Brill-Kelsoe correspondence 1878-1889 (bulk 1885-1886 )
George Weirick was born in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, on July 15, 1773, the son of Revolutionary War veteran Captain Johann Wilhelm Weirick (1731-1807) and Maria Simon (ca. 1739-1824). He married Elizabeth Frederick (1780-1816) in 1801, and the couple had eight children. In 1806, he founded the community of Penns Creek in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. Weirick served as lieutenant colonel of the 77th Regiment of the Pennsylvania militia (also known as the Northumberland County Blues), which formed part of the 4th U.S. Military District, Brigadier General Henry Sperring's Brigade. Following the burning of Washington in September 1814, the unit was mobilized at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River, 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia. The soldiers were discharged during the winter, when the threat of British attack waned. A year after the death of his wife in 1816, Weirick married Mary Meyer and had twelve children with her. He died on September 25, 1838.