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Notes for Aaron George Weibel

1870 census Jackson Twp., Will Co., IL p.2, Household #11
Weible, Jacob, 33, b. Berne Switzerland, Farmer
Maria, 22, b. Illinois, Keeping house
Aaron, 4, b. Illinois
Rolandus, 2, b.Illinois
Warnke, William, 19, b. Prussia, Farm laborer
Schrotberger, Sophia, 15, b. Illinois, Domestic servant

1880 census Jackson Twp., Will Co., IL, ED 196, p.20, Household #164\168
Weible, Jacob, 46, Switz\Switz\Switz, Farmer
Maria, 34, IL\Bavaria|Bavaria, Keeping house
Aron G., 14, IL\Switz\Bavaria, working farm
Rolandus, 12, IL\Switz\Bavaria
Minnie, 11, IL\Switz\Bavaria
Elmer E., 7, IL\Switz\Bavaria
Addie, 5, IL\Switz\Bavaria
Clara, 2, IL\Switz\Bavaria

Sorry to have been so slow to reply to your inquiry-the subject is so huge I really don't know where to begin. Yes, I am Doris, daughter of
Alice whom you refer to. She is now 94 yrs and lives in the Wilber Care Center. I was looking through some material which I received when I was writing the 125 year History of DeWitt for the DeWitt 125th anniversary in 1997. I have put together what various descendants of Jacob Weibel have written-the facts need to be verified-

"Jacob Weibel was born 16 Nov 1833 in Berne, Switzerland. He had five sisters and two brothers. At age 14 he was confirmed in the Reformed Lutheran Church in Switzerland. His mother died when he was 13 so he left home and learned the cabinet trade. In 1860 at the age of 27, because he did not want to serve in the compulsory military service, he and six unmarried men sailed to America. After three long months they arrived in New York. He spent the first winter with his sister near Morris, Grundy County, Illinois. Later he worked on a farm near Elwood for $15 a month. He became a naturalized citizen at Chicago, in 1865.

He married Maria Margaret Schrotberger in 2 Jan 1865 in Grundy County IL. She was born 5 Oct 1848 and was 17, he 31. Her father was John G. Schrotberger, born 16 Sep 1810 at Wallersdorf, Bavaria, Germany. In 1848 he and Anna Maria Krug were married and came to America on their honeymoon to Kane County IL and then to Kendall County IL. In 1856 they located in Grundy County IL, 4 mi NE of Dwight IL. John and Anna Maria Schrotberger were parents of George, Barbara Maria, Sophia Catharine, Leonard, Minnie, Margaret, Barbara Maria and Maria Margaret Schrotberger.

Jacob and Maria bought some land in northern Illinois near Elwood. Maria had to live with her parents until a granary was built. This was
their home for five years-until they could build a house. By this time they had two sons, Aaron and Rolandus. Seven more children were born in this house: Minnie, Anna, Elmer, Ada, Clara, Oscar and Harvey. They were very poor and the crops were not good. One winter they lived on potatoes, milk and cottage cheese.

Maria Weibel became ill with asthma and was advised to move to a dryer climate. They purchased a quarter section of land near DeWitt NE, NE ¼ of Sec. 33, DeWitt Twp, Saline County NE in 1886 and moved to NE. Again Jacob built a granary which was their home until a new house could be built. This granary stood for many years while their son, Harvey E. Weibel, and then their grandson, Everett E. Dunn, farmed the home place. Their possessions were shipped in 2 freight cars. They took 2 crates of brown leghorn chickens, 6 horses, farm implements, a double carriage, wagons and household goods. They moved into their new house as the big blizzard of 1888 was brewing. It lasted 3 days. After 21 years on that farm they moved into a new house in DeWitt at 103 East York (which still stands). Jacob united with the Evangelical Association when he came to the U.S. and remained a member until Sep 1911 when he united by letter with the Methodist Church in DeWitt. Jacob died 16 Jul 1920 age 86 and Maria died 17 May 1934 age 85"

Some sources say Jacob and Maria had 9 children and others say 10. 9 are listed above as having been born in IL. We do not have any
information on the child called "Anna>" I think she may have died in IL. In our Oak Grove cemetery in their family plot, there is a stone
inscribed "Infant daughter" of J. and M.M. Weibel, b. and d. 1891. This would have been after they moved to NE so I think it explains the "10" children. Will end this for now.


Entries: 2444 Updated: Sat Aug 25 21:22:20 2001 Contact: michael farr <>
ID: I378
Name: Maria Margaretha SCHROTBERGER
Given Name: Maria Margaretha
Surname: Schrotberger
Sex: F
Birth: 5 Oct 1848 in Osweko,,Illinois
Death: 17 May 1934 in Dewitt,,Nebraska
Burial: Dewitt,,Nebraska
LDS Baptism: status: SUBMITTED 19 Jun 1998
Endowment: status: SUBMITTED 19 Jun 1998
Change Date: 31 Mar 1998 at 16:20:06
PEDI: birth
Sealing Child: status: SUBMITTED 19 Jun 1998

Father: George SCHROTBERGER b: <1822> in ,,Germany
Mother: Anna Maria KRUG b: <1826> in ,,Germany

Marriage 1 Jacob WEIBEL b: Nov 1833 in Berne,,Switzerland
Married: 2 Jan 1865 in
Sealing Spouse:
Aaran WEIBEL birth b: Abt 1866 in Dwight,,Illinois
Rolandus F. WEIBEL birth b: Abt 1869 in Elwood,,Nebraska
Minnie E. WEIBEL birth b: Abt 8 Jun 1870 in DeWitt,,Nebraska
Elmer E WEIBEL birth b: 7 Sep 1874 in
Ada S. WEIBEL birth b: Abt 1876 in
Clara Lavinia WEIBEL birth b: 7 Jan 1878 in Elwood,,Illinois
Oscar Warren WEIBEL birth b: 24 Mar 1881 in Elwood,,Nebraska
WEIBEL birth b: Abt 1885 in
Harvey Everett WEIBEL birth b: 2 Sep 1883

----- Original Message -----
From: Erma W
To: Kari Northup
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 9:19 AM
Subject: Hi there!

Dear Kari,

Doris Peters did a yeoman's job of searching. She found Aaron's birth date: "Aaron Weibel was born in Will County, Illinois, 26 January 1866." From the DeWitt Times.

Also, she wrote that it said he died of peritonitis. She wrote, "I would say maybe from appendicitis which seemed so prevalent in those days."

She went to the court house first and then on to reading newspapers. She found an obit from a different paper than what she sent to me and there was his full birth date. She also sent little clips of items and I plan to read them line by line and will enter what sheds some light. And will share it with you if they amount to anything.

Received an e-mail that Virginia has mailed a package so I expect that today. She was in contact with Lotus, I believe. Said she had more data. I can hardly wait.


----- Original Message -----
From: Erma W
To: Kari Northup
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 8:58 PM
Subject: This is the story

(Kari, I think that possibly Lois Bernice Weibel intervied her grandmother, Maria, for this story, possibly Jacob himself.)

This copy is taken from a paper Lois Bernice Weibel wrote for a school assignment.


He was born in a small village near Bern, Switzerland, in November 1833. He did not remember the exact day because in the old country, and in his particular family, little attention was paid to birthdays. Jacob Weibel had two brothers and five sisters. As far as he knew, neither of his brothers came to America. Three sisters, Elizabeth, Ann, and Marie (sp Maria?) came to America, Elizabeth coming several years before Jacob. The names of the other sisters are not known.

Elizabeth married John Yonkers. They were last known in Sedalia, MO.

Ann was married twice. Her first husband was a watchmaker. He worked many years to invent an improvement for watches but , when he knew he was going to die, and because he did not have money to finish his invention, he destroyed it. Ann was also a watchmaker. She had maids to do her work. Her second husband was John Triber.

Marie did not marry well. She died in a hospital in Chicago.

Jacob's mother died when he was thirteen years old. His oldest sister, Elizabeth, kept house until his father married again. Because his mother was gone, Jacob left home. He worked, first helping the neighbor thresh grain with flails in the barn. Several years later, he learned the cabinet trade as an apprentice. He was very handy with carpenter tools. He could not only build houses but furniture as well. (One splendid example of his work is a china closet in his wife's home.)

At the age of twenty-seven, Jacob Weibel with six other young, unmarried men from the same neighborhood left their homes and started to America. Jacob borrowed half his passage fare from his sister, Elizabeth, and his schoolmate, Nicholas Younker, who were in America.

These young men set sail from unknown port in a sailing vessel. They were on the water three months. Six weeks of that time was spent in the English Channel going back and forth but unable to escape from the channel due to the wind direction. Each passenger was required to prepare his own meals aboard the ship. Quarrels often arose because those with large kettles would crowd out those with small kettles. The captain would stop the disturbance by pouring water on the fire. Of course, no cooking would be done until the next mealtime. The captain had to allot the water supply since they were out so much longer than they expected. The allotment was not enough to satisfy the thirst of these young adventurers, so several would sit and stand in front of the water barrel while the others would draw water from the barrel with macaroni straws.

(From a clipping from a newspaper some time ago, "One reason so many immigrants died on the way to this country generations ago was the early rule on numerous clipper ships. Passengers had to bring their own food and cook it. If they ran out of grub that was it!)

Jacob Weibel landed at N.Y. Nov. 1860. He spent the first winter with his sister, Elizabeth, and her husband, John Younkers, who were living on a farm near Morris Illinois. He then worked on a farm near Elwood, IL, earning fifteen dollars a month. He first paid back his debt to his sister and his schoolmate, and then bought farm tools and horses. Jacob bought two from a dealer in Wilmington, IL. He had saved money for a long time to pay for them. He placed the money in a pocketbook and started early one morning to pay for them. When he reached Wilmington, the pocketbook was gone. ("He didn't have money enough to buy a glass of beer" so Grandma says.) Jacob went to the dealer and told him of his loss, the dealer answered him by saying, "I have lost the note." For several days Jacob hunted the path he had followed, but the pocketbook could not be found. He had to hire himself out until he could pay for the colts. He soon went to farming for himself when he purchased eighty acres in a Swiss settlement near Wilmington, IL.

Through a preacher who preached in the Swiss settlement as well as a German settlement near Mazon, Jacob Weibel met Maria Schrotberger. The preacher brought Jacob to the Schrotberger home on a Saturday in the summer of 1864. Maria, who was seventeen, was working away from home. However, her parents called her home to meet the young man. Maria had heard of this young man through a chum who had met him. Maria felt just a little bit proud when Jacob came to see her after this introduction, for he had not come to see the chum after they met. Jacob and Maria were married January 2, 1865 at the ages of 31 and 17 respectively. Maria lived at home until a home could be prepared for her. On April 3, 1865, they moved into a granary. Two years after they were married, they purchased 60 acres adjoining their land. Two children, Aaron and Rolandus, were born in this granary.

Jacob's folks wrote from Switzerland asking his son to send them money for passage to America and to Illinois. Jacob did not have the money. After much discussion, the money was finally borrowed and sent. But, when the father received the money he decided to remain in Switzerland where the money was worth five times that in America and where he could live comfortable for a long time. This is just one of the misfortunes that befell the Weibel family. A prize cow went mad, a big black horse that Jacob had raised from a colt died, and one season it was so wet that the crops were drowned.

After five years, in the fall of 1870, the family moved into their house. This was large and furnished better than most of the surrounding homes. Minnie, (Annia died at three months), Elmer, Ada, Clara, Oscar and Harvey were born in this new home. Jacob was older than the men called for in the first draft of the civil war. However, but that the war ended he would have been called. He had hired a substitute to take his place.

Jacob's wife became ill with asthma. The Dr. advised a higher climate. They scouted Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. They decided on Nebraska because Maria had a sister, Barbara Meyer, and a brother, George Schrotberger, living there.

A quarter section of land five miles southwest of DeWitt, Nebraska, was purchased from a Mr. Harris Southwick, who was living in New York but had inherited the Nebraska land. In the summer of 1886, Jacob and Rolandus came to Nebraska and built a granary on their land. The following spring the whole family moved to Nebraska. They arrived at DeWitt, Nebraska on February 22, 1887. Jacob and Aaron came with two train cars of their possessions. Maria came with the rest of the children in a passenger train. They brought with them two crates of brown leghorns, six horses, (one died on the train) implements, double carriage, wagons and household goods.

For the first two weeks, until a stable and a fence were made, the family lived with relatives. They lived in the granary all that summer. Conditions were not so comfortable. Twelve people lived in the small building; the family and a group of carpenters. The weather was unfavorable for building the whole summer. Before the house was quite complete, they moved in. It had begun to blizzard and the storm lasted for three days. In the hurry and confusion, things were thrown into the rooms in any way.

This was the Weibel home for 21 years. When the youngest son, Harvey, was married, Jacob and Maria moved to DeWitt to live. After renting a house one year, they again built a house that is still standing in DeWitt. Jacob spent his time working at cabinet making or visiting their children. He died July 16, 1920, at the age of 87 after a prolonged illness.

Maria's parents, George and Anna Maria Krug came to America from Bavaria, Germany, on their honeymoon. Upon their arrival in Illinois, the husband hired himself out, plowing with a horse and ox, and the wife did washings. When their first child, Maria, was born, they moved onto a farm of their own near the Fox River. Later they moved to Mazon, Illinois. They had eight children.