Waterloo Region Generations
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Joseph Bechtel Eby

Joseph Bechtel Eby[1, 2, 3]

Male 1811 - 1871  (60 years)

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  • Name Joseph Bechtel Eby 
    Born 25 Mar 1811  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/79822972 
    Historic Building 1852  1430 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Farmer's Inn 
    • Nestled in the heart of the Village of St. Jacobs, Benjamin's Restaurant & Inn offers its guests the charm of a vintage inn with modern conveniences for your comfort. For 150 years, the building which houses Benjamin's has accommodated overnight guests. Built in 1852 by a local Mennonite named Joseph Eby, the original "Farmer's Inn" was a stage coach stop en route from Berlin (Kitchener) to Elmira and all other points north.

      About 135 years later, in January of 1987 Benjamin's Restaurant & Inn was opened as part of the renowned Stone Crock Group of Restaurants. The original hand-hewn beams, brick and mortar work of the Farmer's Inn were preserved during the extensive renovations, but it is highly unlikely that Joseph Eby would recognize the building today.

      https://www.stjacobs.com/html/restaurants.html#BENJAMIN

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      Other names for the building: Dominion Hotel, Benjamin's Restaurant and Inn,
    Occupation 1852  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    innkeeper 
    Occupation 1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Inn Keeper 
    Residence 1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1869  St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    tavern keeper (hotel keeper, inn keeper) 
    Occupation 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Hotel Keeper 
    Eby ID Number 00031-2361 
    Died 15 Apr 1871  St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Cause: consumption 
    Buried Martin Meeting House Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Person ID I20837  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2024 

    Father David Eby,   b. 23 Feb 1785, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1860, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Bechtel,   b. 5 Mar 1787, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1844  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 8 May 1810  [1, 3
    Family ID F2984  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Magdalena Bingeman,   b. 11 Oct 1822, , Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1865, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 25 Jul 1848  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 12, 13, 14
    Children 
     1. Saruch Eby,   b. 21 Jan 1849, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1883, Nottawasaga Twp., Simcoe Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     2. Israel Eby,   b. 24 Jan 1851, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1936, Barton Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Hannah Eby,   b. 6 Jul 1854, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1936, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     4. Ezra B. Eby,   b. 28 Nov 1856, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1933, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. Silas Eby,   b. 31 Jan 1860, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Susannah Eby,   b. 17 Dec 1861, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1895  (Age 33 years)
     7. Mary Ann Eby,   b. 2 Jan 1864, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1943  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2024 
    Family ID F4248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Cress,   b. 6 Jan 1843, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1927, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 14 Jul 1869  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 15
    Children 
     1. Lydia Ann Kress "Sadie" Eby,   b. 12 Jun 1871, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1931, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2024 
    Family ID F5146  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Joseph Eby, "the eldest son of David Eby, was born March 25th, 1811, and died April 15th, 1871. After quitting the farm he went to the town of Waterloo and engaged himself to Daniel Snyder, in whose services he was, as clerk in store, for several years. He was married to Magdalena Bingeman who was born October 11th, 1822, and died August 18th, 1865. After their marriage they moved to St. Jacobs where they kept hotel for many years. After the decease of his first wife he was married to Margaretta Cress. To him were born eight children, seven of whom were born unto his first wife."

      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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      THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE

      An interesting meeting took place the Saturday before last in the old log cabin in Waterloo Park.

      This house was, of course, the first schoolhouse in this area and stood originally on the school-house square at the corner of King and Church Streets in Waterloo. It was built in 1820 and served its purpose until 1842, when it was torn down and a 1-storey stone house was constructed on the site. The dismantled log house was erected again in Greenbush and served as a residence for a long time for the coloured man, Mr. Carroll and his family. In the course of this year, the Waterloo Park Commissioners purchased the house, moved it to their park and furnished it again as it was when it was a school-house.

      At this gathering, in addition to many other ladies and gentlemen, the following (male and female) former pupils attended, took their places on the benches, and were called to order by the 82-year-old teacher, Benjamin Burkholder, who held the scepter, or rather, the switch, from 1831 to 1842 in the old log-house: Joel Guth, 80 years old; Abraham Scherk, Blair, 79; Jakob Bricker, Waterloo, 77; Sarah Burkholder, nee Erb, Bridgeport, 75; Amos Weber, Berlin, 73; John C, Bricker, Hawksville, 71; Maria Erb, nee Quickfall, Norwich 69; David B. Eby, Waterloo, 69; Wendel Baumann, Woolwich, 68; Henry Stauffer, Erbsville, 67; Simon Beatty, Elmira, 67; Jakob Ratz, New Hamburg, 67; Israel Baumann, Berlin, 65; George Elbert, Moorefield, 63; George H. Baumann, Elmira, 63; John Devitt, Waterloo, 62; Richard Quickfall, Bridgeport, 62; Isaak Hoffmann, Waterloo, 61; Robert Barkwell, Peel, 60; Diana McMahon, nee Dekay, Berlin, 60; Thomas Quickfall, Floradale, 60; Benjamin Devitt, Waterloo, 60; Isaak Devitt, Floradale, 58; John Longmann, Peel, 57. In addition, to these, the teacher read the names of 25 pupils from the roll; they were, however, absent.

      Mr. Burkholder gave an interesting talk about the history of the old school-house, and after him, Rev. J.A. MacLachlan, Rev. J. McNair, Mr. J.E. Baumann, M.P., and Mr. Jakob Ratz spoke about the old days which brought many things out of the past to mind again. School was, as a rule, only in session in winter and the costs were borne by the parents of the children. There were few subjects taught, namely: Reading, Writing and Sums. The children heard little about language, and geography; no child had more than 2 or 3 books. The predominant language was German. The pupils learned to read and write English, but didn't understand a word of it. Among the teachers in the old school-house from 1820-1842, with the exception of Mr. Burkholder, were the following whose names are still recognized: Jephtha DeKay, Joseph Guth, John Herringer, Peter Otto, John Dobbin, Elias Eby, Robert Barber, & Joseph Eby.

      After those present, on hearing the various speeches felt themselves transported back to the past, the school was closed at four o'clock and the pupils were gathered together in front of the school and photographed as a group. On their return into the school, they found it had been transformed into a dining room with heavily-laden tables, which the old-timers thoroughly enjoyed. After everyone had chatted cordially for a while longer, the gathering broke up. The company will not meet again in complete numbers, nor in such a way.

      Berliner Journal September 26, 1895 Page 4 Column 4

  • 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..., 537.

    2. [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..., 56.

    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..., 195.

    4. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div 4, Page 59.

    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..., 272.

    6. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration, Extracted by Eldon Weber for the Waterloo Region Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.

    7. [S141] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1851, Div 3 Pg 4.
      Joseph EBY Innkeeper Canada Mennonist 41
      Magdalena EBY Pennsylvania USA Mennonist 28
      Saruch EBY Canada Mennonist 3
      Israel EBY Canada Mennonist 1
      Louisa LUTWIG Germany Lutheran 14
      Menno CRESMAN Canada Mennonist 14

    8. [S915] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1861, Dist. 8 Page 81.

    9. [S141] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1851, Div 3 Pg 4.

    10. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Joseph Eby (tavern keeper of St. Jacobs) Born: Canada Age: 58 Est. Birth: abt 1811 Father: David Eby Mother: Elizabeth Eby married Margaretha Kress Age:: 27 Est. Birth: abt 1842 Born: Germany Father: Anthony Kress Mother: Catharine Kress married 15 Jul 1869 Marriage Place: Waterloo, Berlin

    11. [S64] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - Martin's Mennonite CC#4521 Internet Link.

    12. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Eby, Benjamin Rev. - Minister of the Mennonist Society #106.

    13. [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..., 538.

    14. [S244] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Deutsche Canadier (1841-1865) - Index to Births, Deaths and Marriages Announced in the Deutsche Canadier, Berlin, Canada West. originally indexed by Simone Nieuwolt and Sylvie Kuppek..organised by Rosemary Ambrose, 28 Jul 1848 Pg: 31.
      B1NGEMANN, Magdalena married 25 Jul 1848 To Joseph EBY. minister Benjamin Eby

    15. [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..., 539.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Mar 1811 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Jul 1848 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - Farmer's Inn - 1852 - 1430 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - innkeeper - 1852 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Inn Keeper - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - tavern keeper (hotel keeper, inn keeper) - 1869 - St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jul 1869 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: consumption - 15 Apr 1871 - St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Martin Meeting House Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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