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Weedman Florida Roots

There is another Weedman family that has Florida based roots.

The immigrant progenitor was Philip (Felipe) William Weedman who was born circa 1785 in Mainz, Germany to Charles and Barbara (Sanderof) Weedman.

Update:  Phillip Wiedemann and (we think) brother Bernard Wiedemann, #s 78 and 79, respectively, on the roster of the ship, Commerce -- came from Amsterdam, arrived in Philadelphia for declaration of allegiance October 10, 1803.  Bernard named of one his children Phillip and Phillip named one of his children Bernard Bernard settled in the panhandle area of West Virginia (then Virginia), while Phillip went to Florida, perhaps to be with his future wife, Maria Barbara Hainsman.  The town from which the Hainsmans came was near Mainz, so it is likely the Weedmans and Hainsman families knew each other prior to arriving in America.  Documentation of their arrival on the ship Commerce can be found at

Philip married Mary Barbara Antonia Hainsman on 27 July 1804 in St. Augustine, Florida. Eight children were born to the couple with at least two sons (Philip and Paul Luciano Weedman) carrying on the Weedman name. Mary Barbara Antonia Hainsman was apparently the daughter of Philip and Maria Hainsman, according to research done by Mary Popovich. Baptism records indicate Philip Hainsman was from Bierstadt, a town very near Wiesbaden, Germany.

Philip and Paul Weedman served in the Indian Wars. Some of their sons served Florida in the Civil War.

Research is needed on the family of Bernard Wiedemann whose surname is spelled in a number of ways. From time to time, we have had information on Weedman family members in West Virginia but thought these were probably from the Weidman family line of Lancaster Co., PA.

There is no known connection with other branches of the Weedman family. However, the German connection is of interest to other Weedman lines and requires further research to determine if these are related. Could this line, with its German roots, be related to the line of Christian Weedman, Sr.? Using recently received DNA results, this appears unlikely as there was no clear match between the person tested from the Florida line with the two from the Christian Weedman, Jr. line.

The Florida branch of the Weedman family is fairly well documented. Work is needed on the West Virginia clan.

Other Information

Philip Weedman filed a claim as a result of actions in the War of 1812 in which he claimed his plantation was burned, horses taken, personal effects taken and cedar timber either burned or taken. While this document has no genealogical information, one revealing aspect was that he was a surgeon and his surgical tools were taken. There had been no previous information to the effect that he was a surgeon. He filed a claim for compensation and prevailed. To read the claim file, click here.

Family Photograph

The photograph below is that of Earl and Geraldine (Pacetti) Weedman taken about 1946.


To contribute information on these families, to learn of other researchers, or to make inquiries, send e-mail to: Nick Weedman

Page last updated on June 24, 2009

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