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1: Benjamin Schwerdfeger
(1760-1760)

2: John Augustin Schwerdfeger
(1761-abt 1838)

3: Daniel Schwerdfeger
(1763-1834)

4: Frederick Schwerdfeger
(1765-1849)

5: Samuel Schwerdfeger Jr
(1769-1852)

6: Ludwig Schwerdfeger
(1770-abt 1827)

7: Jacob Schwerdfeger
(1771-1851)

8: Elizabeth Schwerdfeger
(1780-1847)

9: Magdalena (Lina) Schwerdfeger
(1780-1820)

 

 


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Rev Johann William Samuel Schwerdtfeger (1734-1798)

Still only 19, when young theology student Samuel Schwerdtfeger
first set foot in the new world at Baltimore harbour, he could never have imagined the adventures
which awaited him — or the legacy he would father.


A life of advanture, new worlds conquered

Rev Samuel Schwerdtfeger was born in Burgernheim, Germany in 1734. His mother died when he was two and his father, who remarried, passed away when Samuel was just 14. His step-mother – who had at least three others sons by Samuel’s father – remarried in 1750. While the teenager enrolled in university at Erlangen, at 19 he left his native Bavaria behind to start a new life in the New World.
      He settled initially near Reading, PA, attached to the local Lutheran parish for three years as part of condition for paying for his voyage. The ambitious 20-something minister was soon married and took positions throughout PA, MD, DE and NY. Before settling on the Canadian side of the St Lawrence River, near present-day Williamsburg, ON, he and his wife had at least 8 children who survived to adulthood; 7 of these had families of their own. [more]

Plaque erected outside Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Riverside, ON

According to this plaque, Rev Samuel Schwerdtfeger died in 1803. But more recent research places his death closer to Oct 1798. Oddly, while he was the church's founding minister, and his daughter's husband Rev Guenther Weagant, took over, no church record survives of his death. However the death of his wife, Anna Dorothea Schwab, is duly noted in 1818.

Rev Samuel Schwerdtfeger was dubbed The Saint of the St Lawrence Seaway in her 1961 book "Memoirs of Reverend J. Samuel Schwerdtfeger" by Hazel Mae Schwerdtfeger, one of many grea-great grand-daughters.

Anna Dorothea SCHWAB
(b. 4 Jan 1740, Lancaster, PA; d. 10 May 1818, Williamsburg, ON)

Married in 1759, Dorothea was the daughter of a prosperous farmer and elder of Earltown Lutheran Church; a poor immigrant German pastor was hardly the ideal match in her father's eyes. Had he known his daughter would end up in prison for her husband's support of the British, and was facing a nomadic existence until spending her final days in Canada, he might never have agreed to the union.

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