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

Benjamin Springer

Male 1770 - 1834  (64 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Springer 
    Born 1770  Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Epidemic 1834  Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cholera 
    Eby ID Number 00116-7293.2 
    Died 16 Aug 1834  Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Cause: cholera 
    Buried Blenheim Mennonite Cemetery, Blenheim Township, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I10749  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2024 

    Father Rev. David Springer,   b. Abt 1740, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Margaret Oliver,   b. Abt 1740,   d. Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3090  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Rykeman,   b. 1776,   d. 30 Aug 1834, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Children 
     1. Mary Springer,   b. 16 Jun 1799, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1888, Moline, Allegan, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. David Springer,   b. Abt 1805, Of, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Springer,   b. Abt 1808, Of, Bayham Township, Elgin Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Benjamin Springer,   b. 1809, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1834  (Age 25 years)
     5. Aaron Springer,   b. 22 Jun 1815, , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1902, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     6. Richard Springer,   b. Abt 1819,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Henrietta Springer,   b. 30 Jun 1819, Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Elizabeth Springer,   b. 15 Jun 1821, Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1895, Salt River Township, Shelby, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     9. Mayor-Reeve-Sheriff Moses Springer,   b. 24 Aug 1824, Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1898, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2024 
    Family ID F3089  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Benjamin was a pathmaster in Blenheim Township, Oxford Co., Ontario for the 14th concession in the year 1830 and 1834. Taken from the Blenheim Township Minute Book. Oxford County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.

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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. [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..., 496.

    2. [S138] Cemetery - ON, Oxford, Blenheim - Blenheim Mennonite Internet Link Blenheim Mennonite Cemetery online.
      In / these three graves lies/ the remains of/ Benjamin Springer/ died August 1834/ aged 63 yrs/ also of Mary wife of/ the same/ died August 1834/ aged 57 yrs/ Benjamin/ son of the above/ died August 1834/ aged 24 yrs/

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1770 - Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEpidemic - Cholera - 1834 - Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: cholera - 16 Aug 1834 - Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blenheim Mennonite Cemetery, Blenheim Township, Oxford Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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