Jacob Zaivitz (Zavits), II (1751 - 1815)

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Birthplace: Williams Twp, Huntigdon, Pa, USA
Death: Died in Bertie twp., Welland, Ontario, Canada
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About Jacob Zaivitz (Zavits), II

Ahnentafel, Generation No. 1

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1. Jacob ZAVITZ was born Aug 1752 in Williams Twp., Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, and died 12 Jan 1815 in Ridgeway, Welland Co., Ontario, Canada. He was buried in Mennonite Cemetery Near Ridgeway. He was the son of 2. Jacob ZAVITZ and 3. Magdalena. He married Catherine LEARN Abt 1779 in Tannersville, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, daughter of John LEARN and Cadarina. She was born in Tannersville, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, and died 9 Oct 1856 in Ridgeway, Welland Co., Ontario, Canada. She was buried in Mennonite Cemetery Near Ridgeway.

   Bertie Township, Ontario, the center of a now extinct Mennonite Church Settlement, called the Bertie Congregation through out most of its history.They were pushed to Canada in part by hostility arising from their pacifism during the American Revolution.  They were also drawn by the promises and opportunities of a new western agricultural frontier where minority rights seemed better protected than in revolutionary America. Into this settlement lying west of Buffalo across the Niagara River in Ontario, Mennonites mograted from Eastern Pennsylvania as early as 1788. The main center of worship was a church one mile east of Sherkston. Property deeded in 1828 from that time served for church building and Cemetery purposes. The first church was a log building which about 30 years. By 1860 the log meetinghouse had been replaced by a brick church, which served during the greater period of strength and decline. In 1916 another church was erected on the same grounds and from it dated a rivival of interest and attendance for more than a decade, when decline again set in. In 1931 the Mennonites sold this Bertie Church to the Brethren in Christ with burial privileges reserved for the Mennonite families and their descendants.

The first Leader of the Bertie Congregation was preacher George Zavitz, son of pioneer Jacob Zavitz who came to Canada in 1788. Other preachers during the succeeding years were John Zavitz (1798 to 1872), John B. Hershey (1816-1904), Benjamin Hershey (1826 to 1888), Christian Hershey (1768 to 1845), Nelson Michael (1843 to 1923), Howard Stevanus, Noah Hunsberger, and Simon Martin. Bishop John Lapp of Clarence, New York made a definite contribution to thehe strenght and life of this church by visits and oversight. In 1865 he made a conference-wide appeal in behalf of the ministerial need of the congregation.

Among the reasons for varying strenght and loss was the problem of leadership and the problem of language. Bertie had a few strong leaders able to promote harmony and growth. Others were less capable and a few definitely in incapable. Schism had its part and some leaders were interested in other groups and organizations. The General Conference Mennonites had a congregation for a time in the northern part of the township. The United Brethren Church took rise and grew in strength while the Mennonites hesitated on the use of Englis Language. The Brethren in Christ (Tunker, River Brethren) had their strong leader for Ontario in this area. And so the Mennonite Church in its hundred years in Bertie Township experienced more loss than growth, until eventually al Mennonite families have withdrawn, or become than absorbed in other local organizations.

 

Burial: Sherkston Mennonite Cemetery Welland County Ontario, Canada

 

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Ahnentafel, Generation No. 2

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2. Jacob ZAVITZ was born 1728 in Centre Valley, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, and died 1800 in Port Colbourne, Humberstone Twp., Welland Co., Ontario, Canada. He was the son of 4. George ZAVITZ and 5. Barbara.

3. Magdalena died Abt 1800 in Upper Canada.

   
Children of Magdalena and Jacob ZAVITZ are:
   i. Sara Catherine ZAVITZ. She married Benedict FINCK.  
   ii. Henry ZAVITZ was born 1748 in Pennsylvania, and died 1800 in Port Colbourne, Humberstone Twp., Welland Co., Ontario, Canada. 
   iii. Christian ZAVITZ was born 1750 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, and died 27 Apr 1826 in Elgin Co., Ontario, Canada. He married Mary MCCARTY 1788 in Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, daughter of Thomas MACCARTIE and Elizabeth LANCASTER. She was born 19 Dec 1769 in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and died 27 Jun 1826 in Elgin Co., Ontario, Canada.  

1. iv. Jacob ZAVITZ was born Aug 1752 in Williams Twp., Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, and died 12 Jan 1815 in Ridgeway, Welland Co., Ontario, Canada. He married Catherine LEARN Abt 1779 in Tannersville, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, daughter of John LEARN and Cadarina. She was born in Tannersville, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, and died 9 Oct 1856 in Ridgeway, Welland Co., Ontario, Canada.

   v. George ZAVITZ was born 15 Mar 1753, and died 15 Sep 1826 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He married Mary. She was born 15 Oct 1759, and died 21 Dec 1835.  
   vi. Barbara ZAVITZ was born 2 Dec 1765 in Pennsylvania, and died 17 Sep 1849 in Wainfleet Twp., Welland Co., Ontario, Canada. She married Jacob OTT. He was born 1763 in Pennsylvania, and died 2 Apr 1848 in Burnaby, Wainfleet Twp., Welland Co., Ontario, Canada.  
   vii. Abraham ZAVITZ. 
   viii. Elizabeth ZAVITZ. She married Johnnas NEWCOMER.  
   ix. Susanna ZAVITZ. She married Phillip NEWCOMER.  

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Ahnentafel, Generation No. 3

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4. George ZAVITZ was born 1695 in Strasbourg, Alsace, Germany, and died Jun 1759 in Centre Valley, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. He was buried in Mennonite Cemetery, Centre Valley, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.

5. Barbara was born in Europe, and died 1766 in Centre Valley, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. She was buried in Mennonite Cemetery, Centre Valley, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.

   
Children of Barbara and George ZAVITZ are:
   i. Abraham ZAVITZ died 17 Apr 1777 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War. He married Elizabeth (GINTZ) HEISER.  
   ii. Ester ZAVITZ was born in Pennsylvania. She married Philip HALL. He died 18 Jan 1773.  
   iii. Henry ZAVITZ was born in Pennsylvania, and died 1771. He married Frederica. She died 13 Apr 1775.  
   iv. John ZAVITZ died in Easton, Pennsylvania. He married Catharina.  
   v. Mary ZAVITZ. She married John Ulrich BRINKER (RINKER).  

2. vi. Jacob ZAVITZ was born 1728 in Centre Valley, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, and died 1800 in Port Colbourne, Humberstone Twp., Welland Co., Ontario, Canada. He married Magdalena. She died Abt 1800 in Upper Canada.

   vii. Joseph ZAVITZ was born 1735 in Pennsylvania, and died 25 Sep 1794 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He married Clora Catharine DIETER (DITTHART).  
   viii. George ZAVITZ was born 25 Dec 1755 in Pennsylvania, and died 23 Oct 1830 in North Carolina. He married Rosina.  

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Jacob Zaivitz, II's Timeline

1751
August, 1751
Williams Twp, Huntigdon, Pa, USA
1787
August 21, 1787
Age 36
Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA
1790
August 15, 1790
Age 39
Bertie, Welland Co., ON, Canada
1793
1793
Age 41
1800
1800
Age 48
Ontario, Canada
1815
July 12, 1815
Age 63
Bertie twp., Welland, Ontario, Canada
1815
Age 63
Ridgeway, Welland, Ontario, Canada
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Tannersville, Monroe Co., PA