Balthasar Weiler

b. 31 May 1823, d. 5 November 1887

Balthasar Weiler, 1823-1887
  • Balthasar Weiler was born on 31 May 1823 in Machtolsheim, Württemberg.
  • He was baptized/christened on 1 June 1823 in Machtolsheim, Württemberg, Liebfrauenkirche, Evangelical Lutheran.
  • He applied in April 1833 in Blaubeuren, Württemberg, to emigrate to America.
  • He married Anna Walter, daughter of Johann Gottlieb Walter and Johanna Stump, on 22 July 1845 in Machtolsheim, Württemberg.
  • A cyanotype "snapshot" was made of Ursula Häberle Weiler, likely shortly before her sons Balthasar and Ludwig departed for the United States.
  • Prior to emigration, five of the six children born to Balthasar and Anna died of consumption, coughs and cramps, and quinsy, and were buried in Machtolsheim.
  • Balthasar Weiler and Anna Walter, accompanied by Gottlieb Weiler, departed on 18 May 1853 departing London aboard the United States square-rigged sailing vessel American Eagle (899 tons, carrying 520 passengers, master Richard H. Moore). Passage was originally booked aboard the Prince Albert, to depart London on 5 May, but she apparently was delayed returning to London and did not depart for New York until 24 May. Traveling on the same ship were Balthasar's brother Ludwig Weiler and his wife Catherina.
    Sailing packet American Eagle, Griswold's Black X Line between New York and London, 1846-1867.
  • Balthasar Weiler and Anna Walter arrived in the Port of New York on 17 June 1853, accompanied by Gottlieb Weiler.
  • He filed a declaration of intent to become a US citizen on 27 July 1856 at the Erie County Court, Buffalo, Erie County, New York. Witnessed by Adam Mathes and George Burkhardt.
  • He acquired property at 25 Elizabeth Street, Village of Niagara City "late Bellevue", Niagara County, New York, on 7 September 1857. From William O. and Mary Ellen Buchananfor the sum of $150.
  • He was a sponsor at the baptism/christening of Apolonia Weiler on 8 November 1857 at Zion Lutheran Church in Niagara, Niagara Falls, New York.
  • He was naturalized on 16 January 1860 at the Superior Court of Buffalo, Buffalo, Erie County, New York.
  • Balthasar Weiler and Anna Walter appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Niagara, Niagara County, New York, living next to Balthasar's brother Louis, and just a few households from Anna's sisters Lucy Stahle and Barbara "Baumel.". Other members of the household included Gottlieb Weiler, Ursula Weiler, Christian Weiler and Matthias Balthasar Weiler.
  • He was a carpenter, according to the 1860 census.
  • Balthasar Weiler became a widower at the 11 March 1862 death of his wife Anna Walter.
  • He married Margaretha Sippel, daughter of (?) Sippel, on 1 May 1864 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at Zion Lutheran Church The marriage was witnessed by Louis Weiler and Valentin Sippel.
  • In October 1865, Balthasar Weiler and Margaretha Sippel were living in Illinois when their daughter Elizabeth was born.
  • Balthasar Weiler and Margaretha Sippel, appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Suspension Bridge, Niagara County, New York. Other members of the household included Matthias Balthasar Weiler, Christian Weiler, Elisabetha A. Weiler and Heinrich Valentin Weiler. Lucy Weiler (age 15) has not yet been found in the 1870 census, likely with another family as live-in household help.
  • He was a carpenter, according to the 1870 census.
  • Balthasar Weiler and Margaretha Sippel appeared in the New York state census of 1 June 1875 in Niagara, New York. Other members of the household included Ursula Weiler, Christian Weiler, Matthias Balthasar Weiler, Elisabetha A. Weiler, Heinrich Valentin Weiler and Johann Georg Weiler.
  • He was a carpenter, according to the 1875 census.
  • Balthasar Weiler and Margaretha Sippel appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Suspension Bridge, New York. Other members of the household included Heinrich Valentin Weiler, Johann Georg Weiler, Emma Margaretha Weiler, Christian Weiler and Elisabetha A. Weiler.
  • He was a carpenter, according to the 1880 census.
  • John Balthasar Kammerer was named after his paternal and maternal grandfathers Balthasar Weiler and Johannes Kämmerer.
  • The following appeared on 21 November 1932 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: The 75th Anniversary of the founding of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran church, Michigan avenue and 10th street, was celebrated by the members of the congregation at the church's two services of worship yesterday. A festive spirit spirit pervaded the entire congretation as it reviewed the highly successful three-quarters of a century of the church's life since it was formally incorporated. . . . [:CR::]      In 1882, all debts were paid, and the congregation began to think of purchasing a new reed organ. So far from the earliest days, a melodeon had been used, the player being one of the most steadfast members of the congregation--Balthasar Weiler. He had formed a strong attachment to the instrument and when it was to be replaced by a new organ he desired to have the melodeon for his own. The congregation very graciously gave it to him in lieu of his annual salary. . . . It is hoped to have this melodeon at the Friday night congregational rally when the old German choir under the direction of Mayor Frank A. Jenss, will sing. Mayor Jenss was choir master of the church for over ten years many years ago. . . .
  • Balthasar Weiler appeared in the '1886-1887 Suspension Bridge, New York, City Directory at Ontario Avenue and West Avenue listed as a carpenter..
  • Balthasar Weiler died on 5 November 1887 at age 64 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York.
  • Margaretha Sippel became a widow at his death.
  • He was interred on 7 November 1887 at Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York.
  • The following appeared on 12 November 1887 in the Suspension Bridge Journal: On Friday of last week Baldus Weiler fell from the roof of the new Brundage house on Niagara avenue on which he was at work and received injuries from which he died Saturday morning. He fell a distance of 25 feet striking on his head. He had finished his work on the scaffold, and was going through a window, when in some way or other he lost his hold. He was 68 years old. While working on the same property a little over a year ago, he was one of the four who found about a thousand dollars in gold coin. He was a sober industrious man and much respected by this community. He was a member of the Masonic and A.O.U.W. lodges of this place, both of which attended his funeral in a body on Monday last.
  • Photographs of present-day Machtolsheim.
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    Over the years, Balthasar Weiler served as sponsor for family christenings at Zion:
         24 June 1854, Frederick Kilberer
         24 March 1857, Jacob Kilberer
         8 November 1857, Apolonia Weiler
         27 May 1860, Johann Ludwig Weiler
         11 May 1862, Johannna Kilberer
         28 February 1864, Johann Georg Weiler
         11 September 1864, Christina Kilberer
         28 September 1873, Anna Stahle
         4 May 1879, Elisabeth Susanna Margaret Kammerer
         16 October 1881, John Balthasar Kamerer.
  • Last Edited: 21 Jul 2017

Family 1: Anna Walter b. 19 June 1822, d. 11 March 1862

Family 2: Margaretha Sippel b. 29 March 1845, d. 6 May 1914