Adolph Herman W. Weiss, son of Frederick Heindrich Adolph Weiss and Ferdinande Lehman Weiss, was born circa 1853 in Hamburg, Germany. He is my paternal great great granduncle. I have also seen his name written Adolphe Hermann W. Weiss and Adolphus. To date I do not know what the "W" in his name stands for.
I have had a difficult time researching Adolph and his family, not finding any information past a directory in 1883. Did they leave the UK? There is an Adolph Weiss who immigrated to the United States and lived in Massachusetts during the time frame; however, the information does not match my granduncle.
|1861 United Kingdom Census|
The 1861 census is the first document I have found in the UK for the Weiss family.
Curious as to whether Adolph, age 8 1/2 was actually working on the docks. Children, at that time, were not to work under age ten; however the laws seem to be for textile, mining, various factory workers. I suppose Adolph could have been doing errands and helping with easier jobs on the docks at age eight. Or, for some reason the enumerator just dittoed the employment of his father down the family list. Certainly, young Ferdinande, Adolph's sister was not working at age 1 1/2.
The Weiss Family lived a street away from the main business street (Church Street) in West Hartlepool in 1861. This area was also within walking distance to the Hartlepool docks.
On November 27, 1870, Adolph's father, Frederick Heindrich Adolph Weiss, died at their home on Victoria Terrace. Frederick Weis was only forty-two years old when he died from bronchopneumonia. Adolph became "the man of the family" at age eighteen.
|1871 United Kingdom Census|
Adolph Weiss, age twenty-five married Mary Elizabeth Middlemass, age twenty-two at All Saints Church, located in Stranton, West Hartlepool on September 19, 1876. Adolph had moved from West Hartlepool and was living in Sunderland, north of West Hartlepool and employed as a drapers assistant. Mary Elizabeth was living with her parents, George and Jane Ridsdale Middlemass in West Hartlepool. The witnesses were Adolph's brother-in-law, Christian Olesen and Mary Elizabeth's father, George Middlemass.
|Map showing the location of Hartlepool|
in relation to Sunderland
|1881 United Kingdom Census|
Town of Sunderland, City of Municipal Borough of Sunderland, Civil Parish of Bishopwearmouth, County of Durham, Ecclesiastical Parish of Saint Thomas.
1 Coronation Street
Adolphus H. Weiss, head of family, married, male age 28, occupation: tailor, clothier, born in Hamburg, Germany
Mary Eliz Weiss, wife, married, female age 26, born Tundale, Yorkshire, England.
William E. Weiss, son, male 3 months, born Sunderland, Durham, England.
|Durham Records Online|
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