Frederick Weible | Obituary of an Ohio Pioneer
In recent posts, I’ve been railing against the tight-lidded policy of Pennsylvania regarding the vital records of its residents. Whereas in Ohio, births, deaths, marriages and other essential milestones have been tracked since before the state’s founding and shared for long enough that legions of researchers have transcribed, scanned and catalogued them, providing essential grist for genealogists, not to mention lifesaving info in the way of family medical histories, etc.
Fortunately, some of our ancestors left Pennsylvania for Ohio. And their lives from that point are helpfully spotlighted, whether in the vital records listed above, or the local newspaper.
One such ancestor was Frederick Weible, my great-great-great grandfather. A post this summer dealt primarily with the lives of his parents, Jakob and Nancy (Metzger) Weible, borrowing heavily from the published account of their ancestors and descendants, The History of Christian Metzger, Founder of an American Family, by Ella Metsker Milligan.
Frederick’s wife, Susan Schrock, was one of the first children born to the five families who settled south of present-day New Philadelphia in 1812. Jakob and Nancy Weible would follow in 1817 and begin farming land at Crooked Run that would remain in the Weible family for more than 130 years.
Frederick and Susan were married in 1835 and lived on the homestead together the rest of their long lives. The obituary below, from the November 26, 1885 edition of The Ohio Democrat, praises Frederick Weible as “a man held in high esteem in our county and state.” Noted are his pioneer origins, his uncommon intelligence and physical strength, his skill as a teacher, and his strong moral fiber and love of God. As with many of his descendants, he was a member of the Moravian Church, called by its other common name below as the United Brethren.
Susan Weible lived another eight years, dying in 1893 at age 79. I can’t confirm this, but I would imagine they are buried, along with Frederick’s mother, Nancy, at the Crooked Run church cemetery.