|George H. Wier
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 598-599, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
George H. Wier of Birmingham township, was born here September 16,
1841. He is the son of Samuel and Sarah (Clampet) Wier. Mr. Samuel
Wier is a native of North Carolina, a farmer, and came to Illinois in the
fall of 1835 and settled where the subject now lives, and bought eighty acres
and later purchased more, leaving 160 acres at his death. He made the
trip with his wife and child, with one horse and wagon. He first built
a log house 16 x 18 feet and remained in it until his present house was built
in 1869. In politics he was an old-line Whig and was a minister of
the Methodist Episcopal Church. He continued preaching occasionally
unitl his death in 1865. His wife was born in North Carolina and died
where our subject now lives, in middle life.
George Wier remained home until his marriage, when he rented part
of his father's farm and after the latter's death he bought the land and
now owns 365 acres. He is a thoroughly self-made man, politically a
Republican and a highly valued church member for eighteen years.
He was married for the first time in 1863, to Martha Wells, who died
a year later, leaving one child which also died. In 1870 he was again
married, to Mary McPherson. She was a native of Morgan county, Illinois,
born in 1847, daughter of Benjamin F. and Harriet (Thompson) McPherson.
Her father is still living, but her mother died here, aged forty-five.
They were pioneers of Illinois.
Mr. Weir has five children, namely: Harriet L., William A., Edwin R., Samuel B., and Harrison R.
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