301 Karl August Wiegand Karoline Wilhelmene Lorenz
1821 - 1904 1819 - 1904
  302 Gottfried Christian Dillner Amalie Louise Enstenstein
1834 - 1899 1831 - 1870
201 Franz Robert Wilhelm Wiegand
b. 10 Oct, 1858
Greiz, Thuringen, Germany
d. 8 Apr 1931
Jena, Thuringen, Germany
Marie Louise Dillner
b. 8 Aug 1859
Greiz, Thuringen, Germany
d. 15 Jun 1918
Greiz, Thuringen, Germany
Relationship Events:
30 Jul 1887 Marriage Greiz, Thuringen, Germany
  Liesel Wiegand b. ? in Greiz, Thuringen, Germany; d. ? in Greiz, Thuringen, Germany
Walter Wutzler  
  Marta Wiegand b. ? in Greiz, Thuringen, Germany; d. ? in Greiz, Thuringen, Germany
Ludwig Piehler  
  Gertrud Wiegand b. ? in Greiz, Thuringen, Germany; d. ? in Greiz, Thuringen, Germany
Unknown Hellmunt  
Ancestor Leaf 101 Gerhard Paul Wiegand b.23 Aug 1889 in Greiz, Thuringen, Germany; d. 25 Nov 1978 in Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina, USA
Margarethe Johanna Clauss 13 Jan 1917 in Clifton, Passaic, New Jersey, USA Two Children: Ilse Maria Gertrude and Frederick Gerhard Franz Wiegand
What We Know

Franz Robert Wilhelm Wiegand was a Guild Weaving Master and a Burger of Greiz. Both he and his wife were Evangelic Lutherans.

Franz was taught his trade by his father Karl August Wiegand. When weaving from home was given up, Franz began weaving in one of the factories of Friedrich Arnold in Greiz. In approximately 1878, he was transferred to the office of his firm, and there he was employed for 50 years. When he retired, he received from President Hindenburg a golden medal, a diploma, and a government pension.

Franz loved the outdoors, but had time only on Sundays for enjoying it since working hours at that time and place were about 60 per week. On Sundays, the family went to church in the morning, had dinner, and then went for long hikes through our forests and farmlands. They would often stop at one of many inns for coffee and cake and beer.

Franz taught his children the names of flowers, herbs, trees, animals, birds and fishes. He and his son Gerhard often went fishing at an old mill nearby. The river Elster and millstreams were close to home, and the deepest water and most favored spot for fishing was right near the old waterwheel. Franz's greatest dream had been to become a medical doctor.

Marie Wiegand became ill during the World War I and never recovering. Nourishing food was scarce in Germany at this time on account of the British blockade. Her son Gerhard lived in the United States by this time, but was unable to send food because of the blockade, and it is his belief that she died in part because of this lack of food.

Marie died in June 1918. The Red Cross notified her son in the United states of her death. He did not learn the cause of her death until the war was over and he was able to correspond with his father again. Gerhard wrote in his personal records that when he left home in 1912, his mother wrote in her first letter to him that after saying goodbye to everyone, he left the house and never looked back as she waved to him. It was something that he wrote with regret, especially as it happened they never saw each other again.

Franz remained a widower for several years until he married Lina Dillner, the sister of his first wife. Gerhard bought a three-story apartment house in Greiz at Bismark Strasse 65 (in 1959, this was called Rudolf Breitscheid Strasse 65) for his father to live in with his sister Liesel and her husband Walter Wutzler. Gerhard's other sister Marta and her husband Ludwig Piehler. After Franz died, Gerhard's widowed sister Gertrud Hellmunt also lived there.

Franz bought tickets to the United States for the purpose of visiting his son Gerhard and his family, but at the last minute, the idea of the long voyage was too much for him. He had a nervous breakdown, and he died in 1931 in a hospital in Jena.

This house was registered with the Census of Property in Foreign Countries in Washington, DC, and was held by the East German communist government. After East and West Germany united with the fall of the Berlin wall, Gerhard's children Frederick and Ilse made an attempt to claim this property, but it was determined by circumstances at the time to leave it intact.

Citation: Personal records of Gerhard Paul Wiegand, 1959.

Gerhard wrote:

By old birth and churchbook records, it was possible to trace our family back to 1744. Positive records beyond this year could not be found, as such most likely had been or were lost by fires or wars.

The records "Ahmenblaft zur Sippschafts tafel" were notarized 18 Dec 1934.

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