aka Weible Literary Tidbits, Part 4
In a previous post, I shared details of some Foutz family intermarrying, back in the early generations that settled Harrison County. In that case, one of my great-great-great grandfather Gideon Pfouts’s sons, Nathaniel, married Gideon’s great niece, Eliza. Another way of saying it? (And with intermarriage, there’s always another way to say it.) Nathaniel married his own cousin’s daughter.
But the Foutzes were farming folk, with dozens of kids spread across decades, and Nathaniel and Eliza seemed to have lived happily, given the distance of our perspective. They had two kids — a daughter and son — and were married nearly 50 years until death parted them.
This marriage story doesn’t involve blood relations. But it’s interesting, nonetheless, since a Ley-Weible wedding in 1904 foreshadowed by about 40 years the union of my own Ley grandfather and Weible grandmother.
As with the last three posts, kicked off by a sketch of my great-great-great-great grandmother Nancy (Metzger) Weible’s life, the details are culled from the second supplement to The History of Christian Metzger: Father of an American Family, by Ella Metzker Milligan.
Hortense’s Brother… and a nephew of Franklin Eli
Remember Hortense? In our first Weible tidbits post, she shared her perspective on some beloved ancestors.
Hortense was one of five children born to David and Laura Weible. Her siblings: Herbert David, Mary Emma, Edwin Frederick and Harry Garfield. Edwin Frederick becomes the first family connection between the Weibles and Leys when he marries Minnie Mae Ley on Dec. 14, 1904.
Another family history, that of the Powells, had much to say about the Edwin and Minnie Weible family. Let’s start by introducing the bride. Minnie (my great-great-great aunt) was the only daughter of (my great-great-great grandparents) Augustus and Harriet Ley. She was born in January, 1882, educated in the Port Washington public schools, and lived at home until her marriage, at 22. Her father was a store and creamery owner, and served as the township’s treasurer and supervisor.
Edwin’s father, David, was first a farmer and then entered the furniture business before dying young, at 40. But if there’s something the Leys and Weibles of that generation had in common, it’s an enterprising spirit. Edwin first worked as a grocer, then entered the traveling sales trade. His uncle (my great-great grandfather), Franklin Eli Weible, was a hardware merchant, a business that probably (family, educate me here) took my great-grandfather Robert Ohio Weible to the Pittsburgh area, where he crossed fortuitous paths with my great-grandmother, Beatrice Morgan.
So, sales has been good to my family, you could say.
For Edwin, his job likely brought him to Minnie’s door. After they married, according to the Powell history, which predates the Metzger supplement by more than 30 years:
… he entered the office of the Reeves Banking and Trust Co., of Dover, and is now employed by this bank as assistant secretary and treasurer, being also one of the directors. They have a modern home and are enjoying life, as well they may. Later, the writer visited them in 1917, and does not
hesitate to say, theirs is a truly model family.
That family came to include Josephine Elizabeth, James Frederick, Ruth and David Augustus — to whom hip ancestors of mine will refer as “Scoop” or “Scoopie”. And in the coming years, Edwin did his best to build on his reputation.
A Credit to His Family and Community
The Metzger history picks up the veritable threads of Edwin’s career c. 1951. By then, he has devoted some 45 years to the Reeves Bank, 30 to the local Chamber of Commerce, and serves the Moravian Church as a trustee. In 1950, the Dover Chamber hosted a dinner attended by 300 dignitaries, at which Edwin was given its civic award, the fourth person to be so honored. As the local newspaper noted:
A long career of outstanding public service received merited recognition last night. …
While Mr. Wible has made a success of a long and useful career as a banker, his service outside his vocation has been varied and of great civic value.
He was one of the organizers and the first president of the Chamber of Commerce… . He is a former director of the Tuscarawas (County) fair board; served eight years on the board of education, four of them as president; led all five bond drives during World War II, is a past president of the Tuscarawas County Bankers Association, is now serving on the Red Cross Board and is active in church work.
But it was as city auditor, in which position he served 15 years, that Mr. Wible’s services were of most value. His terms were served during a time when the city light plant was being established and when the city was expanding in many other fields and his hard work and good judgment has had much to do with putting the city government on a sound financial basis.
His advice to City Council and to City Hall officials established the foundations under which successive city auditors and city administrators have progressed.
Edwin died in 1957; Minnie (Ley) Weible in 1964. They’re buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, presumably under the “Wible” spelling Edwin’s father, David, came to favor and that David’s brother Franklin Eli apparently abandoned. Model lives lived, indeed. For sketches of his model family, tune in to tomorrow’s post. But before we depart, let’s firm up:
The Weible-Ley Connection
Edwin was in the thick of leading the war bond effort in 1943 when Robert Earl Ley Jr. and Suzanne Abbott Weible were married in October in Oxford, Ohio.
Of course, the couple would have known each other years before, since they were both 1936 graduates of Dover High School.
But how early might their paths have crossed, through family connections?
Edwin and Minnie Weible were Bob Ley’s great uncle (by marriage) and great aunt, respectively. His grandfather, Charles Henry Ley, was Minnie’s brother.
Edwin Weible was Sue Weible’s first cousin once removed (and thus, my first cousin thrice removed, before his marriage to my third great aunt… which is all before I was born, so what’s the diff?) Edwin’s cousin, Robert Ohio Weible, was Sue’s father. His father, Franklin Eli Weible, was Sue’s grandfather.
So, what does it mean that Edwin married his cousin’s son-in-law’s great aunt?
Well, nothing really, except a firmer union of two bright families. To refer back to the first question, about in what circumstances my grandpa and grandma Ley might have first might — whether familial or unfamiliar — I can’t say. Probably this is where helpful aunts and uncles chime in. But I do know that of Edwin’s and Minnie’s children, most were older than Bob and Sue, but David Augustus “Scoop” Weible, was just two years older. Probably they all knew each other, and got along just dandy.
You’ll hear more about the “model” Weible-Ley families in future posts.