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Abraham Bretz

Male 1850 - 1940  (89 years)


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  • Name Abraham Bretz  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 25 Aug 1850  Fisher Mills, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Possibly near Hespeler
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Mar 1940  Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Apr 1940  Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mt Pleasant Cemetery
    Person ID I32  Our Family History
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2015 

    Father Jacob Strickler Bretz,   b. 11 Jan 1800, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1879, Plattsville, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Nancy Wieler,   b. 30 May 1809, Pennsylvania, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1894, Washington, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 22 May 1827  Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice Davidson Hobson,   b. 03 Jul 1851, Belfast, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1911, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1876  Bright, Blandford Township, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Franklin Hobson Bretz,   b. 26 Jan 1878, Tavistock, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1955, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [Natural]
     2. Agnus E Bretz,   b. 28 Apr 1880, Tavistock, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1882  (Age 2 years)  [Natural]
     3. Ethel Alice Bretz,   b. 04 May 1883, Forest, Lambton County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1946, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [Natural]
     4. Benjamin Herbert Bretz,   b. 27 Dec 1885, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1886, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Natural]
     5. Sydney Gordon Bretz,   b. 14 Apr 1887, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1961, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [Natural]
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2015 
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Raised near Fisher Mills, Ontario. Later moved to near Plattsville with his family.

      Went to Normal school in Toronto. Graduated Dec 22 1869 from the 42 session, First Class
      Grade B #2822

      Abram was a school teacher from 1870-1885. He taught first near Wilmot at Green's School (Jan 1870-1873), then Blink Bonnie School, Ontario (1873-1875). He then taught at Tavistock after his marriage for 5 years, and then briefly at Forest, before moving to Toronto in 1885.

      Oxford directory of1874-5 lists Abram Bretz, teacher

      Manager for London Life Insurance in Toronto from 1885 till 1921+ when he retired.

      When his grandchildren were still quite young during the war years, Abram would take them on the ferry to Centre Island in Toronto for picnics.
      Member of the Independant Order of Odd Fellows from 1887 to at least 1922.

      Known as a quiet and peaceful man.

      Illness took the use of his right hand in later years

      From 1850-1870 likely lived near Plattsville at Blink Bonnie farm (J Lederman owned farm in 1940)
      Lived at Toronto attending Normal School 1867?-1869
      Lived at Wilmot 1870-1872?
      Taught at Blink Bonnie 1873-1875
      Lived at Tavistock 1877-1882
      Lived at Forest 1882-1885
      Moved to Toronto 1885-86
      Lived at 280 Queen St E 1886
      Lived at 31 Sword St 1887-1889
      Lived at 159 River 1889-1890
      Lived at 139 Simpson Ave 1891
      Lived at 25 Brooke Ave 1892-1899 (River?)
      Lived at 179 First Street around 1899-1911?
      Lived at 17 Fairview in east Toronto for 40 years. 1911-1940

      Abram worked
      280 Queen St E 1886 Grocer

      London Life 1887-1921+
      ??? 1887 London Life Agent
      9 Victoria 1891-1893 Superintendant London Life
      61 Victoria 1893-1895 Superintendant London Life
      24 King St 1895-1905 Superintendant London Life
      72 Queen W 1905 Superintendant London Life
      ...?

      Witness wedding: John JOHNSON, 22, farmer, Blenheim, same, s/o Joseph & Rosanna, married Barbara GIBSON, 22, Blenheim, same, d/o William & Susan, witn: Abram BRETZ & Harriet A. JOHNSON, both of Blenheim, 30 May 1876 at Blenheim

  • Sources 
    1. [S12] Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924, Ancestry.com and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2007;), Database online.
      Record for Alice Davidson Hobson

    2. [S46] 1871 Census of Canada, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Database online.
      Record for Abram Bretz

    3. [S37] 1861 Census of Canada, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Database online.
      Record for Abram Bretz

    4. [S2] 1901 Census of Canada, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Database online.
      Record for Abram Bretz

    5. [S22] Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871, This index to the 1871 Ontario, Canada Census was created by volunteers from the Ontario Genealogical Society from data supplied by Library and Archives Canada., (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Database online.
      Record for Abram Bretz

    6. [S29] 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Database online.
      Record for Abraham Bretz