Stöber / Stiver Family
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The Stöber / Stiver family who came to Markham Township, York County, Ontario in 1794 can not be studied without learning the story of the Berczy Settlers. From the time the decision was made to join William Berczy's group to go to the United States, the lives of these settlers were intertwined on a day to day basis. We do not know if any of the group had been neighbours and friends in what would become Germany. There was inter-marriage within the group. Even today, descendants of these early settlers are working together to learn their common history.
Short Stay in the United States
However, the arrangement was not satisfactory to Berczy and his settlers. At one point, they rebelled and rioted. Amongst the list of those who came before the Court of General Sessions of the Peace at Canandaigua on November 6, 1793 was Johan Neilas Staver. [Most likely this was Johann Niclaus Stöber]
Move to Ontario, Canada
By November of 1794, the people were on their land living in make shift homes. The land needed to be cleared. The first few years were very harsh. Some families left. Our Stöber / Stiver ancestors remained and there are still descendants living in the area. There is some indication that some of the family may have returned to the Niagara Region for a short time.
In 1992, the Markham Berczy Settlers Association was formed. Descendants and others interested in the founding of Markham Ontario are welcome to join. On-going research and sharing of information amongst members has been instrumental in helping me gain an understanding and the knowledge of my ancestors. The group usually meets once a year. The newsletter is informative. The group has both a Facebook page and group
Berczy Settlers Family Research Days
- July 5 to July 11, 2004
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For further information contact
www.bmts.com/~jiles Stöber / Stiver Family
Copyright Janet Iles 2014 This page was updated July 5, 2014