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Rev Joseph Augustus Weller

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Rev Joseph Augustus Weller

  • Birth 28 Apr 1846 Deavertown, Morgan County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 20 Jun 1922 Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
  • Plot Section 30, Row 2 Site 22
  • Memorial ID 3682857

REV. JOSEPH A. WELLER, D. D., PH. D.
Rev. Joseph A. Weller, educator, minister and agriculturist, now living in Clay Township, was born in Morgan County, Ohio, April 28, 1846. His father, Henry W. Weller, was a representative of an old and prominent family of this county. He was born in Morgan County, about a half mile south of the Muskingum County line on the 29th of December, 1818. His father, John Weller, was a native of Loudoun County, Virginia. He came to this state with his father, Henry Weller, of Loudon County, who located in Muskingum County at an early period in the development of this section of Ohio.
Henry W. Weller, the father, was reared in Morgan and Muskingum Counties, and owned land and followed farming in both counties. He was married, in 1841, to Miss Anna Longstreth, and for many years they traveled life's journey together, living happily as man and wife for sixty-two years.
Mrs. Weller was born in Morgan County, March 14, 1821, and was a daughter of Phillip Longstreth, a native of Pennsylvania and a pioneer settler of this part of the state. Mrs. Weller died in 1903, leaving behind the memory of a life which was as a benediction to all who knew her. She possessed splendid traits of heart and mind, a kindly spirit and a generous disposition, while in her family she was a devoted and loving wife and mother.
Henry W. Weller still survives and is one of the honored pioneer residents of this part of the state. He built his present home in this county about fifty-one years ago.
In his business affairs he has prospered, capably conducting farming pursuits until he is now the owner of four hundred and sixty-six acres of valuable land.
The Weller homestead is known as the Sunny Hill farm and is improved with modern equipments.
Here Mr. Weller is spending his last years cared for by his son, Joseph A. He was reared in the faith of the democratic party, and later became an advocate of free-soil principles. Strongly opposed to the institution of slavery, his home was a station on the famous underground railroad, whereby many negroes were assisted on their way to freedom in the north.
When the republican party was formed to prevent the further extension of slavery, he joined its ranks and has been one of its stalwart advocates.
Unto him and his wife were born three children, but the daughter, Samantha, was drowned during a cloudburst on the old home farm at the age of ten years, and the eldest son, John W., was killed at the battle of Fort Wagner on the 18th of July, 1863, while serving as a member of Company A, Sixty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Rev. Joseph A. Weller acquired his primary education in the public schools of Morgan County, and afterward attended Otterbein University at Westerville, Ohio, from which institution he was graduated in the class of 1876. He then became a student in the National School of Oratory and Elocution at Philadelphia, completing his course there with the class of 1878, and subsequently he was graduated from the Union Biblical Theological Seminary at Dayton, Ohio., where he received his degree as minister of the United Brethren church.
He had determined to devote his life to the holy calling, and for two years was pastor of a church at Marion, Ohio. He then acted as pastor at Westerville College for a year, and was also professor of Greek and Latin in Western College at Toledo, Iowa, for six years. During the succeeding four years he was president of the Lane University of Lecompton, Kansas, and president of the Central College at Enterprise, Kansas, for five years. On the expiration of that period he accepted a call to the pastorate of his church at Springfield, Illinois, where he remained for two years, then spent one year in Canton, Ohio and two years in Ashland, Ohio.
At the end of that time he gave up his active work of the ministry and took up his abode upon the old family homestead in order to care for his aged father and mother, who passed away July 10, 1903.
The work of education is the most important to which man can devote his energies, be it from the lecture platform, the schoolroom or the pulpit.
Rev. Weller has labored in all of these departments and his influence has been of no restricted order. It is the educator who gives shape to and largely molds the destinies of those who come under his instruction, and the seeds of truth planted by Rev. Weller have in the years that have come and gone borne rich fruit. He is now clerk of the board of education in Clay township.
At the time of the Civil war, Rev. Weller was in hearty sympathy with the Union cause, but was too young to enter the army. He became a member of the National Guard, however, and on the 2d of May, 1864, he enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Sixty-first Ohio Infantry, with which he remained until honorably discharged on the 2d of September, following, at Columbus. He was then but eighteen years of age.
On the 1st of January, 1883, was celebrated the marriage of Rev. Weller and Miss Emma J. Howard, a native of Clear Lake, Iowa, and a daughter of the Rev. E. Howard, now deceased. Mrs. Weller is a highly cultured lady, being a graduate of the Western College, of Toledo, Iowa. She afterward taught painting and drawing in that institution, and she has also taught English literature, Latin and German for four years, but has been especially successful as a musical instructor, at one time having a class of thirty pupils at Deavertown, Ohio.
As a writer of both prose and poetry, she has contributed to several different publications and has produced some good serial stories and very pretty poetry. She is dearly beloved by all with whom she has come in contact, and has a host of warm friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Weller have no children of their own, but have adopted and reared five, namely: Robert Henry, Eugene, Carrie A., Anna L. and Harry H.
Mr. Weller is a man of fine personal appearance, scholarly tastes and attainments and of broad general culture. It would be almost tautological in this connection to enter into any series of statements as showing him to be a man of strong mental development and refinement, for these have been shadowed forth between the lines of this review. He possesses a humanitarian spirit that prompts him to the display of sympathy and kindliness and the exercise of qualities which have proven helpful to his fellow man.

"Past and Present of Muskingum County, Ohio," by J. Hope Sutor, 1905, page 652.


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  • Maintained by: Robert "Rob" Weller
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3682857
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Joseph Augustus Weller (28 Apr 1846–20 Jun 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3682857, citing Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Robert "Rob" Weller (contributor 46505507) .