Our country has been referred to in the past as the "Melting Pot". Families throughout the history of this great land are true mirrors of that term, and the Weigel Family is no different. On this page I hope to give you an idea of our cultural, racial, nationality, and religious backgrounds and just how diverse we've become.
In addition, we'll see what we can do about listing just how scattered a family can become over some 250 years. This latter task may be a continuing effort, but we'll see just how many places we can find that our family members have "put down roots".
We're very familiar with the ancestral heritage of the Weigel/Baker families and their roots in Germany. But as our "extended" family has grown, we have found additional parts of the world that our cousins can refer to as "origins".
So let's begin the list here...: Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Italy, Greece, Nigeria, Ivory Coast/Ghana, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Japan, China, and possibly more that I can't think of, or have not yet heard of.
And in our zeal to properly identify our true heritage and ancestral beginnings, the use of nationalities and racial backgrounds comfortably gives way for us to identify the heritage of our cousins, and extended family members, having the following ethnic identities: African American, Asian American (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese), Hispanic/Latino (Mexican and Puerto Rican), Native American, and Caucasian. Did I miss any? Let me know if I did.
With the recent use of DNA testing made available by Ancestry.com (and others), a number of our cousins have had their DNA searched and have shared the results with us. This is where some of the countries of origin, listed above, have been uncovered. If you're one who has had their DNA verified and would like to share it with your cousins, simply send me the information. Your name and identity will NOT be published, only the global identity of your ancestors.
The Baker and Weigel families came from the European teachings and appear to have maintained their loyalty to the Christian faith by donating land for the construction of a new Presbyterian Church (North Branch Presbyterian Church, Monaca, PA) and prior to that building, offering the use of their farm buildings in which to hold Sunday services, during inclement weather. In addition, throughout recent years, family members have organized informal Bible Study Groups and led numerous other spiritual based meetings with friends, in their homes, to the benefit and enjoyment of all who have attended.
But time goes on, and families found different beliefs in God that led them to different faiths. Some denominations of prominence were: Presbyterian, Reformed Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Evangelical, Christian & Missionary Alliance, Church of God, Episcopal, including more that merit mentioning but with which I'm simply not familiar.
Both the Baker and the Weigel families began life in America in Philadelphia with their arrival by ship from their homelands in Germany. And while we don't have "proof" of residence of the Baker's in Lancaster County, the trip from Philadelphia to the Wild West of Western Pennsylvania most certainly made it's way through Lancaster County. We know of the years spent by the Daniel Weigel family in Lancaster County through the records of the First Reformed Church, so it's possible for the Baker's to have spent some time in that part of the country, also.
But while our family has a large concentration of population in Pennsylvania, due to our ancestors beginning there... let me give you what I know about how we've scattered. This tabulation will offer residence status as a "permanent" residence. That simply means that when we talk about our military families, we're mentioning their "last known permanent" residence, not all the military bases at which they may have been stationed.
I am familiar with family members residing in the following states: New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, and California.