William WEGER was born 5 May 1811, apparently the second child of Abraham WEGER and an unknown wife.
He was married firstly to Elizabeth C. HIGHSMITH on 11 Jan 1832 in Crawford County, Illinois. To this marriage were born 11 children:
- Matilda, b. abt. 1833, d. young.
- Mary, b. abt. 1835, d. young.
- Malissa A., b. 2 Jan 1837, d. 14 Aug 1891.
- John Price, b. 7 Apr 1839, d. 30 Jul 1919.
- Nancy Jane, b. 28 Nov 1841.
- Margaret, b. abt. 1843, d. young.
- Eliza A., b. abt. 1845, d. young.
- Joseph M., b. 19 Sep 1847, d. 12 Oct 1916/1926.
- George Riley, b. abt. 1849.
- James William, b. abt. 1851, d. young.
- infant, b. abt. 1853, d. 1853.
1850 Federal Census of Crawford County, Illinois
M432, Roll # , Page # , Dwelling # , Family #973
NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION R/E VALUE BIRTHPLACE William WEGER 39 M Farmer $500 Tennessee Elizabeth WEGER 37 F Kentucky Melissa WEGER 15 F Illinois John WEGER 11 M Illinois Nancy J. WEGER 8 F Illinois Joseph WEGER 4 M Illinois George R. WEGER 1 M Illinois
His first wife, Elizabeth, died on 15 Nov 1853 in Crawford County, Illinois. William married a second time to Nancy Olivia LACKEY, the widow of John C. HEATH, on 4 Apr 1854 in Lawrence County, Illinois. To this marriage was born 4 children:
- William Jasper, b. 11 Jan 1855, d. 7 Mar 1938. (Married Nancy Ann RICHARDS).
- Jesse N., b. 1857, d. 28 Feb 1933.
- Sarah Ann, b. 16 Feb 1860, d. 13 Aug 1948. (Married George Washington PARKER).
- Charles S., b. abt. 1863, d. 10 Oct 1938. (Married Mary Ellen MULLINS).
1860 Federal Census of Crawford County, Illinois
Enumeration Date: 16 Jul 1860
M653, Roll # , Page #613-14, Dwelling #1719, Family #1719
NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION R/E VALUE P/E VALUE BIRTHPLACE William WEAGER 50 M Farmer $1200 $500 Kentucky Nancy WEAGER 40 F Illinois John P. WEAGER 21 M Laborer $350 $50 Illinois Randolph HEATH 15 M Laborer Illinois Joseph WEAGER 14 M Illinois Catherine HEATH 14 F Illinois George WEAGER 11 M Illinois William WEAGER 5 M Illinois Jesse WEAGER 5 M Illinois Sarah WEAGER 3/12 F Illinois
William WEGER died on 5 Oct 1884 in Honey Creek Township, Crawford County, Illinois. The following obituary was located in the Robinson Argus Newspaper, dated 8 Oct 1884: "William Weger of Honey Creek Township died Sunday, and was buried by the Masonic Fraternity Monday. The deceased was about seventy-eight years of age and had been a citizen of the county for over sixty years. He was highly respected by his neighbors, and will be truly missed in the community." He was buried in Jones Cemetery, south of Flat Rock, in Crawford County, Illinois. His wife, Nancy Olivia, died in 1896.
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