Johann Martin Weimer of Alsace had three sons who came to America: John, Frederick, and Martin. Martin was born 4 July 1738 in Langensoultzbach, Alsace, then a province of France. In 1769 he married Catherine Barbara Troutman the daughter of Peter Von Troutman. Peter was born in Zweibrucken Germany supposedly the son of Baron Von Troutman of Vienna Austria.
Martin was 34 years of age in 1772 and had served in the military service and had also acquired the skills of a shoemaker. His means being limited and if he were to remain where he was he could never expect to rise above his circumstances so he decided to come to America.
Martin his wife and first born child Margaret arrived in Philadelphia on September 20 1774 on the ship "Union" with Captain Andrew Bryson.
Whether or not Martin was without means or voluntarily agreed before he left his native home to bind himself and wife in order to secure their passage; or had sufficient money of his own and lost it on the way and was through misfortune compelled to submit to being sold to pay the passage money he and his wife were at all events indentured for a term of years to a farmer in Cecil County Maryland. How long the indentures were for is not known precisely but the probability is that they were for three to five years, a woman having to serve longer than a man from the disparity in their wages. At the expiration of their indentures they were entitled to an axe, a gun and a sum of money.
Meanwhile the Revolutionary War had broken out and Martin enlisted. Just how long he was in the army is not known but there is no doubt that he was with the allied armies before Yorktown when on October 19 1781 Lord Cornwallis surrendered to the American Army. Whether or not he received a bounty from the state for his services in the army is not known. His name does not appear on the lists of those who received such a reward.
After Martin entered the army the duty devolved upon Catherine Barbara to continue to labor for her own support and that of her offspring otherwise the amount saved would soon be exhausted. She true to her instincts of a kind and faithful mother assisted with her own hands in providing for herself and her children. For the pay of a soldier would not in itself keep a family even if regularly paid as it was only six dollars per month. She had acquired the skill of weaving before she left her native country and it is extremely probable that she carried on the same trade at least at times. She may have continued with the same family to which she had been "bound" and if not at least in the same neighborhood where she was known and appreciated in her humble capacity.
After the war they left Cecil County Maryland to find land of their own. In 1785 they traveled west through Cumberland County Maryland until they had crossed the Mason-Dixon line into Pennsylvania. They proceeded a mile further inclining somewhat more to the west when they approached a forest covered with spruce oak beech and sugar trees. Martin took the ax and cleared away a spot on which they erected a small log cabin 14 by 16 feet with light round logs notched at both ends. The spot on which Martin erected his log cabin and opened a clearing is now (1885) known as the Delos Thomas farm which gentleman owns and lives on it. It is located in Greenville Township Somerset County Pennsylvania on a small branch of Pine Run a half mile north of the Maryland line. The extent of Martin's improvements and the precise length of time he occupied this farm are lost among the events of the forgotten past. Whether he sold the farm at a profit or lost it is somehow not known but he moved again.
He discovered a 218 acre tract of land lying about a mile south of the present town of Salisbury Pennsylvania. This became known as the "Old Weimer Farm".
This farm is situated three miles north of "Little Meadows" (so named by Colonel Cresap in 1751) where Washington on the 9th of May 1754 arrived with his small force of 150 men on his way to Fort Duquesne and lay encamped for a few days; and where General Braddock the following year constructed a small stockade fort. It was constructed on the Braddock Road a quarter mile north of the present location of the National Road where the Stone-House now stands. The farm is nearly two miles north of the Maryland line on a beautiful slope that rises first abruptly then gently towards the east and south.On the west it is bisected by the channel of the Castleman River leaving a most valuable sand bottom on the west side.
The location of this farm is a most eligible one. Nature in shaping and forming the surface contour of this farm almost exhausted her lines of grandeur. It is indeed most beautifully located the stream which flows through a part of the western portion of it is about 200 feet wide and very shallow. It has its source about 24 miles south from springs and rivulets scarcely 100 feet from others whose waters are discharged into the streams that empty into the Potomac River through the Chesapeake Bay and into the Atlantic Ocean. here Martin and Catherine raised their family of seven children.
NOTE: The following is a description of directions for traveling to the Martin Weimer farm as it would be understood in 1974: Starting in Salisbury Pa. at the intersection of State Route 669 and US 219 go southwest 1 mile on US 219. Turn right up the hill 1/4 mile on side road. Turn left 1 mile to Casselman River. Proceed straight ahead 1/4 mile to group of farm buildings. This is the site of Martin Weimer's farm which is believed to have straddled the river.
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Martin Weimer died in 1815. His will dated 14 May 1815 reads as
In the Name of God. Amen
I Martin Weimer of Elk Lick Township State of Pennsylvania being weak in body but sound of mind and memory do constitute and ordain this my last will and testament.
I do commit my soul into the hands of God my Creator and my body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner and of my worldly effects which God has been pleased to bless me with I dispose in ____.
First I order all my just debts to be paid.
I give and bequeath unto my wife Catherine Barbara three hundred dollars lawful money and the third of all my real estate and personal property and linen and linsey and cloth now belonging to us and all the bedclothes belonging to us and all bed steads and bed clothes belonging to the same and one spinning wheel.
It is my will that the residue of my real and personal property be sold excepting what I have already bequeathed.
And it is my will that my son Adam shall receive one hundred dollars more than any of the rest of my children receive separately as soon as my real and personal property shall be sold to the best advantage by my executors herin named who shall sell and dispose of my lands and personal property after my death.
And it is my will that my children to wit namely Margaret my daughter and the heirs of my son Martin and my son Frederick and my daughter Elizabeth and my son Adam and my daughter Eve to have and share alike of my real and personal property excepting my son Adam who is to have one hundred dollars more than the rest of the children when their share shall be equally divided among my heirs.
And it is my will that my daughter Eve shall be given a mare colt two (2) years old this spring.
And it is my desire that my said wife Catherine Barbara shall yet have three or four bushels of wheat after my death.
I do herby constitute and appoint my truely and loving friend John Durst and Peter Welfley my two and sole executors of this my last will and testament and ratifying that the same as my act and deed I have herein set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of May one thousand eight hundred and fifteen. Signed sealed and delivered
In the presence of Adam Engle and John Crider
Somerset County Pennsylvania
This twenty-third day of May the year one thousand eight hundred and fifteen (1815) before me came Alexander Ogle Esq. Register of probate wills and registered this will the 20th of June 1815 will proven 1815.
Page 151 in Will book in Court House in Somerset Pennsylvania.
Catherine Barbara died in 1825 and both she and Martin are buried in Salisbury Pennsylvania.
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