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Mary Anne (Ream) Weyand
(1790- ? )


Mary Anne (Ream) Weyand was born in 1790 in Ursina, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of John and Anna Rosina (Weitzel) Ream, and the stepdaughter of Catharine (Minerd) Ream. She was only two years of age when his mother died from the bite of a poisonous snake. She never learned to read or write.

She was united in matrimony with farmer Michael Weyand Sr. (1789-1868?). Neither could read or write.

Their eight known offspring were Catharine Frank, Sarah Coleman, Mary Rhoads, William Weyand, John Weyand, Joseph Weyand, Samuel Weyand and Michael Weyand Jr.

In 1850, the family lived near Somerset in Somerset Township, Somerset County. That year, Michael earned a living as a farmer, and his sons Michael as a carpenter and John as a laborer. Others in the household were 21-year-old Susan Coleman and 15-year-old William Fox, both marked as laborers.

The Weyands were members of the Reformed Church. 

When the census was taken in 1860, Mary Ann and Michael lived under the same roof and as near neighbors with John and Catherine Weyand and Joseph and Elizabeth Weyand.


Mary Anne's "X" signature, June 2, 1868

Michael is believed to have passed away in 1867 or 1868 as his estate was appraised and filed on Sept. 15, 1868. An inventory was made of the estate, and in addition to farming tools and household furniture, the Weyands' possessions included a German family Bible, old books, a looking glass and more. By law, Mary Anne received the right to administer the estate, but she renounced this in favor of "my two trusty sons Joseph & Michael." When much of her personal property was sold to generate funds to pay debts, she chose to retain some of the items including a bureau, big rocking chair, two pots, stand and dishes, two chairs, corn broom, bed clothes, dishes and carpets.

Among others, the following were paid by Michael's estate for services connected with the funeral and estate administration -- B. Woolly for the tombstone, Theodore Woy for clerking, Josiah Shafer for auctioneering, J. George Shaullis for making the coffin and Daniel Weyand for professional services.

When in 1870 the census again was made, Mary Anne was on a farm in Somerset Township, still making her residence near sons John and Joseph. For reasons not yet explained, her late husband was shown to be in the household as well. This needs to be researched more fully.


~ Daughter Catharine (Weyand) Frank ~

Daughter Catharine Weyand ( ? - ? ) was born in about (?) in Somerset County.

She was united in matrimony with Jacob Frank ( ? - ? ).

In 1870, following her father's passing, Catharine inherited $919.10 from the estate.


~ Daughter Sarah (Weyand) Coleman ~

Daughter Sarah Weyand ( ? - ? ) was born in about (?) in Somerset County.

She was united in matrimony with Joseph Coleman ( ? - ? ).

In 1870, Sarah inherited $650.00 from the estate of her late father.

~ Daughter Mary (Weyand) Rhoads ~

Daughter Mary Weyand (1823- ? ) was born on Feb. 12, 1823 in Somerset County.

She was joined in wedlock with Joseph A. Rhoads (1821- ? ), also spelled "Rhoades," son of Abraham and Susanna (Wingerd) Rhoads.

The couple produced these known children -- Frank Samuel Rhoads, Lincoln Rhoads, Ephraim Rhoads, Manassas J. Rhoads, William M. Rhoads, Julia A. Rhoads and Mary A. Rhoads.

The federal census enumeration of 1870 shows the Rhoadses living as farmers in Lavansville, Somerset Township. That year, 45-year-old Samuel Frank and his son Lincoln lived under their roof, and residing next door was the family of Mary's brother Joseph.

In 1870, after the death of his father, Mary was bequeathed $939.17 as an inheritance.

Mary died on May 28, 1897 in Somerset County. Interment took place in Wills Church Cemetery.

Some sources suggest that Joseph died the same day as his wife.

Son William Rhoads (1851- ? ) was born in about 1851.

Daughter Jilia A. Rhoads (1853- ? ) was born in about 1853.

Daughter Mary A. Rhoads (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855.

~ Son William Weyand ~

Son William Weyand ( ? - ? ) was born in about (?) in Somerset County.

In 1870, after the death of his father, William received $810.00 as an inheritance from the estate.


~ Son John Weyand ~

Son John Weyand (1818-1883) was born in about 1818 in Somerset County.

When he was 32 years of age, he was unmarried and lived at home with his parents in Somerset Township, Somerset County, earning a living as a laborer.

John married Catharine Brant ( ? -1909) during the decade of the 1850s.

Their four known children were Mary L. Weyand, Lucy Weyand, William Weyand and Henry Weyand. Sadly, Mary died at a young age on Aug. 21, 1861.

In 1870, after his father's death, John was paid $798.00 as an inheritance from the estate.

The 1860 United States Census shows John and Catharine and family living on a farm in Somerset Township next to his parents and brother Joseph. As well, 15-year-old Elizabeth Brook resided in the household as a servant as did 19-year-old Henry Frank as a farm laborer.

John succumbed on Nov. 30, 1883. Interment was in Wills Church Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Catharine survived him by more than a quarter of a century. She died on Aug. 10, 1909.

Daughter Lucy Weyand (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855 in Somerset Township.

Son William Weyand (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857 in Somerset Township.

Son Henry Weyand (1859- ? ) was born in about 1859 in Somerset Township.


~ Son Joseph Weyand ~

Son Joseph Weyand (1825-1892?) was born in about 1825 in Somerset County.

He married Elizabeth (?) (1823- ? ), who was two years older than he. She could not write.

The couple produced at least one daughter, Mary M. Weyand.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1850, the Weyands made their home in Somerset Township, Somerset County, and were farmers. In addition to their young daughter, also living under their roof that year was 14-year-old Casper Achison.

The Weyands remained in the township during the 1850s and are enumerated there in the 1860 federal census.

In 1870, after his father's death, Joseph received an inheritance payment from the estate totaling $972.25. The U.S. Census of 1870 lists the Weyands living near Lavansville, Somerset Township, with the family of Samuel and Henrietta Bittner and their children under the roof.

Elizabethis thought to have died on May 22, 1876 at the age of 52. Her remains were lowered to eternal repose in Wills Church Cemetery in Somerset.

Joseph survived his wife by 16 years. It's possible that he married a second time, to Mary Kimmel ( ? - ? ) on Oct. 6, 1881, but this needs to be confirmed.

He is believed to have passed away on Aug. 25, 1892. Burial was in Wills Church Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Mary M. Weyand (1848- ? ) was born in about 1848 in Somerset Township.


The Weyands' graves in Orange Township Cemetery
Courtesy "Couple of Gravers," FindAGrave.com

~ Son Samuel Weyand ~

Son Samuel Weyand (1826-1907) was born on Nov. 7, 1826 in Somerset County.

Circa 1850, he had married Caroline Umberger (1822-1895) of Brothersvalley, Somerset County. That year, the federal census taker recorded them as living in Brothersvalley next door to her relatives Michael Umberger and Philip Umberger.

The couple produced four children -- among them Harriet Shaulis, Ellen Weyand, Martha Weyand and Mary A. Weyand.

The United States Census of 1860 shows the Weyands and their four daughters residing on a farm in Jefferson Township, Somerset County.

In 1870, after the death of his father, Samuel at the age of 44 inherited the sum of $969.90 from the estate.


Somerset Herald, 1895
Courtesy Library of Congress

In 1883, the Weyands made the decision to venture westward to Iowa, and they sold their farm in Jefferson Township, Somerset County. Upon arriving, they put down roots and in the Waterloo community purchased"one of the finest farms in Blackhawk county," said the Somerset Herald.

Caroline passed away at home at the age of 72 on May 31, 1895. An obituary was published in her old hometown newspaper, the Herald, which noted that her brothers Herman and Perry Umberger survived her.

Samuel lived for another dozen-plus years after his wife's death. He married again, in about 1900, to 71-year-old Elizabeth (April 1829- ? ). The 1900 census shows them in a home on West Fourth Street in Waterloo, with 46-year-old, unmarried daughter Martha living under their roof and earning a living as a dressmaker.

He joined Caroline in eternity on Nov. 4, 1907. They rest together in the Orange Township Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

In 1909, Samuel was named in E. Clayton Wyand's book A Brief History of the Andrew Putman (Buttman, Putnam), Christian Wyandt (Weyandt, Weygandt, Voint, Wyand) and Adam Snyder (Schneider) Families of Washingon County, Maryland, in a quote from a letter written by William H. Welfley of Somerset.


Somerset Herald, Sept. 18, 1878
Courtesy Library of Congress

Daughter Harriet Weyand (1847-1935) was born the day after Christmas 1847 in Somerset County. She was the second wife of widower and Civil War veteran Simon Shaulis (July 31, 1844-1931), son of Emanuel Adam and Julia Ann (Harsh) Shaulis. Simon also a native of Somerset County and who also had migrated to Iowa. His first wife, Louisa Brand, had died on Aug. 25, 1877 after a dozen years of marriage, and he brought these known offspring to the second union -- James "Monroe" Shaulis, Ella B. Peverill, Henry E. Shaulis, Clara A. Peverill and Emma M.A. Shaulis. Harriet and Simon were joined in marriage on Sept. 8, 1878 by the hand of Rev. J.R. Berry, with the news sent back home to Somerset County and thence into the "Married" column of the Somerset Herald. During the Civil War, Simon had served in the 142nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C. Later, he was transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps (VRC). A year before their marriage, Simon began receiving a military pension as compensation for his wartime sufferings. [Invalid App. #241.104 - Cert. #253.011]


Somerset Herald, June 10, 1885
Courtesy Library of Congress

They made their home in Waterloo, Blackhawk County and went on to produce three children of their own -- Ira S. Shaulis, Frank Shaulis, Ada Mae Hatch and Anna Grace Queer. Heartache swept over the family on May 29, 1885 when their daughter Emma died in Waterloo at age 10 years, sixmonths and 16 days. An obituary appearing in the Somerset Herald reported that the cause was "that dread disease, diphtheria." In 1910, when an atlas of Orange Township was published, Simon was marked as owner of two contiguous farms of 160 acres each. One was known as "Pine Grove Farm" and the other as "Walnut Grove Farm." These tracts were in very close proximity to the farms of former Somerset Countians John and Sarah "Sally" (Saylor) Dull, the Orange Township Cemetery and to the local Church of the Brethren. Many of their neighbors had familiar Somerset County surnames, among them Elmer M., Art M. and Elmer Lichty, Noah J. Fike, Amos D., Samuel and Jonas D. Sweitzer, U.S. Blough, Harvey R. Schrock, Samuel M. and John B. Harbaugh, D.R. Shank, William H. Maust, and D.B. Saylor. Simon passed into eternity the day after Christmas 1931 in Waterloo. Harriet survived him by a little more than three years and was awarded her husband's pension. [Widow App. #1.709.104 - Cert. A-4-11-32]. Sadly, Harriet died on Feb. 5, 1935, with burial in Orange Township Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] Because one or more of their children was underage at the time they became orphaned, the pension was awarded thereto until they reached the age of maturity. [XC #2.646.922] Many years later, in 1980, Harriet and Simon were named in an edition of The Cedar Tree newsletter of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society..


Above and below: 1910 Atlas of Orange Township, Black Hawk County. Note Simon Shaulis' adjoining tracts of 160 acres each and the proximity of their farms to the John and Sarah Dull farms, Orange Cemetery and Church of the Brethren.


Daughter Harriet Weyand (1848- ? ) was born in about 1848 in Somerset County.

Daughter Ellen Weyand (1852- ? ) was born in about 1852 in Somerset County.

Daughter Martha Weyand (1853-1937) was born in September 1853 in Somerset County. She never married. In 1900, at the age of 46, she lived with her father and step-mother in Waterloo, in a house on West Fourth Street, and earned income as a dressmaker. Martha succumbed in 1937, at the age of 84. Burial was in Orange Township Cemetery in Blackhawk County. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Mary A. Weyand (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856 in Somerset County.

~ Son Michael Weyand Jr. ~

Son Michael Weyand Jr. (1829-1900) was born in 1829 in Somerset Township. Although he grew up in the ways of the Reformed Church, he later joined the Evangelical Association, commonly known as the "Albrights." He learned the trade of carpentry but found farming to be more to his liking.

At the age of 20, in 1850, he was unmarried and lived at home in Somerset Township, working as a carpenter.

In 1857, at the age of 28, he wed Sarah Walker ( ? - ? ), daughter of Elder Daniel P. Walker.

They had one daughter, Mary E. Johnson. 

A year after their marriage, he joined the Church of the Brethren and felt the Lord's call to the ministry in 1859. The federal census of 1860 shows the Weyands living near Benford's Store, Somerset Township, with Michael earning a living by farming. He was profiled in Jerome E. Blough's 1916 book, History of the Church of the Brethren of the Western District of Pennsylvania, which stated: 

In 1886 he was ordained to the eldership of the Brothers Valley congregation. For about ten years he had charge of this large and flourishing congregation. Brother Weyand's health was not the best at any time in his life. Being of an unassuming nature he lived a quiet life. He did not travel extensively, but was faithful in filling the appointments in his home congregation. He was a supporter of Sunday schools, as well as of mission work as carried on in his day. He frequently attended the Annual Conferences.

Among the weddings he is known to have performed as recorded in the gossip columns of the Somerset Herald, was Jonathan J. Kimmel of Stoystown to Sarah Croner of Brothersvalley in January 1873.

Following the death of his father, Michael received in 1870 a payment of $1,005.00 as an inheritance.

Michael died on May 25, 1900, at the age of 71. Burial was in the Pike Cemetery at Brotherton, Somerset County. 

Sarah followed him to the grave on Sept. 29, 1904.

Daughter Mary E. Weyand (1859-1946) was born on Jan. 17, 1859. She married John L. Johnson ( ? - ? ). She made her home on Hoffman Avenue in Scalp Level, Somerset County in the mid-1940s. While at the Old Folks Home in Windber, Somerset County, she fell and fracutred her left femur. Added to senile psychosis and pneumonia, she was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital. She stayed there for seven weeks until death at the age of 87 on Aug. 10, 1946. Her remains were placed into eternal rest in Brotherton Cemetery in Cambria County, PA. Orange Spaughey of Scalp Level signed her death certificate.


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