Surname Saturday – Weddle
September 3rd, 2011 by Jessica

James Irvin Weddle with his mother Jane (Cline) Weddle and sister, circa 1860

James Irvin Weddle with his mother Jane (Cline) Weddle and sister, circa 1860

This week we take a look at the lineage of the Weddle surname as it pertains to my family’s history.  Weddle is a family line I have yet to fully research.  Fortunately for me, Kathy Burns already has.  I began poking around in this line on Thursday evening, and the floodgates opened wide.  We’re talking about a genealogist’s dream come true: Kathy’s tree is incredibly complete, sourced, organized and highly accurate!

Earliest Known Ancestor

James I. Weddle was my 3rd great grandfather.  He was born in 1859 in Ohio.  He married Ida May Gordon on October 23, 1883 in Valparaiso, Indiana.  James died in April 1923.

I can’t take credit for any of the research done prior to James.  All of it comes from the amazing, incredibly organized tree of Kathy Burns mentioned above.  According to her research, the earliest ancestor for this family is my 8th great-Grandfather, Dirick Adam Wedel, born 1690 in Germany.  His son, George Adam Weddell was born 1712 in Weisbach, Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. He died in 1796 in Rostraver, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.

Weddle Family Lineage

Weddle Family Lineage


Jessica Marie Cole > Douglass Lyal Cole > Duane Lyal Cole (1929 – 1994) > Agnes Berniece Barkley (1911 – 1991) > Ida Eleanor Weddle (1890 – 1926) > James Irvin Weddle (1859 – 1923) > William Weddle (1828 – 1878) > John Weddle (1794 – 1858) > Daniel Weddell (1759 – 1824) > George Adam Weddell (1712 – 1796) > Dirick Adam Wedel (1690 – )

Items of Interest

  • The photo shows baby James Irvin Weddle with his mother Jane (Cline) Weddle and presumably one of his older sisters, either Ethelinda or Mary E.  This tin type was captured late 1860 or early 1861, as James was born in December 1859.
  • The Weddle family can be found in the 1920 US Census.  James and his wife Ida were renting a home with their son Lemuel.  Washington, Porter, Indiana; Roll: T625_460; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 155; Image: 977.
  • According to his headstone, George’s son Daniel Weddell was a Ranger in the Revolutionary War.
  • James Brady Weddle, Ida Eleanor’s younger brother, was a very well respected Army Recruiter during World War I in Elkart, Indiana. has several newspaper articles featuring his recruiting activities in the area, printed in the Elkhart Daily Review (1918-1920).

Additional Information

Check out the Ancestry Family Tree belonging to researcher Kathy Burns.

Check out my Ancestry Family Tree for James Weddle.

See the grave of James and Ida Weddle on Find A Grave.

I would like to research more about William Weddle, to see whether or he served in the Civil War in Ohio or elsewhere.  A quick search finds a record for a possible match to William Weddle.  It looks like I have a Military records request to make!

Enlisted as a Private on 10 October 1861 at the age of 33. Enlisted in Company Batty K, 1st Light Artillery Regiment Ohio on 28 Dec 1861. Received a disability discharge from Company Batty K, 1st Light Artillery Regiment Ohio on 20 Feb 1863 at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD.

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  • DaD writes:
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