NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Franz Weber, grandfather of Henry F. Weber, was a son of Johann and Katherine (Vogt) Weber, and was born at Hainert, Germany, June 7, 1779. He married (first), June 2, 1807, Dorothea, who was born at Oberschwappach, Germany, July 4, 1783, and died Feb. 25, 1825, daughter of Kasper and Dorothea (Rheinstein) Eirich, of Sulzheim.
1. Franz, born July 17, 1808; married, and at his death left children: Abdan, Anna and Desederia, all of whom are now decease.
2. Franziska, born Nov. 20, 1810; at her death left two children, who died shortly afterward.
3. Katherina, Nov. 24, 1812, died unmarried.
4. Elizabeth, born Jan. 4, 1815, died June 21, 1816.
5. Anna Maria, born June 6, 1816, died May 7, 1892; married, June 10, 1851, Andreas Fuss; children: i. Franziska, born Aug. 11, 1852; married, Nov. 24, 1874, Johann Bendel; children: a. Fanny, born Nov. 21, 1887, married Aug. 14, 1902, Franz Lehrmann; children: Else, born May 13, 1903, and Kurt, July 29, 1906; b. Karl, born Nov. 9, 1879; ii. Therese, born March 22, 1855; married, Feb. 8, 1876, Karl Schoppelrey; children: a. Maria, born Jan. 6, 1877; married Johann Funtach; b. Otto, born April 15, 1880; c. Else, born June 17, 1895.
6. George Wilhelm, born at Oberschwappach, April 27, 1819, died Dec. 17, 1899; married Feb. 5, 1861, Barbara Weber, of Untertheres, who died April 13, 1862; married Jan. 20, 1891, Magdalena Stahl; children: a. George Theodore, born Oct. 16, 1891; b. Else, Aug. 1, 1895; c. Johanna, May 18, 1898; ii. Margaretta, born Feb. 20, 1865; married April 28, 1891, Nicholas Zuber; children: a. Theresia, born Feb. 5, 1891; b. Abdan, July 29, 1894; c. Thekla, Sept. 19, 1902.
7. Henry, see forward.
8. Elizabeth, born March 4, 1823, deceased, leaving two grandchildren, Joseph Popp and Franziska Popp, whol are married and reside at Steinsfeld, Germany.
9. Andreas, born Feb. 25, 1825; married (first) Kathrina Stahl, who died without issue; (second) May 20, 1867, Babette Karl, born Dec. 26, 1846, at Bamberg, Germany. Andreas Weber died in Munich, March 24, 1901, children: i. Henry, born at Nurnberg, Germany, July 8, 1865, is a judge of the superior court of the city of Munich; he married, at Munich, Oct. 10, 1904, Maria Wacker, born at Geisenfeld, May 2, 1869; ii. Wilhelm George, born at Munich, Feb. 26, 1878; married May 15, 1900, Elizabeth Theresia Eicheim, born Feb. 28, 1879; children: a. Elizabeth Franziska Mina, born Aug. 20, 1901; b. Franz Wilhelm Andreas, born Jan. 7, 1906.
Franz Weber married (second) Maria Margaretta Ort.
10. Barbara, born Aug. 30, 1827, died Sept. 16, 1827.
11. Margaretta, born June 8, 1830, died at Bischwind, Germany, leaving children: Agnes, deceased' Caspar; Katherina, married a man name Ebert.
(II) Henry, seventh child of Franz and Dorothea (Eirich) Weber, was born at Oberschwappach, Bavaria, Germany, Feb. 7, 1821, died at Lowville, New York, No. 15, 1896. He was educated in Wurzburg, Germany, and learned the distilling, brewing and coopering trades, seving a long apprenticeship and acquiring a thorough knowledge of them in all their details. Upon attaining the legal age for such a step, he entered the army, serving from April 8, 1843, until April 8, 1849, as sergeant, and in his discharge papers he is recorded as receiving honorable mention.
He sailed from Antwerp for the United States on the sailikng vessel "Ortilius," Captain De Mein, May 21, 1851, and landed at the city of New York, where he located for a time. He followed his occupation of distiller and cooper in various places until he settled in Lowville, Lewis county, N.Y., 1861, when he built a distillery and brewery at No. 10 Stowe street, which was the old site of the Stephen Leonard Distillery. He conducted this enterprise very successfully for a number of years and then, on account of ill health, retired from an active business life, residing in Lowville for the remainder of his days.
He was a man of good education and well-informed on the current events of the day, and took an active interest in all that occurred in the political and literary world. As soon as possible after his arrival in this country, he became a full-fledged citizen of this, his adopted country, and became a firm adherent of the Democratic party.
His religious affiliations were with the Roman Catholic church, while his wife was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Protestant church.
Mr. Webber married, in New York City, Sept. 7,1851, Maria Barbara Rubel, who died Dec. 15, 1902 (see below). The ceremony was performed in the Protestant Reformed Dutch church, in Houston street, by Rev. John C. Guldin, pastor of the German Evangelical Mission church.
1. Anna Maria, born in New York City, Dec. 20, 1853, died at Lowvile, N.Y. Jan. 2, 1894; married, March 24, 1874, Franklin Hough Arthur, born at Martinsburg, N.Y. Jan. 15, 1845, died Aug. 27, 1901; children: i. Bradford Harlan, born at Martinsburg, N.Y. March 5, 1875; married April 16, 1901, Minnie Simmons; children: a. Richard Simmons, born at Gloversville, N.Y. June 23, 1902; b. Henry Bradford, born April 24, 1904; c. Warren Albert, born June 26, 1908. ii. May, born at Martinsburg, N.Y. Aug. 5, 1878. iii. Warren Horatio, born at Martinsburg, N.Y. June 10, 1880. iv. LeRoy Wallace, born at Martinsburg, N.Y. April 4, 1886; married Nov. 17, 1909, Corinne, daughter of Eugene Arthur, of Lowville.
2. Henry Francis, see forward.
3. Ignatius, born in Lowville, July 18, 1862, died July 21, 1863.
4. George Christopher, born in Lowville, March 4, 1864; is a commercial traveler from San Francisco, California; now makes his home at Fruitville, Almeda county, California; he mararied, April 18, 1888, Helen Euphemia Stark, of Camden, N.Y.; children: i. Yolande Stark, born at Lowville, N.Y. Dec. 28, 1888; ii. Alice Babette, born at Camden, N.Y. May 9, 1890; iii. Henry Francis (2), born at Lowville, N.Y. Feb. 13, 1892; iv. George Christopher Jr., born at Lowville, N.Y. April 16, 1895.
Maria Barbara (Rubel) Weber was the eldest child of Dr. Heinrich Ludwig and Maria Magdalena (Huzelmann) Rubel, and was born at Mainstockheim, Bavaria, Germany, July 13, 1820. She sailed May 21, 1851, with her mother and sister from Port Danvers, near Antwerp, Germany, for New York City. George Christopher Rubel, grandfather of Mrs. Weber, was an eminent surgeon at Mainstockheim, Germany. He married, Aug. 4, 1789, Anna Dorothea Nees. Children: Heinrich Ludwig, see forward; Ursula Barbara, born Nov. 14, 1793; Eva Margarettta, born Nov. 11, 1795.
Dr. Heinrich Ludwig, son of George Christopher and Anna Dorothea (Nees) Rubel, born at Mainstockheim, Bavaria, Germany, April 9, 1792, was educated for the medical profession at the Heidelberg University, Germany. He located at Uettingen, and achieved prominence and distinction in his profession as physician and surgeon. He also served as army surgeon with Napoleon at the siege of Waterloo.
He married, Sept. 19, 1819, Maria Magdalena, born at Reppendorf, Germany, Sept. 19, 1789, daughter of Johann George Huzelmann and wife, whose maiden name was Thomas. Child of Dr. Heinrich Ludwig and Maria Magdalena (Huzelmann) Rubel: Margaret M. Rubel, born at Mainstockheim, Bavaria, Germany, Nov. 29, 1822, died at Albany, New York, Sept. 16,1905; she married, Feb. 29, 1852, Adam Bacher, born 1820, died at Albany, N.Y. July 2, 1876; children: i. Barbara Bertha Bacher, born at Albany, N.Y. Aug. 16, 1858, married, Oct. 31, 1883, Conrad Schnurr, born Nov. 22, 1856; children: a. Florence E., born at Albany, Sept. 16, 1884; b. Oscar, born Aug. 8, 1886; c. Rudolph H., born July 4, 1888; d. Margaretha, born Dec. 5, 1890; e. Wilhelmina, born Nov. 20, 1895; f. Leonard, born Feb. 28, 1897; g. Louise, born April 6, 1899. Conrad Schurr and family now reside at Rochester, N.Y. ii. John George Bacher, born at Albany, N.Y., Dec. 8, 1861. iii. Louise Bacher, born at Albany, N.Y. Sept. 3, 1864.
(III) Henry Francis, eldest son and second child of Henry and Maria Barbara (Rubel) Weber, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in that part known as Greenoint, Oct. 26, 1855. He was six years old when his parents removed to Lowville, Lewis county, N.Y., and there attended the select school of Fanny Willard on State street, at the point which is now (1910) intersected by Trinity avenue. He was the youngest pupil at this school, and he subsequently attended the district school on Jackson street, known as the "Old Red School House." Still later he became a student at the Lowville Academy, which was under the preceptorship of Professors Barrett and Prindle, 1870-71-72.
He commenced his business career, Aug. 12, 1872, beginning as a clerk in the dry goods store of the late D. C. West & Company, his services having been engaged by D. C. West in person. The firm became merged in that of Waters & Easton (V. L. Waters and Frederick S. Eaton), Oct. 6, 1873. The experience here gained fitted him for his future successful career. He resigned his position with this firm, July 16, 1875, and engaged as head salesman, Aug. 12, 1875, with the dry goods house of Stoddard & Mager, at the corner of State and Dayan streets, and remained there until March 5, 1881, when the firm sold out. Mr. Weber associated himself in a partnership with K. Collins Kellogg, March 7, 1881, in the dry goods and general merchandise business in the Kellogg House block. He purchased a half interest in this old-established concern; Mr. Kellogg was the oldest merchant in Lowville, having been in business for a period of forty-two years. The new firm name was Kellogg & Weber, and the business was in a flourishing condition from the outset. March 7, 1886, Mr. Weber purchased the interest of Mr. Kellogg and conducted the business alone under the name of Henry F. Weber. July 17, 1890, he bought the brick block, now known as the Weber block, from Louis A. and Warren L. Scott. He admitted his brother, George C., as a partner, Jan. 21, 1891, removed to the Weber block, where the business was conducted under the firm name of Henry F. Weber & Company. This was continued until Jan. 16, 1897, when Mr. Weber purchased the interest of his brother and operated the business alone under the old firm name, and in its new location. In consequence of an accident, which was followed by a protracted and severe illness, Mr. Weber sold hiks business to two of his former clerks, Jan. 5, 1904. Wellington S. Jones and Adam a. Scheer, these two clerks, rented the store from Mr. Weber, and carried on the business under the name of Jones & Scheer. Upon recovering from his illness, Mr. Weber, Nov. 1, 1904, located his office in the third floor of the Weber block, and engaged in the real estate, insurance and investment business, and this grew to such an extent that he was soon in need of larger quarters. He removed to the seond floor, where he secured larger and more commodious offices, Oct. 1, 1907, where is is engaged in extensive and important business operations.
March 17, 1898, he was elected on the Reform ticket as trustee of the village of Lowville. This was the most severely contested election that Lowville had ever known, and Mr. Weber was elected by a gratifying majority. He ws re-elected for a second term. The re-election for a third term was tendered him, but he refused to allow his name to be used.
He has been a consistent member of the First Presbyterian church, of Lowville, since 1873, and has served as treasurer of that institution. He is a member of the Presbyterian Club, a charter member of the Lowville Club, and a non-resident member of the Reformed Club of New York. In Sept., 1897, he was elected and enrolled as an honorary member of the New York Board of Trade.
Since July 30, 1897, he has been a member of the Merchants' Association of the State of New York; an honorary member of the Guilford D. Bailey Post, No. 200, Grand Army of the Republic, Lowville. In 1900 he went abroad and traveled extensively in all the European countries.
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