1837-1863 — Ohio
Joseph was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania November 6, 1846 to William Weiler and Anna Elizabeth Filson. He was raised in Stark County, Ohio. As of June 5, 1860 he is living with his wife and daughter in Lawrence Township, Stark Co., Ohio.
Two of his brothers served the Union Army; Luther Hamilton was 20 when he died at the battle of Athens, AL on September 4, 1864 serving the state of Ohio and John was in the service for 4 years and climbed the ranks from Sergeant to Full Major for the state of Indiana.
Joseph married Susan Elizabeth Levers on January 11, 1858 in Lawrence, Stark Co., Ohio. They had one daughter, Ida, who was a deaf mute and his wie Susan was pregnant with their second when he enlisted. His daughter Alice May was born September 29, 1861
At the age of 24 Joseph enlisted 28 Sep 1861 (1 day before his daughter was born) in the Army. He was a Sergeant and served in Company G of the 18th U.S. Army Infantry. He was killed in the battle at Murfreesboro, TN 1 Jan 1863