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A Story of Happiness and Tragedy


Adam and Amelia Weber, our immigrant ancestors from Germany, are a couple whose lives are very intriguing, sometimes tragic.  As the research reveals more of the background, their story becomes more and more compelling.  I continue to search for details from Germany to America.  Adam's service in the Civil War at the age of 44, Amelia's family name as von Micol or Micol, the early deaths of four of their five children and Adam's own tragic death on the tracks are all intriquing. All these topics are bringing the picture of this couple’s life into focus.  Following is a timeline that outlines what we know so far. 



Adam was born in 1821 in Mainz, Germany (Prussia at the time).  This is documented by Amelia's Civil War widow's pension records and census records. These same records indicate his father was a sheepherder in Altenstadt.



Amelia was born in 1833 in Vilbel, a small town just north of Frankfurt in southern Germany.  At the time of her birth this was also Prussia, as she reported in the 1870 census.  Amelia’s parents were Julianna (Weber) and Ludwig Micol, a master tailor.



Adam and Amelia married on May 12, 1856, in Vilbel, Germany.  The Catholic Church marriage record states that they received a dispensation from the church as well as legal permission to marry, since they were second cousins. Their census records indicate that they emigrated in 1857.


bulletAdam and Amelia’s first child, Henry Adam, was is born in Indianapolis in 1859 and baptized in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  They had three more sons, Herman, Franz and Theodore and one daughter, Amelia, by 1872.


bulletAdam enlisted in the U. S.  Army in February, 1865, in the last part of the Civil War.  He served with the 143rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry.  He was promoted from private to sergeant about a week after he was inducted according to National Archives records.


bulletThey lost one son at a year old in 1871. In 1876 they lost a daughter at 14, Amelia, and a son at 4, Herman, in a diptheria epidemic.  In 1896 their 32-year-old son Theodore died.  Harry Adam, our ancestor, was the only child to carry on this line, unless other family is yet to be discovered.


bulletTragedy struck again on a cold Midwest morning at 5:00 a.m. when Adam was “ killed by a Central Railroad engine at Noble Street in Indianapolis on March 4, 1873.”   The newspaper reported that he was walking home from his job as a night watchman and was found on the tracks, although he had walked in the wrong direction. The coroner’s inquest stated the death was an accident.


bulletAmelia applied for a civil war widow’s pension in 1890 and it was awarded in 1892.  She  survived as a dressmaker for the 20 years between Adam's death and this pension, living with her sons, Theodore and Harry.


bulletAt the time of the 1900 U. S. census, Amelia is living with her son, Harry Adam at 533 South Alabama Street.  He was the co-owner of  Weber & Zimmer Dry Goods on Virginia Avenue, just a few blocks from their home.


bulletAmelia died in Indianapolis in 1913.  By that time she had 12 grandchildren by Harry and his wife Mary Anna (Keen) and lived in the home on South Alabama with them.  In fact she died just two months after her grandson, Harry Lawrence married Otillia Kuhn, to continue this line.


to be continued….

For other information on the Weber Family go the My Families Page or the Weber Photos page.

Nancy Hurley

Copyright October, 2003