Daniel J. Weller, born November 29, 1821, died October 24, 1875. ‘A faithful husband and father dear, In sweet repose is sleeping here. His painful loss we deeply feel, But God can all our sorrows heal.’ Erected to the memory of D. J. Weller, deceased. In honor of the love and respect I have for him, F. W. Landers. Old Cedar Grove Baptist Cemetery, Bullitt County, Kentucky.
Daniel Joseph Weller was the son of Philip H. Weller and Mandana Grable, born November 29, 1821, in Bullitt County, Kentucky. About 1855 Daniel married Rosella F. Sheckles, daughter of Amon Sheckles and Ann Dailey, born October 14, 1825, in Nelson County, Kentucky. Rosella was the widow of George Bradley Dent, with whom she had three children, Georgie Ann, Eleanora and William Amon.
In the 1850 Bullitt County Census Daniel, 28, is living with his parents, Philip, 54, and Mandana, 48; along with siblings Jacob, 22; Mandana, 19; Cinton, 17; Lydia J., 12; Louisa, 5; and William L., 3. At the same time Rosella, 25, is living with husband George Dent, 32, and daughter, Georgie Ann. Two more children followed shortly for George and Rosella Dent – Eleanora, born about 1851, and William Amon, about 1853. George Dent died about 1853-1854.
In the 1860 census Rosella, 35, is living with husband Daniel J. Weller, 39. Daniel’s mother, Mandana Weller is living with them, his father Philip had died by this date. Brother Luther Weller, 12, is also living with the family. Georgie Ann Dent, 11, and Eleanora Dent, 9, are in the household. Daniel and Rosella have two children of their own – Palma, 3; and Tena, 1.
In 1870 Daniel is 48, a farmer; Rosella, 44; Palma, 13; Tena, 11; Prudie, 8; W. Clelland, 7; Lillie, 5; Stonewall, 1; Dent, Georgie Ann, 21. Also living with the family is J. W. Wright, 35, a physician; his wife, Amanda, 21; and daughter, Ella, 1. Martha Sheckles, 14, B, is a domestic servant. And Thomas Minette, 8, is also living in the household.
Daniel Joseph Weller died October 24, 1875, and was buried in Cedar Grove Baptist Cemetery in Bullitt County.
About 1876 Tena Weller married Franklin Wayne Landers, but died April 4, 1878, probably from child birth with daughter Tena Landers.
In the 1880 census Rosella Weller is listed as head of household, aged 56. She was born in Kentucky, but her parents were born in Maryland. They must have been part of the Catholic contingency that moved from Maryland to the Kentucky counties of Nelson, Washington and Marion (at that time a part of Washington). Living with Rosella are daughter Palma, 23, Prudie, 18, Clelland, 16; Lillie, 14; Stonewall, 11; R. V. Sprowl, 30, son-in-law; Georgie Ann, 30, daughter; Bradley Sprowl, 4, her grandson, and Ella Sprowl, 1, her granddaughter.
Franklin Wayne Landers, 21, and his two-year-old daughter, Tena, is living with his mother, America, 40, who has married H. F. Crenshaw, 42, after the death of Franklin’s father, James Landers. In the household are Jessie, 12; Fleetwood,, 10; Oscar, 3; and Adulcia, 5/12, children of America and new husband H. F. Crenshaw. One other stepson from America’s first marriage also live there – James, 19.
On March 4, 1881, Palma Weller married her sister’s widower, becoming the second wife of Franklin Landers. A daughter, Olga Landers, was soon born to the couple. Palma’s happiness was short-lived. Her husband Franklin died August 9, 1883. Before his death Franklin Landers was kind enough to erect a gravestone for the father of his two wives.
Palma Landers and daughter Olga decided to move after the recent deaths. In 1900 Palma was running a boarding house in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. Daughter Olga, 18, lives with her. Also in 1900, back in Bullitt County, Kentucky, Stonewall Weller is listed as 31, born November 1868, married two years; with wife Annie A, 26, born September 1873, 1-1 children; daughter, Frances E., 8/12, born in September 1899; and mother, Rosella, 75, born October 1825, nine children born, six living. Rosella’s nine children are three by George Bradley Dent – Georgie Ann, Eleanora and William Amon; and six by Daniel Weller – Palma, Tena, Prudie, W. Clelland, Lillie and Stonewall. The three who are deceased by this date are Eleanora and William Amon Dent, and Tena Weller Landers.
In 1910 Rosella Weller has moved to Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, to live with her daughter Palma. In the census records for that year we find Olga Landers has been married to Edward Larkin, a blacksmith, for nine years; they have no children. Living with them are Olga’s mother, Palma Landers, aged 50, and her grandmother, Rosella Weller, aged 85. Rosella Weller died in November of that year.
In 1920 Palma has moved to Boulder County in Colorado! She is listed as 62, a widow, with son-in-law W. J. Davis, 40, and daughter Olga, 37, living with her. Olga’s first husband must have died by this date.
In 1930 the family has moved to Dade County, Florida. William Davis is 56, Olga, 48, and Palma is 73.
In 1940 in Dade County Olga is listed as head of household, 58, a widow, and mother Palma, 82. They run a boarding house.
So we have run out of census records! In a 1944 Miami directory Palma D. Landers (widow of Franklin W.) resident 840 Biscayne Boulevard. She continued living there until her death, April 18, 1951, at the age of 94! Also in the same directory Mrs. Olga W. Davis is listed (Davis Manor) h840 Biscayne Boulevard. Is this a hotel she is running? Olga died twenty years after her mother – January 19, 1971 – in Miami. We’ve reviewed 150 years of family history, from Daniel Weller’s birth in 1821, to his granddaughter’s death in 1971 – a long stretch for three generations!