Alois B. Wimmer

M, #3279
Father*George Wimmer Sr. b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
 Alois B. Wimmer was the son of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Anna Wimmer1

F, #2842, b. 17 July 1830, d. 29 July 1899
Father*George Wimmer b. 1792, d. 21 Feb 1839
Mother*Theresia Hahn
Birth*17 July 1830 Anna Wimmer was born on 17 July 1830 at Germany Another place says born July 17 1821.1 
 She was the daughter of George Wimmer and Theresia Hahn
Death*29 July 1899 She died on 29 July 1899 at Trusing, Bavaria, at age 69. 
Married Name Her married name was Gruber. 
Last Edited25 Jul 2011

Citations

  1. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."

Annie Teresia Wimmer

F, #3272, b. 1866
Father*George Wimmer Sr. b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
Birth*1866 Annie Teresia Wimmer was born in 1866 at Minn.1 
 She was the daughter of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. [S56] 1880 Census;.

Anton Wimmer1

M, #2845, b. 1830, d. 14 June 1901
Father*George Wimmer1 b. 1792, d. 21 Feb 1839
Mother*Theresia Hahn
Birth*1830 Anton Wimmer was born in 1830 at Bavaria.2 
 He was the son of George Wimmer and Theresia Hahn.1 
MARRIAGE*6 February 1851 He married Margaret (?) on 6 February 1851. 
Death*14 June 1901 He died on 14 June 1901 at Newark, NJ.1 
Burial*17 June 1905 He was buried on 17 June 1905 at Newark, NJ, Diary says, "...was buried in the family lot of The Holy Sepulcre Cemetery beside his wife. Cemetery is on Central Avenue. Could be buried in part E plot 278 as Sebastian Wimmer mentions that in a June 1905 entry. Entry says that same plot holds Mary Wimmer and her mother. Also mentions a Margaret Wimmer.1 
Occupation*1880 He was See Wimmer diary Nov. 17, 1869 with regards Sebastian paying over $2000. for his brother Anton to a piano warehouse in New York. in 1880 at Musician. 

Family

Margaret (?) b. 1830
Children
Last Edited25 Jul 2011

Citations

  1. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."
  2. [S56] 1880 Census;.

Ernest Joseph Wimmer1

M, #201, b. 15 September 1859, d. 25 April 1900
Father*Sebastian Wimmer b. 5 Jan 1831, d. 29 Nov 1921
Mother*Lavinia Harvey Blakely b. 5 Aug 1831, d. 4 May 1904
Relationships1st cousin 3 times removed of Stephens Blakely Woodrough Jr.
1st cousin 3 times removed of Page Annette Woodrough
ChartsSIMON RUFFNER
BLAKELY
Birth*15 September 1859 Ernest Joseph Wimmer was born on 15 September 1859 at Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA.2 
 He was the son of Sebastian Wimmer and Lavinia Harvey Blakely
MARRIAGE*5 February 1895 He married Louise Scanlan on 5 February 1895.3 
Death*25 April 1900  On 25 April 1900 According to "Early Phases of St. Mary" he died while on a fishing trip. Same book says that E.J. Wimmer and F.A. Jacob took over management of St. Mary Herald in 1888.

His father's diary also mentions his death, date and place. 
Employment1880 He was employed in 1880 at Railroad Clerk, St. Mary's, Elk County, PA.4 
Employmentcirca 1895  Circa 1895 Served as District Attorney of Elk County according to his aunt's (Susan X. Blakely) obituary. See picture attached.
Employment1895 He was employed in 1895 at Railroad Clerk. 

Family

Louise Scanlan
MARRIAGE*5 February 1895 He married Louise Scanlan on 5 February 1895.3 
Last Edited25 Jul 2011

Citations

  1. [S16] Unknown author, Early St. Marys County, Book states that E. J. Wimmer and F. A Jacob took over management of St. Mary Herald in 1888.
  2. [S15] Unknown editor, History of McKean, Elk.
  3. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."
  4. [S56] 1880 Census;.

Fr. Lucas Wimmer1,2

M, #2844, b. 16 December 1825, d. 15 June 1901
Father*George Wimmer2 b. 1792, d. 21 Feb 1839
Mother*Theresia Hahn
Birth*16 December 1825 Fr. Lucas Wimmer was born on 16 December 1825 at Thalmassing, Bavaria.2 
 He was the son of George Wimmer and Theresia Hahn.2 
Death*15 June 1901 He died on 15 June 1901 at age 75 He was at St. Vincent Abbey in Latrobe, PA.2 
CENSUS1880*1880  Shown living in Covington Kentucky at a rectory. 
Occupation*1890 He was He was a priest O.S.B in 1890.2 
Last Edited7 Jul 2011

Citations

  1. Diary talks of his brother, Fr. Lucas of Caroltown.
  2. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."

George Wimmer1

M, #2841, b. 1792, d. 21 February 1839
MARRIAGE* George Wimmer married Theresia Hahn
Birth*1792 He was born in 1792.1 
Death*21 February 1839 He died on 21 February 1839 at Munich, Bavaria.1 

Family 1

Children

Family 2

Theresia Hahn
Children
Last Edited10 Dec 2008

Citations

  1. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."

George Albert Wimmer1

M, #3109, b. 6 June 1882, d. 2 March 1901
Father*George Wimmer Sr.1 b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Birth*6 June 1882 George Albert Wimmer was born on 6 June 1882 at Albany, MI.1 
 He was the son of George Wimmer Sr.1 
Death*2 March 1901 He died on 2 March 1901 at Fargo, ND, at age 18 Diary entry says, "...3rd son of George Wimmer died. Said to have died at "Reynolds" 58 north of Fargo and 7 miles south of their former residence "Thompson".1 
Last Edited11 Apr 2000

Citations

  1. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."

George Wimmer Jr.

M, #3280
Father*George Wimmer Sr. b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
 George Wimmer Jr. was the son of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

George Wimmer Sr.1,2

M, #2843, b. 9 February 1824, d. 24 August 1889
Father*George Wimmer2 b. 1792, d. 21 Feb 1839
Mother*Theresia Hahn
MARRIAGE* George Wimmer Sr. married Elizabeth Backermeier.2 
MARRIAGE2 He was married for the second time.2 
Birth*9 February 1824 He was born on 9 February 1824.2 
 He was the son of George Wimmer and Theresia Hahn.2 
Death*24 August 1889  On 24 August 1889 George Wimmer was old Sebastians brother that lived in Minn. and took care of the farm until he died and his son took over those duties.2 
Residence* He lived at IN; Sebastian Wimmer diary says brother lives in Indiana. 

Family 1

Elizabeth Backermeier d. 14 December 1905

Family 2

Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
Children

Family 3

Child
Last Edited10 Dec 2008

Citations

  1. First diary talks about his brother George.
  2. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."

Jack Wimmer1

M, #3108, b. 23 March 1897, d. 14 January 1949
Father*Sebastian Joseph Wimmer Jr.1 b. 8 Jun 1862, d. b 1930
Mother*Daisy Louise Shaefer1 d. b 1920
Relationships2nd cousin 2 times removed of Stephens Blakely Woodrough Jr.
2nd cousin 2 times removed of Page Annette Woodrough
ChartsSIMON RUFFNER
BLAKELY
Birth*23 March 1897 Jack Wimmer was born on 23 March 1897 at St. Mary's, Elk County, PA.1 
 He was the son of Sebastian Joseph Wimmer Jr. and Daisy Louise Shaefer.1 
Obituary1949 Obnituary of Jack Wimmer was His obituary mentions sister, Mrs. G. Clark of Washington, D.C. This would be Nanitta. No mention made of wife so she either dead or he never married.(Obit sent to me by Mary Miller, St. Marys Historical Society)
St. Marys Daily Gazette, Monday, Jan. 17, 1949:BROUGHT HERE FOR BURIAL The body of John L. Wimmer, 50, who died in Philadelphia Friday, was brought here yesterday and taken to the Lynch Funeral home.
He was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Sebastian Wimmer of this city and is survived by one sister, Mrs. G. Clark of Washington D.C. Requiem mass will be celebrated at St. Marys Church Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock followed by burial in the family lot in St. Marys Cemetery. in 1949. 
Burial*1949 He was buried in 1949 at St. Mary Cemetery; Lot O-36, St. Mary's, Elk County, PA, Jack DOD as Jan. 14, 1949 and he is buried at St. Marys Cem.!!! Guess the Wimmer lot has more people in it than I thought! (LWG)
His sister did not care enough to erect a headstones there aree just three headstones - Sue X., Lavenia and Ernest. Which means there are 3 unmarked graves also - Sebastian, Sebbie and Wilfried. 
Death*14 January 1949 He died on 14 January 1949 at age 51 Jack DOD as Jan. 14, 1949 and he is buried at St. Marys Cem. Guess the Wimmer lot has more people in it than I thought! Note from Laura Glass Steneck.

He died of tuburculosis.2 
CENSUS1910*1910 He appeared on the census in 1910 at Becker, Minn.; 1910 Census, Two Inlets Twp., Becker Co. Minn. John Wimmer, age 13, born in Pa., Fa. Pa. Mo. NY. living with a cousin, William Bitteman(?)(very faint on census record)who owns a saw mill.3 
CENSUS1930*1930 He appeared on the census in 1930 at Philadelphia, PA; There is a John A. Wimmer in Philadelphia in 1930, married to a widow named Effie, 3 yrs. his senior, with a 17 yr. old stepson, last name Steele, and a 2 yr. old daughter named Jane. His occupation is carpenter, building construction. This John A. says he was born in Penn., his father and mother both born in Germany! (Sebbie claimed to be born in Germany in the two census records I found him in!). Not sure if this is our Jack, but might be worth more research.Now the interesting part is I located John in the 1930 census, living in Philadelphia with A WIFE NAMED EFFIE, a 2 year old daughter named Jane and a step-son, George Steel. Why are they not mentioned as survivors in his obit? Have searched for Nita (Mrs. G. Clark) in DC, but no luck.. - note from Laura Steneck. 
Note*2001  In 2001 Some biographies mention a James S. Wimmer as son of Sebastian, but LWG thinks this is wrong and that perhaps James is the name for Jack the grandson who lived with Sebastian for many years and could have been mistaken for a son. 2011 - I think she is wrong. I think James S. is James Sebastian and that is Jack. 
Last Edited6 Dec 2015

Citations

  1. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."
  2. [S633] Debbie Wolfe, "Wimmer descendant," e-mail to unknown recipient, July 19, 2011.
  3. [S60] 1910 Census;.

John A Wimmer1

M, #3271, b. 27 June 1868, d. 28 May 1898
Father*George Wimmer Sr.1 b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman1 b. 1835
Birth*27 June 1868 John A Wimmer was born on 27 June 1868 at St Paul, Minn.1 
 He was the son of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman.1 
Death*28 May 1898 He died on 28 May 1898 at St. Cloud, Minn., at age 29.1 
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."

John B. Wimmer

M, #3265, d. 24 July 1878
Father*George Wimmer b. 1792, d. 21 Feb 1839
Mother*Theresia Hahn
 John B. Wimmer was the son of George Wimmer and Theresia Hahn
Death*24 July 1878 He died on 24 July 1878 at Regensburg, Bavaria
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Josephine Wimmer

F, #3276, b. 1872
Father*George Wimmer Sr. b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
Birth*1872 Josephine Wimmer was born in 1872 at Minn.1 
 She was the daughter of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman
MARRIAGE*2 June 1903 She married William Bittman on 2 June 1903 at Albany, Sterns Co., MI.2 
Married Name2 June 1903  As of 2 June 1903,her married name was Bittman. 

Family

William Bittman
Last Edited10 Dec 2008

Citations

  1. [S56] 1880 Census;.
  2. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."

Katie Wimmer

F, #3277, b. 1874
Father*George Wimmer Sr. b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
Birth*1874 Katie Wimmer was born in 1874 at Minn.1 
 She was the daughter of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman
Married Name Her married name was Borgman. 
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. [S56] 1880 Census;.

Leonard Wimmer

M, #3287, b. 1872
Father*Anton Wimmer b. 1830, d. 14 Jun 1901
Mother*Margaret (?) b. 1830
Birth*1872 Leonard Wimmer was born in 1872 at LA.1 
 He was the son of Anton Wimmer and Margaret (?)
Last Edited10 Dec 2008

Citations

  1. [S56] 1880 Census;.

Margaret Wimmer

F, #3273
Father*George Wimmer Sr. b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
 Margaret Wimmer was the daughter of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Mary Wimmer

F, #3275, b. 1870
Father*George Wimmer Sr. b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
Birth*1870 Mary Wimmer was born in 1870 at Minn.1 
 She was the daughter of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. [S56] 1880 Census;.

Mary A. Wimmer

F, #3286, b. 11 January 1869, d. 11 May 1899
Father*Anton Wimmer b. 1830, d. 14 Jun 1901
Mother*Margaret (?) b. 1830
Birth*11 January 1869 Mary A. Wimmer was born on 11 January 1869. 
 She was the daughter of Anton Wimmer and Margaret (?)
Death*11 May 1899 She died on 11 May 1899 at Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, at age 30. 
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Mary Elizabeth Rose Nanitta Wimmer1

F, #3107, b. 21 August 1893, d. 1955
Father*Sebastian Joseph Wimmer Jr.1 b. 8 Jun 1862, d. b 1930
Mother*Daisy Louise Shaefer1 d. b 1920
Relationships2nd cousin 2 times removed of Stephens Blakely Woodrough Jr.
2nd cousin 2 times removed of Page Annette Woodrough
ChartsSIMON RUFFNER
BLAKELY
Birth*21 August 1893 Mary Elizabeth Rose Nanitta Wimmer was born on 21 August 1893 at St. Mary's, Elk County, PA.1 
 She was the daughter of Sebastian Joseph Wimmer Jr. and Daisy Louise Shaefer.1 
Baptism10 September 1893 She was baptized on 10 September 1893.1 
Death*1955 She died in 1955 She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.2 
Name Variation  Mary Elizabeth Rose Nanitta Wimmer was also known as Nita Wimmer. 
Last Edited5 Dec 2015

Citations

  1. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."
  2. [S633] Debbie Wolfe, "Wimmer descendant," e-mail to unknown recipient, July 19, 2011.

Mattias Wimmer1

M, #2846, b. 23 April 1817, d. 21 December 1858
Father*George Wimmer b. 1792, d. 21 Feb 1839
Birth*23 April 1817 Mattias Wimmer was born on 23 April 1817 at Thalmassing, Bavaria
 He was the son of George Wimmer
Death*21 December 1858 He died on 21 December 1858 at Indiana, PA, at age 41. 
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. Diary talks of brother Mattias in Indiana.

Rudolph A Wimmer

M, #3282, b. 1867
Father*Anton Wimmer b. 1830, d. 14 Jun 1901
Mother*Margaret (?) b. 1830
Birth*1867 Rudolph A Wimmer was born in 1867 at LA.1 
 He was the son of Anton Wimmer and Margaret (?)
MARRIAGE*7 January 1903 He married an unknown person on 7 January 1903 at Newark, NJ.2 
Last Edited10 Dec 2008

Citations

  1. [S56] 1880 Census;.
  2. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."

Sebastian Wimmer1

M, #199, b. 5 January 1831, d. 29 November 1921
SEBASTIAN WIMMER
SEBASTIAN WIMMER
Father*George Wimmer b. 1792, d. 21 Feb 1839
ChartsSIMON RUFFNER
BLAKELY
Birth*5 January 1831 Sebastian Wimmer was born on 5 January 1831 at Thalmassing, Bavaria, This is a small town near Regensburg in Bavaria. In 1833 the family moved to Munich where his uncle Boniface Willmer was a student.2 
 He was the son of George Wimmer
MARRIAGE*12 February 1857 He married Lavinia Harvey Blakely, daughter of James B. Blakely and Susananna Smyth, on 12 February 1857 at Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA, History of Elk Co., PA states that "Sebastian Wimmer, nephew of Arch Abbot Boniface Wimmer married Miss L.H. Blakely (Lavinia H.) of Pittsburg on 2-12-1857. They had a son, Ernest J. born 9-15-1858 at St. Mary's PA.
From SLB's "Reminiscenses" A sister, Virginia, married Sebastian Wimmer, a well-known civil engineer of his day, and a nephew of Archabbot Wimmer, of St.Vincent's, Latrobe Pennsylvania. Their daughter, Beatrice, became a Benedictine Nun and died in the 70's as Mother Beatrice Superioress of a mission school for Indians near Beatrice, Nebraska. A granddaughter became a religious of the Sacred Heart, Mother Mary Louise R.S. C. J. Academy of the Sacred Heart, Lake Forest, Illinois. Another daughter whose name I do not have, was well-known as a graceful writer and a contributor to magazines here and in England.
(Note there are some errors here. Her name is Lavinia not Virginia.) (Note that another source give marriage date as Feb 10 1857.)
This note from Sebastian Wimmer Diary: Guests at my wedding yesterday - parents of the bride; Misses Sarah & Susanne Blakely; Masters Lawrence and Joe Blakely; Mr. & Mrs. Myers; Miss Maggie Myers; Misses Arabella Beltzhoover, Kate Flood, Kate Fenton, Anne and Kate Mitchell; Misses Agnes Mitchell; Mr. & Mrs. Dodge; Miss Imogene Blakely of East Liverpool; Messrs. Bob Lynch and Edward Fenton, Joe Head and Nathaniel McCalley; Mrs. Head of Latrobe (Sophia); Father Luce Wimmer, Father Valentine Felder, and Vicar General McMahon; and Rt. Rev. Father Abbot Wimmer; Mrs. Beaumont.1,3 
Burial*1921 He was buried in 1921 at Wimmer Plot, St. Marys, Elk County, PA, In 1999 Mary Miller, a researcher from St. Marys, visited the cemetery and reported that the grave was there and well-tended. A sketch of the town and cemetery is in file of MVW. Wimmer Lot has three names, but the space between Susan X. Blakely and Lavinia and Earnest Wimmer is presumed to be Sebastian Wimmer grave. 
Death*29 November 1921 He died on 29 November 1921 at age 90 Death date printed on cover of transcriptions of his diaries. After his wife's death he sold his home and went to live on his farm in Minnesota. He passed his last two years at St. Vincent Abbey.4 
Biography  How the diaries reached the Historical Society:
(Included with the diaries sent by St. Mary's Historical Society to LWG for transcription was the following:)

Mr. Theodore Smeal, President of the Eben J. Russ Public Library of St.
Marys, has presented to the Historical Society of St. Marys and Bensinger
Township all the diaries kept by the Honorable Sebastian J. Wimmer, one of
the most famous railroad construction engineers of his time.

Mr. Wimmer resided in St. Marys from 1863 until 1907. He was a very
methodical man and kept complete diaries of his activities. These diaries
were presented to the Eban J. Russ Library a good many years ago by Mrs.
Lavinia Vollmer, wife of the late Henry J. Vollmer. Mr. Smeal and his board
of Directors feel that the proper place for the preservation and display of
these diaries should be in the Historical Society headquarters in the
Municipal Building on Erie Avenue.

The Honorable Sebastian J. Wimmer, who was probably the most famous
citizen ever to reside in St. Marys and who was born in Bavaria, Germany,
January 5, 1831, came to this country on June 2 1851, with his uncle, the
Right Reverand Arch-Abbot Boniface Wimmer. He became a railroad
construction engineer of national and international fame. In 1853 he was
appointed assistant engineer in the construction of the Allegheny Valley
Railroad, having charge of the division between Pittsburgh and Kittenning,
and was engaged on this project until October, 1856.

In 1862 he made a survey from Garland to Oil City and from Titusville
northward. In June 1863 he was transferred to St. Marys to take charge of
the contract to complete the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad, from Whetham
west of Lock Haven, to Warren, a distance of 143 miles. In 1865 he was sent
by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company to take charge of the building of the
Imperial and Mexico City Railroad for an English company. Mr. Wimmer's name
is indelibly associated with the Imperial Mexican Railway by having one of
the bridges on the Maltrata incline named after him, perhaps the only record
where a civil engineer has thus been honored.

Upon completion of the Mexical railroad, he built the eastern section of
the low grade railroad between Driftwood and Sabula. In 1877 he was
appointed chief engineer on the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie railroad, upon
completion of which, in 1879, he was appointed chief engineer of the New
York and Northern railroad. After another brief business jaunt to Mexico,
he was appointed chief engineer on the construction of the Erie and Wyoming
Railroad from Pittston and Scranton to Hawley, from 1882 to 1884. He then,
in turn, had charge of building the Yonkers Rapid Transit Railway, the line
between Turner on the Erie Railroad and Danbury, Connecticut, and the lines
in Elk and Clearfield counties for the Pittsburgh, Shawmut and Northern
Railroad.

Mr. Wimmer then became associate chief engineer of the Wabash Railroad,
comprising the Pittsburgh, Carnegie and Weston Railroad from Pittsburgh to
the Ohio River, the Pittsburgh, Toledo and Western Railroad from the Ohio to
the connection of the Wheeling and Toledo Railroad. This is one of the most
difficult roads ever built in this country, having seventeen tunnels varying
in length from 200' to 4700', and many bridges including two exceptionally
long ones over the Monongahelia and Ohio rivers. This piece of work will
ever stand as a monument to the ability of Mr. Wimmer as an...........(page
3 is missing). 
Anecdote*  "to a large extent Mr. Wimmer's career has been that of a Pittsburgher. This city has been his residence for long periods at various times, but St. Marys Pennsylvania is his official residence and the family home for over forty years. He had a large stock farm in Minnesota to which he makes occasional visits and in which he finds his chief pleasure. 
Biography*  "History of Mc Kean, Elk, Cameron and Potter Co., PA p. 809 says "Sebastian Wimmer, nephew of Arch Abbott Boniface Wimmer (b. 1-14-1809 with Christian name of Sebastian) married Miss L.H. Blakely of Pittsburg on 2-12-1857. They had a son named Ernest J.Wimmer born at St. Mary's, PA"
Sebastian was one of St. Mary's most famous men and Arch Abott Wimmer was one of the religious founders. "The first foundation of Benedictines in America arrived under the leadership of Reverend Boniface Wimmer-later first Abbot and Archabbot. They had come at the invitation of Father Lemke of Carrolltown, Pennsylvania, who hoped to have them at his mission. But after consulting with Bishop O'Connor of Pittsburgh the plan was changed to the gain of both the Benedictines and the people of Westmoreland. On October 21, 1846 Bishop O'Connor wrote the following document:

"To all whom it may concern. We do hereby appoint the Reverend Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., pastor of the Roman Catholic Congregation, worshiping at St. Vincent's Church, Unity Township, Westmoreland County, vacant by the resignation of the Rev. M. Gallagher, and we confer upon said Rev. B. Wimmur all rights and privileges appertaining to said office of pastor of said Congregation, this appointment to hold good until revoked by us or our Successor or until. a new appointment. "Given at St. Vincent's on this twenty-first day of' October A.D. MDCCCXLVI. "M, Bp. Pittsburgh."

Taken from SLB's "Reminiscenses"
Sebastian Wimmer's father came from Mexico with the Arch Duke Maximilian, who after he assumed the throne, made him imperial director of railways.
[BOLD:
In 1999 found a book review on the internet that follows:
FEATURE BOOK REVIEW
Oetgen, Jerome. An American Abbot. Washington, DC: Catholic UP, 1997. 470 pp. $39.95. ISBN 0- 8132-0893-9.

The figure of Boniface Wimmer straddles the history of American Benedictines like a colossus, a primordial force in shaping the vision and founding generations of Benedictine communities in North America. It was not until 1976, however, that the first biography of Wimmer appeared, Jerome Oetgen's An American Abbot. It was a work whose readability and historical scholarship were equal in stature to its subject. Now, more than two decades after the biography was first published, Oetgen has written a revised and expanded version of that work. It has built upon the parallel developments in American Benedictine historical studies that have emerged in the ensuing years, used additional historical source material and reevaluated some of the original assessments contained in the 1976 version. The result is a book expanded a third in length from the original and one that should continue to serve as a standard of scholarship and writing for some years to come.

One of the evident advantages of Oetgen's portrait of Wimmer is that it is depicted within the broader historical backdrop of other nineteenth-century monastic movements and the American Catholic Church. He also resists the tendency to make Wimmer a monochromatic individual, something the mythmakers of Benedictine history are easily prone to do. That Wimmer could be authoritarian, impulsive and driven is true, but Oetgen paints a picture of Wimmer that also includes a man willing to admit mistakes, someone showing pastoral solicitude for those entrusted to his care (especially the poor and underprivileged), and displaying a remarkable resiliency and faith in the face of personal road-blocks and human weakness.

Oetgen is especially adept at providing a balanced perspective on such controverted questions as the relation between Wimmer and American Benedictine women. While he notes the unjust manner in which Wimmer manipulated money intended for the sisters and could be overly controlling of their lives, he also points out how the abbot did his best to serve as spokesman for the rights of monastic women, give public credit to their essential role in his monastic enterprise, and in his later years become a principal agent in raising funds for them. Oetgen recounts in detail how that enterprise came into being, illustrating the formidable obstacles and hardships it encountered as well as the successive steps of its achievement, from the German abbey of Metten to the network of monastic communities established in North America.

One is left with a renewed appreciation of the timeliness of Wimmer's vision and the singular vigor in which he carried it out. The historian John Tracy Ellis' evaluation of Wimmer as "the greatest Catholic missionary in nineteenth-century America" is affirmed when Oetgen presents the reader with the intrepid itinerary of Wimmer's monastic foundations and his impact on the Catholic Church of his day. Not only was he present at the creation as founder of the first community of Benedictines in North America (1846), he was present at the Second and Third Plenary Councils of Baltimore (1866 and 1884) and the First Vatican Council in Rome (1869- 70). He was presider over eight general chapters of the American-Cassinese Congregation, a counselor to bishops and abbots, a pathfinder in promoting the evangelization of the Church in the American West and South, and a prophetic voice in providing care for Africans and Native Americans as well as immigrants.

Oetgen is able to weave into his story the extraordinary elements of leadership and visionary genius that were Wimmer's legacy. His capacity for organization and administration lived on in the pliant infrastructure of his many monastic foundations. His visionary viewpoint was affirmed in such ideas as the establishment of a house of studies in Rome and broader cooperation within a confederation of Benedictine congregations throughout the world. His model of leadership was passed on through successive generations of abbots and bishops who were formed at St. Vincent. Without subscribing to the "great man" theory of history, Jerome Oetgen has produced a definitive study of the one person in American Benedictine history who shaped Benedictine identity in this country more than any other. He describes how Wimmer achieved this despite a series of internal revolts by his own monks against his activist model of monastic life and ongoing criticism of his single-minded and impulsive decisions.

Like so many of his contemporaries in the last century, Wimmer left a formidable deposit of correspondence. Oetgen's firsthand familiarity with this source material and with the significant players in the world of Boniface Wimmer make for a compelling glimpse at a formative era that forever shaped American Benedictine life. One can only hope that it will whet the appetite for another generation of monastics to study the pioneer legacy of the patriarch of monasticism in North America and stimulate similar scholarly studies of noteworthy American Benedictines.

Joel Rippinger, OSB
Marmion Abbey
Aurora, IL.
 
Immigration*2 June 1851 He immigrated on 2 June 1851 to New York, NY, He reached New York, went to visit his uncle at St. Vincents then settled in Pittsburgh getting a position with Hastings and Preisser, city engineers for Pittsburgh.4 
DIARY ENTR*1860  In 1860 at Pittsburgh, PA, Wimmer made reference to Byardstown in his 1860 diary.......Noticed that yesterday when re-reading it. On Jan. 1st he went to "Bayardstown church"....whatever that was. Note that Bayardstown is the old name for the area of Pittsburgh now called "the strip". The early Blakely family lived in this area when the 1830 census was taken. The corner of Mulberry and 12th is the approximate location.3 
Residence*1863 He lived in 1863 at St. Mary's, Elk County, PA; The Elk County Gazette reported that the house was located on North St. In 1908 it was moved to the rear of the lot so that the front of the house faced Maurus Street. A new home was built on the site previously occupied by the Wimmer house. The Wimmer house remains occupied as three apartments in 1999. Wimmer Family moved to St. Marys in 1863. Probably moved to this town because of work on railroad.4
WIMMER HOME
Wimmer home in 2003
CENSUS1880*1 June 1880 He was listed in 1880 census on 1 June 1880 at St. Mary's, Elk County, PA.2 
Employment*1880 He was employed in 1880 at Civil Engineer, St. Mary's, Elk County, PA.2 
Residence1905 He lived in 1905 at Albany, Stearns Co, Minn.; Sebastian moved to Albany, Sterns Co. a year after the death of his wife Vennie (1905). 
CENSUS1920*1920 He appeared on the census in 1920 at Latrobe, Westmoreland County, PA; He has returned from Minnisota to retire finally at the Abbey.
Wimmer, Sebastian Age: 88 Year: 1920 Birthplace: Bavaria / Bayern Roll: T625_1663 Race: White Page: 2B State: Pennsylvania ED: 220 County: Westmoreland Image: 24 Township: Unity. 
Anecdote3 December 1921  On 3 December 1921 Note from Laura Steneck when she was asked how the Wimmer diaries survived his death:
My memory was faulty yesterday when I said Alois gave the diaries to the Historical Soc. Here is a direct quote, sent to me by Mary Miller:
"Mr. Theodore Smeal, Pres. of the Eben J. Russ Public Library of St. Marys, presented to the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township all the diaries kept by the Honorable Sebastian J. Wimmer, one of the most famous railroad construction engineers of his time. Mr. Wimmer resided in St. Marys from 1863 until 1907. He was a very methodical man and kept complete diaries of his activities. These diaries were presented to the Eban J. Russ Library a good many years ago by Mrs. Lavenia Vollmer, wife of the late Henry J. Vollmer. Mr. Smeal and his Board of Directors feel that the proper place for the preservation and display of these diaries should be the Historical Soc. headquarters in the Municipal Building on Erie Ave." The article (typed copy) is not dated and goes on to give a biography of Sebastian Wimmer.
When Laura was asked how the Vollmers came in possession of the diaries, she opined:Well, a tidbit or two might explain how she happened to come into possession of the diaries. I was reading a very faint copy of a biography written by Charles Schaut. On page 22 it states: "The casket bearing the remains (Sebastians) was taken to the H. J. Vollmer home and the funeral was held December 3rd, services being conducted in the St. Marys Church. After the last 'Requiescat in Pace' had been chanted, the casket was borne to the St. Marys Cemetary where all that was mortal of this great engineer was given back to earth from whence it had come, but the memory of him lives on, and will be cherished long after the last vastige of the mundane body has reverted to ashes and dust." It is possible that all of his earthly possessions (including his diaries) were returned to St. Marys from St. Vincents Abbey. Having no living relatives in the town, and since the Vollmers took possession of his earthly remains and saw to it that a proper burial was had, perhaps they also took possession of his diaries, preserving them for their historical value.5 
Note*2001  Note from LWG who is transcribing Sebastian's diaries: At the age of two Sebastian and his parents moved to Munich Germany where he attended schools and completed his education with a Polytechnical degree and an engineering course. He emmigrated to New York with his uncle Boniface Wimmer on January 2, 1851. He secured a position with the city engineers of Pittsburgh but remained only a year. Then he went to New Orleans for a short time and returned to Pittsburgh. In 1854 he took the position of assistant engineer on the Alleghany Bally Railroad project. 

Family

Lavinia Harvey Blakely b. 5 August 1831, d. 4 May 1904
MARRIAGE*12 February 1857 He married Lavinia Harvey Blakely, daughter of James B. Blakely and Susananna Smyth, on 12 February 1857 at Pittsburgh, PA, History of Elk Co., PA states that "Sebastian Wimmer, nephew of Arch Abbot Boniface Wimmer married Miss L.H. Blakely (Lavinia H.) of Pittsburg on 2-12-1857. They had a son, Ernest J. born 9-15-1858 at St. Mary's PA.
From SLB's "Reminiscenses" A sister, Virginia, married Sebastian Wimmer, a well-known civil engineer of his day, and a nephew of Archabbot Wimmer, of St.Vincent's, Latrobe Pennsylvania. Their daughter, Beatrice, became a Benedictine Nun and died in the 70's as Mother Beatrice Superioress of a mission school for Indians near Beatrice, Nebraska. A granddaughter became a religious of the Sacred Heart, Mother Mary Louise R.S. C. J. Academy of the Sacred Heart, Lake Forest, Illinois. Another daughter whose name I do not have, was well-known as a graceful writer and a contributor to magazines here and in England.
(Note there are some errors here. Her name is Lavinia not Virginia.) (Note that another source give marriage date as Feb 10 1857.)
This note from Sebastian Wimmer Diary: Guests at my wedding yesterday - parents of the bride; Misses Sarah & Susanne Blakely; Masters Lawrence and Joe Blakely; Mr. & Mrs. Myers; Miss Maggie Myers; Misses Arabella Beltzhoover, Kate Flood, Kate Fenton, Anne and Kate Mitchell; Misses Agnes Mitchell; Mr. & Mrs. Dodge; Miss Imogene Blakely of East Liverpool; Messrs. Bob Lynch and Edward Fenton, Joe Head and Nathaniel McCalley; Mrs. Head of Latrobe (Sophia); Father Luce Wimmer, Father Valentine Felder, and Vicar General McMahon; and Rt. Rev. Father Abbot Wimmer; Mrs. Beaumont.1,3 
Children
Last Edited6 Jan 2013

Citations

  1. [S15] Unknown editor, History of McKean, Elk.
  2. [S56] 1880 Census;.
  3. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."
  4. [S457] Charles J. Schaut, Early St. Marys.
  5. [S563] Laura Steneck, "Laura Steneck," e-mail to Margot Woodrough.

Sebastian Joseph Wimmer Jr.

M, #203, b. 8 June 1862, d. before 1930
Father*Sebastian Wimmer b. 5 Jan 1831, d. 29 Nov 1921
Mother*Lavinia Harvey Blakely b. 5 Aug 1831, d. 4 May 1904
Relationships1st cousin 3 times removed of Stephens Blakely Woodrough Jr.
1st cousin 3 times removed of Page Annette Woodrough
ChartsSIMON RUFFNER
BLAKELY
Birth*8 June 1862 Sebastian Joseph Wimmer Jr. was born on 8 June 1862 at Latrobe, PA.1 
 He was the son of Sebastian Wimmer and Lavinia Harvey Blakely
MARRIAGE*27 October 1892 He married Daisy Louise Shaefer on 27 October 1892.1 
Death*before 1930 He died before 1930 at Philadelphia, PA, He cannot be found anywhere on the 1930 census.2 
Employment*1880 He was employed in 1880 at Physician. 
Residence*1887 He lived in 1887 at NY
Biography*1891  In 1891 Probably this is the same man who wrote the Biography of Arch Abbot Wimmer that appears in p. 174 of Vol.3 of the American Catholic Historical Society Records published in 1891 by the society. 
CENSUS1910*1910  In 1910 He was living in a boarding house and claimed to have been born in Germany.(wrong).3 
CENSUS1920*1920 He appeared on the census in 1920 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; 1626 Spruce St. On the census he was living in a boarding house and claimed to have been born in Germany which is incorrect.4 

Family

Daisy Louise Shaefer d. before 1920
MARRIAGE*27 October 1892 He married Daisy Louise Shaefer on 27 October 1892.1 
Children
Last Edited6 Jan 2013

Citations

  1. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."
  2. [S563] Laura Steneck, "Laura Steneck," e-mail to Margot Woodrough.
  3. [S60] 1910 Census;, Ward 1 p. 25A

    Wimmer, Sebastian J., Lodger, M,W, 48, Marr., 17yr, bn. Germany, Fa. Germ., Mo. Germ.; Physician, Genl. Practice;
    Note this is wrong. He was born in Pennsylvania as was his mother.
  4. [S61] 1920 Census;, 1920 Census - Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania; E.D. 158; sheet 9-B, enumerated 9 Jan.:
    1626 Spruce Street
    Wimmer, Sebastian, Lodger, M,W,57,Wid., bn. Ger. parents bn. Ger.; occ. Physician
    (This is incorrect. He was born in Pennsylvania as was his mother.).

Sebastian P. Wimmer

M, #3269, b. 4 August 1867
Father*George Wimmer Sr. b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
Birth*4 August 1867 Sebastian P. Wimmer was born on 4 August 1867 at Fairbault, Rice, Minn., Sebastian P. Wimmer is to be married at Albany, Minn. this forenoon to Miss Ida J. Stuhl. Seb P. Wimmer, born at Faribault, Rice Co. Minn Aug. 4th, 1867, baptized by a Cath. priest from Rochester, Minn. is therefore today 26 yrs., 5 mos., 12 days old.1,2



 
 He was the son of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman
EMAIL* He was New Tag Tuesday, Jan. 16

Dark, overcast sky; wet ground; no snow to be seen anywhere around here. Got up at 8 a.m. and busy in library with accounts. Sebastian P. Wimmer is to be married at Albany, Minn. this forenoon to Miss Ida J. Stuhl. Seb P. Wimmer, born at Faribault, Rice Co. Minn Aug. 4th, 1867, baptized by a Cath. priest from Rochester, Minn. is therefore today 26 yrs., 5 mos., 12 days old.



 
Last Edited5 Feb 2002

Citations

  1. [S56] 1880 Census;.
  2. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."

Sister Beatrice (Cecelia) Wimmer1

F, #3285, b. 1859
Father*Anton Wimmer b. 1830, d. 14 Jun 1901
Mother*Margaret (?) b. 1830
Birth*1859 Sister Beatrice (Cecelia) Wimmer was born in 1859 at LA.2 
 She was the daughter of Anton Wimmer and Margaret (?)
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. The 1880 census shows a Cecelia. Assumption is that she is Sister Beatrice as there is no Beatrice shown in 1880 and the mother is too old to have another child.
  2. [S56] 1880 Census;.

Stephens Wimmer

M, #3278
Father*George Wimmer Sr. b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
 Stephens Wimmer was the son of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Veronica Wimmer

F, #3284, b. 1872
Father*Anton Wimmer b. 1830, d. 14 Jun 1901
Mother*Margaret (?) b. 1830
Birth*1872 Veronica Wimmer was born in 1872 at LA.1 
 She was the daughter of Anton Wimmer and Margaret (?)
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. [S56] 1880 Census;.

Wilfried Wimmer1,2

M, #202, b. 14 January 1858, d. 6 March 1913
Father*Sebastian Wimmer b. 5 Jan 1831, d. 29 Nov 1921
Mother*Lavinia Harvey Blakely b. 5 Aug 1831, d. 4 May 1904
Relationships1st cousin 3 times removed of Stephens Blakely Woodrough Jr.
1st cousin 3 times removed of Page Annette Woodrough
ChartsSIMON RUFFNER
BLAKELY
Burial* Wilfried Wimmer was buried.2 
Birth*14 January 1858 He was born on 14 January 1858 at St Paul, Minn.2 
 He was the son of Sebastian Wimmer and Lavinia Harvey Blakely
Death*6 March 1913 He died on 6 March 1913 at St Paul, Minn., at age 55.2 
CENSUS1880*1 June 1880 He was listed in 1880 census on 1 June 1880 at St. Mary's, Elk County, PA.3 
Note*2001 He He was probably retarded as he remained most of his life (until 1905) at home with his family and never worked. In 1905 Sebastian moved to his farm in Albany MN and placed Wilfred at "St Joseph's" outside St. Paul where he died eight years later. in 2001.2 
Last Edited28 Apr 2006

Citations

  1. Apparently he was retarded as he lived at home with his parents well into adulthood. When his father moved to St. Paul he was sent to a home called St. Joseph's.
  2. [S463] "Sebastian Wimmer Diary,."
  3. [S56] 1880 Census;.

William Wimmer

M, #3274, b. 1862
Father*George Wimmer Sr. b. 9 Feb 1824, d. 24 Aug 1889
Mother*Elizabeth Hartman b. 1835
Birth*1862 William Wimmer was born in 1862 at Minn.1 
 He was the son of George Wimmer Sr. and Elizabeth Hartman
Last Edited27 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. [S56] 1880 Census;.