Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
SIMEON G. WELLER lives on a farm
two and one-half miles southwest from Leone, Adams county, Washington.
He was born on January 8, 1841, at Geneseo, New York, and was the son of
Peter R. and Margret (Allbright) Weller, the father a native of New Jersey
and the mother of Pennsylvania. While young the parents removed to
New York, settling in Livingstone county, where they lived the remainder
of their lives. The father was of English descent, while the mother's
ancestors were from Holland. Mr. Weller, senior, was a farmer by
occupation, was twice married and reared by his first marriage a family
of fourteen children and five by the second. The subject was the
eldest of the latter family, and his brothers and sisters are Martin, James,
Emma and Thomas B.
At the age of fifteen years young Simeon Weller
joined a party on its way to settle in a new section of the state of Iowa.
He arrived there in 1856 and remained four years, when he went to Pikes
Peak, Colorado, where he remained until 1863. He then went to the
territory of Idaho, where he was engaged in mining for twelve years, after
which time he returned to the east and lived the following eleven years.
In 1886 he came to Washington and the following year he filed a pre-emption
on the land where he now lives. He passed through the hard times
of 1893-94, suffering with the rest of the Big Bend farmers, but he is
now in well-to-do circumstances, owning his place and the proceeds of a
section of land which he rents. He also has a herd of well-bred cattle
and some horses, hogs, and so forth.
In 1876 Mr. Weller was married to Ada Lessy,
daughter of John and Angelia (Page) Lessy, the father a native of Connecticut
and the mother of New York. The parents of Mrs. Weller settled in
Brown county, Wisconsin, and there spent the greater portion of their lives
until they died.
To this union have been born two children,
Charles B., of Adams county, and Alice, married to Roy Hudleson, an Adams
county farmer. The latter has two children, Ruth and Sadie.
Mr. Weller is an active Democrat, but has
never held office, save that of a member of his school board. In
fraternity circles, he is known as a member of the F. and A. M. and of
the K. of P. The family belongs to the Church of Christ.