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Rev. Joseph F. Umbach[1, 2]

Male 1829 - 1911  (81 years)


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  • Name Joseph F. Umbach 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 1 Nov 1829  Münchzell, , Bayern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1842  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1851  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Methodist 
    Occupation 1871  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Minister 
    Occupation 1881  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Minister 
    Residence 1881  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Evangelical Association 
    Occupation 1891  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Elder 
    Residence 1891  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Evangelical 
    Occupation 1901  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Clergyman 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-125971P 
    Died 9 Jan 1911  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 9
    Buried Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 9
    Person ID I125971  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2024 

    Father Johann Gottlieb "John" Umbach,   b. CALC 2 May 1797, Großgartach, Großgartach, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1878, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Mother Katharine Christine Lachsinger,   b. 14 Aug 1804, Meimsheim, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1871, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1832  Mönchzell, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID F11083  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth "Lisetta" Menger,   b. 25 Jul 1834, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1906  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1851  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
     1. Professor Levi Menger Umbach,   b. 14 Jul 1853, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1918, Naperville, DuPage, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Mary Ann Umbach,   b. 15 Jul 1855, Camden, Lincoln Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1937, Collingwood, Nottawasaga Twp., Simcoe Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. Moses Menger Umbach,   b. 8 Sep 1860, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1920, Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     4. Otto Menger Umbach,   b. 17 Jan 1861, Utica, Oneida, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1943, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     5. Johanna Susanna Umbach,   b. 2 Aug 1863, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1903, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     6. Sarah Catherine Umbach,   b. 31 Jan 1866, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1950, RR6, Galt, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     7. Adeline Umbach,   b. 10 May 1869, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1933, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     8. William Umbach,   b. 1870, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Laura Evelyn Umbach,   b. 30 Aug 1870, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1920, Stratford, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     10. William Henry Umbach,   b. 9 Sep 1871, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1922, , Du Page Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     11. John Walter Umbach,   b. CALC 6 Mar 1874, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1874  (Age ~ 0 years)
     12. Helena Rosina Umbach,   b. CALC 19 Aug 1875, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1877, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2024 
    Family ID F22284  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (Reverend) Joseph joined the Evangelical movement in this area, so the records show, and was much influenced by it's preachers. He was so well liked and determined to succeed that when the Waterloo District was formed, Joseph was recommended and accepted to preach in this area, even though he was not ordained to do so. This was done at a later date. He was looked upon as a great leader in the community. He received his appointment to preach in 1854. He preached in New Hamburg in 1857, 1858-1895, 1896. and I understand at some of the other evangelical churches around this area such as Waterloo and Hespeler. Some records in Waterloo Historical Society books. vol #5 vol #6

      A local Evangelical church was dedicated in 1851, Joseph was its minister. from Zion Evangeliacal (United) church 100th anniversary book. page 48-Joseph Umbach and Simon L Umbach mentioned. Joseph as District Superintendant. Ministers in this age were only permitted to serve for two years and so had to move to different churches periodically to maintain their profession. Hence both Joseph and Simon served many places in this area. page 55 mentions corner stone laying for Zion church building on Weber St. (present site) near Queen St. Joseph Umbach supervising.

      Joseph born Munchzell in Baden Germany. His father Johann was born Grossgartig, Wurrtemburg Germany, and was a laborer and as a young man moved to Baden. He lived there with his parents until the family moved to America. Joseph was the second oldest and his mother's darling. The father was away from home a lot and so the training was left to the mother. The children had to learn to work early to help their mother with the farm. The father was Evangelical and the mother was catholic, a very pious person, so the children received a very strong christian upbringing. Joseph attended a rural school and shortly before they came to America he was confirmed. Relatives in Canada had been writing to them and so they came to Canada in sept 1843, having left Germany in June.

      (Laschinger) The grandmother had died and grandpa was living in a small log house with his family, in a rural area with no neighbors, no school, or church. Joseph received no further schooling and hard work made him strong. The father bought a small farm near Conestoga but traded it for a tract of woodland 11 miles away in Woolwich twshp. there Joseph helped father build a house. The nearest neighbor lived 3 miles away and Joseph still could get no more education. The Umbachs were warned not to attend nearby chuch meetings in Berlin, but went anyways, with the result that his mother (Katherine) joined. Johann was furious and tried to stop things but after attending a meeting in St. Jacobs, joined himself.

      Joseph at 18 was well on the way to becoming a preacher and his mother who was getting fed up with having so many preachers around, put her foot down on having home meetings and so Joseph left. The Michael Menger family built a house and the meetings were held there. After Josephs mother became more reasonable he returned home, and the religious group took him in. Later he was elected an officer of the church. (Elder). In 1853 he proved his ability as a preacher to a congregaion in Waterloo, under Rev. F. Herlan, where many people joined. Next was New Hamburg, for two years, with the same results. In 1859 he attended a church conference in New York, (400 miles with horse and wagon) with his wife and two children. It was very hard on them. He was rejected by the conference because he was Canadian. Two years later he went to the Utica mission as area head. In 1863 he was in Buffalo. In 1864 he returned to Niagara Falls for two years. In 1866 he was elected president of the district and held had post for 29 yrs. till poor health forced him tor esign that post.

      For 4 yrs. he had a helper then spent a yr. as a helper, and then hiscareer as a minister was over. He suffered for 10 yrs., had many operations, but never fully regained his health.

      He had a happy family life, though many trials. He had 12 children, 3 died in infancy. The death of his wife in 1906 was very hard for him and he stayed with his oldest daughter till he died in 1911. Rev. W. J. Wager conducted the funeral and 22 ministers lead the procession. The church could not hold all the people who came to pay their respects. Surviving were- Johanna-to Herman Uppel Levi-Professor North Western college-Naperville-Illinois U. S. A. Moses-Principle-Corpus Christie-Texas, U. S. A. Otto M. -Waterloo William H. -New Hamburg Maria Anna-wife John Kaercher-New Hamburg Adeline-wife A. Gies Sarah-wife Rev. E. Becker Laura-wife H. Beilstein

      Lorne Umbach Family File

  • Sources 
    1. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.
      Joseph Herbert Umbach Born: 7 May 1889 County: Elgin Father: Otto M Umbach Mother: Sophia Stahl

    2. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Antoni Gies Born: Heidelberg Age: 22 Father: Charles Gies Mother: Elizabeth Gies Born: abt 1871 Spouse: Adeline Umbach Age: 24 born: N. Hamburg Father: Joseph Umbach Mother: Lissetta Umbach married 16 May 1893 married: Waterloo

    3. [S307] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1901, New Hamburg (Village) E-2 Page 7.

    4. [S250] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1871, Page 33.

    5. [S251] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1881, New Hamburg 1881 Page 48.

    6. [S141] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1851, Div. 4, Pg. 113.

    7. [S153] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - Riverside New Hamburg CC#4564 Internet Link.
      In Memory Of/ Joseph Umbach/ Minister Of/ The Evangelical Association/ Born Nov. 1, 1829/ Died Jan. 9, 1911/ Also His Wife/ Elizabeth Menger/ Born July 25, 1834/ Died Feb. 16, 1906/ Umbach

    8. [S699] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1891, Section 1 Page 39.

    9. [S3231] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16142323/joseph-umbach.

    10. [S2586] Baden, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1502-1985.
      Name:Johann Gottlieb Umbach
      Gender:männlich (Male)
      Event Type:Heirat (Marriage)
      Marriage Date:23 Sep 1832
      Marriage Place:Mönchzell, Baden (Baden-Württemberg), Preußen (Germany)
      Father:Gottlieb Umbach
      Mother:Carolina Umbach
      Spouse:Catharina Laschinger
      Father:Conrad Laschinger
      Mother:Barbara Laschinger
      Parish as it Appears:Münchzell
      Page Number:18;19

    11. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Marriages By Rev’d Solomon Weaver, Evangelical Association of North America, For 1851 #205.
      Joseph Umbach, 22, to Elisabeth Menger, 18 Witnesses: John Umbach Fand Conrad Umbach.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Nov 1829 - Münchzell, , Bayern, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1842 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Methodist - 1851 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1851 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1871 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1881 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Evangelical Association - 1881 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Elder - 1891 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Evangelical - 1891 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clergyman - 1901 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Jan 1911 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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