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Wieand, C. S. (Charles Samuel), Rev., 1848-1919 (Father of Helen Wieand Cole)


Biographical note

The Rev. Charles Samuel Wieand was born in Zionsville, Lehigh County, PA in 1848, one of six children. He attended Allentown Academy, but also worked on a farm and operated his father's mill for three years. He prepared for college at Freeland Seminary, and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster in 1874. He founded Perkiomen Seminary at Pennsburg, Montgomery County, and was its principal for nine years. After studying theology under the Rev. Dr. C.Z. Weiser, Wieand was licensed to preach in 1880 by the Goshenhoppen classis of the Reformed church. After serving the Chestnut Hill congregation in Lehigh county for one year, he became pastor of Zion's Reformed Church in Pottsdown in 1884.

In 1875, Wieand married Leonore M. Sell (Keck). They had seven children, including Irma Clarissa and Helen Emma. Their siblings died at the ages of five, four, eleven months, and in infancy. Both daughters graduated from Mount Holyoke College. Irma took post-graduate courses at the University of Leipzig.


Rev. Charles Samuel Wieand was born at Old Zionsville, Lehigh county, Pa., February 28, 1848, and after retiring from the active ministry moved to Philadelphia, where he passed away October 7, 1919. He was the son of Charles W. Wieand (1809-1890) and Susan Krauss (1811-1877), both families tracing back into Germany, and through both he was eligible to membership in the Pennsylvania- German Society, of which he w’^s made a member October 2, 1902. His grandfather David Wieand was born 1781 and died 1865. His great-grandfather, Wendel Wieand (1757- 1822), was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, enlisting in his country’s service at the age of 19 years. It appears that while in the army he was taken sick and was invalided home, and therefore his name does not appear on the roster of his company at the time it was mustered out of service. The family tradition is that in 1779 he was with the expedition against the Indians at Wyoming. His emigrant an- cestor was Johann Jost Wiegant, who was born in Germany.

His mother was the daughter of Andrew Krauss (1771- 1841), and the grand-daughter of Balthaser Kraus who was born in Germany. His mother’s ancestor on her mother’s side w'as Rev. Christopher Schultz, the first minister of the Schwenkfelders in America, born at Upper Harpersdorf, Duchy of Liegnitz, Silesia, March 26, 1718, landing at Philadelphia September 22, 1734, with other Schwenkfelders; he died at Hereford, Berks county, May 9, 1789. (See Genea- logical Record of the Schwenkfelder families, page 173.)

Rev. Charles Samuel Wieand was educated in the common schools and in the Allentown Academy, after which he taught in the public schools. He prepared for college at Freeland Seminary and entered Franklin & Marshall Col- lege, graduating in 1874. In 1875 he founded Perkiomen Seminary at Pennsburg, Pa., serving there for nine years, during which time he prepared for the ministry under the Rev. Dr. C. Z. Weiser. He was licensed to preach in 1880, and ordained to the Christian ministry in 1883, and then installed as pastor of Chestnut Hill Church, Lehigh county, Pa., which he served for one year. In 1884 he accepted a call from Zion’s Reformed Church at Pottstown, Pa., where he served for 24 years. During the five years fol- lowing he was supply pastor of three vacant charges, Schwenksville, Great Swamp at Chestnut Hill and Shenkel. In 1913 he accepted a call’from the Shenkel charge and was again installed as a regular pastor, serving there until 1917, when he retired from active service and moved to Phila- delphia. He was held in high esteem by the ministers of the Reformed church, as shown by the fact that for 25 years he was the stated clerk of Goshenhoppen Classis, and for 14 years serv^ed also as its treasurer.

On July 1, 1895, he married Miss Leonora M. Sell, who died November 10, 1916. He is survived by two daughters, Irma C. of West Philadelphia High School for Girls, and Helen E., wife of Dr. S. V. Cole, president of Wheaton Col- lege, Norton, Mass. His body lies buried in his family plot at East Greenville, Pa. B. F. F. Jr., p. 31-32. accessed 11/16/2018

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Cole and Wieand Families Papers

Identifier: MC-004
Abstract The Cole and Wieand families papers focus on Samuel Valentine Cole and Helen Wieand Cole, their interactions with Wheaton College, and their academic/writing pursuits. The papers also contain supplementary information about Samuel's brother, William Isaac Cole, and Helen's sister, Irma C. Wieand. The documents in the series span the years 1878 to 1975 with the bulk dates between 1897-1925, Samuel Valentine Cole's term as president. These papers include letters, publications, manuscripts, wills,...
Dates: 1878-1975; 1897-1925