From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 630



Washington L. Weiss was born in Licking County, Ohio, Nov. 28, 1837.  His father, Jacob A. Weiss, was born in Lancaster County, Pa., in 1797, and was married in his native State to Lydia Stout.  In their early married life they moved to Licking County, Ohio, and in October, 1852, to Steuben County, Ind., living the first winter in Fremont Township, and the following spring bought 160 acres of land on section 12, York Township.  He sold 100 acres to members of his family, retaining the rest for his homestead, where he died in 1861.  His widow died June 13, 1854, aged forty-seven years.  Their children numbered thirteen -- William, Christian, Mrs. Eliza Ann Boyd, Mrs. Mary Barnes, Stephen, Mrs. Susan Barnes, Washington L., Joseph, Mrs. Lydia Baldwin, Mrs. Minerva Gasser, Mrs. Ellen Carpenter, Mrs. Priscilla A. Johnson and Andrew.  After the death of the father, Washington L. took charge of the farm and cared for the younger children till they were married and settled for themselves.  He was married Jan. 25, 1866, to Sarah L. Folck, a native of Morrow County, Ohio, born Sept. 25, 1844, daughter of John K. and Margaret Folck.  Four children have been born to them, three of whom are living -- Jessie and Jennie (twins), born Christmas day, 1867, and Fred, born May 14, 1871.  Their eldest, Edna, died in her fifth year.  Mr. Weiss lives on his father's homestead, on section 12, and has added to it till he now owns 160 acres.  He is one of the most thorough and thrifty farmers of the township and is an esteemed and popular citizen.  In politics he is a Greenbacker.  In religious faith he is liberal.



Submitted by Kim Davoli