A brief historical background on the Weiss/Wise family

This post is courtesy of Cousin Mike Wise from Georgia. I appreciate everyone’s patience while I comb through Cousin Mike’s archive of research and start posting it online here at Knapp Notes.

On the Document Gallery tab, I have added a menu item called Wise Guys. I will be starting to post copies of the original documents there.

Cousin Mike wrote this as part of his newsletter, Wise Guys:

Jacob WEISS came from a region of Germany called Rhenish Bavaria. He came from a small town of a few hundred people called Birkenhodt, which means “birches in the hearth.”

The term “Rhenish Bavaria” translates to “Bavaria near the Rhine.” It is located in a valley on the west side of the Rhine river only a few miles north of the French border, near the towns of Bad Bergzabern and Wissembourg. Just outside the valley is a grape-growing region, but in the valley itself, it is too cold to grow grapes.

Jacob Weiss came to America in 1840 with his wife, Mary Magdalena HAMMER. Also making the trip were Mary’s brother and sister, Dominick and Louisa HAMMER. They settled first in Canal Fulton, Ohio, for several years and the HAMMER descendants still live there today.

After living in Canal Fulton for several years, Jacob and Mary WEISS moved their family to Lake Township in northern Stark County, Ohio. The place was on the northwest corner of 619 and Doucette Avenue. His house was about one mile east of Hartville, Ohio.

Jacob WEISS‘s father, Adam WEISS, and his mother, Frances BURGER, never migrated to the USA. Mary BURGER‘s parents, Johanne HAMMER and Elizabeth OEKENHAEFER, never migrated to the USA.

Jacob WEISS was born 14 April 1801 and died 4 August 1865, and is buried at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Randolph, Ohio. Mary HAMMER WEISS died 10 April 1873 and also is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Randolph. The couple were married in 1827.

NOTE: After coming to America, they changed their name to WISE.

Jacob and Mary WEISS had eight children:

  1. Cristina WISE, born 4 Jan 1828, who married Nicolas SCHRADER on 12 May 1851. Cristina died 16 March 1902.
  2. Dominic WISE, born 24 Sep 1832. He died in 1917. I have his date of death listed as 1916, but we’ll have to check on that one.
  3. Jacob WISE, Jr., born 1835 and died in 1890.
  4. John J. WISE, born 12 Sep 1837 and was married 25 Jan 1862. He died 19 Sep 1919. 
  5. Louise WISE, born 27 March 1830, Birkenhordt, Germany
  6. Barnhart WISE, born 2 Feb 1843, married 13 Oct 1868 and died 15 Oct 1919. I have Barnhart listed as “Bernard”; apparently he “Americanized” his name.
  7. Katherine WISE, 2 Feb 1840 – I show her as being born in Birkenhordt, Germany
  8. Joseph E. Wise, born 28 April 1845, married 21 Nov 1871 and died 18 August 1922 in Randolph, Portage, Ohio.

I am not sure of the exact order of birth, since I don’t have all the dates. Ray WISE of Ravenna said that the three youngest were born in America, all others in Germany. Ray also said that all are buried at St. Joe in Randolph, except Katherine, who he thinks is buried in Ravenna? He may be mistaken about the oldest, Cristina, as there is a good chance she is buried at St. Mary’s in Massillon, Ohio.

Note: Where I have additional information or where my information varies, I have added it in RED text. Perhaps we can join forces and fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge.

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2 Responses to A brief historical background on the Weiss/Wise family

  1. Tommy Woodward says:

    I am very interested in your detailed accounts on the Knapp, Trades and Wise lines, I wish there was someone as dedicated doing my own family lines (with the exception of my maternal line Hayden I doubt anyone can come close). I am interested in your research for my son Curtis, he is of Knapp ancestry through his mother Ann Moledor Woodward. His grandfather was the late Lamar C Moledor, his father Carl Lewis Moledor, all who resided in Kent, then to Peter Moledor who moved there from Randolph; to Barbara Knapp who married John Knapp whose parents came over from Germany in 1831. So he is a fourth great grandson of John and Agnes Elizabeth Trades Knapp. I research his side on his mother’s side when I have time so his children and so on may have his maternal as well as my side. Look forward to future post, Tommy Woodward


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