Ruth Meldrum DeWeese

21 September 1904–1 December 1953 (Age 49)
Montezuma, Mercer, Ohio, United States

The Life of Ruth Meldrum

When Ruth Meldrum DeWeese was born on 21 September 1904, in Montezuma, Mercer, Ohio, United States, her father, John Marvin DeWeese, was 33 and her mother, Rachel Jane Hughes, was 29. She married Gerald Charles Lenker on 1 October 1921, in Darke, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Twin Township, Darke, Ohio, United States in 1930 and Allen Township, Darke, Ohio, United States in 1940. She died on 1 December 1953, in Darke, Ohio, United States, at the age of 49, and was buried in Greenville Union Cemetery, Greenville, Darke, Ohio, United States.

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Family Time Line

Gerald Charles Lenker
Ruth Meldrum DeWeese
Marriage: 1 October 1921
Charles Eugene Lenker
Paul Edward Lenker
Joseph Allen Lenker

Spouse and Children

1 October 1921
Darke, Ohio, United States


    Charles Eugene Lenker


    Paul Edward Lenker



Parents and Siblings



    Bernard Gordon DeWeese Sr



    John Deweese Jr.


World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1906 · Licencing Butchers

Age 2

A law that makes it a crime to misbrand meat being sold as food, and ensures that the meat is slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions.
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 14

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

Name Meaning

Dutch: from Middle Dutch weese ‘orphan’ + the definite article de.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth M Deweese in household of John M Deweese, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ruth Lenker in household of G C Lenker, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ruth Lenker in household of Gerald Lenker, "United States Census, 1940"

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