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

Jacob S. Shoemaker[1]

Male 1798 - 1875  (76 years)


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  • Name Jacob S. Shoemaker 
    Born 24 Apr 1798  Frederick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    FindAGrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/48101624 
    Historic Building 38 Bridge St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Built in 1840 by Jacob S. Shoemaker across from the mill he constructed in 1830. In 1969 the house with stone foundation and handmade brick walls was listed in fair to poor condition. The roof was framed with mortise and tenon joining. The house was a combination of Georgian proportions and classical decorations. The large dormers were reminiscent of early buildings in Pennsylvania. In 1850 the house was sold to Elias Eby together with the mill complex. The house was been renovated a number of times. The porch was removed and the house converted into a tri-plex by 1969.1a

      1aBridgeport Mill, a non-dated (probably 1969) type written manuscript located at Doon Heritage Crossroads 2009
    Historic Building 1822  , Mill Street, Bridgeport, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Five stories high, stone and brick foundation with frame and clapboard siding (1969).1a

      1aBridgeport Mill, a non-dated (probably 1969) type written manuscript located at Doon Heritage Crossroads 2009
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 059, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Possesions book of Christian doctrine 
    Jacob S. Shoemaker
    Jacob S. Shoemaker
    Printed in German, this book of Christian doctrine was published in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1811. It was brought to Waterloo County by Jacob S. Shoemaker (1798-1875) in 1820. Jacob initially worked at Abraham Erb's grist mill (a replica of the mill is located in Waterloo Park) prior to building and operating several of his own mills in Bridgeport. In 1822, Jacob married Elizabeth Schneider (1802-1876), a daughter of Joseph Schneider (1772-1843) and Barbara Eby (1774-1843), the original owners of Schneider Haus National Historic Site. Waterloo Region Museum
    2014.006.001
    Residence 38 Mill Street, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number 00112-7006 
    Died 20 Mar 1875  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 6
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I4827  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2024 

    Father Johannes "John" Schumacher,   b. 12 May 1775, Frederick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1828, Frederick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Maria "Mary" Shantz,   b. 13 Mar 1775, Near Pottstown, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1866, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 2 May 1797  [2, 7
    Family ID F1505  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Schneider,   b. 2 Jan 1802, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1876, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 2 Jul 1822  [3
    Children 
     1. Barbara Shoemaker,   b. 8 Mar 1824, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1907, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. John S. Shoemaker,   b. 12 Feb 1825, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1894, Highgate, Kent Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Mary Ann Shoemaker,   b. 20 Nov 1826, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Or USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1910  (Age 84 years)
     4. Magdalena Shoemaker,   b. 6 Jun 1828, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1924  (Age 95 years)
     5. Elizabeth Shoemaker,   b. 8 Nov 1829, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1921  (Age 91 years)
     6. Joseph Shoemaker,   b. 28 Sep 1832, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1851  (Age 18 years)
     7. Isaac Shoemaker,   b. 24 Jan 1835, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1856, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     8. Shoemaker,   b. 4 Mar 1837, Glasgow Mills (Bridgeport), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1837, Glasgow Mills (Bridgeport), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Hannah Shoemaker,   b. 24 Feb 1838, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1916, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     10. Jacob S. Shoemaker,   b. 4 Mar 1842, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1919, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     11. Isabella Shoemaker,   b. 5 Sep 1845, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1851, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
     12. Simon Shoemaker,   b. 15 Aug 1847, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1849, Bridgeport (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2024 
    Family ID F977  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Jacob S. Shoemaker, "the eldest of John Shoemaker's children, was born April 24th, 1798. He, after quitting school, entered his father's mill where he was engaged until 1820 when he became desirous to seek his fortune in the then much-spoken-of Canada. He came to Abraham Erb, Waterloo, some time during the spring of 1820. He, being a practical miller, and just the man required to manage the grist mill of this place, remained in Abraham Erb's service as miller for nearly two years when he and William Hunsberger returned to Pennsylvania to visit their parents and friends. After making a sojourn of a few months they returned the same spring. Mr. Shoemaker again assumed the management of the Waterloo Mills. On July 2nd, 1822, he was married to Elizabeth Schneider (See Schneider record for her family history) who was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, January 2nd, 1802, and died in Preston, November 26th, 1876. Some time after their marriage he and his wife went home to Pennsylvania on a visit. During this visit he ordered the large clock, now in possession of his daughter, Elizabeth. His father brought it with him when he paid a visit to Canada in 1826. Some time during the year 1827 or 1828 he purchased lot No. 59, German Company's Tract and afterwards became the founder of Bridgeport. In 1829 he constructed the large dam and erected the sawmills still standing. In 1830 he erected the large roller mills now in possession of Messrs Shirk and Snider. He resided in the town of Waterloo until 1830 when he moved to Bridgeport. Here he soon became proprietor, besides the extensive mills and sawmills, of a store, woollen mills and distillery. In 1840 he built the large house now possessed by Mrs. Veronica Horst. During the great financial depression all over the province in 1851, besides other difficulties never fully investigated, he is said to have failed. He then moved to Preston to his son-in-law, Joel Clemens, from there to Blenheim Township, Oxford County, where he erected a sawmill and did a successful business. His last days were spent with his daughter, Barbara (Mrs. H. Huber of Berlin), where he died March 20th, 1875. Both he and his wife are buried in the Mennonite burial ground at the east end of Berlin. They had a family of eleven 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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      Died, In Berlin, on Saturday, 20th instant, Jacob S. Shoemaker, aged 76 years 10 months and 26 days. Funeral on Wednesday, 24th inst., at One o'clock P.M., from the residence of Mrs. Huber, Queen-st., to the Mennonite Burial Ground. Berlin, March 22nd, 1875

      Funeral Card

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      As we know the Family Compact's misrule stirred up the Rebellion in 1837, and that William Lyon Mackenzie was the leader. After the clash of arms at Montgomery's tavern. near Toronto, he fled to Buffalo, N.Y., via Bridgeport. The late Allen Huber asserted.
      A large reward was offered for his capture, alive or dead. and Dr. Scott of Berlin and J. U. Tyson of Bridgeport watched to seize Mackenzie. My grandfather, Jacob S. Shoemaker, a miller and Reformer at Bridgeport, And out scouts to warn Mackenzie. He was taken across the Grand River and guided to the Bush Inn near Doon. From there he reached Buffalo in safety. Jacob Shoemaker often rode over to Buffalo to consult with his leader. When local sympathizers wished to send Mackenzie a message, my grandfather placed the letter under his saddlecloth. Thus when searched at Hamilton or elsewhere nothing incriminating was found on his person

      A History of Kitchener,
      W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 7 Dec 1876.
      Died 27 Nov 1876 In Waterloo Township, Elisabeth, nee Schneider, widow of Jakob S. Schuhmacher died at 75 years of age.

    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..., 448.

    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..., 346.

    4. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 25 Mar 1875.
      Died 20 Mar 1875 In Berlin, Jakob S. Schumacher died at the age of 76 years, 10 months, 26 days.

    5. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 51.

    6. [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..., 449.

    7. [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..., 374.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - - 38 Bridge St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Bef 1831 - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 059, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 38 Mill Street, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Mar 1875 - Kitchener, 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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