From the Warren Family Bible:
"Peter Weese born Dec 1st 1817 in Preble Co. Ohio"
The Chisnell and Rhind Families
Updated September 10, 2000
by Julia Rhind Chisnell
722 Palmer St
Wooster, Ohio A-United States
[HEWeese] "Peter Weese, the author's grandfather, knew little of his father's family, as his parents both had died when he was about two years old. The best information indicates that he was born in Pennsylvania. That he was bound-out to someone at 12, to who is uncertain. That he came to Darke Co Ohio, near New Paris. That he was adopted there by a family named Purviance; that he married his foster sister, Elizabeth Keziah Purviance, dau of James Purviance, who died at 47 of tuberculosis.
Peter Weese, as a boy, spoke only German. His life after marriage was spent on his farm of 160 acres which he cleared from virgin forest. It was situated about 4 1/2 miles west of Huntington Indiana and about 1/2 mile south of the Wabash River. In later years he moved to Buchanan Michigan where he bought a large home with small acreage at the edge of town, and raised fruit of all kinds and vegetables. This move came about as he was looking for less strenuous labor than farming at his age. He had a brother, Hiram, a blacksmith, and nephew, 'Len', who lived there. Was elected Justice of the Peace. Religion, Protestant, 'Universalist'. In politics had been a Republican but in later years voted the Prohibition ticket."
[Huntington Press, 29 June 1907] "Prominent Pioneer -- Peter Weese Died Friday at Dowagiac Mich -- His Funeral Sunday -- Services at H G Weese Residence on Fredericka Street -- Peter Weese, years a resident of Huntington and Huntington county and a man prominent in agricultural, civic and fraternal circles of this community, died Friday evening in Dowagiac, Mich, at the home of his daughter, Mrs Bessie Hurst, with who he had been making his home several months.
Coming to this county in 1844 from Ohio, he immediately identified himself with the interests of this vicinity. Purchasing a farm mid the woodland four or five miles west of the city, Mr Weese cleared a homestead and became recognized as one of the most enterprising argiculturists of the county. With the organization of the Huntington County Fair association in the early days, Peter Weese was chosen one of the first presidents. Many years he continued actively interested in the successes of the county exhibits and even in later years in the infirmities of his advanced age he regularly attended and was an honored guest of the fair association.
Over forty years ago Mr Weese became affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In that order he passed through the chairs and was active in the affairs of the lodge until broken in health and infirmities of age kept him from regular attendance. Odd Fellows will be in charge of the funeral, which will be held Sunday afternoon from the home of H G Weese, his son, on Fredericka street. Services will be conducted at 2:30 by Rev J A Beatty of the M E church. Interment will be at Mt Hope.
Born in Preble county Ohio, December 1, 1817, he was early in life thrown on the mercies of the world, through the death of father and mother in infancy. Taken to raise by strangers, his young life knew not the pleasures of home. Shortly after his maturity he started out for himself, with but meagre resources but with ambition characteristic of the early pioneers. He chose to cast his fortunes with the future of Indiana. As a young man he married Miss Elizabeth Purviance, sister of the late Samuel Puviance. Surviving sons of their union are H G Weese of this city and James Weese of Dowagiac Mich. A number of years after Mrs Weese’s death he married Miss Anna Warren. The children of this union are Mrs Bessie Hurst of Dowagiac Mich, Mrs W H Lindsley of Decatur and Mrs Charles Burge of San [?] Cal.
Mr Weese did not continually remain a resident of the county. On disposing of his farm west of the city about twenty years ago he went to Michigan, where he purchased a tract and successfully operated a fruit and truck farm a number of years. Advanced years compelled him to give up active labors and he returned to Huntington and many years resided on Superior street. Ill health of both broke up this home several years ago and the aged couple lived among the children. Since the death of Mrs Weese a little over a year ago, Mr Weese had lived with Mrs Lindsley at Decatur and at the H G Weese home in this city and several weeks ago was taken to reside with his daughter, Mrs Hurst in Dowagiac Mich.
Mr Weese retained wonderful mental faculties until the last year and took pleasure in relating experiences of his early pioneer life. Back in Ohio, his experiences with the Indians made interesting narrative and also incidents of his life among the Miamis of this county later. Mrs Weese was a man who early realized the advantages of keeping pace with matters of public import and was always a great reader. One interesting story of the hardships of pioneer life in Huntington County and his subscribing for one of the earliest publications in this vicinity he frequently told is as follows:
'I was one of the first subscribers to the first paper printed in Huntington county. I was living in the county east of Andrews when Alex D Long came to my house to stay over night. He said he was going to start a county paper and was walking over the county trying to get subscribers. He wanted me to become a subscriber, but I told him I had not a cent in the house and did not know when I would get any money. I tell you money was scarce then. I paid no grocery bills, bought hardware and even paid my taxes by trading deer skins, coon and fox hides. Finally Alex told me if I would bring him two bushels of corn to town, he would give me one year’s subscription. That is the way I began and have never stopped.'
In politics Mr Weese was a staunch Republican. He belonged to no religious faith, but attempted to live aright and his goodness will long stand a monument to his memory in the annals of domestic and civic history of Huntington county.
The remains, in charge of H Weese and Mrs Hurst, are expected to arrive from Dowagiac this evening. They will be taken to the H Weese residence, from which the funeral will be held."
[Dowagiac MI, 29 June 1907] "Remains Taken to His Old Home -- Peter Weese Passed Away Last Evening at Home of His Daughter -- Peter Weese, aged 89, died last night at 10 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs William Hurst on Orchard street. Death followed an extended illness.
This afternoon the remains were taken to Huntington, Ind, his old home, for burial. The funeral party consisted of the following: Mrs William Hurst, daughter Rosamond and son Ervin; Mrs W H Lindsley, H G Weese and James Weese. Mrs Lindsley, a daughter of the deceased, has been here for the past several weeks from Decatur, Ind. She was called here by the sickness of her father."
Marriage Notes for Peter Weese and Elizabeth Purviance:
[Miami Valley Genealogy Index] Elizabeth K Purviance m. Peter Wease 1842 Preble Co OH.
[IGI Record batch #M512961] Elizabeth K Purviance m. 18 Aug 1842 Preble Co OH to "Toler Wease". The date/place is the same as other marriage records, but all other records say "Peter Weese". Wease is not an unusual spelling, but one can only wonder where the name Toler came from.
[Indiana, District 52, Huntinton Cty]
Noted in the 1850 Federal Census at age 32 living in Huntington Cty, IN with his wife Elizabeth, age 32, and children William H - 8, James P - 5, and Joseph A - 3. Occupation: Farmer
[Indiana, HUNTINGTON, Roll 267 Book 1, Page 36 ]
Noted in the 1860 Federal Census at age 42 living in Huntington Twp, Huntington Cty, IN with wife Elizabeth, age 42 and children William W - 17, James P - 14, Joseph A - 12, Horace G - 7, and Roscoe U - 2. Occupation: Farmer
[Indiana, Huntington Twp, Huntington Cty, Page #16]
Noted in the 1870 Federal Census at age 52 living in Huntington Twp, Huntington Cty, IN with his wife Anzaletta, age 38, and children Jesse P - 23, Harris G - 16, Emela - 3, and Elizabeth - 1. Occupation: Farmer - Jesse P. also noted as working on farm.
[Indiana, Huntington County, Page 110 ]
Noted in the 1900 Federal Census at age 82 living in Huntington Twp, Huntingtion Cty, IN with his wife Anzaleta, age 68, and daughter Emela R. [Weese] Gould, age 30, along with her husband Chas. A. Gould age 42. Pete's occupation noted as Farmer. Charles Gould noted as Traveling Salesman,while Emela is noted as a nurse.
Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995 about Peter Weese
Name: Peter Weese
Birth Date: abt 1818
Birth Place: Ohio
Death Date: 28 Jun 1907
Death Place: Dowagiac, Cass Co., MI
Death Age: 89
Marital Status: Widowed
Father Name: Henry Weese
Mother Name: Herold
FHL Film Number: 1021048
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