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John Rudolph Weymyer (b. Abt. 1725, d. July 26, 1801)John Rudolph Weymyer (son of John Valentine Weymyer and Elizabeth ?) was born Abt. 1725 in Hanover, Germany1404, and died July 26, 1801 in Randolph County, North Carolina1404.He married Voltine Lough.
Notes for John Rudolph Weymyer:
John Rudolph Waymire (originally Wehmeyer) was an officer in the body guard of Frederick the Great.He was made a provincial governor.He fought in the Battle of Dettingen in Germany on June 27, 1743. (Internet-no documentation).
John and his family (including his parents, his sisters, wife, and children) came to America from Germany in the summer of 1753.They came on the ship Leathley and landed at Philadelphia Sept. 19, 1753.He settled in rural PA where his father died in 1757.That same year John moved his family to Randolph Co. NC where he lived the rest of his life.John is listed in the DAR Patriot Index as a soldier from NC.
Will-Randolph Co. NC Will book 2, p. 85.26 July 1801.....First I give to my son Frederick Waymire, Rosana Yount, Tamar Phouts, Molly Pouts, Elizabeth Hoover, Nancy Younts, Catherine Summers, and Margaret Kinley, each them 5 shillings sterling.
Second, Is give to my son, Daniel, 150 acres of land including the plantation whereon he now lives....also I give to my son Jacob 200 acres....also I give to my son David 131 acres....I give to my son Henry 150 acres....I give to my son Rudolph 150 acres....they shall pay to my other 2 sons Valintine and Soloman so much as to make them all equal.
Also I give to my beloved wife Molly 1/3rd that is made on the said land...also I leave to my wife Molly the rest of my household property until my youngest son Solomon comes of age...money equally divided between my 7 sons namely Daniel, Valentine, Jacob, David, Henry, Rudolph, and Solomon...
Most of his children moved to OH.
From Margo McBride:
JOHN RUDOLPH WAYMIRE
Born Johan Ludolph Weymeyer in Hanover, Germany (called Prussia) in 1725, the son of John Valentine (Johan Voltine Weymeyer). Hanover lies west of Berlin in the Uplands.
Since 1701 the country had been ruled by the House of Hohenzollern, who called themselves the "Kings of Prussia." Frederick William I had created a military state and by 1740, when his son Frederick II (called "Frederick the Great") took over, they had made Prussia one of the strongest military powers in Europe.
John Rudolph grew to be a tall man with great physical strength. He served his mandatory enlistment in the army of Frederick II and afterwards, he was kept on by the King as a personal bodyguard. The physical requirements to become a bodyguard were a minimum height of 6'6" and minimum weight of 225+ lbs, but he qualified easily.
He showed such courage and executive abilities that the King made him governor of one of the provinces they had seized in a battle. But this relationship deteriorated when he began refusing to follow orders that he didn't agree with, and for speaking out in public about his complaints. Sometime after he began military service, he joined the Society of Fgriends (Quakers) whose beliefs were against andy type of military actions whatever. He began speaking against the military policies of the country and was warned to keep quiet. He was finally charged with insubordination and put in prison for 30 days, but as soon as he was released he began publicly criticizing things again, saying that people weren't being treated fairly, and that he intended to leave the country if things didn't change. His comments got him imprisoned for a second time. This time he evidently learned that if he wanted to stay alive, he had to keep his opinions to himself. He served another 30 days, and while in jail, quietly started making plans to leave Prussia and take his family to AMERICA.
In the summer of 1753, at the age of 28, he boareded "The Leathley" at Hamburg. He took his wife and two small children, his parents, and two sisters. He signed the boarding list for himself and his father. Unfortunately the names of women and children weren't required, so we don't know the first names of his mother and sisters. His daughters Eleanor Melinda, 4 and Rosannah, 2, are most likely the ones who journeyed with him. A third daughter, Elizabeth, was born July 12, probably on board ship during the three month trip, but only two children were on the passenger list when he boarded.
On the 3 he voyage, his mother became very ill. She died on the ship and was buried at sea.
When they landed in Philadepphia on September 19, 1753, his two sisters somehow separated from the family in all the confusion of leaving the ship, and although he searched and searched, he would never see them or hear from them again. The separation from his own country, the loss of his sisters and his mother's death haunted him forever, and he suffered from terrible nightmares and visions.
After living here ashort time, he changed his name from Johan Ludolph Weymeyer to the more acceptable John Rudolph Waymire. His father changed his name from Johan Voltine Weyermeyer to John Valentine Waymire. They settled in Pennsylvania and began farming, but the ocean journey, the loss of his family, and the rough life here was too much for his father, who died in 1757, only 4 years after arriving.
John Rudolph took his wife and children and moved to Guilford County (now called Randolph Co.) North Carolina, and settled on the Uwharie River. Although the river valleys in North Carolina were fertile, they were narrow and flooded often. The land outside the river valleys was rocky and the ground filled with clay. Farming was difficult, but John continued there for many years. Altogether, he and his wife had 8 children: 7 daughters and 1 son. We are descended from their daughter Eleanor Malinda Waymire, who married Jacob Fouts. Their descendants still hold Fouts-Waymire Family Reunions in Richmond, Indiana.
It isn't known when his 1st wife died, but sometime around 1775 at the age of about 50, he married for the second time, to Elizabeth "Molly" Louck. He started another family and had 7 sons. His last son, Solomon Waymire, was born when John Rudolph was 66! Surprisingly for those times, all 15 of his children grew to be adults, all married and all had children, remarkable for those times. (Must have been God's promised blessings for the descendants of a righteous man!)
In July of 1801 he wrote his will, and he died sometime between July and November, when his estate went into probate, naming his wife "Molly" and children. He was 76 years old.
Eventually the land in North Carolina wasn't producing enough crops, so after his death, his children began moving away to the "New Land" called Ohio. The soil was richer, and because the Waymires were Quakers, they wanted to live somewhere where slavery wasn't tolerated. By 1808, 50 years after John Rudolph came to North Carolina, his children had all oved to Ohio. Some stayed there, others moved farther and farther west.
Children of John Rudolph Weymyer and Voltine Lough are:
- +Eleanor Malinda Waymire, b. Abt. 1749, Germany, d. February 11, 1827, ?.