Frederick J. J. Wiegman (1824-1912)

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 J.J. Wiegman, Gravestone
Permission from Kathy Madden. Originally posted Memorial #18840707.

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.)


1870 census, Frederick Wiegman Household

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. 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, ( 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. ( Connecticut Department of Public Health, State Vital Records Office. Frederick Wiegman, 5 January 1912.

Frederick J. J. Wiegman, Memorial #18840707, database and images online.


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