WEIR, JOHN ANDREW, son of Samuel Weir and his wife Mary Wallace, born January 19, 1802, at Harrisburg, Pa.; died October 10, 1881. He was educated in the private schools of the town and at the Harrisburg Academy. He learned coach-making, and, subsequently, went into the hardware business, which he continued a number of years, afterwards connecting with it the drug trade, taking into partnership his nephew, D. W. Gross. During the administration of Governor Ritner he served as a clerk in the office of the secretary of the Commonwealth. In 1840 he was elected prothonotary of Dauphin county, a position he filled two terms (six years). While serving in this office he was chosen a director of the Harrisburg Bank, and afterwards became teller in that institution, in which capacity he continued until 1880. While performing these duties he was treasurer of the State Lunatic Hospital, at Harrisburg, from its first establishment in 1850 to 1880. For nearly fifty years he was an elder in the first Presbyterian church of Harrisburg, and took a warm interest in the promotion of the Sunday-school system. He was one of the first, firmest and influential friends of the anti-slavery cause in Dauphin county. Mr. Weir married twice; first, Catharine E. Wiestling, born February 21, 1810, died May 18, 1845, daughter of John S. Wiestling; and secondly, Maria Matilda Fahnestock, born December 15, 1808, died August 28,1883, in Harrisburg, daughter of Abed Fahnestock.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 2 Nov 2000
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