Franz Benjaman Weber

Brief Life History of Franz Benjaman

When Franz Benjaman Weber was born on 2 November 1850, in Red Bud, Randolph, Illinois, United States, his father, Johann Michael Weber, was 44 and his mother, Catharine Rosina Baumann, was 43. He married Mary Steiger on 20 June 1881, in Hecker, Monroe, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Adams, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Prairie du Long, Monroe, Illinois, United States in 1920. He died on 20 December 1929, in Monroe, Illinois, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Hecker Cemetery, Hecker, Monroe, Illinois, United States.

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Franz Benjaman Weber
Mary Steiger
Marriage: 20 June 1881
Joseph John Weber
Katherine Marie Weber
Sophia Weber
Edward Weber
Carolina "Lena" Weber

Sources (20)

  • Frank Weber, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Franz B Weber married Mary Steiger, "Illinois, County Marriages, 20 June 1881
  • Frank Benjamin Weber, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a weaver, Middle High German wëber, German Weber, an agent derivative of weben ‘to weave’. This form of the surname is also established in many other parts of Europe, notably in France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine), Poland, and the Netherlands. In Hungary it is mostly spelled Wéber and Véber. In Russia, Slovenia, Czechia, Slovakia, and Croatia it is (also) established in the Slavicized form Veber , which is in Czechia also spelled Vebr. Compare Waber , Weaber , Weaver , Webber , and Webre .

History: As a name of ultimately Swiss German origin the surname Weber is also established among the American Mennonites. However, descendants of the early Mennonite settlers, who came to PA in the early 18th century, mostly bear the Americanized form of the name (see Weaver ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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