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Meet the 'HECKENDORN FAMILY' of Canada!

I realize that there are many Heckendorn's spread across the United States and parts of Europe. I would like for them to meet their Canadian cousin's.

I'll be telling you how we got here, who our ancestor's were and who their descendants are. Included within your travel through our list of descendants, you may find short 'side-trips' containing little tid-bits of information that I've included pertaining to some individuals, possibly some special events and other significant happenings that just might prove to be interesting to you.

I've followed "The Heckendorn Family History and Genealogy" compiled by Vera Hallman Hunsberger in September 1971, as closely as possible. This will be the foundation of our journey and where I've included new information or comments of my own or others, an asterisk * will precede the inclusion. Reference material used, will be listed at the end of our trip through the years.

I hope that you will enjoy this journey from early Pennsylvania, through time, to our eventual destination, today's HECKENDORN FAMILY OF CANADA!

But first, some historical background.

*Our pioneer Ancestors were descendants of the Mennonite colonists who had forsaken their homelands in Europe to shun military service and gain religious freedom in Penn's Woods, Pennsylvania. They multiplied and prospered and many of their offsprings in the 1780's, took up land in Virginia and Upper Canada.

*At the close of the American Revolution, many Mennonites felt that if the United States should ever again be entangled in another war, they, the Mennonites would lose their exemption extended them by the British Crown from military service. Accordingly, numbers of them felt that if they moved to Canada, they would continue to enjoy such exemption under British rule. A group of them came to Waterloo County, Ontario, and hewed out homes for themselves in the forested wilderness that is now Waterloo Township.

*Waterloo Township was a part of a land grant made after the American War of Independence to the Six nations Indians by Great Britain. This grant comprised 674,910 acres and included all the territory lying six miles on each side of the Grand (or Ouse) River, from its head waters located in the lands adjacent to where the town of Fergus is now located, to the river's mouth just below Dunnville where it empties into Lake Erie at Port Maitland..

*White men coveted the Indians lands and in 1793, they urged the Indians to seek permission from the Government at Niagara to permit the leasing of tracts to them. The request was declined, but the authorities offered to sell parts of the grant and in turn invest the proceeds for the Indian's benefit.
One block of 144 square miles of the Indians lands was sold to Philip Stedman of Fort Erie Township with the promise to pay $25,625 for the area sometime in the future. Another five more blocks, containing 352,710 acres were sanctioned to be sold in 1798. In that sale were Block #1, Dumfries Township; Block #2 in Waterloo Township and Block #3, in Woolwich Township, now parts of Waterloo County.

*Block #2 contained 93,160 acres and was purchased by Richard Beasley, James Willson and J.B. Rosseau for 8,887 English Pounds, with no down payment and interest of 6 per cent. Willson and Rosseau soon afterward sold their shares to Beasley. This block had a mortgage which called for the principal to be payable on April 1, 1898, a century later. Beasley was fortunate in his settlement of his Block. Earlier, companies of Mennonites from Pennsylvania had bought lands in Niagara and York districts from Empire Loyalists and soldiers that had received grants for their service to the Crown. In 1800, a group of Pennsylvanians purchased tracts of land from Beasley without knowledge that they would be encumbered with the mortgage extended to him.

*These pioneers followed the Susquehanna Trail for 100 miles through the Alleghany Mountains from their homes in Pennsylvania, mainly from the counties of Lancaster, Cumberland, Berks and York. The Genesee River was crossed on a flat-boat and New York State, in their covered 'Conestoga' wagons. Their eventual destination was to reach Lewiston, New York, or Black Rock (Fort Erie),above Niagara Falls. The torrent Niagara River was also crossed over by flat-boat, but in some river crossings, the wheels were removed from the Conestoga wagons and the wagon bottoms were heavily tarred and then, also served as boats.

*From the Niagara frontier up to Block #2 was a toiling task, for the primitive roads petered out into trails that lost themselves in the forest and sometimes they advanced only four or five miles a day. The distance from their old homes to Canada, according to which route they followed, was either 429 or 458 miles.

*The settlers followed a trail along the Grand River, and used it for a long period of time thereafter when delivering crops or flour to Dundas, the business hub of the area, near the head of Lake Ontario.

*Joseph Sherk and his brother-in-law, Samuel Betzner Jr., left Lancaster County in fall of 1799. They stayed over the winter at "The Twenty",(Twenty Mile Creek was 20 miles from Niagara) with others of their faith. In early 1800, Richard Beasley supplied them with an Indian guide who took them up to Block #2. Joseph Sherk bought 261 acres opposite the future village of Doon; Samuel Betzner Jr., bought 200 acres on the west bank of the Grand River at what is now called Blair. The availability of good water was the deciding factor in their purchases.

*On July 18, 1800, John Biehn registered the purchase of 3600 acres which included the future sites of Doon and New Aberdeen. On the same day, George Bechtel procured a deed for 3150 acres abutting the Biehn Tract and running up to within a mile and a half of the site of the future city of Kitchener, and including the site for German Mills.

*In the following years, between 1800 and 1803, further newcomers included such now familiar family names, as the Reichert families, John and Samuel Bricker, John and Jacob Bechtel, the Rosenberger family,along with the Sararus, Krugy, Gingrich and Stauffer households.

*In 1803, Samuel Bricker, while in York (now Toronto), heard that their lands were blanketted with a mortgage. He then hurried home and told the other settlers of his discovery. When confronted with this information, Beasely confessed. The matter was presented to the Provincial officials, but they did not rectify the problem.

*Consequencely, a number of the settlers threw up their holdings. Those remaining, did not prosecute Beasley, because of their belief in non-resistance, one of their cardinal principles. Instead, they decided to buy two-thirds of Block #2 from Beasley.
John and Samuel Bricker, among others, were sent down to Pennsylvania to seek aid of their brethren.

*After being turned down by the first group that they approached, the two Bricker brothers turned to their friends and family in Lancaster County. John Bricker's brothers-in-law, John, Jacob, Daniel and Abraham Erb, who were practical and well-to-do men, and they consented to become shareholders along with twenty-three others, in forming 'The German Company'. They purchased 60,000 acres for the sum of 10,000 English Pounds and divided it into 128 lots of 488 acres each, and 32 lots of 88 acres each. No restrictions were placed on the number of lots a member of the Company could buy, though lots were cast for them.

*The Government saw to it that the Indians were paid in full for Block #2, and a clear deed issued to the German Company.

*Some excellent books have been written telling the stories of these first settlers in Waterloo County. Mabel Dunham wrote, "Trail Of The Conestoga" in 1924 and "Grand River" in 1945, also another more 'storyline' than historical book, called "Toward Sodom" was written in 1927, a sequal to her 1924 book. In 1948, she wrote "Kristli's Trees", a children's story of a Mennonite boy, which was chosen as the best Canadian children's book of that year. Another book, "Trail Of The Black Walnut" by George Elmore Reaman makes for some interesting historical reading also.

*Here's our first little side trip:
*As a child, I used to enjoy the stories as told to us by Mabel Dunham at the Kitchener Library where she was libarian for 36 years. She created the children's reading program at the library. She was a member of our church, Trinity United and was always very pleasant to myself and others. She personally autographed my copy of her book "Grand River" for me which I received as a gift in 1945 from George Weiland, who married my sitter, Josephine Tye (also listed as a descendant). I recall that in the basement of the library, was kept an old original 'Conestoga Wagon', along with many other artifacts of the day.
I treasure my copies of Mabel Dunham's books covering the history of Waterloo County.

*Dr. Mabel Dunham, born 29 May 1881 on a farm between Harriston and Clifford, was the daughter of Martin Dunham of United Empire Loyalist stock and the former Magdelena Eby.

*Miss Dunham was also a great granddaughter of Sam Bricker, about whom she wrote in her book "The Trail of the Conestoga."

*In 1887 she and her family took residence on a 5-6 acre plot of her grandfathers farm which was located on Frederick Street just east of where East Avenue is today, in what was then known as Berlin and today, Kitchener.(As a youngster, I grew up just around the corner off Frederick St., on Chestnut St.)

*She attended Central School (now Suddaby and the school that I attended throughout my Public School years) where she was awarded a county scholarship upon graduation.
*Side trip #2:
*Central School (Suddaby) was also attended by my grandmother, Nancy Ellen Hallman, daughter of the Rev. Henry S. Hallman and Maria Rosenberger, and one of her classmates was Mackenzie King who went on to become Canadian Prime Minister prior to and during the war years of W.W.II.
My mother also attended Central School before the family moved to Toronto and her uncle, Roy Geach and his wife owned the school store, a small candy store located at the school entrance off Lancaster Street, a favourite haunt of mine and most of the students attending Central/Suddaby school. Mr. and Mrs. Refkosy, with their son Rodrick operated the store during my school years. I recall that they had a long glass covered display case which contained many various types of penny and nickel candy and a pot-bellied wood stove with benches on either side of it, and in the winter time, students were allowed to put on and take off their ice skates in the store if skating at the school outdoor rink. Mind you, it was good for their business also. Lots of 'grab-bag specials'stuffed with numerous candies ($0.02 & $0.05 each per bag) were always sold, and of course they "just happen to have a big pot of hot chocolate" on the wood stove at only $0.05 a cup. I believe the 'old school store' has been converted into a residence now.

*Dr. B. Mabel Dunham was believed to be the first 'trained' librarian to staff a library in Ontario. She held office in many district organizations over the years and was a past president of the Ontario Library Association. She was active in the inception of the Waterloo Historical Society.

*In 1947, the degree of Doctor of Literature was conferred upon her by the University of Western Ontario, located in London, Ontario (where my family and I now reside.)

*She is believed to have been the only woman librarian at that time to have received this honorary degree from a Canadian University.

*Dr. B. Mabel Dunham, who contributed greatly to making Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area famous, passed away June 21,1957 at the age of 76 years.

*Jacob Heckendorn, at the age of 19 years, came to Canada from Pennsylvania in 1822, purchased a farm in 1825, met and then married another former Pennsylvanian, Mary Miller in 1833. Jacob and Mary were the foundation of our CANADIAN HECKENDORN FAMILY.
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*The 'HECKENDORN' name is known to have been in Langenbruck, Switzerland church records as early or earlier than 1565 and was found in Germany and Alsace-Lorraine a few years later.

*The earliest recorded arrival of a Heckendorn family in North America, was
Hans (Johannes) Heckendorn and family from Langenbruck,Switerland in 1736 on the Princess Augustus, landing at the port of Philadelphia. A Martin Heckendorn, also from Langenbruck arrived on the Virtuous Grace in 1737.
In 1750, a Jacob Heckendorn arrived on the Patience, arriving also at the port of Philadelphia. One year later, in 1751, another Martin Heckendorn is recorded as arriving on the Neptune at Philadelphia.
The origins of the latter two Heckendorn 's went unrecorded.

*In some locales, the Germanic name Heckendorn, was anglicized over the years to Heckathorn, Heckedorn, Hackathorn, Heckedon, Heckethorn, Heggendorn and other similar variants. Since the spelling of the name varied even within the records of an individual
person, our family here recorded, will be standardized as Heckendorn except in the case of documentations.

As a child, I was told the name meant "thornbush" but,in Ann C. Sherwin's book on the family, she states,"Heckendorn in Middle High German was a variant form of 'hagedorn', a dialect word for the tree known in English as hawthorn."

*There have been a few 'Heckendorn Family History' publications over the past years with the most comprehensive one, "The Heckendorn - Heckathorn Family In America 1736 - 1982" done by Theodore A. Heckathorn of Mountlake Terrace, Washington, in which he features a Heckendorn Family Crest found in Germany. Also, "The Heckathorn Family" by Ann C. Sherwin of Raleigh, North Carolina; "Of Heckendorns and Heckathorns and Hackathorns" by Hollis A. Hackathorn 1996, of Bridgeport, Ohio; and last but not least, "The Heckendorn Family History and Genealogy" by the late Vera Hallman Hunsberger of Waterloo County, Ontario. This is the family line, that of Jacob Heckendorn and Mary Miller, here in Canada, that we will be following, with Mrs. Hunsberger's book as a foundation and any new found information or family additions that have occurred since 1971, that we have been able to discover.
Vera Hallman Hunsberger spent three years at the Toronto Bible College, then several years in City mission work in Kansas City, Kansas, and Youngstown, Ohio. She had been a missionary in the Argentine, S.A., studying the language and caring for the Orphanage. After the death of her parents and her husband, she returned to Puerto Rico to help in the Spanish Broadcast Correspondent department, working with Bible Correspondent courses. Vera is interred in the Eby Cemetery in Waterloo, not but a few feet from Joseph Heckendorn.

Following: "The Trail Of The Conestoga" !
*Our pioneer ancestor,JACOB HECKENDORN journeyed to Canada from a depressed Pennsylvania in 1822, as a bachelor with other hardy, adventurous Mennonites travelling, some by horseback, some walking on foot and others by their covered wagons, known as 'the Conestoga Wagon', named after the locale in Pennsylvania where they were first built. They were hoping to find good rich, low cost farming land on which to settle and build their new farms. It would be out of the virgin forests along the banks of the Grand River in Waterloo County.

*It was here that young Jacob decided to 'set his roots' and purchased 224 acres of land located in the German Company Tract from Peter Eby in 1825. The farm lot, known as GCT31S (German Company Tract,Lot 31, south half) was located partly on what today is known as Fischer-Hallman Road in Waterloo, Ontario.
*Jacob and his young wife MARY MILLER, raised their seven children on this farm which in 1971, at the time of the publishing of "The Heckendorn Family History and Genealogy" book by Vera Hallman Hunsberger, was still standing. The home, famed for it's high narrow windows in the upstairs and it's large wooden frame barn on the west side of Hallman Road, would certainly be out of place with the commercial plaza now on the west corner and the suburban homes surrounding the area today.
*The David Eby Cemetery, located on the south-east corner of Erb Street West and Fischer-Hallman Road, contains several Heckendorn markers, some with their inscriptions wiped out by weather and time, but two are yet very readable. They are Joseph Heckendorn's and that of his wife, Elizabeth Reist. Joseph, b. 07 Sept. 1836 d. 15 Nov. 1886 ,2nd. son of Jacob and Mary Miller, has inscribed on his marker below his name, the following, "Infant Heckendorn" and below "dau.Heckendorn" . Next to his marker is that of Elizabeth his wife, on which is inscribed; "Elizabeth Reist 1841-1936 wife of Joseph Heckendorn and Samuel S. Snider."
The grave site of the author Vera Hallman Hunberger is also located here in the front row, next to a short driveway, just a few head-stones north of the Heckendorn markers.

I. JACOB HECKENDORN b. 02 June 1803 PA. d. 16 May 1892, Waterloo Co.. *Jacob met Mary MILLER, from Cumberland Co. PA., in Waterloo Co., married her 10 Nov. 1833. Mary was b. 06 June 1806 d. 15 Sept. 1867, daughter of Jacob Miller b. 1777, Montgomery Co. PA., d. 1853 Waterloo Co. Ont. Canada and Magdelena BRICKER, b. 1784 Lancaster Co. PA., d. 1853 Waterloo Co. Ont. Canada. Jacob Miller and Magdelena Bricker had five children, and the family emigrated to Waterloo Co. in 1825.

*2nd.m.According to: 'Ontario Marriage Reg. # 012368, 1890' "JACOB HACKEDORN, 81 (*87) yrs.,living in Waterloo Town, born PA, Widower, s/o Christian and Christina Hackedorn, married Elizabeth KURTZE, 53 yrs., widow, living in Waterloo Town, b. Grosch, Hessen, Ger, d/o Heinrich and Christine Hess. Witnesses: Martin Schmidt/Caroline Wurster. Sen. of Preston. 14 August 1890 Preston, Ontario. Groom: Mennonite, Bride: Lutheran. Rev. Wurster." *Correct age.

*The JACOB HECKENDORN/MARY MILLER family, of seven sons and one daughter are listed within this Family History, as recorded in "The Heckendorn Family History and Genealogy" compiled by the Late Vera Hallman Hunsberger,(except for two sons), with additional information and comments by yours truly.
The children of Jacob Heckendorn and Mary 'Polly' Miller (Muller)
were: John, Joseph, Jacob M., Veronica, Christian, Menno, Danie.


II.JOHN HECKENDORN b.*22 Jan. 1835 d. 08 Dec. 1916. married Mary Huber Good, 27 June 1856; b. 29 Dec. 1837, d. 28 Feb. 1921. *John and Mary were my ggrandparents.

John and Mary lived on his father Jacob's farm for a few years as a day-labourer, and several of their children were born there. After leaving the home-farm, they moved to Maryborough township just above Moorefield where they farmed. Later, they lived in Conestoga for some time and finally retired near Breslau. There were twelve children born to this family and all were faithful members of the Mennonite church. They were as follows: Anna(Nancy); Veronica(Franey); Moses *(my grandfather); Barbara; Mary Ann; Leah; Noah; Ezra; Susannah; Lydiann; Israel, and an infant son born and died 23 March 1874.

Mary Huber Good's mother, was Barbara HUBER, b.6 June 1809 in PA, and she at the young age of thirteen, travelled with her parents and other families also from Pennsylvania, to Waterloo County in 1822. There is the possiblity that our Jacob may have travelled with the same group.
Mary's father, Benjamin GOOD b. 24 Nov. 1809, arrived in Waterloo 1831 at the age of twenty-two and two years later he and Barbara were married. There were two children born into this union, Mary and her older brother Peter, b. 28 Dec. 1835. Mary was at the very tender age of three weeks, when her mother died in Jan. 1838. Benjamin remarried to Barbara Berge b. 19 Sept. 1813 and they had ten children between 1840/1856. The large Huber home located in the present city of Cambridge, was located between the then towns of Preston and Galt, and it was later renovated into apartments and was still inhabited in the mid 1970's.

II. JOSEPH HECKENDORN b. 07 Sept. 1836 d. 15 Nov. 1886. m. Elizabeth REIST 3 Oct. 1865, b. 1841, d .1936, d/o Daniel Reist & Leah ?.
After Joseph's death, Elizabeth married Samuel S. Snider. *Both Joseph and Elizabeth are buried side by side in the David Eby Cemetery in Waterloo. We only know of and surmise that there were just the two children as listed on Joseph's headstone.

II. CHRISTIAN HECKENDORN b. 04 June 1843 d. 28 Aug. 1922. m. Annie BEARINGER, 21 May 1868, b. 09 Sept. 1848 d. 15 July 1902, d/o David Bearinger & Catharina Lorenz. One daughter, Lydia was born to Christian and Annie, 02 May 1869 d. 28 Aug. 1922.
Christian remarried to Sarah Litchy Bauman, 16 Oct. 1910. She was b. 08 Apr. 1858 d. 04 Sept. 1938.

II. JACOB M. HECKENDORN b.1 March 1839 d. ?, married Mary SANBURN (Sandborne) 7 June 1868, b. 1842 d.?, d/o William Sanburn & Elizabeth Kuhner. They had ten children as listed: Sarah; Jesse: Ezra; Lucinda; May; Dan; William; Emma; Clara; Edith.
III. WILLIAM H. HECKENDORN b. August 22, 1880 Woolwich Twsp., d. January 10, 1956, interred in Elmira Cemetery m. Clara KLINCK.Members St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Elmira. Children, 2.

II. MENNO HECKENDORN b. 13 Jan. 1845 d. 29 June 1921. Married Lucy Clemmer b. 13 Dec. 1848 d. 12 May 1889. Menno remarried to Elizabeth BERGY b. 06 May 1860 d. 09 Feb. 1946. Menno and Elizabeth had two children,* Ella Viola and Clayton.

II. VERONICA HECKENDORN b.18 March 1841 d. ? Married Isaac STAUFFER and they had three children; Albert; Mary Ann; Isabelle. There is a listing for a Veronica interred at the Detweiler Mennonite Cemetery, Roseville, Ont., but it is Veronica (Franey), daughter of John and Mary (Good) Heckendorn, who married George Hallman.

II. * DANIEL HECKENDORN b. 13 Dec. 1847 d. 20 Sept. 1867. Buried in Martin's Mennonite Cemetery, Waterloo, Ont. with parents and other members of family. At this time, we have no information regarding Daniel other than the above as he was not listed as a member of the family in the 'original' genealogy history book.

We will proceed with the descendants of JOHN, CHRISTIAN, *JACOB (what little information we have), and MENNO HECKENDORN families, *and if possible VERONICA (HECKENDORN) STAUFFER'S family.
JOSEPH, as earlier mentioned, died at 50 yrs. and was buried with the two children and we know of no others. DANIEL was just "discovered" and we assume he died unmarried, as he died at 19 yrs. old.


III. ANNA (NANCY) HECKENDORN b. 01 Sept. 1858 d. Nov. 1940, m. Thomas UNDERWOOD. b. 24 Aug. 1848 d. May 1930. After their marriage they lived in Bloomingdale district, Waterloo Co., where he worked as a day-labourer. Later they moved to Bridgeport, Ont. Children 7. Church, Mennonite.

IV. WALTER UNDERWOOD, b. 22 May 1883 d. 28 Sept. 1968, m. Renate LUDWICK March 1907, b. 07 July 1888 d. 22 Dec. 1959. Remarried to Mary Betz June 1961. Children 1. Church, Lutheran.

V.CLAYTON UNDERWOOD b. 30 May 1906 m. Edith GERTH in 1929, b. 1909 d. 1954. Remarried to Margaret BORMAN in 1961. Children 3. Church, Lutheran.

Children, 2. Church, Lutheran.

VII. Kathyrn Fleishman
VII. Anthony Fleishman

*Arlene and I first met while I was playing baseball for East Ward, at the South diamonds next to her home on Sterling Ave.S., in Kitchener. We dated some in 10th grade at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate & Vocational School and attended our first high school prom together, (neither of us realizing that we were distant cousins at the time).

VI. JACQUELINE UNDERWOOD, m. Robert SCARROW, Children, 3. Church, Lutheran.

VII. Michael Scarrow
VII. Danial Scarrow
VII. Garry Scarrow


IV. EMMA UNDERWOOD b. 17 Sept. 1886 d. Oct. 1955, m. George MERCER 25 Dec. 1906, b. 07 1882 d. Nov. 1947. They lived in Fort Francis until his death.

IV. MARY JANE UNDERWOOD b. 1888 d. in infancy.

IV. JONATHAN UNDERWOOD b. 17 June 1890 d. 19 Feb. 1963 m. Catherine SCHWARTZENTRUBER in 1915, b. 10 Jan. 1882 d. 08 Sept. 1963. Children 1. Church ?


VI. Robert Underwood
VI. Richard Underwood
VI. Ralph Underwood

IV. SELINA UNDERWOOD B. 04 May 1893 m. Patrick TYE 10 Sept. 1912, b. 15 May 1878. Children, 6. Church, Catholic.
*I recall the Tye's living on Victoria St. N., by Lancaster St. in Kitchener, not far from our home on Chestnut St. and Mr.Pat Tye sitting out on the front porch with his large, black Great Dane dog. One of the Tye daughter's was my babysitter.

V.ELLEN TYE m. Edward BRILL 29 July 1942,Children, 4. Church, Catholic.
*Eddie was a well known individual, working at the Carling Breweries retail store in Waterloo. Got to know him when I worked at Carlings in 1958. I recall my last meeting with Eddie in 1983, in Kitchener at an 'Honourarium Dinner' for the 25 Year Club employee's, given by Labatt's Brewery, successers to Carling's. My wife and I supplied the music for their evening dance. Donald Eitel, an old neighbour and the chap that was hired to replace me when I left Carlings, was awarded his 25 Year pin that evening. Jokingly, I reminded him it was because of me that he was able to receive it.

VI. JUDY BRILL, m. Guy DUPUIS 14 Sept. 1963, Children, 3. Church, Catholic.

VII. Michele Dupuis
VII. Debbie Dupuis
VII. Gary Dupuis

VI. JANET BRILL M.Frederick STROH 06 Sept. 1969,


V. JAMES TYE m. Josephine JOHNSON, 02 Sept. 1941, Were known last living in Fergus, Ont. Children, 3. Church, United Church of Canada.

VI. Sandra Tye, m. Cecil DENNY, 17 Dec. 1961, Children 3.

VII. Jamie Denny

VII Corrine Denny

VII. Trina Denny

VI. Valery Tye m. David BROADFOOT 03 Feb. 1968,
VI. Beverly Tye

V. OLIVE TYE, m. Ralph PREST Apr. 1950, Church, United.

V. KATHLEEN TYE, m. Grant BROWN, 31 May 1947, Children 1. Church, Evangelical United.

VI. Larry Brown, b. 15 Aug. 1947 d. 17 Aug. 1954.

V.IRENE TYE, m. Paul MONITUIK 15 Sept. 1945, Children, 2. Church, Catholic.

VI. Diane Montuik,
VI. Paul Montuik,

V. JOSEPHINE TYE, m. George WEILAND, 26 Jan. 1946, Children, 2. Church, Evangelical United. *MY FORMER SITTER and my 1st childhood crush, all of about 7 yrs. old.

VI. Linda Weiland, m. Scott MORRISON 20 Dec. 1969,

VI. Mark Weiland,

IV. MATILDA UNDERWOOD, b. 26 Oct. 1896, m. John HAGAN, b. 06 June 1897 d. 15 Aug. 1947. Children, 14. Church, Lutheran
V. Thelma Hagen m. Robert Inglis 23 Dec. 1939, Children, 3. Church, Lutheran.

VI. Janicew Inglis,
VI. Wendy Inglis,
VI. Bradley Inglis,

V. Carl Hagen,

V. Harvey Hagen, m Anita Onisherwiz, 06 May 1945. Children 2.

VI. Charmane Hagan, m. Douglas Waltz 30 July 1966.

VI. Dennis Hagan,

V. Phyllis Hagan, m. John Gerth, 02 Oct. 1946, Children 2. Church, Lutheran.

VI. Terrance Gerth,
VI. Beverly Gerth,

V. William Hagan, m. Dorothy Hartry, 02 Sept. 1943, Children, 1.

VI. James Hagan, m. Catherine McGrath. Children, 1.
VII. Jeffery Hagan,

V. Audrey Hagen, Last known, living with mother.

V. Walter Hagen, m. Jean Sengbush 12 Sept. 1947, Children, 5.
VI. Bruce Hagen, m. Joyce Lackner 21 Nov. 1970,
VI. Karen Hagen,
VI. Judith Ann Hagen,d. 19 Dec. 1967.
VI. Mia Hagen,
VI. Richard Hagen, b. 22 Dec. 1957 d. an infant.

v. Elberta Hagen, m. Merevin Shaus 31 May 1957, Last known living in Sarnia. Children, 2. Church, Lutheran.
VI. Debbie Schaus,
VI. Greg Schaus,

V. Marjorie Hagen, m. Gerald Dunkel 28 July 1952, Children, 7. Church, Lutheran.

VI. David Dunkel,
VI. Wayne Dunkel,
VI. Susan Dunkel,
VI. Rodney Dunkel,
VI. Cheryl Dunkel,
VI. Peter Dunkel,
VI. Lorrie Dunkel,

V. Thomas Hagen, m. Mary Ann McCallistrum 13 Sept. 1958. Children, 2. Church, Lutheran.

VI. Timothy Hagen,
VI. Andrew Hagen,

V. Wilbur Hagen, married Joanne Olinski 02 June 1962, Children, 2. Church, Lutheran.

VI. Lee Edward Hagen,
VI. Philip John Hagen,

V. Robert Hagen, married Beverly Reeves 26 Oct. 1963, Children, 2. Church, Lutheran.

VI. Mary Margaret Hagen,
VI. Jon Hagen,

V. Nancy Hagen, married William House 15 Oct. 1960. Children, 4. Church, Lutheran.

VI. Shelly Ann House,
VI. Sherri Lee House,
VI. Valerie House,
VI. Jay House,

IV. SARAH UNDERWOOD, b. 11 July 1902, married Hans THULER, b. 17 May 1898 d. 28 Aug. 1968. Children, 8. Church, Lutheran.

V. Anna Thuler, married Neil A. Helm 25 May 1946, Living in California. Children,3. Church,Catholic.

VI. Eugene H. Helm, m. Susan Vansetter 06 May 1967,
VII. Christopher E. Helm,

VI. Charlotte A. Helm,m. Dennis Miller (date not certain). Children, 1. Church, Catholic.
VII. Rachel Miller,

VI. Sandra A. Helm,

V. Alfred J. Thuler, m.
Pauline Schedler 03 May 1947, Children,4.
VI. Margaret Thuler, m. John Morley 09 June 1970.
VI. Randal Thuler,
VI. Karen Ann Thuler,
VI. Carolee Thuler,

V. Madeline Thuler, m. Glenn Geffros 29 Oct. 1955, Children, 3.
VI. Douglas Geffros,
VI. David Geffros,
VI. Dennis Geffros,

V. Shirley Thuler, m. Alfred McCutchen 27 Mar. 1948, Children,2.
VI. Brian McCutchen,
VI. Cindy McCutchen,

V. Theo Thuler,m. Robert Geffros 08 Nov. 1952, Children, 3.
VI. Shiela Geffros,
VI. Pamela Geffros,
VI. Laurie Geffros,

V. Marlene Thuler,
VI. John D. Thuler,
V. Richard Thuler, m. Jean Golbeck 23 Sept. 1960, Children 5.
VI. Jeffery Thuler,
VI. Anita Thuler,
VI. Roger Thuler,
VI. Sherrie Thuler,
VI. Jacqueline Thuler,

V. Janet Thuler, m. Cecil Fletcher 03 Mar. 1963, Children, 2.
VI. Cecil Fletcher,
VI. Terry Fletcher,

III. VERONICA (FRANEY) HECKENDORN, b. 01 Mar. 1861,d 06 June 1948. Married George HALLMAN 21 Mar. 1882, b. 09 May 1856 d. 07 Nov. 1934. Children, 9.
They bought a farm east of Roseville, the stone house was well worth the farm, they spent sixteen lean years there, then they moved to the Hallman Homestead near New Dundee with their children.
After the death of their little four year old daughter, a twin to their son Edgar, they both yielded their lives to the Lord Jesus and became faithful members of the Detwiler Mennonite Church as long as they lived.

IV. ARTHUR H. HALLMAN, b. 24 May 1884 d. 07 Dec. 1970, m. Sella Reinhart 12 Aug. 1914, b. 23 Jan. 1893 d. 20 Mar. 1959.
They lived in Regina, Saskatchewan for a number of years. There he was Implement Agent for the Massey Harris Ltd. Moving east, they retired in Ridgeway, Ontario. After Stella's death he lived with his daughter in Welland, Ontario. Children, 2. Church, Lutheran.

V. Zona Hallman,R.N.,m. Donald McArter 30 May 1942. Donald was Chief of Police in Welland until his death 13 May 1969. Children, 2. Church, Luthern.

VI. Donna Gayle McArter, R.N., m. David Huffman 03 Oct. 1970. Children, 1.
VII. Jeffrey Donald Hoffman,

VI. Michael Arthur McArter,

V. Bernice Margaret Reinhart (foster daughter), m. George Posliff 13 May 1950. They lived in Florida. Children, 3.
VI. George Wesley Posliff Jr.,
VI. Timothy Arthur Posliff,
VI. Susan Ann Posliff,

IV. ANSON HALLMAN, b. 21 Sept. 1887, m. Esther Shantz 14 Aug. 1918, b. 03 June 1891 d. 19 Dec. 1961.
His early life was spent in Saskatchewan homesteading and in carpentry. After marriage, they lived in their beautiful home near Preston (now part of Cambridge) Ontario, until the long shadows of the dreaded depression caught up leaving them practically homeless. They moved to Kitchener where he continued as a contractor and founded "The Hallman Construction & Home Builders Ltd.". He was remarried to Nellie Hagey 27 April 1963. She was born 19 April 1893. Children, 3. Church, Mennonite.

V. Ward Shantz Hallman, m. Marjoris E. Banks of Nova Scotia 15 Aug. 1945, Ward is a contractor and Vice-President of "Foord Ltd." Children, 4. Church, United.
VI. Brian Stanley Hallman, b. 31 Aug. 1946, m. Cecilia Ann Dollard(d) 12 July 1971,
VII. Henry Shantz Hallman,
VII. Jason Francis Hallman,
2m. Cynthia Louise Kennedy 1984, Bedford, Nova Scotia,

VI. Douglas Ward Hallman, m. Diane Margaret Miller 19, 1974, Children, 1.
VII. Steven Douglas Hallman,

VI. Cheryl Lynn Hallman,b. m. Dale Strawhacker(d),
2m. Dimitri Apostoleris, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Children, 2.
VII. Aylsia Grace Apostoleris,
VII. Zachary Ward Apostoleris,

VI. Michelle Jean 'Shelley' Hallman, , m. Philip Joseph Landry, Children, 2.
VII. Erin Michelle Landry,
VII. Marjory Ann Chelsea Landry,

V. Lyle Shantz Hallman, m Dorothy Groff(d) 27 June 1947, Lyle is a contractor and President of "Hallman Construction Ltd.". Children,4. Mennonite.

VI. Peter George Hallman, m. Brenda Faye Snyder, 1973, of Breslau,Children,5.
VII. Mark Peter Hallman,
VII. Greg Ryan Hallman,
VII. Brent Joel Hallman,
VII. Nadine Yvonne Hallman,
VII. Yves Marie Hallman,

VI. Susan Joy Hallman, m. Marvin Rempel 1981,
VII. Kevin Martin Rempel,
VII. Katelin Lorraine Rempel,
VII. Brian James Rempel,

VI. James William Hallman, m. Susan Martin 1974, Kitchener,Children,2.
VII. Nathan James Hallman,
VII. Kerri Lynn Hallman,

VI. Thomas Lyle Hallman, m. Wendy Jean Guittard 1982, Waterloo,

V. Jean Esther Hallman m. Benjamin George 'Benno' Barg 23 June 1956, Scarborough. children, 5.

VI. Brenda Lee Barg, m. Shane Forsyth 1981, Wiarton,
VI. Gerald James Barg.
VI. Susan Jean Barg,
VI. Brian George Barg,
VI. Elizabeth Ann Barg,

IV. MARY EDNA HALLMAN,(twin) b. 31 Oct. 1890 d. 03 Jan. 1895 from the dreaded disease 'Diptheria'. Because of heavy snow-storm and deep snow drifts, the memorial service was held a month later.

IV. EDGAR HALLMAN (Twin), b. 31 Oct. 1890, m. Leah Baer 25 Dec. 1928, b. 09 Apr. 1904. Edgar took over his father's farm which was known as the "Old Hallman Homestead" near New Dundee, Ont., until his retirement in 1960. Children, 3. Church, Mennonite.

V. Joseph Hugh Hallman, m. Marilyyn Witmer(d) 04 Aug. 1952.
Children, 4. Church, Missionary.

VI. David William Hallman, m. Deborah Johnson, Waterloo. m. Patricia Lockley, Kitchener.
VI. Bryan Michael Hallman,
VI. John Mark Hallman,

V. Marie Rosette Hallman, m. James Weiss 25 Sept. 1961, They took over the family farm near New Dundee. Children, 2.
VI. James Bruce Weiss,
VI. Robert Harold Weiss,

V. Carol Elizabeth Hallman, m. Robert Shantz 05 May 1956, He is a contractor and was living in North Bay, Ont. Children, 5. Church, Missionary.

VI. Patricia Ann Shantz,
VI. Gloria Yvonne Shantz,
VI. Sandra Elizabeth Shantz,
VI. Anna Marie Shantz,
VI. Mervin Shantz,

IV. VERONICA 'VERA' HALLMAN, b. 28 Apr. 1894 d.? , m. Abram Hunsberger 31 May 1952, b. 17 May 1881, d. 25 Dec. 1954.Bridgeport, Ont.
* Vera was the original compiler of the "Heckendorn Family History and Genealogy" in September of 1971 which I stated earlier, was the foundation of this work "The Heckendorn Family of Canada"

*V. (Step) Albert Ira Hunsberger, m. 1940 to Greta Lenor Snider Waterloo. Children,3.
*VI. George Albert Hunsbergerm. m. 1966 Stephanie Hiller Waterloo.
VII. Jeffery Scott Hunsberger
VII. Matthew James Hunsberger
VII. Jill Keri Hunsberger

*VI. Dr. Bruce Elgin Hunsberger m. 1970 Emily High Waterloo. Children 2.
VII. Paul Eric Hunsberger
VII. Carol Ann Hunsberger

*VI. David Peter Hunsberger m. 1978 Ada Kennedy Waterloo. Children, 2.
VII. Avery Addison Hunsberger
VII. Ariel Ira Hunsberger

*V. (Step) Gordon Isaac Hunsberger m. 1939 Matilda Mae 'Tillie' Weber. St. Jacobs. Children, Children,5.
*VI. Dr. Margaret Rose Hunsberger Calgary, Alta.
*VI. Twins - stillborn.
*VI. Robert Gordon Hunsberger m. Margeret Ruston Breslau. Children, 2.
VII. Kirsten Beth Hunsberger
VII. Robert Kyle Hunsberger

*VI. Brian Alan Hunsberger m. 1984 Dr. Jocelyn Schaffenburg Waterloo.

*V.(Step) Wilson Abram Hunsberger m. Edith Gertrude Beyer Waterloo. Children, 5.
*VI. Judith Ann Hunsberger m. 1974 Gary Palamar Waterloo. Children, 1.
VII. Simon Palamar

*VI. Jeanette Marie Hunsberger m. Jeff Horsfield British Columbia. Children,1.
VII. Christopher Cedric Horsfield

*VI. Thomas Wilson Hunsberger Toronto.

*VI. Karen Mary Hunsberger Waterloo.

*VI. Elise Joy Hunsberger Vancouver, B.C.

IV. MAYLINDA HALLMAN, b. 01 May 1896, d. 02 July 1936. m. Omar Snider (1st. m.) 25 Dec. 1918, b. 29 June 1896 d. 24 Mar. 1980.Their little home was along the Alder Creek a half mile south of New Dundee. This was the childrens 'swimming pool' and many happy hours were spent in the water as well as catching fish for their grandparents. Children, 8. (2 stillborn)

V. RUTH SNIDER m. Willard Kinzie 01 Aug. 1942. They lived in Barrie and owned the Lakeview Dairy. Children,3.
VI. Robert Douglas Kinzie m. Patricia Wilton 15 Mar. 1967. Children, 1.
VII. Joel george Kinzie.

VI. George Alexander Kinzie m. Janis Wauthier 11 June 1971

VI. Susan Lynne Kinzie

V.EUNICE AILEEN SNIDER, she was living in barrie and was Secretary for the Lakeview Dairy.

V. GORDON FRANKLIN SNIDER m. Evelyn McGregor 13 July 1946. They were living in Victoria, B.C. where gordon was a mechanic by trade. Children,2.
VI. Linda mae Snider
VI. John Randy Gordon Snider

V. GEORGE RUSSEL SNIDER, a teacher at the Lakeview High School near Peterborough, Ont.

V. JONAS CLAIRE SNIDER m. Beulah Hartman 29 June 1958. Living near Delphos, Ohio. Clair was into cabinet making. Children, 3.
VI. Anita Snider
VI. Kelvin Snider
VI. Twilah Snider

V. EVA MAE SNIDER R.N. m Vernon Brubacher 02 Aug. 1956 and were living in New Hamburg. Children, 3.
VI. Jeffrey Reynold Brubacher
VI. Douglas Conrad Brubacher
VI. Janice Lanore Brubacher

Omar Snider 2nd. m. Elsie Groff 12 Oct. 1938, b. 22 May 1906 d. 19 mar. 1991.

IV. ELLEN HALLMAN b. 07 Apr. 1902 D. 18 May 1957, m. Ivan Schiedel(1st.m.) 22 Dec. 1926, b. 01 Feb. 1903 d. 27 Sept. 1974. Children, 2.
They lived near Preston, now part of Cambridge, Ont. where they engaged in dairy farming. For a number of years Ellen was bed-ridden with cancer. In spite of her pain, she always had a cheerful smile for her many friends and visitors.
V. George Cameron Scheidel, m. Shirlie Struthers 30 June 1951. Children, 2. They live near Preston,(Cambridge), are dairy farming.
VI. Gay Patricia Scheidel m. Dennis Gary Rickert 1976. Living in Kitchener.
VI. David Paul Scheidel

V. Paul Richard Sheidel m. Shirley Brodhaecher 14 May 1955. They continue in dairy farming on his father's farm near Preston/Cambridge. Children, 4.
VI. Ronald Richard Scheidel m. Leslie Cook 1977, living Preston/Cambridge.Children, 2.
VII. Sarah E. Sheidel
VII. Andrew J. Scheidel

VI.Diane Shirley Scheidel m. Brian Martin.

VI. Connie Darlene Scheidel m. Douglas Mader. Children,1.
VII. Scott Douglas Mader.

VI. Stephen Craig Scheidel.

Ivan Scheidel 2nd. m. Adeline Snyder 1959.
VI. Fern Linda Sheidel.

IV. SALOME HALLMAN, b. 30 June 1904, m. Clarence Shantz 17 Sept. 1929, b. 09 June 1904 d. 19 Sept. 1980. The first years of their married life were lived in Preston where they owned and operated the Shantz Dairy. They then took over his father's farm near Freeport (now part of Kitchener), until their retirment. They finished out their married life living on Arlington Blvd. in Kitchener. Children,1.

V. Margaret Louise Shantz m. Lewis Cressman Weber 18 Aug. 1956. Margaret taught school for a number of years and Lewis is a Secondary High School teacher. Children, 4.
VI. Ann Elizabeth Weber
VI. Mark Edward Weber
VI. Gregory Ross Weber
VI. Carolyn Sue Weber

"A Tribute to my Grandmother" by Marie Hallman Weiss.
(Speaks of her Grandmother, Veronica (Franey)Heckendorn Hallman.)

Grandma Hallman was a busy person with a motive in life and I can't ever recall seeing her sit idle, as long as her health permitted. I can see here in heer rocking chair, rocking back and forth over a braided rug, she had made, to press it and at the same time she was either sewing quilt patches or knitting. She made each of her grand-children a quilt.
We have many fond memories of Grandma-the flower garden, sugar cookies, the family Christmas dinners, the mint candies she would slip to us from her dress pocket, and many others. Grandma lived a consistent Christian life and was concerned that her family would follow the "Faith of Our Father's". It was not unusual for us to find her reading her Bible and although Grandma was a quiet person and did not 'preach' her day to day living, she left a true Christian witness to others. Grnadma also appreciated music and we often heard heer singing. One of her favourite hymns was:
"Oh I love to talk with Jesus, for it smoothes the rugged road;
And it seems to help me onward, when I faint beneath my load,
When my heart is crushed with soprrow, and my eyes with tears are dimmed,
there is naught can yield me comfort, like a little talk with Him."

By Grandma Hallman

I was born March 1, 1861, on a farm three miles west of Waterloo, what was later know as the Eldon Hallman farm. For a short time I went to Rummelhart school with my older sister Nancy.
Father was a day-labourer and we moved about a great deal. times were hard and a dollar a day was inadequate to feed a family of hungry children. When I was seven I went to live with my uncle Jake Good. they needed a nurse-maid for their preschool children, and I worked for my board.
From then on I had very little schooling. I was able to go through the winter months. the weather was cold and stormy, the roads often blocked with snow drifts. many times I had bands of ice frozen on my legs as I walked the two miles to school. Instead of doing homework the rule was to knit every night until nine o'clock.
From Elmira we moved to a farm west of Moorefield, where I used a yolk to carry water from the spring below the hill. When fourteen, I went home to live with my parents.

When about sixteen, Jacob Brubakers (the parents of John who later married my sister Susannah) came for me one Sunday. Mother and Father had just gone away. They wanted me to go after them so with their team and carriage, the little colt running alongside, I drove as fast as I could for about two miles, but couldn't see them so returned.
The Brubakers had come nine miles so decided to take me along anyway. The little red chest was put on the back of the carriage and I sat on it. When we got to Hawksville, I was embarrased to drive through town like that so I climbed down the back and walked on the sidewalk. When the Brubakers missed their passenger they stopped the team to see what was going on. The passenger crawled back after we were through town. Mrs. Brubaker was very good to me. Every time she went to town she brought me a fancy china dish.
When eighteen I could keep my money I worked for Levi baumans for a dollar a week. I worked fourteen weeks to buy a bureau. She also helped me piece a quilt.
The next year I was home with my parents. Mother wasn't well, six more children had come into the home. Lydian was two, a year before Susannah aged three was placed into a home to be a playmate for a little girl who had six brothers. In time she became a slave and had a rough time working for her board.
My twentieth year was the most difficult. No end to work from early morning to late at night. But there was a bright spot, on a farm across the road a young man from Wilmot had come to work for his uncle. A few weeks after my 21st, birthday, we were married.
On our honeymoon we went to Michigan by train. We ate our wedding dinner in a hotel in Port Huron. We then lived with my husbands parents near New Dundee for the summeer months, then in the fall bought a farm east of Roseville. Here we lived sixteen years then took over the farm where we had first lived. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in 1932.

"I Would Love to Hear My Mother Pray Again."

An outstanding remembrance of my dear mother were her prayers in Family worship. She always prayed in German, she had a deep concern for others, especially the sick and suffering. How often I wished I could memorize some of her expressions.

Daughter, Vera Hallman.

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