Biography of Moses C. Weyburn

Moses C. Weyburn had been the American Express Company agent in Dixon since 1869 and was a respected employee with over twenty-two years of service. Born to an accomplished family in Geneva, New York, in 1845, Moses received a thorough education and moved to Illinois in 1866. Some years in Rockford preceded his Dixon tenure. He had been married three times, with children from the latter two marriages, and was widowed twice. Mr. Weyburn was actively involved in the Methodist Church and several civic societies, including I.O.O.F. and the Modern Woodmen, holding leadership roles. Esteemed in his professional and social circles, Moses and his current wife Minnie were well-regarded in their community.

Moses C. Weyburn represents the American Express Company at Dixon, having been its agent at this place since 1869. His connection with the company covers a period of more than twenty-two years, he being one of its trusted employees. A native of Geneva, N.Y., he was born in 1845, and is descended from an old and highly respected family of the Empire State, of Scottish origin. His paternal grandfather, Samuel Weyburn, was a native of Tompkins County, N.Y., where he engaged in farming for many years. He was a highly educated man and also followed the profession of teaching. During the time the British made their raid into the state in the War of 1812, he was a member of the home militia.

Dr. Edward Weyburn, father of our subject, was born on the shores of Seneca Lake in New York in 1817 and became a prominent physician and surgeon, extensively engaging in practice in Geneva. He died in that city from injuries sustained by falling from a horse when sixty-two years of age. Near the home of his childhood, he had married Elsie Wooden, who was also born in that locality and was descended from a New Jersey family that, in an early day, became pioneers of Central New York. Its members there resided for several generations and were generally farming people. Mrs. Weyburn, mother of our subject, died in Geneva at the age of fifty-three years. She held membership with the Baptist Church and was an untiring worker in its interests. The family of the Doctor and his wife numbered eight children, five of whom are yet living and are married. They are intelligent and prosperous people who occupy prominent positions and move in the best circles of society in the various communities where they reside.

Moses Weyburn, the subject of this notice, was the third in order of birth. Under the parental roof, the days of his childhood were passed, and in Geneva, he began his school life, his education being completed in New Haven, Conn. His advantages in this direction were liberal, and he was thus well-fitted for the practical duties of life. On attaining his majority, he started out for himself, and the autumn of 1866 witnessed his arrival in Illinois. The following year, he was engaged by the American Express Company in Rockford, where he remained for two years. In 1869, he was transferred to Dixon and has since represented the company in this place. His long service in the one employ is the highest testimonial of his fidelity and faithfulness that could be given. We know that he has been a trusted employee and that the interests of the company have not suffered at his hands; else he would have long since been discharged.

Mr. Weyburn was first married to Mrs. Mary Broomfield Noble. By her first union, she had one child, Charles A. Broomfield, who is now living in Norwich, Conn. Her death occurred at her home in Dixon, at the age of thirty-seven years, and Mr. Weyburn was a second time married, the lady of his choice being Miss Eva Dunning. Again, he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who, at her death, left two children to mourn her loss — Elsie and Florence. The present wife of Mr. Weyburn was in her maidenhood Miss Minnie Weibezahn. She was born in Akron, Ohio, and with her parents, when a child, came to Dixon, where she grew to womanhood and was married. One son graces this union, Edward.

Mr. Weyburn is a member of the Methodist Church and also takes considerable interest in civic societies. He belongs to Dixon Lodge, No. 139, I.O.O.F., in which he has filled all the offices, and is also a member of the Encampment, in which he likewise served in the various official positions. Of the United Workmen Lodge of Dixon, he is a charter member and was its first presiding officer, and is also connected with the Modern Woodmen. Among his lodge associates and business acquaintances, he is held in high esteem for his sterling worth, and both he and his estimable wife have a host of friends throughout this community.


Biographical Publishing Company, Portrait and biographical record of Lee County, Illinois, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States, Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co., 1892.

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