Portrait and Biographcial Album of Branch County, Mich., 1888, p. 588-9: Joseph A. Weatherwax, farmer, residing on section 31, Butler Township, has long been identified with the agricultural interests of Branch County, and while actively assisting in its development, has, by his shrewd management and skillful and well-directed labors, laid up a comfortable competency for himself and family, so that now as the shadows are lengthening along life's highway, he can rest free from the cares and burdens that beset him at noontide in the pleasant home that he has built. Mr. Weatherwax traces his ancestry through several generations back to Germany, his forefathers emigrating from that country to this in colonial times (see sketch of John T. Weatherwax). His parents were Thomas and Mary (Ketcham) Weatherwax, and they settled in Schoharie County, N.Y., where the father was engaged as a farmer. He took part in the War of 1812, doing efficient service for his country as a brave and patriotic soldier. During some period of his married life he and his wife moved to Orleans County and located in the town of Shelby, where he was very much prospered and became a large land-owner. He died there Aug. 10, 1827, aged forty-five years. Thus in the very prime of life a good and competent citizen was removed from his useful sphere, and he was greatly missed as a wise counselor and a true friend by the people among whom he had made his home. His amiable wife survived him scarcely more than two years, dying Nov. 19, 1829, at the age of sixty-two years. (Note from jc - think this is an error). Fourteen children were born to them, and thirteen of them grew to maturity, of whom eight were boys. Joseph Weatherwax was the twelfth child and the youngest son born to his parents, his birth taking place July 5, 1822, in Shelby Township, Orleans Co., N.Y. He was five years old when his father died, and eight years old when his mother's death occurred, and when he was thus so sadly bereaved of both father and mother, he was bound out in his native town to his guardian, Mr. McCargney (or McCargar from other records, jc), and for awhile worked on his farm. Subsequently that gentleman bound him out to Mr. Henry Ryan, under whose roof he remained until he attained his majority. His education was limited to three months' schooling during the winter terms of seven years, but by close study he managed to acquire considerable knowledge in that time. At the age of twenty-one he started out in the world to make his own way by the strength of his muscle in any honorable way that might present itself, and the succeeding four years he worked out by the month. At the end of that time he had employed his time to such good purpose that, having prudently saved his earnings, he was able to marry and make a comfortable home for the woman he had asked to share his life. He was then twenty-five years of age, and his union with Miss Rachel, M. Veeder took place in 1847, in ridgeway, Orleans Co., N.Y. She was the daughter of Abraham and Lydia (Lansing) Veeder. Her father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and her grandfather served in the Revolutionary War. Her ancestors came from Holland in early Colonial times and settled in New York. Her parents lived and died in Fonda Township, Montgomery Co., N.Y., her father having been a farmer. His death occurred Feb. 7, 1839, at the age of fifty-one years; his wife survived him until Sept. 25, 1846, dying at the age of sixty years. They were the parents of nine children, seven of whom grew to maturity. Mrs. Weatherwax was the fifth child, and she was born Aug. 21, 1819, in Fonda Township, Montgomery Co., N.Y. She was educated in the common schools of her native town, and the household cares devolving on her when she was quite young, she became a skillful housewife. She learned dressmaking and tailoring, and was thus employed for two years prior to her marriage. To her and her husband one child has been born, Elizabeth Jane, who was married in 1877 to Mr. Jason Nichols. Both she and her mother are ladies of rare qualities, and are much respected and esteemed by all who know them. In 1850, Mr. and Mrs. W. came to michigan and settled in Butler Township, Branch County, on the eighty acres of land that he had previously bought on sections 31 and 32, which constitutes a part of his present landed estate, he having forty acres more land in Barry County. His farm is classed as one of the best and most profitable in the township, and it is under the most careful management; it is well supplied with the necessary buildings and machinery, and everything about the place betokens thrift and prosperity. Mr. Weatherwax has endeared himself to his neighbors and associates of many years standing, by his kind and obliging manners, and his steadfast integrity has won the confidence of all in the community. In his political views in early life he was a Whig, but he has now for many years been a stanch Republican. Our subject can look back upon a long life spent in usefulness and well-doing, and may well be proud of what he has accomplished by his perservering toil.