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.
For additional information on John William and Elmira Hayden (Ross) Wiegman see John William Wiegman (Part 2.)
See a Pedigree Chart including Elmira Hayden Ross – Mary Christena Wiegman Pedigree
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.