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Jean-Pierre Weyker (1806 - 1870)

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Jean-Pierre Weyker
Born in Oberpallen, Luxembourgmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Guirsch, Belgium, Europemap
[children unknown]
Died in Belgium, Ozaukee County, Wisconsinmap
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Jean-Pierre /Weyker/[1]


23 AUG 1806
Oberpallen, Luxembourg[2]
Oberpallen, Luxembourg, Europe[4]

Found multiple copies of BIRT DATE. Using 23 AUG 1806


13 MAR 1870
Belgium, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin[5]
6 FEB 1867
Belgium, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin[6]

Found multiple copies of DEAT DATE. Using 13 MAR 1870Array


3 JUL 1845
Antwerp to New York on the Silvanus Jenkins
An excerpt from a journal kept by Johann Weyker, a Luxembourg farmer who settled in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, is representative of the immigrant experience.
In the year 1845, I, Johann Weyker, a native of Oberpallen, bade farewell to Germany, i.e. the village of Sterpenich in the Province of Luxembourg and county of Arlon together with my family made up of my wife and four children, and we came hither to America. We left home on May 15th of that year and went aboard ship in Antwerp, whence we left on May 25th. The sea voyage took us 40 days and we landed happily in New York on July 4th. The fare cost 75 franks per person. And from New York to Milwaukee we travelled in a fortnight using steamer and railroad. The fare was 12 dollars per person. In Milwaukee we stayed up to four weeks. And each day we went out to have a look at the land, and finally we discovered this beautiful country near Port Washington. It deemed us most proper and so we bought land from Congress for 10 shillings per acre. That year we were indeed the first settlers in the area around Port Washington. And in the fall of the year following we numbered already 60 German families. My implements in these early days were a few tools, some pieces of furniture like a stove, etc. and they cost me $160; add to this 6 cows for $14-15 a piece, a team of oxen for $50, a chariot for $58 and victuals to start with for $150. [4]
The Weyker family, who arrived in New York aboard the ship Silvanus Jenkins along with fifteen other families, were among the first Luxembourg settlers of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. [5] All of the families were from villages along the new border between Luxembourg and Belgium and from the Belgian province of Luxembourg, which had been part of Luxembourg until six years prior to the Weyker emigration. Whatever their professions in the old country - the majority were Tagelöhner, "day laborers" - nearly all immigrants became farmers upon their arrival in America. [6]
1. Muller, Jean-Claude. "Luxembourgers in the New World" Voila Luxembourg, April 1992, pg. 145.
2. Muller, pg. 150.
3. Thernstrom, Stephan, editor. Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. s.v. Luxembourg. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 1980, pg. 688.
4. Muller, pp. 142-144.
5. Ensch, Jean. Muller, Jean-Claude. Owen, Robert E. Luxembourgers in the New World: A reedition based on the work of Nicholas Gonner "Die Luxemburger in der Neuen Welt", Dubuque, Iowa, 1889: published with a complete index ... Esch-sur-Alz ette, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg: Editions-Reliures Schortgen, 1987, pg. 137.
6. Muller, pg. 146.


Sterpenich, Arlon, Belgium, to Wisconsin[9]




31 JUL 1833
Guirsch, Belgium, Europe[10]
Guirsch, Belgium, Europe[11]


  • Source: S002114 Title: Belgian Website Publication: <wysiwyg://94/> Repository: Call Number: Media: Electronic
  • Source: S010011 Title: Emigrations from Commune de Messancy, Belgium Author: André Hennico Publication: <> Repository: Call Number: Media: Electronic
  • Source: S010400 Title: Hennico, Andre Publication: Repository: Call Number: Media: Electronic
  • Source: S014353 Title: WATRY_DavidHelgeson.FTW Repository: Call Number: Media: Other


NI3188Jean P. Weyker led this group of 64 people without hesitating from New York to Milwaukee in two weeks... these people, except 2, appear in the 1860 census of Belgium ("Dentelle Belge" 1991/2 p. 6-7: Belgian passengers of the Silvanus Jenkins by Jean Ducat (according to information provided by Micheline Gaudette)).
Jean-Pierre's son, Jean Pierre (born May 19, 1836, and originating in Guirch, Belgium), arrived at Holy Cross (Belgium) in 1845 with his family, his uncles and his aunts, and then settled in Port Washington in 1865 and assumed official roles such as sheriff's deputy, constable, and head warden. He then went to the Peshtigo area where he was employed by railway and forest companies. After the Peshtigo Fire of 1871, he moved to Port Washington and was named sheriff in 1880. ("Dentelle Belge" 1991/3 p. 5: Emigration overseas in Province of Luxembourg, by Jean Ducat)
  1. Source: #S010400
  2. Source: #S014353 Data: Text: Date of Import: Dec 20, 2002
  3. Source: #S010011
  4. Source: #S010400
  5. Source: #S014353 Data: Text: Date of Import: Dec 20, 2002
  6. Source: #S010400
  7. Source: #S014353 Data: Text: Date of Import: Dec 20, 2002
  8. Source: #S002114 Data: Text: origin Sterpenich, destination Belgium, Wisconsin CONT
  9. Source: #S010011
  10. Source: #S014353 Data: Text: Date of Import: Dec 20, 2002
  11. Source: #S010400


Thank you to Joe Lehnerz for creating WikiTree profile Weyker-4 through the import of 5111318-1 - 12092012.ged on Mar 13, 2013.

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