / 1862 / (buried in cement, Burial Card: Mrs. John Shirey, Nov.28, 1858)

    7. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 17.
      John SCHEIRICH Gentleman Birthplace: USA Age 65 Lutheran b. 4-Aug
      Barbara SCHEIRICH Birthplace: USA Age 66 Lutheran b.
      John HEISTAND Labourer Birthplace: Canada Age 24 Lutheran b. 19-Jul
      HOP Agent Birthplace: Canada Age 46 Presbyterian Res. Unknown

    8. [S3231] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/201938789.

    9. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 17.

    10. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Aug 1787 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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