Jacob Hespeler

ID # 6860, (1811-1881)
FatherJohann Georg Hespeler (1784-1840)
MotherAnna Barbara Wick (1791-1881)
BirthJacob Hespeler was born on 28 January 1811 at Eningen, Baden (Baden-Wurttemburg), Germany. 
ChristeningHe was christened on 29 January 1811 at Eningen, Baden (Baden-Wurttemburg). 
MarriageHe married Elise (Lissie) Diehl
DeathHe died on 22 March 1881 at age 70. 
BurialHe was buried at Sec. B, New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler, Ontario. 
NotePer Ancestry database: Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898

Jacob Hespeler born 28 Jan 1811, baptism date 29 Jan 1811, at Eningen, Wurttemberg, Germany. Parents Joh. Georg Hespeler and Anna Barb. Wikin.
FHL Film Number 1569112

Jacob Hespeler was the first of his family to come to Ontario and yet such direct information as we can find for him is limited.

Jacob, age 41, born Germany, is shown as a merchant in Preston, as of the 1851 census. With him is his wife Lisse (Elizabeth, Elise?) born Germany and five children. Also present in the household is Laura Knoth (more below), age 75, born Germany, a widow.

The 1861 census at Hespeler shows Jacob Hespeler, a miller, born Germany, age 50. With him is 'Mrs.' Jacob Hespeler, age 44, born Germany. With them are eight children, all born Canada as well as a Mrs. Laura Hespeler, 87, born Germany. Laura's information is written quite clearly, but she is who we must believe to be Laura Knoth who was with the family in the 1851 census. She is simply described as 'our grandmother' Laura as her name and information is inscribed on the family's gravestone in New Hope Cemetery. She died in 1863.

Jacob's date of death is taken from his gravestone in New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler. A death registration has not been found. The staff at the Kitchener Public Library did translations from the Berliner Journal for the year 1881 and they record the passing of Jacob's wife, 'Elise' , on 14th October. This agrees with her death registration as well as the inscription on her gravestone, but Jacob's passing is not directly recorded.

Hespeler had a clerk who recorded births, marriages, and deaths within the village. In the 1880 thru 1882 era these records are sparse which suggests a small population at the time. The recording clerk was A. J. Brewster, who wrote with an entirely legible script, and, for example, his page for deaths in 1881 seems to quite cover the time of Jacob Hespeler's death, but it is not recorded. The very inconclusive explanation is that Jacob died within the confines of the village of Hespeler, but a record of his death was not submitted to Brewster, or he died elsewhere. An obituary will exist somewhere and likely be found. 

Children of Jacob Hespeler and Elise (Lissie) Diehl

Last Edited8 Jun 2019