Lee County IL Biography


Moses C. Weyburn represents the American Express Company at Dixon, having been its agent at this place since 1860. His connection with the company covers a period of more than twenty-two years, he being one of its trusted employees. A native of Geneva, N. Y., he was born in 1845, and is descended from an old and highly respected family of the Empire State, of Scottish origin. His paternal grandfather, Samuel Weyburn, was a native of Tompkins County, N. Y., where he engaged in farming for many years. He was a highly educated man and also followed the profession of leaching. During the time the British made their raid into the State in the War of 1812, he was a member of the home militia. Dr. Edward Weyburn, father of our subject was born on the shores of Seneca Lake, in New York, in 1817, and became a physician and surgeon of prominence, extensively engaging in practice in Geneva. He died in that city from injuries sustained by falling from a horse when sixty-two years of age. Near the home of his childhood he had married Elsie Wooden, who was also born that locality, and was descended from a New Jersey family that in an early day became pioneers of Central New York. Its members there resided for several generations and were generally farming people. Mrs. Weyburn, mother of our subject, died in Geneva, at the age of fifty-three years. She held membership with the Baptist Church, and was an untiring worker in its interests. The family of the Doctor and his wife numbered eight children, five of whom are yet living and are married. They are intelligent and prosperous people who occupy prominent positions and move in the best circles of society in the various communities where they reside.

Moses Weyburn, the subject of this notice, was the third in order of birth. Under the parental roof the days of his childhood were passed, and in Geneva he began his school life, his education being completed in New Haven, Conn. His advantages in this direction were liberal and lie was thus well fitted for the practical duties of life. On attaining his majority he started out for himself, and the autumn of 1866 witnessed his arrival in Illinois. The following year he was engaged by the American Express Company in Rockford, where he remained for two years, when in 1869, he was transferred to Dixon and has since represented the company in this place. His long service in the one employ is the highest testimonial of his fidelity and faithfulness that could be given. We know that he has been a trusted employed and that the interests of the company have not suffered at his hands, else he would have long since been discharged.

Mr. Weyburn was first married to Mrs. Mary Broom nee Noble. By her first union she had one child. Charles A. Broom, who is now living in Norwich, Conn. Her death occurred at her home in Dixon, at the age of thirty-seven years and Mr. Weyburn was a second time married, the lady of his choice being Miss Eva Dunning. Again he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who at her death left two children to mourn her loss—Elsie and Florence. The present wife of Mr. Weyburn was in her maidenhood Miss Minnie Weibezahn. She was born in Akron, Ohio, and with her parents, when a child, came to Dixon, where she grew to womanhood and was married. One son graces this union, Edward. Mr. Weyburn is a member of the Methodist Church and also takes considerable interest in civic societies. He belongs to Dixon Lodge, No. 139, I. O. O. F., in which he has filled all the offices, and is also a member of the Encampment, in which he likewise served in the various official positions. Of the United Workmen Lodge of Dixon, he is a charter member and was its first presiding officer, and is also connected with the Modern Woodmen. Among his lodge associates and business acquaintances he is held in high esteem for his sterling worth, and both he and his estimable wife have a host of friends throughout this community.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892 Pg 244

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