WEIDENHAMER, John Adam

WEIDENHAMER, John Adam

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  • Name WEIDENHAMER, John Adam 
    Born 5 Apr 1836  Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • John Adam Weidenhamer, son of Jacob, was born April 5, 1836, in Berks county, Pa. and received a common school education. When fourteen he began clerking in his brother's store, and for some years during his earlier manhood he was engaged in farming in Limestone township, Montour county, whence he cameto Dewart, Northumberland county, in 1867, buying C. B. Reifsnyder's generalstore. He conducted that business until his removal to Watsontown in 1882, from which time until about six months before his death, when he retired, he had a general store at that place. He became widely known in that connection and was a respected citizen. In politics he was a Democrat, and he served several years as assessor of Delaware township. He died in 1899 in Sutton, W. Va., where he was visiting his son, Charles.

      On Nov. 1, 1859 Mr. Weidenhamer married Sarah Ann Deitzman of West Milton, and to them were born three children: Charles D., Horace G., and Walter L. Mr.Weidenhamer was a member of the Lutheran Church, to which his wife also belonged, and he served as deacon and elder.
    Biography
    • J. A. WEIDENHAMER, merchant, was born in Berkscounty, Pennsylvania. April 5, 1836, son of Jacob and Susanna (Dreibelbis)Weidenhamer. His father was a farmer by occupation. He died in 1863, and hiswife in 1887. They reared the following children: Wellington, a tanner andjustice of the peace in Montour county; Sarah, deceased; William; Daniel, ofMilton; John A.; Mary E., and Mouser, of Milton. The subject of our sketch waseducated at the common schools, and at the age of fourteen began clerking inhis brother's store. In 1867 he bought C. B. Reifsnyder's general store atDewart, Northumberland county, and in 1882 removed to Watsontown and opened ageneral store, where he has since been engaged in business. He was marriedNovember 1, 1859 to Sarah A. Deitzman, and they are the parents of threechildren: Charles D.; Horace G.; and Walter L. He and wife are members of theLutheran church, in which he has served in the office of deacon.
    Biography
    • Biography by Charles Datesman Weidenhamer, courtesy of Stanley Weidenhamer Nov., 2019: John Adam Weidenhamer, son of Jacob and Susanna (Dreibelbis) Weidenhamer, was born in Maidencreek Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, April 5,1836, and when but a baby he was taken by his parents (in 1837) to Limestoneville, Montour County, of the same state where he grew to manhood and where he attended what schools they had in the district and the McEwensville Academy. At the age of fourteen Mr. Weidenhamer clerked in the store of his father and brother Wellington Weidenhamer at Limestoneville, Penna. When sixteen years old he and his brother Daniel farmed the old homestead farm at Limestoneville, Penna. From 1854 to 1857 Mr. Weidenhamer clerked in S.L. Finney's store in Milton, Penna. From 1857 to 1860 he clerked for Jerome and Robert Datesman in West Milton, Penna. On November 1, 1859 Mr. Weidenhamer married Sarah Ann Datesman, a daughter of John Datesman, a prominent merchant and grain dealer of West Milton, Union County, Pennsylvania. After that they commenced housekeeping at Limestoneville, Penna. Mr. Weidenhamer farmed one of his father's farms in that section until 1865. In 1863 John was drafted for nine months service in the Army during the Civil War. On account of his personal financial interests and others for which he was responsible and to which it was advisable and necessary to give his personal attention, at the request of his father, he sent a substitute at a substantial cost. The substitute served loyally for the full nine months after which he was mustered out and returned to his home intact. In 1865 Mr. Weidenhamer was again drafted and had, (at many sacrifices) made all arrangements to serve and had traveled as far as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, when fortunately, peace was declared and the war ended. The father of Mr. Weidenhamer having died in 1863, the farms were sold and the estate therefore was settled in 1865, so he rented and moved to what was then known as the "Caldwell Farm" which was located about two miles north of Limestoneville, Pennsylvania. He lived and farmed until 1866. Early in January of 1867 he purchased from C. B. Reifsnyder a General Merchandising Store, located at Dewart, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, to which place he moved and took possession in February of the year 1867. He later bought the store property as well as the residence in which he lived, which had been the property of Christian Gosh. This residence was a large brick building and was one of the finest in the village. The store property also was a two story brick building and had a frame warehouse attached to it, all well adapted for carrying on the mercantile business. Mr. Weidenhamer continued this business until the spring of 1882, when he sold his residence and the store property as well as the stock of merchandise to Samuel I. Cooner, who clerked in the competing store of Abraham Benner, also of Dewart, PA. After Mr. Weidenhamer had disposed of his holdings in Dewart, Pa., he rented another store with the residence combined on the corner of Third and Main Streets in Watsontown, Penna. This being the same property and location in which Phillip Shay, one of the pioneer merchants of Watsontown, had lived and conducted his business of general merchandising for many years. Here Mr. Weidenhamer purchased an entire new stock of merchandise consisting of dry goods and notions, hats and caps, boots and shoes, ladies' coats, groceries, flour and feed and etc. He opened for business in April of 1882, continuing doing business at that place until 1890. In the fall of 1889 he bought what was then known as the William Dean property, which was located on the corner of Main and Fifth Streets of the same borough. This property consisted of a large ten room house erected on a lot 90 x 160 feet. On the west corner of the lot he had erected a large brick store building with a basement 25 x 120 feet. In the spring of 1890 Mr. Weidenhamer moved into this building and continued to do business at this stand until April 1899, when he sold the stock of merchandise and rented the store building to Jewett C. Fowler and S. Griggs Lantz, who operated the business under the firm name of Lantz and Fowler. In July of 1899 John went on a trip to Sutton, West Virginia to visit his son Charles D. Weidenhamer, who owned and was successfully conducting a General Merchandising business at that place. It was while visiting his son on Monday, August 7, 1889, he was suddenly taken ill with fecal impacting of the bowels. Three physicians, who were called to take care of him, were unable to remove or relieve the problem, which caused his death on Monday evening, August 14, 1899, just at sunset. Mr. Weidenhamer's wife and son, Horace Weidenhamer, had arrived at the home of Charles Weidenhamer, where lay the sick father, on Thursday preceding the day of his death. Charles Weidenhamer and the family was at his bed side at the time of his death. Mr. Weidenhamer's body was taken to Watsontown, Pennsylvania and there buried in the family lot on Thursday August 17, 1899. The services were conducted by the Reverend A. O. Mullen of the First Lutheran Church of Milton, Penna, of which Mr. Weidenhamer had been a member since 1867 and where he had served as a deacon for many years. He had also served as Superintendent of the Sabbath School of that church. Mr. Weidenhamer was a Democrat in politics but not a partisan. He was liberal to the needy and was highly regarded in the community where he lived. After the death of Mr. Weidenhamer his widow lived in the home at Watsontown, Penna., with her son Walter, where they remained until 1903 when the property was sold and the estate settled. She made her home with her son Charles, in West Virginia, and lived there until 1917. Then they moved to Washington D. C. where she continued to live with, her son, Charles until the time of her death, which occurred at the home of her son, Charles Weidenhamer, who was then living at 4606 16th Street N. W. Washington DC, on Friday August 13, 1926, at noon. Short services were held at the Weidenhamer residence in Washington Sunday evening August 15. Her remains were then taken to Watsontown, Penna., on Monday August 16, where further services were held in the Lutheran Church of which she was a member for many years. Interment was made in the Weidenhamer burial lot at Watsontown, Pa.
    _UID EAF7397D09F89B45B4DA68062DE6737A7409 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Buried Watsontown, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Watsontown Cemetery 
    Person ID I5534  Ancestry
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2019 

    Father WEIDENHAMER, Jacob D.,   b. 21 Mar 1797, Maidencreek Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1863  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother DREIBELBIS, Susannah K.,   b. 5 Oct 1805, Richmond Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1887, Derry Township, Montour, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married Jun 1825  Richmond Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1734  Group Sheet

    Family DATESMAN, Sarah Anna,   b. 26 Apr 1838, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1926, District of Columbia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 1 Nov 1859  Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. WEIDENHAMER, Charles Datesman,   b. 7 Feb 1861,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. WEIDENHAMER, Horace Gideon,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. WEIDENHAMER, Walter Lyon,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F2101  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S1036] Floyd's History of Northumberland County, PA 1911, Page 417.

    2. [S1121] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 1083.