Weidman, Reuben

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Pvt. Reuben L. Weidman, Company I, 15th Cavalry<br.>NYS Military Museum

Birth

Reuben Lawrence Weidman was born 1 Oct. 1848 in Berne (or Central Bridge, N. Y.), the son of Dr. Felix Weidman and Caroline Lawrence.[1]

Occupation

For a number of years he was engaged in the grocery business at Gallupville. He was also in the employ of D. Weidman & Sons as a traveling salesman. Shortly before the death of his uncle, Daniel, Reubin was admitted to the firm which was located in Albany[2]

Marriage & Children

Reuben married on October 4, 1870, Helena Hunting[2], a daughter of John Hunting and Christina Dominick[3]. They had one child:

  • Caroline Weidman [2] who was born on December 26, 1871 and died on November 9, 1942.[3] married Neil P Dominic.

Military Service

Name: Reuben L. Weidman
Residence: Town of Wright, Schoharie, NY[4][5]
Enlistment Date: Aug. 17, 1864[4] [6] [5]
Enlistment Place: Town of Wright, Schoharie, NY[4] [5]
Enlistment Rank: Private[4]
State Served: New York
Regiment: 15th Cavalry[7]
Company: Co. I[7]Company U [6]
Muster Out Date: 8 May 1865 [6][5]
Muster Out Place: Hart's Island, NY Harbor, NY[6]
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 16[6]
Sources Used: Ancestry.com Military databases, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York for the year 1894

Death

He died Oct. 1, 1923 probably in Bethlehem, Albany, NY. He is buried in Westerlo Rural Cemetery.[1] Helena, his wife, died on November 11, 1903[3]

Obituary

Additional Research Notes

Reuben Weidman is a descendant of Jacob Weidman, of Switzerland, who was one of the first settlers in Berne, Albany county, N.Y., where he built the first house, the town being named after his native city, Berne, Switzerland. He also built a saw and flouring mill at what was long known as Weidman’s Mills. Jacob Weidman was the father of one son, Felix, who was the father of Daniel, Jacob, Paul and Felix. All these four generations lived in Berne.[2]

Additional Media

Weidman, Reuben L., is a descendant of Jacob Weidman of Switzerland, who was one of the first settlers in Berne, Albany county, N. Y., where he built the first house, the town being named after his native city, Berne, Switzerland. He also built a saw and flouring mill at what was long known as Weidman's Mills.

Jacob Weidman was the father of one son Felix, who was the father of Daniel, Jacob, Paul and Felix. All these four generations lived in Berne. Daniel Weidman when fifteen became clerk in a general store in West Berne, and when sixteen came to Albany as clerk for Peter Van Wormer, and later for F. W. Ford & Son. Afterwards he attended the Knoxville and Gallupville Academies, was clerk in a dry goods store in New York city, joined his uncle in mercantile business in Gallupville for six years and thence came to Albany in 1845 and was the founder of the present house of Weidman & Co. He remained in the wholesale grocery business until his death. May 13, 1886.

His son George D. was born June 29, 1842, entered the army in 1861 as orderly sergeant, became brevet major of volunteers and captain of Co. F, Fifth Regt., N. G. S. N. Y. He died March 17, 1883.

Reuben L. Weidman is a son of Felix Weidman, a physician and surgeon whose practice extended over a period covering about forty-five years. He was one of the best known and most successful practitioners in his section of the county. The subject of this sketch was born at Central Bridge, N. Y., October 1, 1848. For a number of years he was engaged in the grocery business in Gallupville, N. Y., and was also for a time in the employ of D. Weidman, Sons & Co., as traveling salesman. A short time previous to the death of his uncle, Daniel Weidman, he became a member of the firm. October 5, 1888, Mrs. E. Eugenia Daw, a daughter of Daniel Weidman, was admitted under the present firm name of Weidman & Co. Thomas R. Ward, jr., was admitted March 1, 1894. Mr. Weidman enlisted August 17, 1864, in Co. I, l5th N. Y. Cav., and did special duty until discharged May 8, 1865. He is a member of George Dawson Post No. 63, G. A. R., and also of Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 3, F. & A. M. He was married October 4, 1870, to Miss Helena Hunting. They have one daughter. Miss Caroline Weidman.

Landmarks of Albany County, New York


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hilltowns Genealogy, Berne Historical Project
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Landmarks of Albany County, NY, Edited by Amasa J. Parker, Albany, NY
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Berne NY Family files, www.bernehistory.org
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Bruce Chappel, family researcher
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Annual Report of the Adjutant-General
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Ancestry Military Databases
  7. 7.0 7.1 New York State War Museum