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Johann Jacob WELLER

Male 1704 - 1794  (89 years)

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  • Name Johann Jacob WELLER 
    Born 16 Sep 1704  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN R3GQ-45 
    Immigration 26 Sep 1737  Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 8 May 1794  Frederick County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) The following information relates to Johann Jacob WELLER (1704-1794) and Johannes WELLER (1716-1792), who may have been related to each other, though no closer than first cousins:

      Tracey, Grace L. Tracey and Dern, John P., Pioneers of Old Monocacy - The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland 1721-1743 [Reprint], Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1989, pp. 210-214:

      Johann Jacob Weller (1704-1794) and Johannes Weller (1716-1792), are both alleged to have come from Diedenshausen near Berleburg in Germany. They did not come together and, if related, were no closer than first cousins. But they did both settle in Frederick County, where Johann Jacob eventually became a mainstay in the Graceham Moravian Church and Johannes associated with the Lutherans at Apple's Church. Johannes Weller's arrival at Philadelphia on September 19, 1743 at the age of 27 places him somewhat outside the purview of this study, although occasional references are made to his association with the families of earlier arrivals. He lived on a portion of "Arnold's Delight" northeast of present-day Thurmont.

      Johann Jacob Weller arrived in this country five years after the majority of his earlier German neighbors, but he came quite soon to their area of Frederick County, where he figured most prominently in its subsequent history. He arrived in Philadelphia aboard the Saint Andrew Galley on September 26, 1737. With him came the Lutheran minister Johann Philipp Streiter and the Reformed ministers Johann Hermann von Basten and Peter Henry Dorsius. Supposedly Weller also brought with him a wife, Anna Margaret Koehn, whom he had married in Germany in 1726 and who died of dropsy at Skippack in Pennsylvania after their arrival. But these details have never been verified, nor are there any indications of children born during the decade of their alleged marriage. Supposedly, also, Weller was initially drawn to the Kreutz Creek settlement in today's Hellam Township, York County, Pennsylvania in search of a friend, John Peitzel. The locale is correct, for it was at Hellam (St??ver called it Helm Town) that Johann Jacob Weller was married on April 21, 1738 to Maria Barbara Willheut, the widow of Leonard Vieruhr (1707-1737e).

      Maria Barbara was the daughter of Friederich Willheut and a sister of Anna Magdalena, wife of Martin Frey, and Maria Eliesabetha, wife of Nicolaus Koger. Koger had arrived in Philadelphia on October 17, 1732 along with Bernard Weymer, Mattheus Manser and Peter Apfel. Maria Barbara was also the sister of Friederich Willheut who married Anna Maria Weymar and became the ancestor of the numerous Willhides in Frederick County. Maria Barbara had married Vieruhr in 1734. As Lenhart Firohr he had arrived at Philadelphia at the age of 24 on September 21, 1731. He came on the same ship as the Wetzels and Devilbisses. With "his bride" Maria Barbara Willhautin, he stood as sponsor on September 15, 1734 for a child of Johann Georg Quickel. Nine days later he took part in the attack on the Lancaster County Sheriff who was attempting to jail Jacob Lochman in the Pennsylvania-Maryland border dispute. Maria Barbara had one son by her first marriage, Henry Firor, who in 1757 married Magdalena, daughter of the above Johann Jacob Matthias.

      On August 9, 1738, less than four months after the Weller-Willheut marriage, Jacob Willer had his first land surveyed in present-day Frederick County. Called "Taylor's Lot," it had its beginning point "in the backlands of the border of the Province on the west side of Monocacy River on Great Hunting Creek." This placed it about a mile and a half north of Michael Reisner's plantation of "Green Spring" which was surveyed on the same day. In today's terms, Weller's land lay in the general Thurmont area between Blue Mount and Moser Roads, west of Jimtown cross roads. In 1743 Weller had another survey made, which lay between his earlier survey and Reisner's 1743 "Smith's Lot." This he called "Taylor's Piglison." In 1745 he located "Taylor's Shears" midway between present-day Thurmont and Jimtown, and in 1752 he added "Taylor's Bodkin" near the wagon road which is now the Jimtown-Thurmont road. Weller called this the "road that goes from Fredericktown to Ambrose's mill." Finally, in 1755 he had "Taylor's Needle" surveyed at Jimtown crossroads itself.

      Joh. Jacob Weller and his wife Maria Barbara had their first child Johann Jacob baptized on June 15, 1739, probably at Codorus, although St??ver was in the Monocacy area two days later. On September 27, 1741 they were present for the baptism of Maria Barbara's nephew Johann Jacob Koger. When the Frederick Lutheran Church Book was begun, they appear as Lutheran sponsors for daughters of Mateus Ambrose on June 13, 1743 and Jacob Mateus on March 29, 1744. The 1744 baptism of their own daughter Elisa Juliyana is also entered in the Frederick Lutheran record. But Weller was not a contributor to the Frederick Lutheran Church Book begun in 1742, and he did not sign the 1747 Articles of Pastor Muhlenberg. Instead, after the arrival of Laurentius Nyberg in 1744 he aligned himself more and more with the faction which eventually split away to form the Moravian congregation at Graceham. Early meetings were held at the Weller home. Following a visit in 1747 by Weller and his friend John Jacob Matthias, Daniel Dulany in Annapolis made provision for the grant of ten acres for the new congregation. The resulting parcel, appropriately named "Gift," was surveyed on July 3, 1747 by Thomas Cresap for Dulany, who then assigned the certificate to Jacob Matthias "in trust for Matthias Keitz [Reuz] and his successors." The lot was patented on November 5, 1751, and its site is occupied today by the Graceham Moravian Church, about a mile and a half northeast of Jimtown crossroads and a similar distance east of the center of Thurmont.

      Johann Jacob Weller is frequently mentioned in accounts of the travels of early Moravian missionaries. In 1748, for example, Matthias Gottlieb Gottschalk summarized a list of places where the Moravians would be welcome. "In Manakasy," he wrote, "Are two places where we can preach. The usual place is Mr. Weller's. Across the Manakasy a few German families live, about ten, who would perhaps like to hear a sermon. A man called Ellrod, whom I visited there, will be able to give more information. Captain Ogle and Jacob Weller are both very dear hosts of the Brethren. It would perhaps be a blessing to Mr. Weller's house if Brother Joseph [Spangenberg] would lodge there occasionally." Later, in August 1748, Brother Joseph did visit Weller. In October 1749 the missionaries Schnell and Brandm??ller spent nearly a week at the home of Jacob W??ller on their way to Virginia. Schnell reported preaching on the morning of October 22nd, then baptizing Jacob W??ller's daughter Mary Magdalena and his brother [sic] Johann W??ller's son Johannes. Two days were spent visiting people in the surrounding neighborhood. On October 25th a gathering of 34 souls assembled at W??ller's home. Philip Gr??ber's son Philip Ernst was baptized then, and plans for building a school house were discussed.

      It was not until October 8-9, 1758 that the Moravian congregation was formally organized. Among the communicants or probationers at the Sunday service were John Jacob Weller and his new wife Elisabeth Krieger (Maria Barbara had died in 1755), George Gump and his wife Rosina Mack, Lawrence Krieger and his wife Maria Elisabeth Hahn, Leonard Moser and wife Maria Sarah, Caspar Schmidt and wife Christina, George Harbaugh and wife Catharine, Lorentz Protzman and his wife Maria Elisabeth, and Peter Williar and his wife Elisabetha Magdalena Schlim. On Monday, October 9th, George Harbaugh and Lorenz Protzman were elected stewards of the congregation.
    Person ID I22580  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 

    Family 1 Maria Barbara WILLHEIT,   b. Bef 9 Mar 1714, Schwaigern, Present-Day Heilbronn, Baden-W??rttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1754, Frederick County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1738  Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F9952  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anna Margrethe KUEHN,   d. Bef 21 Apr 1738, Skippack, Philadelphia [now Montgomery] County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1726  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F9956  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Anna Elizabeth KRIEGER,   b. Abt 1719, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1800, Frederick County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married 13 Aug 1755  Frederick County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2018 11:25:31 
    Family ID F9957  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart