Who was Conrad Weiser?
Johannes Conrad Weiser
immigrated in the first wave of "Palatines to America." From Weiser Families in
America (IBID) page 19 we read:
son of John Conrad and Anna Magdelena (Uebele) Weiser was given his father's names at his birth 2 November 1696. By
his own statement, his birth took place at Affstaett about twenty miles southeast of Stuttgart, where it is
assumed some of all of his father's military unit lay in winter quarters. One farm in the village, the
"Powder Farm" is said to have been used for this purpose. Conrad may well have been born there. He
became known generally as Conrad Weiser. Although Conrad's statement exists that he was baptized at
Kuppingen, a village nearby, there is no entry in its records of this fact. Perhaps this was an oversight of
the pastor, an explanation especially conceivable when it is realized that there are gaps in the parochial
registers. Perhaps as a child of a member of the military not from the area, Conrad's baptism was not considered by
the pastor appropriate to enter.
Conrad emigrated to
America in 1710 with his father, a shortly thereafter was placed in the hands of the Mohawks. From them he acquired
the knowledge of Indian words and ways which launched him on the career that has made his name known in the annals
of Pennsylvania and national history of the colonial era... "
Homestead faces possible closure posted 25 March 2009.
Weiser Memorial Page posted 30 Jan 2009.
Weiserdorf in Schoharie County, New York
- Thanks to
Rachel (Klehn) Galka who writes "I
discovered last summer that Conrad Weiser is my 9th great-grandfather. the story of this discovery is a combination of
coincidence, serendipity and perhaps good old Weiser stubbornness that has filtered down through the generations."
Weiser's great-granddaughter Susan Kahl & her husband Lawrence Stover Thanks to Kay
Loganton, PA for submitting this new (old) photo.
Charles Switzer Weiser who married Eliza
Dottie Hime's Ancestors
- Thanks to P. Davis who writes "Attached are two photos I recently took at the Rare Book Room
of the New York Public Library (42nd St. Branch). The photos are of the cover page from an original "Treaty Held with the Indians of the
Six Nations at Philadelphia in July 1742" and which was printed and published by Benjamin Franklin. The second photo is of page 3 of the
Treaty and lists "Conrad Weiser, Interpreter."
to send scanned images for posting on the Weiser Family Association web site.
(.jpg or .gif)
Where there are
a hundred fools,
there is never one Weiser!
from the medieval proverb:
sind - do ist ein Wiser nit!