Posted By:Arthur J Wacaster
Subject:Re: Wacaster and all derivitives......
Post Date:September 25, 2000 at 08:17:34
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Forum:Waycaster Family Genealogy Forum
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All of a number of surnames: Wacaster, Waycaster, Wacasey, Wacasser, etc.; derived from the German Weckesser. Two Weckesser's, Hans Michael and Johann Andreas, immigrated through the Port of Philadelphia in the mid-1700s. Hans Michael arrived on the ship Restauration from Rooterdam on October 9, 1747. Johann Andreas arrived on the ship Christian from Rotterdam on July 13, 1749. Johann Andreas is certainly the ancestor of all the North Carolina and Georgia Wacasters, and probably all the Wacasters that moved west, primarily to Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Onboard the Christian with Johann Andreas Weckesser was one Veltin Dellinger. A cursory study of the genealogy of the western North Carolina Wacasters quickly turns up numerous ties between the Wacasters and the Dellingers. My grandfather, George Washington Wacaster, born either in 1800 or 1803, descended from Johann Andreas Weckesser. My grandmother was Sarah Priscilla Chapman (whom I often see referred to as Sarah C. Chapman. The reasons I mention the possible difference in the date of birth of my grandfather are that my father, Adolphus Jordan Wacaster, always said that my grandfather was 78 years old when my father was born (May 18, 1878), and, I have a copy of the 1880 census page for North Brook Township, Lincoln County, NC which gives my grandfather's age as 80. My grandmother Sarah was shown as 35. That would square with her birthday of June 30, 1844. Obviously, for her to have had my father in 1978, then followed by my uncle John and Aunt Minnie, she had to be much younger than my grandfather. This a trait of the male Wacasters, apparently, having children late in life. My father was 65 when I was born.