John William Ross was born on 25 August 1813 to William and Elizabeth (Hayden) Ross in Ohio. He was the third child and first son to be born into the family.
The Ross family was living in Sycamore, Hamilton County, Ohio for the 1820 census. The listing for William Ross showed marks for the following persons:
4 males less than 10 years old (Daniel 1, Christopher 3, John 7, ?)
1 male 26 to 44 years old (William 41)
3 females less than 10 years old (Jennett 5, Nancy 7, Eliza 8)
1 female 26 to 44 years old (Elizabeth 38)
The census listed four boys less than 10 years, but I have not found any other male child added in with the other children in any records and he was not in the 1830 census. There could have been an error at the time the census was taken or perhaps there was another son who died before the next census or another child may have been living with the family for a short time.
Ten years later the family was listed in the Symmes, Hamilton County, Ohio 1830 census. The listing for William Ross showed marks for the following persons:
1 male 5 to 9 years old (William 5)
2 males 10 to 14 years old (Daniel 11, Christopher 13)
1 male 15 to 19 years old (John 17)
1 male 50 to 59 year old (William 51)
2 females 5 to 9 years old (Hannah 8, Mary Ann 9/10)
1 female 10-14 years old (Jennett 14/15)
2 females 15-19 years old (Nancy 17, Eliza 18)
1 female 40-49 years old (Elizabeth 48)
Not long after the 1830 census, the family moved north to Champaign County, Ohio. John’s father, William, died in Champaign County early in 1834. His wife, Elizabeth, was appointed Administratrix 27 March 1834 and administration papers for his estate were filed with Champaign County in April 1834.
Daughters of the American Revolution. Online database. http://www.dar.org: accessed 4 March 2017. Ancestor file no. A098461, John Ross (1757-1820).
U.S. federal census. Year: 1820; Location: Sycamore, Hamilton, Ohio; p. 282.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1830; Location: Symmes, Hamilton, Ohio; p. 195.
Emerson, William D., Active 1847. Map of Hamilton County, Ohio. [Cincinnati: C.S. Williams & Son, . Cincinnati: Klauprech & Menzel’s Lith, 1847] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, .
Ohio, Champaign County, Probate records. Administration bonds and settlements 1804-1866. Database with images. FamilySearch.org. (http://familysearch.org: 1 July 2014) Vol. 1, p. 337, William Ross.
Elmira Hayden Ross was born in July 1856 to John William and Christenia (Wambaugh) Ross in Ohio. Elmira was better known as “Ella” and first shows up in records in the 1860 census with her family. She was the tenth child in the family and the seventh daughter. The 1860 census was taken in June, just two months after her father, John, died on 10 April. Her family was farming in Adams, Champaign, Ohio. Her mother, Christenia, did not survive her husband for long. She died in September along with a daughter in childbirth. The story is that the rest of the children were all taken in by neighbors to live.
The next time that I found Ella was when she married John William Wiegman on 16 November 1876 in Shelby County, Ohio. She had her first child, Fredrick Lower Wiegman, about a year later on 2 October 1877. She had a child every year to two years for the next twenty years. She had nine sons and five daughters.
John and Ella moved several times in the first few years of their marriage, but by the time landed on Hayes Street in De Graff before 1900, they were ready to settle in and Ella lived there for the rest of her life. I found John listed in the city directory of Norwalk, Connecticut for a few years, but I didn’t find any evidence that Ella was there as well.
John William died on 17 January 1924 in Logan County, Ohio and Ella died about one and a half years later on 14 May 1925 at the age of 68. They were both buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in De Graff.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Brown, Miami, Ohio; p. 212.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Adams, Champaign, Ohio; p. 78.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: Harvard, Clay, Nebraska; e.d. 078, p. 745.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Miami, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 0117, p. 11A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Miami, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 0138, p. 5B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1920; Location: Miami, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 198, p. 6A.
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013, database with images. FamilySearch.org. Shelby, Ohio, county courthouses, FHL film 562,860, p. 88.
Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, database with images, FamilySearch.org (http://familysearch.org). DeGraff, Logan, Ohio, FHL film no. 1,992,489 reference no. 3674, John William Wiegman, 17 Jan 1924.
Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007, database online. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (http://ancestry.com). Ohio Division of Vital Statistics. State Archives Series 3094. Ella M. Wiegman.
John William Wiegman, Memorial #18840719, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Ella H. Ross Wiegman, Memorial #18840693, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.
Frederick Wiegman was probably born in 1824. The 1900 census listed his birth date as November 1824, however, family records refer to his birth date as March 1824. His birth place has been listed as Hamburg, Holstein, and Germany. When further records are found, it may be possible to determine an accurate date and location of Frederick’s birth.
The first record of Frederick in the United States is in 1859 in a deed buying property in Brown Township, Miami County, Ohio. Soon after that, he and his family were in the 1860 census in Brown.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Brown, Miami, Ohio; p. 212-3.
Fredric Wiegmann, age 35, male, Wagon maker, Hamburg, Germ
Dougherty “, age 32, female, Holstine
William Wiegmann, age 9, male, Hamburg, attended school
Frederick’s wife, Dougherty (Dora), died about 1863. A gravestone in the Greenwood Cemetery in De Graff, Logan County, Ohio lists her lifespan as 1826 to 1863.
Frederick and Dougherty had the following child:
John William Wiegman was born 9 April 1851 in Germany. He died 17 January 1924 in Logan County, Ohio.
Enoch Smith performed the ceremony when Frederick married Harriet B. Dobbins on 1 November 1864 in Miami County, Ohio. Harriet was the daughter of George W. and Jane (Cox) Dobbins and was born in 1821 in Ohio.
George and his wife, Jane, came to Brown Township about 1824 as described in the 1880 publication of The History of Miami County, Ohio by W. H. Beers & Co.
“…when he sold the property to George W. Dobbins, who moved here in 1824, and was the first keeper of a public-house in this part of the township. His tavern-stand was by no means an immense structure, or, at least, would not be considered such at the present day, but at that time it was considered a rather pretentious building, and certainly was as large as the limited amount of traveling at that time and in this part of the country would justify in building. In height it boasted a single story, in the loft of which beds were sometimes hastily set up, or rather laid down, for they boasted no bedstead in cases of emergency. There were only two regular rooms in the house, and these answered the purposes of kitchen, bedrooms, parlor, drawing-room and bar.”
Frederick and Harriet were living in Brown Township during the 1870 census. The census indicates that Harriet owns land and Frederick owns personal property so they may have been living on land that had been left to Harriet when her father, George, died in 1867. (See George W. Dobbins Will.)
By the 1880 census, Frederick and Harriet had moved to De Graff, Logan, Ohio. Frederick was listed as 56 years old and a wagon maker and Harriet was listed as 58 years old and keeping house.
Harriet died on 6 May 1892 in Miami Township, Logan, Ohio. She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in De Graff.
In 1900, Frederick was still living in De Graff and was listed as 75 years old, widowed, and a retired wagon maker.
At 86 years old, Frederick was still living by himself, but near his son John William, in De Graff in 1910. Not long after the 1910 census, Frederick went to Connecticut. Perhaps he went to stay with his grandchildren living in Norwalk. He died in Darien, Connecticut on 5 January 1912. He was buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien, Fairfield, Connecticut. He also has a gravestone (see above) in the Greenwood Cemetery in De Graff, Ohio.
Frederick and Harriet had no known children.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1860; Location: Brown, Miami, Ohio; p. 212-3.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1870; Location: Brown, Miami, Ohio; p. 267B.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1880; Location: De Graff, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 119, p. 152A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1900; Location: Miami, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 0117, p. 3A.
U.S. federal census. Year: 1910; Location: Miami, Logan, Ohio; e.d. 0138, p. 5A.
Ohio, Miami County, Deeds, 1807-1968. Miami County, Ohio, Recorder. FHL microfilm 560,814, volume 35, p. 297. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013, database with images. FamilySearch.org. Miami, Ohio, county courthouses, FHL film 549,804, p. 132.
The History of Miami County, Ohio. 1880. Reprint, Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, Inc., 1973.
Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001, database with images, FamilySearch.org (http://familysearch.org). Miami Township, Logan, Ohio, FHL film no. 534,834, volume 2, p. 414. Harriett M. Weigman, 6 May 1892.
Connecticut Death Index, Connecticut State Library, database online. (http://www.ctstatelibrary.org). Connecticut Department of Public Health, State Vital Records Office. Frederick Wiegman, 5 January 1912.
Frederick J. J. Wiegman, Memorial #18840707, database and images online. Find-A-Grave.com.