Mary Ann Hembling: Birth: 1851. Death: 1928
Note: William Hembling, the eldest, was born October 9th, 1818. After the decease of his parents he had his home with Isaac C. Shantz who then resided on the farm now in possession of Isadore B. Snyder. Here he had his home until he was married to Mary Derstein. After his marriage he moved to Wilmot Township where he was the possessor of a beautiful farm. From here he moved to Upper Woolwich where he resided for quite a number of years. From here he moved to *Elmwood, Ontario, but now he has his home in Berlin with his daughter, Mrs. Gingerich. After the decease of his first wife he was married to Elizabeth Martin who died some years ago. With his first wife he had a family of twelve children, and with his second wife there were five children. [Eby Book 1895] +++ *Elmwood is in Grey County, north of Hanover. It should probably read Elmdale which is near Leamington, Ontario, close to the Canada - USA border and Michigan where he died. +++ William first farmed in Wilmot Township and then in Woolwich Township. Later, he and his third wife, Mary Kramer, moved to *Elmdale, Mersea Township, Essex County. William died in Michigan while visiting some of his children. There is a gravestone in a Mennonite Cemetery near Elmira with his name. His first two wives also have gravestones in this cemetery. It is not known whether William was buried in Elmira or in Michigan. [Karen - Pioneer Families In Wellington County, Ontario, Canada] +++ From page 77 of the account book, we learn that John [Gingrich] continued working at various factories in Grand Rapids until his stroke of paralysis at age 60 in January of 1908. On June 29, 1904 John Gingrich had gone back to Canada to bury the former deacon William Hembling. William Hembling had moved to Grand Rapids to be with his daughter and son-in-law and died there of paralysis and old age on June 27, 1904 at age 85. His remains were taken by train and he was buried in the Elmira Mennonite Cemetery, Woolwich Township. The costs of his funeral were listed on page 152 of the account book. [The John B. Gingrich Account Book, by Jim de Waal Malefyt]
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