Mr. Weber was born in Prussia, Germany, July 22, 1827, a son of Adam and Elizabeth (Sneider) Weber, who never left that country. The father served as a soldier under Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo, and was with the army in Russia. He joined the retreat, while many who remained were frozen to death. He walked back to Germany, where he later died at the age of eighty-five years. His wife there died at about the same age. Our subject was the youngest in their family of three children. Catherine came to America and marred John Debus, a farmer of Iowa, where she died in 1891, at the age of sixty-nine years. Her husband is still living in that state: Martin. the oldest of the family died in the fatherland.
From the age of six to fourteen years, Mr. Weber, of this sketch, attended
the schools of his native land, and for the following six years served as a
musician in a band, playing almost any instrument, but mostly a cornet. He
traveled with the Holland navy, visiting Java and Batavia in 1845. Before and
after this he traveled for four years in a circus band. Five times he has
crossed the ocean, twice visiting Europe, first in 1876, and later in 1886. At
the age of twenty he entered the German army as a musician serving as regimental
bugler for five years, and was in the revolution in Baden in 1849.
In Germany, on the 30th of September, 1852, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Weber and Miss Julia Hamel, who died March 5, 1885, at the age of fifty-eight years and one day. She was the daughter of George and Isabel Hamel, who spent their entire lives in Germany. She had one brother in La Salle, Illinois, and another, Henry Hamel, who went to California, and is now worth more than a million.
Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Weber, the birth of the oldest occurring two months after the arrival of his parents in the United States. In order of birth, they are as follows: Henry married Elizabeth Woubben, by whom he has three children-Frank, Henry and Eddie. They live on a farm near Seatonville, Bureau county; John H., who is residing on the Webster farm, east of Spring Valley, married Anna Herboldsheimer, and has one son, Irvin ; Emma is the wife of Fred Hummel, a hotel-keeper, of Templeton, Wisconsin, and they have one child, Anna; Lizzie resides with . her sister in Wisconsin; Lewis married Clara Kuster, and resides on the home farm; Ida is the wife of Frank Herboldsheimer, and lives near Princeton. The mother of these children was a member of the Lutheran church.
On the 20th of October, 1887, Mr. Weber was again married, his second union
being with Miss Adella Bartlett, a daughter of Schuyler and Esther (Leigh)
Bartlett, the former born in Canada, of Scotch parentage, and the latter at
Seven Oaks, ten miles east of London, England. They now make their home in
Princeton. The father was seventy-two in July, 1896, and his wife will be that
age in March, 1897. Mrs. Weber is the youngest of their five daughters, the
others being Eliza, wife of Levi Neirkirk, a farmer, of Carroll county,
Illinois; Hattie, wife of Albert Stickel, of Princeton; Anna, wife of Louis Van
Scoyk, of Galesburg, Illinois; Amanda, wife of Charles Pierce, of the same city.
One child blesses the second union of our subject, Lena, who is now attending
Source: Past and Present of Bureau Co., Illinois by George B. Harrington. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co., 1906, 961 pgs