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George Weber

Fair in Alsace

Born: 10 Feb 1801 at Mertzwiller, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France

 18 Jan 1830 at Mertzwiller, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France to Margaretha Muckensturm
 10 April 1852 at Brumath, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France

Family Tree: 
George Weber in Family Genes
Family Lineage
: George Weber (Georg5)(Jean Georges4)(Jean Jacques3)( Michael2) (Jacob1)

 Jim Benedict




  1. Michel Weber 1832-
  2. Marie Anne Weber 1834-
  3. Madeleine Weber 1836-
  4. George Weber 1838-1842
  5. Joseph Weber 1840-1907
  6. Marguerite Weber 1843-
  7. George Weber 1845-
  8. Aloïse Weber 1852-1926



Alsace is a green strip between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine Valley, once a Celtic settlement, but in modern times tugged between France and Germany. The Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 ceded her to France, but Germany kept claiming her as booty in wars. She was then captured by Germany when Otto von Bismarck won the Franco-Prussian War in 1870.
In 1827, when George was a young lad, the government imposed the Forest Code of 1827.  Although his occupation was as a journalist,1 this act had a huge impact on the people of the Bas-Rhin region, encouraging emigration to North America.  It greatly restricted the rights of access to the forests that the people had known for generations.  Such rights, needed for family living, included the gathering of wood for heating and cooking, land for cattle grazing and hunting for wild boar and deer.  The wild boar were then ruining cereal and potato crops.

George and Margaretha

Alsatian wedding

Margaretha was a daughter of Joseph Muckensturn and Maria Anna Eitheidinger and was born at Mertzwiller on 15 Feb 1806.

George and Margaretha were married in 1830.  Their marriage bann was recorded on January 3 and the marriage took place in Mertzwiller on January 18.

The Final Years for George

George Weber was killed by poachers in Brumath on 10 April 1852 at 1 in the morning. He was 51 years old.

His spouse, Margaretha, was also killed by poachers, in Mertzwiller on 22 May 1858 at 3 in the morning, at the age of 52. 2



  1. marriage register of 1830 []
  2. Per email from Richard Baechler to Jim Benedict on 16 Dec 2011. []
Family Genes