William Weightman

William Weightman

Waltham, North East Lincolnshire Unitary Authority, Lincolnshire, England
Death 25 Aug 1904 (aged 90)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 2 Lot 11 part, 12 to 16
Memorial ID 78293779 · View Source
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90y 10m 25d
School Lane, Germantown, 21st Ward

1904-08-28; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer

Absence of Ostentation Marked the Funeral of Multi-Millionaire
Employees Were Chief Mourners at the Bier of Distinguished Business Man

With the marked simplicity that had characterized his life, William Weightman, the distinguished man and reputed to be the wealthiest resident of Philadelphia, was buried yesterday afternoon from his home on West School Lane, Germantown. Everything in connection with the funeral was carried out in accordance with his expressed wishes.

Less than a score of men recognized as leaders in Philadelphia =business circles and public life were among those attending the service. Although the funeral was announced as private, there were about 100 persons present at the house and at the grave. They comprised principally, in addition to the relatives, the heads of departments in the chemical works, employees of the counting house and representatives from the New York branch of the firm's works.


The prominent men present included Joseph Wharton, Joseph T. Bailey, John Dobson, Attorney General Hampton I. Carson, Judge Audenreid, Adam Ffromm, of the Board of Directors of the Drug Exchange; Richard Wood, Dr. Randolph Faries, Henry Rosengartenm Samuel Rosengarten and his sons, Adolph and Frederick Rosengarten, and Dr. A. A. O'Donnell, who had been in almost constant attendance upon Mr. Weightman for the past eleven years.

The body of the deceased millionaire was laid out in a simple but rich black covered coffin in the parlor of his home and was on view from 10 o'clock in the morning to his employees and a few intimate friends of the family. Beginning at 1 o'clock, fully 600 employees from the Ninth and Parrish streets establishments and the works at Falls of Schuylkill visited the house and looked upon the face of their [no further words]

Although the family had requested that no flowers be sent there were nevertheless a number of contributions, including a handsome chair from the clerks of the counting house. There was also a floral cross, made of roses and lilies, which covered the entire length of the casket after the lid was placed on. This was the offering of his daughter, Mrs. Walker, and his granddaughter, Mrs. Meirs. His secretary, Edward T. Davis, sent a beautiful wreath of white roses.


Promptly at 2 o'clock the services were started. They were conducted by Rev. Dr. J. A. Walker, assistant rector of Holy Trinity P. E. Church, who acted in the place of Rev. Dr. Floyd W. Tomkins, who is abroad. The service consisted merely of the reading of the ritual prescribed by the Episcopal Church. Within a half hour the funeral procession was on its way out of the spacious and well-kept grounds, surrounding Mr. Weightman's unpretentious home.

There were about twenty-five carriages in all and one automobile cab, the second from the hearse. The auto cab contained granddaughters of Mr. Weightman. They were: Mrs. Nathaniel R. Nathan, of New YOrk; Mrs John Strawbridge and the Misses Ethel and Martha Weightman, daughters of Dr. William Weightman.

In the first cab was Mr. Weightman's only living child, Mrs. R. J. C. Walker, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waln Meirs. Mrs Meirs is a granddaughter. The funeral procession passed down Ridge avenue, through the Falls of Schuylkill, by the laboratories that Mr. Weighman's business genius had made known the world over. On the gateway to the chemical works hung sable crepe. The sidewalks were lined with men and women employed in the Weightman works.


The interment was made at South Laurel Hill, within a stone's throw of the Ridge avenue trolley cars and of Strawberry Mansion. The Weightman lot already held the bodies of his wife, Louisa, who died in 1884, aged 61 years, and of a son. The wife's grave is marked only by a simple low marble headstone, while that of the son is under a heavy slab of polished stone. Between the two Mr. Weightman was laid, the grave being lined with flowers to banish the suggestiveness of the bare walls.

The only service at the grave was the reading of the prescribed service of the Episcopal Church by Rev. Dr. Walker, who concluded with a brief prayer as the body of the father, friend and beloved employer was consigned to its last resting place.

One by one the relatives and friends passed by after glancing into the confines of the tomb. There ws present a universal atmosphere of a life successfully and well spent, and the completion of a long and remarkable career.


The casket was lowered into a brick and concrete grave vault. Mr. Meirs, the husband of a granddaughter, remained after the family and others departed, until the grave was closed. Heavy slate slabs were lowered at once to cover over the vault. He stated that the grave would eventually be marked by an unostentatious stone.

Mr. Meirs slao said that nothing had yet been done with Mr. Weightman's will, which is known to exist, and that nothing will be done until to-morrow or later in the week ehen it will be offered for probate."

1904-08-27; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
The employees of the late William Weightman will attenmd his funeral tomorrow in a body, two special trains from the Reading Terminal, at 9.38 and 11.08 A. M., having been placed at their disposal. Another special for business men will leave at 1.38 P. M. The services will be conducted by Rev. Floyd W. Tomkins, of the Holy Trinity Church."

1904-08-27; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
"WEIGHTMAN - WILLIAM WEIGHTMAN, on Thursday, August 25, 1904, in his 91st year, at his residence, School Lane, Germantown. Interment private, Omit flowers."

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