The Brydons

Scotland to Canada

Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada


Notes: Much of the land, made up of moraines and swampland interspersed with rivers and streams, was converted to farmland and roads. Wild pigeons, which once swarmed by the tens of thousands, were driven from the area. Apple trees were introduced to the region by John Eby in the 1830s, and several grist- and sawmills (most notably Joseph Schneider's 1816 sawmill, John and Abraham Erb's grist- and sawmills and Eby's cider mill) were erected throughout the area. Schneider built the town's first road, from his home to the corner of King Street and Queen Street (then known as Walper corner). $1000 was raised by the settlers to extend the road from Walper corner to Huether corner, where the Huether Brewery was built and the Huether Hotel now stands; a petition to the government for $100 to assist in completing the project was denied.

Immigration to the town increased considerably from 1816 until the 1870s, many of the newcomers being of German (particularly Mennonite) extraction. In 1833 the town was renamed Berlin, and in 1853 Berlin became the County Seat of the newly created County of Waterloo, elevating it to the status of Village. The extension of the Grand Trunk Railway from Sarnia to Toronto (and hence through Berlin) in July 1856 was a major boon to the community, helping to improve industrialization in the area. On June 9, 1912, Berlin was officially designated a city.[6]

However, with the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 came anti-German sentiment and an internal conflict ensued as the city was forced to confront its cultural distinctiveness. There was pressure for the city to change its name from Berlin, and in 1916 following much debate and controversy, the name of the city was changed to Kitchener; named after Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, who died that year, while serving as the Secretary of State for War of the United Kingdom.


City/Town : Latitude: 43.43497155337347, Longitude: -80.44876098632812


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 Brydon, William Edward  10 Dec 1870Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada I345
2 Wilkinson, Lillian Ruth  1 May 1897Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada I1131


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 Bryden, Janet  15 Jun 1911Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada I2263
2 Bryden, Mary  27 Dec 1909Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada I13173


Matches 1 to 4 of 4

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Residence    Person ID 
1 Pollock, Ellen  1901Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada I5564
2 Rothaermel, Barbara Linkan  1877Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada I1135
3 Wilkinson, Lillian Ruth  1901Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada I1131
4 Wilkinson, Dr. William Robert  1901Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada I5563


Matches 1 to 4 of 4

   Family    Married    Family ID 
1 Bryden / Thomson  23 May 1883Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada F182
2 Brydon / Panebecker  15 Jan 1869Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada F573
3 Detweiler / Bryden  28 Jan 1875Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada F4375
4 Kinsey / Rothaermel  23 Dec 1877Berlin, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada F360