Brumley Branches - John Weik - Friday Faces of the Past

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John Weik and Elizabeth Brandt

Brumley Branches features Friday Faces of the Past - John Weik my great-grandfather. He was born to Jacob Weik and Gertrude Huber on April 15, 1846 in Stephenson County, Illinois. There were seven children in this family; Edward, Otto, Frank, Eva Katharina, Louis, John and Richard Weik.

John Weik married Elizabeth Brandt on April 5, 1873 in Stephenson County, Illinois. 

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Marriage Record of John Weik and Elizabeth Brandt

Sometime after their marriage they set out for the state of Kansas. The Riley County, Kansas census of 1875 has John Weik living as a farmer. To this union there were seven children born; Edward John, Peter Jacob, Elizabeth Katharina, Susie, Louis, Otto (my grandfather) and Maude. John and Elizabeth lived in Riley County, Kansas from 1875 until his death on August 1, 1927.

His obit reads as follows; 

Another Pioneer Passes On

John Weik was born in Illinois, near Chicago, April 15, 1846 and died at his home in Riley, August 1, 1927, at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 17 days. 

He was married to Elizabeth Brandt of Freeport, Illinois, April 15, 1873. They lived near Freeport for one year and then came to Kansas in 1874 and settled on a farm near Riley, where they lived until about two years ago, when they moved to Leonardsville, where they lived for a while, but later purchased a home in Riley where he lived the rest of his days.

To Mr. and Mrs. Weik were born seven children, three girls and four boys. Three of them have preceded their father to the great beyond. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, two sons and two daughters. Ed Weik of Leonardsville, Peter Weik of Manhattan, Susie Cross of Riley and Maud Noble of Spokane, Washington. Also 28 grandchildren, 4 great grand children and other relatives, besides a large host of friends. He united with the Presbyterian Church of Fairview, where he has been a member ever since. He was a kind and loving husband and father, always ready to do his part and help any one in need.

He is buried at the Fairview Cemetery in Riley, County, Kansas

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Relatives - Start Looking - Tuesday's Tips

Relatives
Right to left - John Brumley, William Ralph Brumley and Isaac Walter Brumley

Relatives - Start looking is Tuesday's Tip, how to do it is a question I hear a lot after I tell people I have a hobby called Genealogy. In the beginning, back in 1983 my mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik only had a picture to look at and wonder who the other relative was she did not know. Many times when I help people with their own genealogy I ask them about the birthdate of the that person, where they were born or who were their parents. Sometimes all you know about is the county or state they may have lived in at one time. Write down the information so you can begin your research. 

Christmas time is a wonderful time to spend with our families but it is even more fun when we get people talking about the "good old' days." Listen carefully and ask questions from the older generations, it serves two purposes; they love to go back in time and talk about themselves and what they did as children and they also will talk about other relatives. Remember or better yet write things down so you can go back to it later. If you were as lucky as we were, we got to record some of the stories that the older relatives shared with us. 

Pictures without names are puzzling so help the researcher out by writing on the back who that person is, so you won't have to go on a digging spree that ends up in China!

A lot of relatives including my own were very respectful of their relatives and to honor that person they named their children after the relatives. The naming pattern might go like this;

The first son is named after the father's father

The second son is named after the mother's father

The third son is named after the father himself

The fourth son is named after a favorite brother or friend (usually of the father's)

The first daughter is named after the mother's mother

The second daughter is named after the father's mother

The third daughter is named after the mother herself

The fourth daughter is named after a favorite sister or friend (usually of the mother)

Also, there are all kind of genealogy programs out there today you can use to assemble your material together and keep it all in one place. I use ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker.

The best thing to do is just dive right into genealogy and have the time of your life discovering who you are related too!!!! As I have learned through the years there is a horse thief in every family tree of some kind no matter who you are related too. What you create will be so beneficial to your family for years and years. Not only will it be fun discovering your relatives it will also show you what was their medical history that has been passed down to generation to generation.

Everyone has their reasons to begin looking - the great part is that you have begun a journey that will be life changing! Enjoy the search!