Sunday, March 22, 2015

FHL: The Weatherwax Genealogy by: James N. Fisher Jr  (1972 )

I downloaded  a copy of this to check against my own research. This Genealogy covers The Weatherwax family and its intermarriages with the Langdon and Menefee families.
Page: W-1 starts with Joseph C. Weatherwax b: 4 Apr 1797. The error is his place of birth cited as Germany! First Germany did not exist as a country until after 1880. Secondly all known Weatherwax's for the most part with a date of birth after July 1710 were born in NY Colony. Modern day exceptions do occur, but not in the Colonial  period. This Joseph descends from the first North American born generation, specifically: Petrus Weatherwax (1752-1805) and wife Catharina Cipperly (Zipperle) (1755-1837). He was born in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer co NY. His father owned a farm there. He married Catharina Grauberger (1801-1884) who was from another Palatine family arriving in 1710. He migrated to Schoharie county NY abt 1824 where he married his wife Both are buried in Slate Cemetery, Schoharie co NY. A good deal of this Genealogy addresses the LANGDON and MENEFEE families. No sources other than personal correspondence is cited.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Frank P. Harvey (1878-1958) married Hattie Belle Weatherwax (1887-1942). Today while verifying Michigan death records  I discovered they had an infant son Maxwell Frank Harvey b:6 Jul 1921 in Waverly,Van Buren co MI. Died 8 Jul 1921 and buried in Robinson Cemetery Gobles,Van Buren co MI. This son does not appear on any USC record you must use MI death records to find him. When I went to Find A Grave there was no maker for this son. His parents are there in Robinson Cemetery  Van Buren co MI, but not indication of this son. So if you are researching this HARVEY line or the line of her parents: Clement S. Weatherwax (1862-1952) and Jessie M. Boothby (1862-1941) you need to check the websites: ( and (

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CORRECTION TO Page 314-315 of my book as follows:
I received an Email from Cheryl Dahl questioning  errors she has found in the family of #875
Jacob L. Weatherwax or Wetherwax. Cheryl had recently found the estate papers of Jacob L. appointing his son John A. Weatherwax and wife Susannah Weatherwax as adminstrators of his estate on 11 Mar.1863. She also provided me with information on his DoD and burial.  Find a Grave records confirm his death on 6 Jan 1863 with an age of 44years 2months and 6 days. That gives him a corrected DoB of 1819-1820. He is buried in Spring Mountain Cemetery Monroe Twp. Coshocton co OH. His tombstone indicates a possible burial of his wife Susannah Mccoy sometime after 1900.
No DoD inscription is on the stone, but in USC1900 she is residing as the Widow Sussanah MOON (sp error) with her married daughter Mary Jane Williams. After Jacobs death Sussanah married Silas Moore on 8 Jun 1865 in Coshocton co OH. They later moved to CA where he died and Susannah returned to OH to live with her daughter.

The confusion arose for me when I found Jacob L. Weatherwax in USC1870 in Portsmouth,Scioto,OH. further research this week confirmed that he was b:6 May 1816 in NY; d:11 May 1875, and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery Portsmouth,Scioto OH. His wife was listed as Louisia , more research using death records of their children identified her maiden name as WILSON.

Based on this research and help from Cheryl the following is what the family of Jacob L. Weatherwax should be:
wife: Susannah Mccoy b:1821 OH; d: after 1900 Jefferson,Coshocton OH. Possibly buried with husband Jacob in Spring Mountain cemetery.
John A. Weatherwax b:15 Mar 1841 Coshocton,OH;d: Jan 1920. He married:Sevilla Williams 5 Oct 1864 in Coshocton co. OH. both are buried in Spring Mountain cemetery.
Mary Jane Weatherwax b:18 May 1847 Coshocton co OH, d:1936. She married Marion H. Willaims 6 Oct 1864 Coshocton co OH. She is buried in Valley View  cemetery, Warsaw, Coshocton co. OH.
Elizabeth Weatherwax b:1849 Monroe twp. Coshocton co OH, d:22 Dec 1863 same location. She is buried in Spring Mountain cemetery,Monroe twp Coshocton OH.
Nancy E. Weatherwax b:1857 Monroe twp, Coshocton,OH, d:6 Jan 1861 same location. She is buried in Spring Mountain cemetery.

That is the entire family for Jacob L. Weatherwax and Susannah Mccoy.

All other people listed as a part of this family  are part of the family of Jacob A. Weatherwax
b: 6 May 1816,d: 11 May 1875,buried Green Lawn cemetery

Louisa or Louiza Wilson b:1817 NY, d:
Sarah Elisabeth Weatherwax b:11 Aug 1839 NY,d:26 Jan 1918;m: Silas Oscar Losee 30 Jun 1859 Scioto co OH.
Louise Ida Weatherwax b:1851
William Fletcher Weatherwax b:2 Feb 1851 (possible twin?) Scioto OH,d: 26 Mar 1832 Portmouth,Scioto OH. m: Margaret Ann Adderly c1871. Buried Green Lawn Cemetery
Cornelia Weatherwax b:1853 Scioto OH
Jacob Weatherwax b:1857 Portmouth Scioto OH; d:  before USC 1860
Franklin J. Weatherwax b:1858 Portsmouth,Scioto OH,d: 21 Apr 1936 Covington Kenton,KY,
buried: Highland Cemetery Covington,Kenton,KY. he married twice :(1) C1878 to Melinda unknown maiden name. She died 1904 (2) Melissa Kidder m:27 Sep 1904 in Covington KY.
Harry A. Weatherwax  b:27 Nov 1859 Portsmouth Scioto,OH. d:10 Jun 1947 same location. He married Mary Emma Grady on 11 Feb 1878 on Scioto OH.

So thanks to the research of Cheryl  Dahl we now have an accurate picture of these two families.

Now for the hard part who is the father of Jacob A. Weatherwax? Supposidly he was born in Saratoga Springs NY, but I can find no record of him there. Various online trees and FGS do not shed a hint as to his parentage. When the snows clear I will  have to go to Saratoga co NY and see what I can find.
Anyone with info on this Jacob A. Weatherwax please contact me.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Patricia A. Weatherwax (Pope)
Patricia A. Weatherwax / Pope age 86 of Vincennes IN died Sunday Jan. 11,2015 in Emerald Place Washington IN. Dau of John Tarquin Weatherwax and Pearl Ruth Liechty.
Survivors: husband Keith H. Pope of Vincennes,IN. they married on 3/17/1951. Dau: Kim and husband Bob Chafin of Vincennes, Son: Dr. Kirby Pope and wife Kim of Topeka,KS.
Preceded in death by her parents, brother John E. Weatherwax,Robert Weatherwax and sister Margaret Cadwell.
Funeral arrangements: Michael W. Cox Funeral Home of Jasonville IN. Services Thursday Jan 15,2015 at Lebanon Baptist Church, Internment will be at Lebanon Cemetery in Midland,IN.
obit extract from (

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ethel A. Weatherwax pages 411&603 in my book corrections provided by my Cousin Linda Wilbur of MI.
Ethel A. Weatherwax dau of Levi J. Weatherwax (1838-1909) and Caroline Beaman (1839-1903)
she married George Hawkins on 26 Oct 1898 in Hudson,Hillsdale co.,MI. They only had two children:
George was the son of: James Hawkins and wife Elizabeth Ambrose of Hillsdale MI.
1. Carl J. Hawkins b: 15 Jan 1901 in Wheatland Hillsdale MI
2. Vena Hawkins b: 22 Nov 1902 in Wheatland Hillsdale MI she m: Verdzel Cassada
Ethel d: 6 May 1906 in Lafayette,Boulder,CO and is buried in Lafayette Cemetery same location.
Thanks to Linda's tireless efforts this will be corrected in the next Edition of the Weatherwax Genealogy, estimated to be 2020!.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Kenneth Patrick Weatherwax 1955-2014
Ken Weatherwax more famously known for his role of Pugsly in the Adams Family TV Series died at his California home.
 Son of: William M. Weatherwax (1904-1986)  and wife Margaret  M. Keeler. Both the Keeler and Weatherwax families were in various parts of the entertainment industry. Margaret's sister Ruby Keeler was a well know dancer and movie actor. Ken's family were of course famous TV and Movie animal trainers, and his Grandfather Walter S. Weatherwax was in the early motion picture industry in California. It appears from published obits online that his mother had a prior marriage and a son named Joseph Donald Vieira who is listed and Ken's half brother. I know Ken had a website that I used to check on every once in awhile, don't know if it is still active. I don't know if Kens mother is still living, but did find death and burial records for his father. Always a loss for even distant family members passing.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weatherwax family ancestral  land search in Rensselaer County New York.

Previous research by Arthur Johnson a descendant of Isaac Johnson husband of Betsey Weatherwax identified the location of the Land purchased by Andreas (Andrew) Weatherwax in 1765 as lying under the existing  Tomhannock Reservoir in Rensselaer county  NY.
This research is not supported by sources in Johnson's limited published work. He only sites several geologic maps without reference to why they were selected.. There is little or no correlation with the Known published Will of Andrew Weatherwax (the immigrant's son) or known locations and deed of other family members
The Will of Andrew Weatherwax probated in 1784 and found in Fernow's Calendar of Wills states the following regarding the disposition of lands and deeds granted to his children.
1. "To my son Hannes- 231 &3/4 acres of land wheron he now lives in Tamhanick." "He having a deed for the land from me already."
2. "To Martin Widderwax- the farmhouse whereon I now dwell in Tamhanick at the extent of a farm surveyed for Alexander Widderwax containing 235 & 1/2 acres."
Although Andrew's Will gives further disposition of lands to his other children these two provisions of the Will provide sources that lead to the identifying the current location of the lands in Question.
Clearly based on #2 Martin Widderwax (Weatherwax) inherited his father Andrew's farm of 235&1/2 acres of land. Subsequent land records will show the location of this property today.
It must be remembered when doing land searches in New York that most land was in one huge county called Albany county. Rensselaer County NY was not broken off from Albany county until 1792. So when researching land that was purchased or deeded prior to 1792 the Land records of Albany county must be consulted to provide a continuous chain of ownership for lands being searched.
Hannes Widderwax (Weatherwax)
Johannes or Hanes Weatherwax was the first born son of Andrew Weatherwax by his 2nd marriage to Jo Anna Edeli. His exact date of birth is not found, but other documentation indicates a dob of 1740. He married Anna Premmer abt 1761. He died 11 Mar 1818 in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer co. NY. He had seven known children. The son Andrew Weatherwax b:9 Sep 1766 provides the chain of land ownership from his father Hannes to Andrew's son John A. Weatherwax b:1794. His son was John A. Weatherwax b:4 Sep 1841
Additionally the approved S.A.R. application of John P. Weatherwax clearly indicates the land in question remained within the family until  the last parcel was sold by him in 1972.
Contained in the holdings of the Rensselaer county Historical society is the family Bible of John A. Weatherwax this Bible provides a clear consistent line of descent to John Peer Weatherwax b:23 Sep 1904, d:28 Jun 1991. These papers containing over 15 boxes of documents, photos and family records provide a chain of land ownership that points to the location of this land in present day Schaghticoke, Rensselaer co. NY.
Deed found, Albany co. Deeds, Book 9, page402 for lot "H" containing 233 acres and 3 rods.
Deed dated 2 Dec 1772 and recorded on 25 Apr 1774
Granter: Andrew Weatherwax  (the original immigrants son)
Grantee: Johannis Wederwax
original record was examined by myself in Albany County Clerk's office on April 19,2013. This record  does not specify anything that would indicated the present day location of the land in question.
Deed found, Rensselaer co Deeds, Book 267, page 6
Deed dated: 17 Apr 1899
Grantor: John  A. Weatherwax b:1794
Grantee: Freeman C. Weatherwax b:31 Aug 1868
140 acres of land located in Schaghticoke
Another Deed found Book 330, pg25 indicates that Freeman Cooper Weatherwax and wife Edith sold some of this land to his brother William M. Weatherwax on 22 Oct 1910.
Upon Freeman C. Weatherwax's death on 3 Feb 1953 the remaining parcel of original land passed through inheritance to his son John Peer Weatherwax and his sisters Louis W. Austin and Esther W. Sykes.
Utilizing the 1976 Rensselaer County New York Tax maps for the town of Schaghticoke  indicated   a parcel of property on "Weatherwax Lane" , at the junction of Gunbadt Road. A cross reference to property sales indicated that John P. Weatherwax sold property in 1972  A surveyed plot map with information confirmed  that the property at this location was sold by John Peer Weatherwax and his sisters. The  Schaghticoke  Tax Map #041.00 clearly indicates the property in question and also indicates that the 10.66 acres sold was part of the original 231+ acres of the original patent. This last parcel of land owned by Hannes Weatherwax's decendants was sold  based on a land survey dated  26 Jun 1972 and registered on 11 Jul 1971. The land was sold to James A. and Caroll Jennison of Schaghticoke.
This then confirms along with other documentation that Andrew Weatherwax's purchase of 1/3 of a parcel of land  encompassing 8602 acres on the East bank of the Hudson which was transacted in 1765 was in fact located in present day Schaghticoke, not Pittstown NY. It appears that the Northern boundary was along Tomhannock creek. Some indications are that the patent continued southward to the Deep Kill. In total on his death Andrew parceled out a total of  about 2800 acres of land, reserving 800 acres to pay for anything due on the whole patent.
Andrew Weatherwax's original farm of 235 1/2 acres which was deeded to his son Martin Weatherwax 1741-1813.
Martin Weatherwax bap:13 Jan 1741; d:27 May 1813.
Martin Weatherwax and his brother David Weatherwax (1747-1831), both these brothers sold their Rensselaer county farms and moved to Peru, Clinton county NY by 1794. Clearly in 1796 both appear in Road tax lists for the town of Peru, Clinton co. NY. No record of the sale or transfer of David's property has yet been found. But evidence exist based on land purchases in Clinton co NY that both bought 300 acres farms in Peru on the Western shore of Lake Champlain
Deed found: Rensselaer county Deeds Book 1, pg.44 (First Deed book of new Rensselaer co. NY)
This deed date 29 Nov 1792 clearly indicates that the
Grantor Martinus Weatherwax
Gratee: Benjamin Holt
purchased land on 185 1/2 acres on 29 Nov 1792
then on 23 May 1811 Rensselaer county deed book 5, pgs.496-497
Indicates that land in possession of Benjamin Holt is conveyed to James Brookins.
Here it gets fuzzy because the Court of Common Pleas took a certification of this transaction by Martin Weatherwax who was then living in Peru NY. Possibly he traveled to Rensselaer county, but he would die within 2 years and it appears he would not have traveled that far but provided a written certification to the court.
So further research is needed to identify the land held in 1811 by James Brookins. It is noteworthy that Peter Weatherwax 1752-1805 is buried in the Brookins Family cemetery on rte 41 along with several James Brookins family members. Peters property is rumored to be located near this site again in Schaghticoke.
So why was Peter Weatherwax buried in the Brookins family cemetery? I suspect this was a small Weatherwax family cemetery before the land  was purchased  by James Brookins. That would logically allow Peter Weatherwax to be buried there in 1805. Peter had no known relationship to the Brookins family.  Two separate visits to this cemetery show only a marker for Peter who is listed in the D.A.R. Patriots marker listings. All other possibly Weatherwax markers could not be found.
copyright Wayne E. Weatherwax Nov.16,2014.