Tuesday, June 28, 2005

F. F. Weissgerber Career Timeline

Life and Career of Rev F. F. Weissgerber (Frederick Ferdinand)

Born February 23, 1815, early at 7 o’clock at Meuselwitz
3rd of 6 sons.
Father: Christian Gottfried Weissgerber, coppersmith
Mother Johanne Sophie Weissgerber, née Fritsche
From 1830 to 1835 attended school (Gymnasium)
Obtained a scholarship to study theology at Jena in
1849 and 1850 in Altenburg, preacher and representative in the Altenburger council
(for early life see below, sources from Altenburg)
immigrated to the US 5 Aug 1851

Married Caroline Sophia (sometime before Henry's birth, ca. 1854, but after 1851 he immigrated alone)
Children: Henry [died young], August, Louis, Caroline, Earnest, William, Emma, Bertha, Fredrick, and Franklin (10 in all)
1854 Membership application, Evangelical Synod of the West?
Pastor at Terstegen settlement (today Lippe?), IN, & was presented by Pastor Binner?
1854-1858 - IN, Posey cty, Lippe (Henry and August)
United Evangelical Zion church (see Friedensbote Jun. 1, 1856)
1858-1861 - Ohio, Monroe cty, Switzerland twp. (Louis '59, Caroline '60)
St. John's United Church-Christ
1861, August - OH, Auglaize cty, New Bremen.
1861-1864 - OH, Stark cty, Massilon
St. John's
1864 - IA, Muscatine (William)
1866-1869 - IN, Dubois cty, Huntingburg -
Salem United Church of Christ
originally: "German Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Church"
1870 - OH, Monroe cty, Malaga or Miltonsburg
St. Peter's Evangelical Reformed Church
1871-1873 - OH, Seneca cty, Tiffen
Originally: "German Evangelical st. John's Congregation"
1873-1875 - OH, Hardin cty, Kenton
St. John's United Church
1875-1878 – OH, Shelby County, Sidney
St. Paul's Evangelical
1878 – 1883?
St. Peter's at Wine Hill
1883 listed as being at Golden, IL, Adams County in Wartburg Synod meeting 1883
1884 listed as being at Wine Hill, IL in Wartbung Synod meeting 1884 but that he was installed as Pastor it Indian Creek, IL (perhaps in White county)
Member of the Evangelical Synod of the West 1854-1872. Rev W is mentioned in "Friedensbote" from 1855-1871. Note: Rev W was president of the Eastern District of the Evangelical Synod of the West from ca 1859-1863, perhaps longer.
Listed in Evangelical Lutheran Almanac as being in the German Maryland Synod from 1872 - 1878.
Was member of the Wartburg Synod from 1879-1886. (Synod was formed in 1875)
It seems to have been more conservative and thus there may be records in the LCMS not in ELCA.
Died: Sept 8, 1886 at Wine Hill, Illinois,
Obit: Lutheran Almanac
Obit2: Lutheran Observer, Oct 29, 1886 (“Deaths - Rev. F. F. Weissgerber, Chicago, Illa. formerly of the Wartburg Synod.”)
Census: 1860, 1870, 1880


from: Thüringisches Staatsarchiv Altenburg
Record: Kulturmin. Nr. 8430; 1836; Num.: 241

Record: AG Meuselwitz Abt. C loc. IV Nr. 37; Im Jahr 1815

1860 US Census
Monroe Cty
Switzerland township
Series M653
Roll 1012
Page 335

1870 US Census
Monroe cty
Malaga Township
Series M593
Roll 1245
Page 149

1880 US Census
Illinois, Randolph cty
Wine Hill Precinct
Page 18
District 104


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