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The Conrad Weiser Connection, Part 2

Here is a follow-up to my prior post about the historical connection to Conrad Weiser. In the post I identified a connection to Conrad through the marriage between my 4th Great uncle Jacob Foesig and Conrad's great grand-daughter Eva Marie "Elizabeth" Weiser. When I was doing additional research on my Klinger family line, I came across another connection to the esteemed Indian interpreter and that is through his grandson, John Conrad Weiser and my 5th great cousin, once removed, Elizabeth Klinger.

John Conrad Weiser was born on 16 April 1753 on the Weiser Estate at Womelsdorf, PA. He was the eldest son of Frederick Weiser and his wife, Anna Zeller. He was baptized with sponsors Peter Weiser and his grandmother, Anna Feck Weiser, serving the occasion.

John Conrad was the companion of his cousin, Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg on his journey to the forks of the Susquehanna River from 25 June to 2 Jul 1771. Frederick Muhlenberg was the son of Heinrich Melchoir Mulhenberg, who is considered the father of the Lutheran Church in America, and Anna Maria Weiser, a daughter of Johann Conrad and Anna Eve (nee Feck) Weiser.

John Conrad married Elizabeth Klinger on 12 November 1775 with his uncle Benjamin Weiser officiating. He farmed the Weiser homestead until it was sold in 1791. He then settled his family on land owned by his father-in-law, Johann Philip "Philip" Klinger.

Between 1771 and 1796, Philip obtained warrants for a number of contiguous tracts of land, covering more than 1,100 acres along Pine Creek to the south of the Klingerstown Gap in the Mahantogo Mountain. These tracts were patented between 1793 and 1796. At roughly 1,100 to 1,200 acres, Philip's land would have covered slightly less than 2 square miles. Klingerstown was founded in 1807.

John Conrad and Elizabeth had ten children.


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