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Abraham B. Weigert
Occupation: Clerk, cigar seller
Born: Est. 1855
Birthplace: New York
Died: N/A

Abraham B. Weigert was born in New York, estimated in 1855, to German parents. [1] Unfortunately, the only verifiable census listing for Abraham is from the 1880 Census which makes it difficult to glean information about his life prior to arriving in Leadville.

Abraham first appeared in Leadville city directories in 1879, the first year one was published, working at Lew Shoenberg’s [2] clothing business on Chestnut Street. [3] Abraham reappeared in city directories for the following two years, as a clerk for May [4] & Shoenberg at 110 Harrison Avenue in 1880, [5] and as a cigar seller at 326 Harrison Avenue in 1881. [6] His only listed residence over the course of those three years was the same address as his business in 1881, 326 Harrison Avenue.

No references to Abraham exist in local newspapers, nor does he appear in city directories after 1881. Curiously, no individual even roughly matching his name and year of birth appears in censuses or other available vital records after 1880, making it difficult to track his movements after departing Leadville.

1 "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFDJ-DT7: January 26, 2021), Abraham Weigert in household of Alex Hart, Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States; citing enumeration district ED 79, sheet 401B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,091.
2 For more on the Shoenberg family, see: William Korn, Shoenberg (Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation), 2012: http://www.jewishleadville.org/shoenberg.html.
3 W. M. Clark, W. A. Root and H. C. Anderson, Clark, Root & Co.’s First Annual City Directory of Leadville and Business Directory of Carbonateville, Kokomo and Malta for 1879 (Denver, CO: Daily Times Steam Printing House and Book Manufactory, 1879), P159.
4 For more on the May family, see: Trevor Mark, May (Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation), 2018: http://www.jewishleadville.org/may.html.
5 T. B. Corbett, W. C. Hoye and J. H. Ballenger, Corbett, Hoye & Co.’s First Annual City Directory of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms, Etc. in the City of Leadville, for 1880 (Leadville, CO: Democrat Printing Company, 1880), P372.
6 T. B. Corbett and J. H. Ballenger, Corbett & Ballenger’s Second Annual Leadville City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms, Etc. in the City of Leadville, for 1881 (Leadville, CO: Corbett & Ballenger Publishers, 1881), P297.

Bibliography

Clark, W. M., W. A. Root and H. C. Anderson. Clark, Root & Co.’s First Annual City Directory of Leadville and Business Directory of Carbonateville, Kokomo and Malta for 1879. Denver, CO: Daily Times Steam Printing House and Book Manufactory, 1879.

Corbett, T. B., W. C. Hoye and J. H. Ballenger. Corbett, Hoye & Co.’s First Annual City Directory of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms, Etc. in the City of Leadville, for 1880. Leadville, CO: Democrat Printing Company, 1880.

Corbett, T. B. and J. H. Ballenger. Corbett & Ballenger’s Second Annual Leadville City Directory: Containing a Complete List of the Inhabitants, Institutions, Incorporated Companies, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Business Firms, Etc. in the City of Leadville, for 1881. Leadville, CO: Corbett & Ballenger, Publishers, 1881.

Korn, William. Shoenberg. Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation, 2012: http://www.jewishleadville.org/shoenberg.html.

Mark, Trevor. May. Leadville, CO: Temple Israel Foundation, 2018: http://www.jewishleadville.org/may.html.

"United States Census, 1880." Database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFDJ-DT7: January 26, 2021). Abraham Weigert in household of Alex Hart, Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States; citing enumeration district ED 79, sheet 401B, NARA microfilm publication T9. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. FHL microfilm 1,254,091.

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AUTHOR: Quinn Whittington
EDITOR: William Korn
SOURCE: Jewish Surnames/Weigert
PUBLISHED BY: Temple Israel Foundation. Leadville, CO; USA. 2021
STABLE URL: http://www.jewishleadville.org/weigert.html

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