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James M. WEGER
(1808/1809-1875)

James M. WEGER was born about 1808/1809 in Tennessee. He appears to have been the oldest son of Abraham WEGER and an unknown mother.

The family moved up into Illinois sometime in the 1820's-1830's and he married firstly Sally FORD on 7 Dec 1834 in Crawford County, Illinois. Two children were born to this marriage:

  1. George Price, b. 9 Sep 1835, d. 19 Sep 1873. (Married (1) Jemima Ann HEATH and (2) Catherine Jane HEATH).
  2. Cynthia Ann, b. 16 Feb 1837, d. 13 Oct 1896. (Married William Palmer FORD).


Sally died sometime between 1837 and Jan 1843. James married secondly Mary Ann THOMPSON on 24 Jan 1843 in Crawford County, Illinois. To this marriage was born 5 children:

  1. Elizabeth Ellen "Betsy", b. 6 Aug 1844, d. 1876. (Married William CARTER).
  2. Emmaline, b. 29 Jul 1846. (Married John H. FORD).
  3. William Riley, b. 27 Jan 1849.
  4. Mary Jane, b. 1 Feb 1854, d. 9 Jan 1881.
  5. James Maddison, 5 Oct 1856, d. 16 Jan 1917. (Married Mary Lucretia CARTER).

1850 Federal Census of Crawford County, Illinois
Enumeration Date: 30 Oct 1850
M432, Roll # , Family #219

NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION R/E VALUE BIRTHPLACE
James WEGER 41 M Farmer $900 Tennessee
Polly A. WEGER 37 F Tennessee
George P. WEGER 15 M Farmer Illinois
Cynthia A. WEGER 12 F Illinois
Betsey E. WEGER 5 F Illinois
Emmaline WEGER 3 F Illinois
William R. WEGER 1 M Illinois


1860 Federal Census of Flat Rock P.O., Crawford County, Illinois
Enumeration Date: 16 Jul 1860
M653, Roll # , Page #614, Dwelling #1723, Family #1723

NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION R/E VALUE P/E VALUE BIRTHPLACE
James WEAGER 51 M Farmer $1000 $200 Tennessee
Mary WEAGER 47 F Tennessee
Elizabeth WEAGER 15 F Illinois
Emmaline WEAGER 13 F Illinois
James WEAGER 8 M Illinois
Mary WEAGER 6 F Illinois
William WEAGER 11 M Illinois

James M. WEGER died 1 Feb 1875 in Crawford County, Illinois, according to his probate papers filed there (Probate File Box 90, Case 2). I am uncertain when his second wife, Mary Ann died. He is buried in Jones Cemetery, just south of Flat Rock in Crawford County, Illinois.

If you can add any information to the above data or have any questions, please contact me. Thank you!

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