Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beeks line: Johann Jacob Weber 1694-1744 Immigrant

Here's another Beeks ancestor who came from Germany. I don't know much about him yet but his is the start of another American success story, if raising a family in colonial Pennsylvania, with descendants down to this day is a success story. 

Jacob was born December 27, 1694 in Hinzweiler, Rhine-Pfalz, of what became Germany.  His parents were Hans Jacob Weber and Maria Margaretha Ring, and he had at least four sisters and one brother.  The only other clue I have about his early life is that when he married in 1720, it was in the Reformed Church in Hinzweiler, meaning it was neither Catholic nor Lutheran, but more Calvinistic in its beliefs.  The area had suffered during the Thirty Years War but had always been a very small village, with population never going above 400.  It must have been a hard life, but perhaps it was also a good life, in the little settlement. 

Jacob's wife was Anna Cecelia Reichard, also from Hinzweiler.  Her parents were Dieterich Reichard and Maria Saloma last name unknown.  It isn't known when the family emigrated to America.  Jacob died here in 1744, so the date would have been earlier than that.  Apparently the children were all born in Germany, with the last of at least three (I suspect there are more) born in 1735.  So immigration would have come between those two dates, except that I haven't found a Johann Jacob or a Jacob Weber listed in the immigration or naturalization records for that time period. 

And that is as much as I know about Jacob at this point.  He reportedly died in Springfield Township, Bucks or Delaware County, in 1744.  We need to determine which area he lived in, for the two townships are a considerable distance apart. One was relatively close to Philadelphia and one was on the frontier, which would mean families in the two areas would have had different concerns.  I tend to think it was in Bucks county, due to family marriages, but that is just a guess at this point.

So here is the bare beginnings of the story of Jacob Weber.  I'd like to find out more in order to give the man the recognition he deserves, but this is a start.  If someone reading this knows just one little bit of information that I haven't yet located, I'd love it if you would share it with me!

The line of descent is:

Jacob Weber-Anna Cecelia Reichard
Maria Charlotta Weber-Andreas Raub
Charlotte Raub-Johan Jacob Weiss
Andrew Wise-Mary Serfass
David Wise-Matilda Martin
Elizabeth Wise-John W Beeks
Wilbur Beeks-Cleo Aldridge
Mary Margaret Beeks-Cleveland Harshbarger
Their descendants