I have a typewritten letter from Asa C. Weller (son of George, Grandson of Andrew (Andreas) Weller. I havetyped the letter just as it was written. From dates referenced in the letter I believe this was written about 1875.My questions are about the brother of George, John Weller who was the other son of Andrew.Nothing in my research about the Canadian Wellers, who owned a stagecoach line, confirms that this is the family of John Weller from Germany, then Waldoboro, Maine.I would love to hear from anyone who can connect John Weller of Canada to the family from Maine!
LETTER:My grandfather came to this Country when my father was about 12 years old and settled in the District of Maine, Town of Waldboro.He came from Germany with two sons, and two daughters.Maine at that time was a part of Massachusettts.The sons were George and John Weller.
My father at the age of 15 went to New York on foot, no stages or railroads at that time, and had to go by marked trees; and there put himself as the apprentice to a tailor by the name of “Ricker”.At the end of his apprenticeship, Ricker gave my father a Bull’s Eye watch (the same watch that my mother left at your father’s when she was there) and $20.00 in silver, on which he came to Boston and began business, which he carried on over forty years.
My Uncle John, the father of those you mention in your letter as living in Iowa or Canada, I never saw but once, that was the time that he had got started for Canada.He told my father that he was going to seek his fortune, and we never saw or hear from him until some of his children came about.He has one William, one John, and one Asa C. (lived in Vergennes, Vermont) the same as mine, at any rate he came very near getting me into a bad scrape once. He is a lawyer by profession, but as luck would have it, I happened to spend that day with on old Quaker and went to meeting with him and his family took dinner and tea, but the next day I was arrested for breaking decanters, glasses, chairs, etc. (he dropped a handkerchief with my name on it and they thought I must have been the one).
William Weller, that lived in Canada, is, or was, very rich.He was a large stage owner, but I do not know where he is now, or what he is doing.
Father’s two sisters are both dead.One married a man by the name of Hoe (?) (could be Hoch); the other Clough (could be Klaus).There is one of their daughters has married and named their first son “Asa C.W.”.She used to live with my father.
The letter then goes on to tell of his family, brothers Andrew, Thomas, William, andsister Abigail.As he does not list George in the letter, but rather states, “Your father was the oldest”, I believe he was writing to one of George’s children.
I am hoping that someone can help me make some connections with either George or John Weller.I would love to make any connections!