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Wainwright, John   (1914 - 1970)
b. 18 FEB 1914
d. 15 JUN 1970

spouse: Boshart, Constance (1913 -1992)
-----child: Wainwright, M. (After 1930 - )
-----child: Wainwright, John Jr. (1937 - 1969)
-----child: Wainwright, M. (After 1950 - )



Wainwright, John Jr.  (1937 - 1969)
b. 13 APR 1937
d. 16 DEC 1969

father: Wainwright, John
mother: Boshart, Constance
spouse: Owen, D.
-----child: Wainwright, T. (After 1960 - )
-----child: Wainwright, A. (After 1960 - )
-----child: Wainwright, M. (After 1960 - )



Wallick, Charles S. "Pop"   (1904 - 1972)
b. 06 OCT 1904, Peru, Miami Co., IN
d. 21 AUG 1972, Miami Co., IN
buried: Reyburn Cemetery

father: Wallick, Charles Milo (1877 - 1958)
mother: Schrock, Mamie
spouse: Rabe, Viola (1906 - 1980)
m. 25 OCT 1924

-----child: Wallick, daughter (married Frank Midolo)
-----child: Wallick, Charles
-----child: Wallick, William



Walter, Amanda Bertha   (1879 - 1955)
b. 09 JUL 1879, Somerset Co., PA
d. 28 DEC 1955, Johnstown, PA

father: Walter, Charles (1843 - ??)
mother: Miller, Rachel
spouse: Zimmerman, Robert (1875 - 1908)
m. 11 AUG 1901, PA
-----child: Zimmerman, Charles Emanuel (1902 - 1933) (married Ruth Palliser)
-----child: Zimmerman, Amanda Alverta (1905 - 1982)
-----child: Zimmerman, Annie Irene (1907 - ??) (married __ Landis)
-----child: Zimmerman, Eugene Walter (1909 - 1991) (married Eleanor Witt)
spouse: Kipp, William



Walter, Elsie Jeannettie   (1885 - 1972)
b. 17 MAR 1885, Somerset Co., PA
d. 13 APR 1972

father: Walter, Charles (1843 - ??)
mother: Miller, Rachel
spouse: Gaudig, Charles Henry (1877 - 1957)
m. 1903, Somerset Co., PA
-----child: Gaudig, Charles Walter (1906 - 1979) (married Anna Margarette Hill)
-----child: Gaudig, Nova Mardalle (1912 - 2004)



Walter, Ida Clarissa May   (1876 - ??)
b. 19 MAR 1876, Somerset Co., PA

father: Walter, Charles (1843 - ??)
mother: Miller, Rachel
spouse: Shull, Joseph Henry (1872 - 1909)
m. 1895, Somerset Co., PA
-----child: Shull, Jesse Charles (1895 - 1975)
-----child: Shull, Earl Jacob (1898 - 1986) (married Gracie Little)
-----child: Shull, Elsie May (1902 - ??)
-----child: Shull, Lester William (1904 - 1964)
-----child: Shull, Stella Elizabeth (1906 - ??)
spouse: Keim, Mahlon



Walliser, Catharine   (1881 - 1968)
b. 9 JUL 1881
d. JUL 1968, Emporia, Kansas

father: Walliser, Jacob
mother: Rich, Mary
spouse: Brewer, Edward (1877 - ??)
m. 6 NOV 1901
-----child: Brewer, Mary (1902 - ??)
-----child: Brewer, William (1904 - 1970)
-----child: Brewer, Eugene (1908 - 1987)



Walliser, Jacob   (1850 - 1901)
b. 16 MAR 1850, Germanville, Iowa
d. 21 JAN 1901

spouse: Rich, Mary (1857 - 1947)
m. 4 FEB 1875
-----child: Walliser, George
-----child: Walliser, John (1878 - 1935)
-----child: Walliser, Catherine (1881 - 1968)



Walliser, John   (1878 - 1935)
b. 19 OCT 1878
d. 12 SEP 1935

father: Walliser, Jacob
mother: Rich, Mary
spouse: Brewer, Bessie (1884 - 1983)
-----child: Walliser, Mary
-----child: Walliser, Carol
-----child: Walliser, John



Warner, DeMain   (1895 - 1983)
b. 28 SEP 1895, Elkhart Co., IN
d. 26 APR 1983, Topeka, IN
buried: Oak Ridge Cemetery

father: Warner, Elias (1869 - 1906)
mother: Plank, Adaline "Addie"
spouse: Keim, Hazel (1894 - 1975)
m. 19 OCT 1920
-----child: Warner, Genevieve (married K. M. Lehman)
-----child: Warner, Philip T.
spouse: Reynolds, Vida (1894 - 1982)
m. 27 OCT 1976



Watson, Nina   (1910 - 1990)
b. 6 FEB 1910, Croswell, Michigan
d. 1 NOV 1990

spouse: Ramseyer, Gordon (1909 - 1990)
m. 29 SEP 1934
-----child: Ramseyer, M. (After 1935 - )
-----child: Ramseyer, D. (After 1935 - )
-----child: Ramseyer, L. (After 1940 - )



Weaver, Arthur L.   (1917 - 1999)
b. 12 SEP 1917
d. 04 FEB 1999, Elkhart Co., IN

father: Weaver, Clarence C.
mother: Blosser, Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1892 - 1962)
spouse: Kilmer, Mary Jane
-----child: Weaver, F. (married __ Grill)
-----child: Weaver, L.



Weaver, Betty J.   (1929 - 2008)
b. 12 JAN 1929, Elkhart Co., IN
d. 01 OCT 2008, Elkhart Co., IN
buried: Prairie Street Cemetery

father: Weaver, George W. (1889 - 1953)
mother: Hostetler, Keturah
spouse: Dohner, ___
-----child: Dohner, Cynthia (1949 - 1982) (married __ Cassell)



Weaver, Clarence C.   (1888 - 1975)
b. 11 SEP 1888, IN
d. 18 AUG 1975, Sarasota, FL
buried: Midway Mennonite Cemetery

father: Weaver, Christian S. (1854 - 1929)
mother: Schrock, Lucinda
spouse: Blosser, Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1892 - 1962)
m. 04 MAR 1915
-----child: Weaver, Arthur L. (1917 - 1999)
-----child: Weaver, Paul E.
-----child: Weaver, Helen (married Carl Lehman)



Weaver, Eldon M.   (1925 - 2005)
b. 18 DEC 1925, KS
d. 12 JUN 2005, Sedgwick Co., KS

father: Weaver, William Albert (1883 - 1957)
mother: Miller, Barbara Ellen "Ella"
spouse: ___, Eva Jean
-----child: Weaver, D.
-----child: Weaver, M. (married J. Laham)



Weaver, Elizabeth   (1885 - 1973)
b. 18 AUG 1885, St. Joseph Co., IN
d. JAN 1973 Elkhart Co., IN

father: Weaver, Moses (1836 - ??)
mother: Miller, Lydia
spouse: Defrees, Samuel (1877 - ??)
m. 09 NOV 1877, IN
-----child: Defrees, Bessie (1907 - ??)
-----child: Defrees, Laura (1913 - ??)
-----child: Defrees, Betty J. (1925 - 2008)



Weaver, Evelyn L.   (1917 - 2003)
b. 27 JUN 1917, Geistown, PA
d. 30 JUN 2003, Stoystown, PA
buried: Odd Fellow Cemetery, Stoystown, PA

father: Weaver, Alonzo (1885 - 1957)
mother: Hoffman, Lydia
spouse: Miller, Harold L. "Dutch"
-----child: Miller, I. G. (married J. Wilt)
-----child: Miller, B. (married K. Peterson)
-----child: Miller, P. (married D. Maust)
-----child: Miller, D. (married D. W. Miller)
-----child: Miller, D. (married R. Musser)



Weaver, Grace Arlene   (1918 - 1999)
b. 28 JAN 1918, Millersburg, OH
d. 16 AUG 1999, Holmes Co., OH
buried: Martin's Creek Mennonite Cemetery

father: Weaver, Eli J. (1891 - 1954)
mother: Hershberger, Mary Ann
spouse: Gerber, Dean
-----child: Gerber, M. (married __ Yoder)
-----child: Gerber, C. (married __ Christner)
-----child: Gerber, P.
-----child: Gerber, W. (married __ Mullet)
-----child: Gerber, D.
-----child: Gerber, D.
-----child: Gerber, J. (married __ Shoup)



Weaver, Marilyn Maxine   (1924 - 2006)
b. 18 AUG 1924, Elkhart Co., IN
d. 16 AUG 2006, Elkhart Co., IN

father: Weaver, George W. (1889 - 1953)
mother: Hostetler, Keturah
spouse: Spencer, Robert (1921 - 1983)
-----child: Spencer, G.
-----child: Spencer, M.
-----child: Spencer, J. (married M. Osborn)
-----child: Spencer, R. (married __ Wiswell)
spouse: Dohner, James "Hap" (1921 - 1993)



Weaver, Mattie L.   (1877 - 1943)
b. 30 AUG 1877, St. Joseph Co., IN
d. 18 MAR 1943, Elkhart Co., IN

father: Weaver, Moses (1836 - ??)
mother: Miller, Lydia
spouse: Stump, Lewis (1874 - 1929)
m. 21 JUL 1904, Warsaw Co., IN
-----child: Stump, Willard B. (1909 - 1968)
-----child: Stump, Paulina (1913 - ??)
-----child: Stump, Lydia (1919 - ??)



Weaver, Melvin C.   (1899 - 1976)
b. 13 FEB 1899, Parkman, OH
d. 11 JUN 1976, Youngstown, OH
buried: Midway Mennonite Cemetery

father: Weaver, Christian S. (1854 - 1929)
mother: Schrock, Lucinda
spouse: Lehman, Alta (1904 - 1996)
m. 29 JUL 1925
-----child: Weaver, Ingoldsby "Goldie" (1926 - 2006)
-----child: Weaver, Richard
-----child: Weaver, Parthenia (married __ Meade)
-----child: Weaver, Hazel (married __ Wakeman)
-----child: Weaver, Lucinda (married __ Curtulla)



Weaver, Paul Elbert   (1916 - 1981)
b. 23 FEB 1916, Elkhart Co., IN
d. 18 MAY 1981, Elkhart Co., IN
buried: Rice Cemetery

father: Weaver, George W. (1889 - 1953)
mother: Hostetler, Keturah
spouse: Pipher, Kathryn J. (1918 - 1996)
m. 02 FEB 1939, Elkhart Co., IN
-----child: Weaver, R.
-----child: Weaver, R.
-----child: Weaver, William L. (1941 - 1979)



Weaver, Ralph E.   (1916 - 1992)
b. 16 NOV 1916, Millersburg, OH
d. 11 JUN 1992, Sarasota, FL
buried: Martin's Creek Mennonite Cemetery

father: Weaver, Eli J. (1891 - 1954)
mother: Hershberger, Mary Ann
spouse: Wengerd, Phyllis Irene (1920 - 1979)
m. 12 MAY 1949
-----child: Weaver, D.
-----child: Weaver, D.
-----child: Weaver, W. (married D. Hoover)
-----child: Weaver, Wilma
spouse: Lederman, Catherine M.



Weaver, Richard D. "Jake"   (1921 - 2002)
b. 14 JAN 1921, Elkhart Co., IN
d. 18 AUG 2002, South Bend, IN
buried: Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola

father: Weaver, George W. (1889 - 1953)
mother: Hostetler, Keturah
spouse: Eley, Lillie B. "Ann"
m. 15 JAN 1941
-----child: Weaver, J. L.
-----child: Weaver, T. L.
-----child: Weaver, R. D.
-----child: Weaver, G. D.



Weaver, Roy Lester   (1912 - 1988)
b. 05 OCT 1912, Somerset Co., PA
d. 05 APR 1988, Scalp Level, PA
buried: Odd Fellow Cemetery, Stoystown, PA

father: Weaver, Alonzo (1885 - 1957)
mother: Hoffman, Lydia
spouse: Miller, Vietta (1913 - 1991)
-----child: Weaver, A. G. (married D. Lohr)
-----child: Weaver, S. (married G. Shultz)
-----child: Weaver, W.



Weaver, Velma F.   (1913 - 2004)
b. 01 DEC 1913, Hesston, KS
d. 22 FEB 2004, Sedgwick Co., KS
buried: Spring Valley Cemetery

father: Weaver, William Albert (1883 - 1957)
mother: Miller, Barbara Ellen "Ella"
spouse: Marks, ____
-----child: Marks, C. D.
-----child: Marks, W. G.
-----child: Marks, G. D.



Weibel, Loretta   (1905 - )
b. 1905

spouse: Litwiller, John (1907 - 1972)
m. 6 APR 1931
-----child: Litwiller, M. (After 1930 - )
-----child: Litwiller, D. (After 1935 - )
-----child: Litwiller, M. (After 1935 - )
-----child: Litwiller, A. (After 1940 - )
-----child: Litwiller, J. (After 1940 - )
-----child: Litwiller, G. (After 1950 - )



Weiss, Edna   (1887 - 1975)
b. 15 NOV 1887, Holmes Co., OH
d. 23 JUN 1975, Wayne Co., OH

father: Weiss, Absalom Bitikofer (1856 - 1930)
mother: Hoerger, Emily Ann
spouse: Septer, Daniel Harry (1862 - 1926)
spouse: Schaffter, Harry (1882 - 1952) (OH Death Certificate)
m. 11 OCT 1911
-----child: Schaffter, Rex (1912 - 1986)
-----child: Schaffter, Dorothy (1915 - ??)
-----child: Schaffter, Kathryn (1918 - ??)
-----child: Schaffter, Norman Paul (1920 - 1939) (OH Death Certificate)
-----child: Schaffter, Elouisa
-----child: Schaffter, Richard
-----child: Schaffter, Yvonne



Welch, Blanch   (1888 - 1988)
b. 28 JUN 1888, Emporia, Kansas
d. 11 JAN 1988

father: Welch, George
mother: Rich, Christena
spouse: Baysinger, Roy (1881 - 1933)
m. 27 APR 1910
-----child: Baysinger, A. (After 1915 - )
-----child: Baysinger, K. (After 1915 - )
-----child: Baysinger, R. (After 1920 - )
-----child: Baysinger, M. (After 1925 - )



Welch, Francis   (1895 - ??)
b. 21 AUG 1895

father: Welch, George
mother: Rich, Christena
spouse: Greer, Esther (1898 - 2001)
m. 2 JUN 1923
-----child: Welch, F. (After 1925 - )
-----child: Welch, J. (After 1935 - )



Welch, George   (1855 - 1945)
b. 7 AUG 1855
d. 27 NOV 1945

spouse: Rich, Christena (1860 - 1937)
m. 24 DEC 1884
-----child: Welch, Blanch (1888 - 1988)
-----child: Welch, Earl (1890 - ??)
-----child: Welch, Pearl (1890 - ??)
-----child: Welch, Lucille
-----child: Welch, Francis (1895 - ??)



Welch, Lucille
father: Welch, George
mother: Rich, Christena
spouse: Gilbert, Clinton (1892 - ??)
-----child: Gilbert, N. (After 1910 - )
-----child: Gilbert, J. (After 1915 - )



Welch, Pearl   (1890 - ??)
b. 3 MAY 1890

father: Welch, George
mother: Rich, Christena
spouse: Robinson, F. P. Dr.
m. 26 JUL 1913
-----child: Robinson, F. (After 1910 - )
-----child: Robinson, E. (After 1915 - )
-----child: Robinson, Christine (1916 - 1944)



Wenger, Allen   (1894 - 1980)
b. 29 MAR 1894, Wayland, Iowa
d. 24 FEB 1980, Henry County, Iowa

father: Wenger, Christian C.
mother: Allen, Ella
spouse: Miller, Izyel (1896 - 1979)
m. 25 JUL 1917, Olds, Iowa
-----child: Wenger, Jackson (1919 - 1998)
-----child: Wenger, T. (After 1920 - )
-----child: Wenger, C. (After 1920 - )



Wenger, Anna   (1831 - 1885)
b. 10 AUG 1831
d. 25 JUL 1885, Washington County, Iowa

father: Wenger, Christian
mother: Roth, Mary
spouse: Eicher, Christian C. (1821 - 1896)
-----child: Eicher, John W. (1853 - 1890)
-----child: Eicher, Mary "Maria" (1855 - 1939)
-----child: Eicher, Christian W. (1856 - 1901)
-----child: Eicher, Kathryn (1858 - 1927)
-----child: Eicher, Barbara (1860 - 1927)
-----child: Eicher, Anna (1862 - 1891)
-----child: Eicher, Maggie W. (1864 - 1894)
-----child: Eicher, Joseph W. (b. 16 MAR 1867 d. 4 FEB 1924)
-----child: Eicher, Benedict W. (b. 28 APR 1868 d. 24 JAN 1951)
-----child: Eicher, David (1871 - 1875)
-----child: Eicher, Lydia (b. 16 JUN 1873 d. 9 APR 1960)



Wenger, Anna   (1866 - 1942)
b. 23 APR 1866, near Wayland, Iowa
d. 14 APR 1942, Wayland, Iowa

father: Wenger, Joseph
mother: Roth, Elizabeth
spouse: Leichty, Christian K. (1863 - 1947)
m. 15 FEB 1894
-----child: Leichty, Edd (1896 - 1967)
-----child: Leichty, Otto (1900 - 1981)
-----child: Leichty, Herman (1902 - 1978)
-----child: Leichty, Mary (1907 - 1909)
-----child: Leichty, Addie Ann (1909 - )



Wenger, Baja   (1892 - 1933)
b. 11 JAN 1892
d. 2 JUN 1933

father: Wenger, Christian C.
mother: Allen, Ella
spouse: Severt, Ross (1892 - ??)
m. 30 AUG 1914
-----child: Severt, R. (After 1915 - )



Wenger, Barbara   (1874 - 1965)
b. 13 AUG 1874, near Wayland, Iowa
d. 25 DEC 1965

father: Wenger, Joseph
mother: Roth, Elizabeth
spouse: Conrad, Joseph (1870 - 1935)
m. 1 SEP 1895
-----child: Conrad, Hugh (1898 - 1985)



Wenger, Barbara   (1846 - 1918)
b. 16 JUL 1846
d. 16 DEC 1918

father: Wenger, Christian
mother: Roth, Mary
spouse: Schlatter, Christian (1842 - 1926)
m. 22 NOV 1866
-----child: Schlatter, Mary (1867 - 1971)
-----child: Schlatter, Joseph (1871 - 1897)
-----child: Schlatter, Lena (1874 - 1943)
-----child: Schlatter, Christian (1877 - 1963)
-----child: Schlatter, John (1879 - 1882)
-----child: Schlatter, Edward (1883 - 1911)



Wenger, Barbara Irene   (1896 - 1988)
b. 20 SEP 1896, McPherson Co., KS
d. 28 OCT 1988, Albany, Linn Co., OR
buried: Fairview Mennonite Church Cemetery

father: Wenger, Samuel (1846 - 1914)
mother: Landes, Elizabeth Ann
spouse: Garber, Ernest (1894 - 1987)
m. 30 AUG 1916
-----child: Garber, Robert
-----child: Garber, Leonard



Wenger, Benedict   (1848 - 1920)
b. 7 AUG 1848, Ontario, Canada
d. 5 JAN 1920, Iowa
burial: Sugar Creek Church Cemetery

father: Wenger, Christian
mother: Roth, Mary
spouse: Gingerich, Magdalena (1846 - 1903)
m. 13 MAY 1869
-----child: Wenger, Christian
-----child: Wenger, Magdalena
-----child: Wenger, Jacob (1873 - 1945)
-----child: Wenger, Peter (1875 - 1954)
-----child: Wenger, Ida (1881 - 1948)
-----child: Wenger, Samuel (1884 - 1966)
spouse: Bender, Catherine (1853 - 1917)
m. 15 JAN 1905



Wenger, Catherine "Katie"   (1843 - 1823)
b. 11 OCT 1843, New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada
d. 31 MAY 1923, Pulaski, Iowa

father: Wenger, Christian
mother: Roth, Mary
spouse: Miller, John (1836 - 1918)
m. 16 FEB 1864
-----child: Miller, Barbara (died young)
-----child: Miller, Marianne (died young)
-----child: Miller, Christian (died in infancy)
-----child: Miller, Anna (1867 - 1896)
-----child: Miller, Mary (1869 - 1953)
-----child: Miller, Magdalena "Mattie" (1871 - 1965)
-----child: Miller, Michael "Mike" (1872 - 1957)
-----child: Miller, Lucia (1875 - 1959)
-----child: Miller, John (died young)
-----child: Miller, Ella (1882 - 1962)
-----child: Miller, Guy (1884 - ??)
-----child: Miller, Andrew (1886 - 1929)



Wenger, Christian   (1799 - 1882)
b. 2 DEC 1799, Basel, Switzerland
d. 9 APR 1882, Wayland, Iowa
burial: Joseph Sommers burying ground

father: Wenger, Johannes
mother: Zimmerman, Katharina (died 1815)
NOTE: Christian and Mary came over on the ship "Normandie" leaving from Havre, France and arriving in Canada on April 10, 1835. They lived in the Hamburg, Ontario, Canada area for 17 years. They moved to Washington, Iowa in 1852.

spouse: Roth, Mary (1807 - 1867)
m. 7 SEP 1830, Burgfelden, Elsass
-----child: Wenger, Anna (1831 - 1885)
-----child: Wenger, John (1832 - ??)
-----child: Wenger, Christian (1833 - 1912)
-----child: Wenger, Nicholas (1835 - 1862)
-----child: Wenger, Joseph (1837 - 1917)
-----child: Wenger, Mary (1840 - 1904)
-----child: Wenger, Magdalena (1842 - 1883)
-----child: Wenger, Catherine "Katie" (1843 - 1923)
-----child: Wenger, Barbara (1846 - 1918)
-----child: Wenger, Benedict (1848 - 1920)



Wenger, Christian   (1833 - 1912)
b. 28 OCT 1833, Basel, Switzerland
d. 14 OCT 1912, Iowa
burial: North Hill Cemetery

father: Wenger, Christian
mother: Roth, Mary
spouse: Goldsmith, Elizabeth (1838 - 1914)
m. 31 DEC 1857
-----child: Wenger, Joseph (1859 - 1892)
-----child: Wenger, Christian C. (1860 - 1940)
-----child: Wenger, Samuel (1861 - 1937)
-----child: Wenger, Jacob (1863 - 1928)
-----child: Wenger, Elizabeth (1865 - 1941)
-----child: Wenger, John (1867 - 1937)
-----child: Wenger, Daniel (1868 - 1940)
-----child: Wenger, Henry (1870 - 1934)
-----child: Wenger, Ella (1873 - 1963)
-----child: Wenger, Levi (1875 - 1938)

Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa...
Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888. Evansville: Unigraphic, 1976 [Reprint]
pp 605

CHRISTIAN WENGER, a farmer residing on section 10, Jefferson Township, was born in Switzerland in 1833, and is a son of Christian and Mary (Roth) Wenger. In 1852 he became a citizen of Washington County, Iowa, his father at that time being a man of limited means, who had worked hard in Canada to make a home. He reared a large family, and his descendants are worthy and most highly respected. Christian Wenger was married in this county to Elizabeth Goldsmith, in 1850, and at that time he had only money enough to buy what was needed to furnish his home, and pay the wedding expenses. His first farming was done in Washington County on rented land, and the next year he purchased 100 acres, going in debt for the whole amount, $1,600. Eight years he remained on that tract, paid for it and saved $1,000 more, with which he bought the eighty acres on which he now resides. From 1858 he has accumulated, by the hardest labor, 605 acres in this county, and the same farm in Washington County, upon which his first start in life was made. Mr. Wenger knows what hard times are, having sold wheat for forty cents, taking one-half in trade, hogs for $2, and corn by the thousands of bushels, at fifteen cents per bushel. His lands were bought at from $20 to $40 per acre, and the farms averaged $33 per acre. He began to raise stock soon after he commenced farming, but the first two years he had not enough to sell to pay the interest on his debts. Now all this is changed; on one of the best farms in the township he has erected fine buildings, and his farm almost resembles a village in itself from the number of barns and out-buildings, and the brick mansion was erected in 1875. Mr. Wenger is a large breeder of horses, and now owns thirty head. His stallions are all imported and are four in number, three of them prize winners. They are valued at $6,000. Prefer, a four-year-old gray, took at the exposition in France, when one year old, the gold medal, which Mr. Wenger has in his possession. Duke, a Clyde stallion, likewise took the medal in Canada, from which place Mr. Wenger brought him. In fact, he is owner of more fine stallions than any farmer in Henry County. Mr. Wenger is the largest land-owner, and the heaviest taxpayer in Jefferson Township, which is saying much for a man who came a few years ago from Switzerland without a dollar, and his sons are rapidly developing into the best of business men. A new daughter was recently welcomed into the family, Katie Henss, who wedded Joseph, the eldest son, mention of whom is elsewhere made.

To complete the history of the family, we add the sketch of Joseph Goldsmith, the father of Mrs. Wenger. Rev. Joseph Goldsmith was one of the first ministers of the Mennonite faith in Iowa, and was the second in Lee, and the first in this county to organize a church. The Trenton Church is made mention of in the sketch of the Rev. Sebastian Gerig, and no man was more widely known in this part of the State, during his lifetime, than Rev. Goldsmith. For more than a half century he was an active and faithful member in the cause of religion, much of which time was spent as an itinerant minister. In Canada West he began preaching, having united with the church in Lancaster County, Pa. Both himself and his wife were born in Germany, were married in Lancaster County, Pa., and were the parents of twelve children, of whom one is now deceased. Elizabeth Miller became the wife of Joseph Goldsmith in 1823, and for fifty-three years she was to him a loving and devoted wife. The death of Rev. Joseph Goldsmith occurred in April, 1876; his widow, yet surviving, is now in her eighty-first year. The family first left Pennsylvania and located in Canada; from thence they removed to Butler County, Ohio. From that county and State they came to Iowa, making first a home in Lee County, settling there in the spring of 1837. The last residence of the family was in Trenton Township. The Rev. Goldsmith made a fine farm in Lee County, placing every stick upon it, and erected fine buildings. As the children grew to maturity, they aided largely in the work. The farm in Trenton Township was partly improved, and the removal made in the spring of 1845. Their children were named: John, now husband of Barbara Slonecher; Catherine, who wedded Joseph Oxlenger, of Butler County, Ohio, is the only child deceased; Lydia yet unmarried, resides with her widowed mother at Wayland; Benjamin married Martha Houder, and resides in Trenton; Joseph married Magdalene Kinsinger, and resides in Butler County; Elizabeth is the wife of Christian Wenger, Sr.; Christian is married, and resides in Butler County, Ohio; Peter married Eva Summers, and resides near Cheyenne, Wyo.; Jacob married Lena Schonta, and resides in Wayne Township, Henry County; Nancy married Michael Roth, a resident of Jefferson Township; Magdalene is the wife of Rev. Sebastian Gerig, whose history appears elsewhere in this work; Fannie is the wife of Rev. Joseph Gengerich, of Johnson County, Iowa.



Wenger, Christian C.   (1860 - 1940)
b. 16 AUG 1860
d. 24 MAY 1940

father: Wenger, Christian
mother: Goldsmith, Elizabeth
spouse: Allen, Ella (1872 - 1948)
m. 6 DEC 1887
-----child: Wenger, Stella (1889 - 1971)
-----child: Wenger, Baja (1892 - 1933)
-----child: Wenger, Allen (1894 - 1980)

Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa...
Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888. Evansville: Unigraphic, 1976 [Reprint]
pp 333

WENGER BROS., general merchants. The most enterprising firm of young men in the village of Wayland are the brothers, Joseph and Christian C. Wenger, both born in Washington County, Iowa, and are the two eldest sons of Christian and Elizabeth (Goldsmith) Wenger. Christian was born in Switzerland and is a son of Christian and Mary (Roth) Wenger, who emigrated from Germany to Hamburg, Canada, and thence to Washington County, Iowa, making the journey with a team passing through Chicago when that now great city was a village but a trifle larger than Wayland. Settling in 1832, in Marion Township, Washington Co., Iowa, the grandsire of our subject purchased a claim, upon which stood a small cabin and later entered the lands. This family were among the first settlers in that county, and both lived and died upon the farm which they had put in fine cultivation. His wife reached sixty, and Christian Wenger, Sr., the ripe age of eighty-three years. All their children but the three eldest were born in Canada, and came with them to Iowa, and perhaps no better family has ever settled in her boundary. We are pleased to make separate mention of each: John married Mary Ernst; Christian, father of our subject, wedded Elizabeth Goldsmith; Nicholas died unmarried; Joseph married Elizabeth Roth; Benjamin became the husband of Lena Gengerich; Annie married Christian Eicher; Mary wedded Joseph Rich; Lena wedded Christian Ernst, a brother of John's wife; Katie became the wife of John Miller, of Davis County; and Barbara became the wife of Christian Schlatter, the proprietor of the Wayland sawmills.

Under the name of Christian Wenger the further history of the family is given. His five eldest children were born in Washington County and are: Joseph, Christian, Samuel, Jacob and Lizzie, the latter the wife of Jacob Kabel. On the farm in Henry County, John, Daniel, Henry, Ella and Levi, were born. Samuel was educated at Howe's Academy, and has taught in the public schools of this county. The two eldest sons were educated in the schools of the township, but are brilliant business men, and their retail trade is successfully managed.

In 1881 Christian C. left the farm and in 1882, in company with Benjamin Gardiner, engaged in the mercantile trade. Their new store building was erected in 1883, but prior to its completion Joseph purchased the interest of Mr. Gardiner, and the firm was changed to Wenger Bros. The firm carry a full line of general merchandise and the largest stock in the northern part of the county, their stock invoicing over $6,000. Everything is of the best, and selling goods at the lowest living profit has given these young men a trade of over $10,000 per annum, and located as they are in the midst of an excellent agricultural region, their trade is constantly increasing. They are an honor to their parents, their village and their country, and to men of such business enterprise the growth and prosperity of Henry County is due. The wedding of Joseph, the elder member of this firm, was a brilliant affair, and was celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 27, 1887, the bride being Miss Katie, the handsome daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Henss, the veteran wagon-maker, and one of the wealthy men of Wayland. The young couple took a pleasant bridal tour, and are now cosily settled in Wayland, the birthplace of the bride, who has one of the best of husbands and a man in whom the public repose confidence. Christian C., the younger member of the firm, but the original partner of Mr. Gardiner, is also happily married, having, on Dec. 8, 1887, been united to Miss Ella, daughter of Isaac and Keziah Allen, of Wayland, of which place she is a native. She was educated in the schools of the village, and has always been regarded as one of the brightest and best of its daughters, as her husband is known as one of its most honorable and enterprising merchants.



Wenger, Christian   (1705 - 1783)
b. 1705
d. 1783, Guerzelen/Seftigen, Switzerland

father: Wenger, Peter (1665 - 1750)
mother: ????
spouse: Stauffer, Anna Marie
-----child: Wenger, Christian (1756 - 1824)
-----child: Wenger, Johannes



Wenger, Daniel   (1868 - 1940)
b. 8 OCT 1868
d. 25 MAR 1940

father: Wenger, Christian
mother: Goldsmith, Elizabeth
spouse: McClintic, Eva (1874 - ??)
m. 29 OCT 1890
-----child: Wenger, Harriet (1890 - 1955) (married James Crafton)
-----child: Wenger, Vere (1898 - 1979)



Wenger, Daniel Alpheus   (1883 - 1969)
b. 25 JAN 1883, McPherson Co., KS
d. 18 MAR 1969, Ceres, Stanislaus Co., CA

father: Wenger, Samuel (1846 - 1914)
mother: Landes, Elizabeth Ann
spouse: Schertz, Alta Mae (1889 - 1969) (CA Death Index)
-----child: Wenger, David (1914 - ??)
-----child: Wenger, Mary (1916 - ??)
-----child: Wenger, Ruth (1918 - ??)
-----child: Wenger, Lois (1922 - ??)
-----child: Wenger, Homer E. (1924 - 1997)
-----child: Wenger, Betty Irene



Wenger, David   (1887 - 1942)
b. 20 MAY 1887, near Wayland, Iowa
d. 27 MAR 1942

father: Wenger, Joseph
mother: Roth, Elizabeth
spouse: Roth, Katie (1894 - 1972)
m. 9 JAN 1913
-----child: Wenger, E. (After 1910 - )
-----child: Wenger, Orie Samuel (1915 - 1937)
-----child: Wenger, G. (After 1915 - )
-----child: Wenger, M. (After 1920 - )
-----child: Wenger, M. (After 1920 - )
-----child: Wenger, E. (After 1925 - )
-----child: Wenger, Daniel (1936 - 1936)



Wenger, Edith   (1902 - 1986)
b. 8 JAN 1902, Iowa
d. 30 MAY 1986, Kansas

father: Wenger, Peter
mother: Lodders, Emma
spouse: Preheim, Peter (1883 - 1966)
m. 21 DEC 1932
-----child: Preheim, B. (After 1930 - )
-----child: Preheim, P. (After 1935 - )
-----child: Preheim, A. (After 1935 - )
-----child: Preheim, Emma (1939 - 1975)
-----child: Preheim, J. (After 1940 - )



Wenger, Edna   (1903 - 1989)
b. 11 JAN 1903, Iowa
d. 30 JUN 1989, Kansas
burial: Sugar Creek Church Cemetery

father: Wenger, Jacob
mother: Conrad, Sarah
spouse: Eigsti, Emery (1899 - 1989)
m. 15 JAN 1925
-----child: Eigsti, O. (After 1920 - )
-----child: Eigsti, D. (After 1925 - )
-----child: Eigsti, M. (After 1925 - )
-----child: Eigsti, M. (After 1925 - )
-----child: Eigsti, Marilyn (1932 - 1933)



Wenger, Edward   (1882 - 1967)
b. 31 JUL 1882, near Wayland, Iowa
d. 17 JAN 1967, Wayland, Iowa

father: Wenger, Joseph
mother: Roth, Elizabeth
spouse: Good, Elizabeth (1882 - 1952)
m. 1 MAR 1906
-----child: Wenger, Elmer (1908 - 1909)
-----child: Wenger, Minnie (After 1905 - )
-----child: Wenger, F. (After 1910 - )
-----child: Wenger, M. (After 1915 - )
-----child: Wenger, C. (After 1920 - )



Wenger, Elizabeth   (1865 - 1941)
b. 17 FEB 1865
d. 26 JUL 1941

father: Wenger, Christian
mother: Goldsmith, Elizabeth
spouse: Koebel, Jacob (1860 - 1937)
m. 2 DEC 1884
-----child: Koebel, Elmer (1886 - 1887)
-----child: Koebel, Kathryn (1890 - ??)
-----child: Koebel, Lee (1897 - ??)



Wenger, Elizabeth   (1869 - 1950)
b. 28 OCT 1869, near Wayland, Iowa
d. 15 SEP 1950, Wayland, Iowa

father: Wenger, Joseph
mother: Roth, Elizabeth
spouse: Mast, Joseph (1862 - 1939)
m. 14 APR 1897
-----child: Mast, Ruth (1899 - ??) (adopted)



Wenger, Ella   (1873 - 1963)
b. 26 JAN 1873
d. 1963

father: Wenger, Christian
mother: Goldsmith, Elizabeth
spouse: Koebel, Joe (1865 - 1962)
m. 8 JAN 1892
-----child: Koebel, Clara (1892 - 1916) (m. Arthur Wyse)
-----child: Koebel, Mayme (1901 - 1974) (m. Milo Swartzendruber)
-----child: Koebel, Clarence (1908 - 1984)



Wenger, Elsie   (1898 - 1973)
b. 9 JUN 1898
d. MAY 1973

father: Wenger, Henry
mother: Freyenberger, Anna
spouse: Graber, Henry (1896 - 1989)
m. 8 MAY 1919
-----child: Graber, W. (After 1920 - )
-----child: Graber, D. (After 1920 - )
-----child: Graber, A. (After 1925 - )



Wenger, Emma   (1877 - 1944)
b. 11 MAR 1877, Wayland, Iowa
d. 19 JAN 1944, Wayland, Iowa

father: Wenger, Joseph
mother: Roth, Elizabeth
spouse: Leichty, Jacob (1877 - 1953)
m. 21 DEC 1899
NOTE: Emma and Jacob experienced great sorrow in their ninth year of marriage
when three of their four children died of diptheria within 22 days in Dec. 1908.

-----child: Leichty, Elizabeth (1900 - 1908)
-----child: Infant daughter (1902 - stillborn)
-----child: Leichty, Samuel (1904 - 1908)
-----child: Leichty, Mayme (1906 - 1975)
-----child: Leichty, Johnnie (1908 - 1908)
-----child: Leichty, Simon (1910 - 1986)
-----child: Leichty, Edna (1912 - 1914)
-----child: Infant son (1914 - stillborn)
-----child: Infant son (1915 - stillborn)
-----child: Infant son (1917 - stillborn)
-----child: Leichty, Leonard (1918 - 1986)



Wenger, Everett   (1914 - 1972)
b. 20 NOV 1914, Donnellson, Iowa
d. 3 OCT 1972, Tulsa, Oklahoma

father: Wenger, Samuel
mother: Rich, Elizabeth "Lizzie"
spouse: Hansberger, C. (After 1910 - )
m. 25 DEC 1939
-----child: Wenger, C. (After 1940 - )
-----child: Wenger, M. (After 1945 - )
-----child: Wenger, R. (After 1945 - )
-----child: Wenger, J. (After 1950 - )



Wenger, Ezra   (1892 - 1973)
b. 11 NOV 1892
d. 22 DEC 1973

father: Wenger, Samuel
mother: Beckler, Emma
spouse: Brooks, Mayme (1895 - 1965)
m. 27 JUN 1915
-----child: Wenger, John (1916 - 1992)
-----child: Wenger, H. (After 1920 - )
-----child: Wenger, W. (After 1920 - )
-----child: Wenger, V. (After 1930 - )



Wenger, Grace Irene   (1921 - 1987)
b. 13 MAR 1921, McPherson Co., KS
d. 30 MAR 1987, Denver Co., CO
buried: Crownhill Cemetery, Lakewood, CO

father: Wenger, Jonas E.
mother: Loucks, Anna (1888 - 1936)
spouse: Zook, Merle Kenneth (1928 - 2007)
m. 17 APR 1949
-----child: Zook, K. R.
-----child: Zook, L. G.
-----child: Zook, B. (married S. Swartzendruber)
-----child: Zook, R. (married M. Barber)




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