Charles Weber was born at Obersuhl, Hesse Cassel, Germany, on September 18, 1821; the son of L. Weber, a minister in the German Reformed Church, at Obersuhl.
Charles' ancestors (on his father's side) were all clergymen in the same church from the seventeenth century. His ancestors on his mother's side were of the Huguenots who, during the persecutions, settled in Bremen, Germany.
Charles received academic training preparatory for the clergy. But his father's death, when he was 14 years of age, forced him to pursue farming to provide for the care of his family. In time, and prior to his emigration to America, he became overseer of the large baronial estate of Von Bodenhausen at Witzenhausen.
Charles sailed from Bremen, in the ship Schiller, and reached Baltimore October 6, 1842. He married Augusta Bachmann, the daughter of Rev. J. C. Bachmann, also a minister of the German Reformed Church in Germany.
Charles intended to settle in Ohio as a farmer but, secondary to his wife's illness and with the encouragement of new friends, he elected to farm in Baltimore County. Following one season, he went to Baltimore; where he was employed for 2-3 years. Between 1845 and 1865, he was employed by A. Schumacher & Co.. Thereafter, he established a grocery business; using his skills and connections to extend his business and to import goods from Germany and Holland. In 1865 he was elected. President of the German Fire Insurance Company of Baltimore, which, by 1879 had become a large institution. He, also, was one of the directors of the Canton Company of Baltimore. In 1868 he was elected President of the German Bank of Baltimore.
Charles had eight children. His oldest son, Charles, was Secretary of the German Fire Insurance Company. His second son, August, was paying teller in the German Bank, and his youngest son, Albert, was engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York city.
Mr. Weber is the only member of his family who emigrated to this country (as of 1879). He had three brothers in Germany; two of whom were in manufacturing and in government service, and the youngest being the principal of the gymnasium of Hesse Cassel.
Created by: Row Walker Record added: Jul 25, 2010
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