Biography of Jonas Weist
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

JONAS WEIST, a well known citizen and successful farmer and stock raiser, residing on his valuable property which consists of 80 acres of land in Hopewell township, Mercer County, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, December 3, 1841, and is a son of Samuel and Lydia (Miesse) Weist.

The parents of Mr. Weist were of German ancestry, born in Pennsylvania, whence they came to Ohio and settled in early days in Fairfield County, where they lived until death.

Jonas Weist was reared on his father's farm in Fairfield County, and from his youth has been engaged in farming and stock raising. He wag formerly much interested in the raising of sheep but latterly has not given that industry so much attention. During the Civil War he went out from Fairfield County to assist in driving the raider Morgan from Ohio. In the spring of 1869 he removed from Fairfield to Mercer County and settled on a farm of 160 acres, which he cleared from the, woods, So acres of which he still retains. Mr. Weist was married (first) August 28, 1861, in Fairfield County, to Catherine Crider, who became the mother of six children, the four survivors being as follows: William H., residing in Hopewell township, who married Emma Clutter and has four children - Nellie, Glenn, Pauline and Orly; Lanassa, who is the wife of Samuel Hayes they reside in Dublin township and have two children, Bert and Maud; Charles D., who married Pearl Murlin, has one child, Carl, and lives in Union township; Clarence, a practicing physician at Columbus, who married Mary Davis. Mr. Weist was married (second) to Sarah Nuding, born in Hocking County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Frederick Nuding.

Politically, Mr. Weist is a Republican. He served six years as township trustee and at present is a member of the Board of Education of Hopewell township: Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
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