Sunday, November 28, 2010

Yeoman Ancestors - Creating Connections to the Earth and Wealth Moving West

My Weaver ancestors came to Pennsylvania Colony in 1751, Johann Enoch Weber, sailing on the ship Janet from Rotterdam, from Baden Wuettemburg Germany. I have no photos of that early era. I do have records of the family moving to Ohio, after Johann Jacob Weaver, who served in the Pennsylvania Colony Militia took his family west to the Greater Miami River area of the new territories open to settlement. That would be found in the Southwest part of Ohio on this map. Here they traveled in 1804-1805 and became earlier pioneers of the area after Ohio became a state.

Here are Henry Eicher and Helena Brandt, at the time of their marriage in 1875. Henry was a farmer in Montgomery County, Miami Twp. He farmed in the area the his father Franz Eicher farmed. Both were likely what is referred to as a yeomen. When researching my Weber, Weaver ancestors yesterday, the word "Yeoman", came up on the census in the late 1700's for Johann Enoch Weber's occupation. The definition is covered in a wiki link:
"Horace Greeley writes that above all professions, he would recommend farming to a son. Among his reasons is that farming is "that vocation which conduces most directly to a reverence for Honesty and Truth." More recent photos of the Weaver Family (late 1800's and early 1900's, are from my Grandfather Noah Elwood Weaver. Below is an active farmering photo of William B Weaver and his mother working the 110 acre farm that was in the family for 4 generations in Miami Twp, just above Miamisburg.

Here are a family of hired hands, a woman with an infant, Hattie Weaver, other hired hand child on top of hay, William Benton Weaver, last yeoman on the family farm, and the hired hand. (Hope this vertical photo could be horizontal :-())

Here is a photo of the Weaver and Eicher families at a time of rest and relaxation, at a cabin on Indian Lake in Ohio. Pictured: Noah Elwood Weaver, Edna Eicher Weaver, Paul Henry Weaver (my dad, likely at age 4 or so, would make it ca 1914), Henry Eicher, William Benton Weaver the last "yeoman" on the Weaver farm and Hattie Weaver, who fished into her 90's. :-)

When I began to upload photos, this photo came up. From the citified, no longer Yeoman Glessner tribe. These are products created by my Grandfather Harry Chappelear Glessner, Keen Shaving Cream, that I remember my mom talking about. Also Turpo, which I still have sample of. Prior to Harry, Leonard Cowles Glessner, my great grandfather, who married Emma Chappelear created the products, like Dr Drakes Cough Syrup. The Glessner- Chappelear line intersected in Farmer City IL in the 1870's, Len's first son, Lewis was born here. Len and Emma moved to Carlinsville IL and Sedalia MO, that latter city where Harry and his sister Mary Eleanor were born. Leonard moved back to Findlay OH at the time of the oil boom in NW OHio. He then founded the Glessner Medicine Company around 1900

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