Born in Germany, John immigrated to the United States possibly in 1852. On 18 May 1853 in Putnam County, Indiana, John married Mary Justine “Justina” Warden born in Virginia, who was living with or possibly working for the family of hotel keeper, John Hammond of Greencastle. John first worked as a butcher and later as a constable.
John served during the Civil War under Captain Wilson’s 10th Regiment, Company D of the Indiana Volunteers Infantry. His discharge record states he was 5’9” with blue eyes, brown hair and light complexion. Records indicate he served multiple times, twice for 3 months each during 1861 with D Company, twice with K Company 150th Regiment (no time or date listed), and once with I company 135th Regiment for 100 days in 1864. His wife Justine filed for a pension 13 September 1887 as a widow and daughter Emily filed as a minor on 29 November 1889 both on K Company 150th Indiana Infantry.
An article published about John in the Monroeville Breeze 12 June 1884 after John’s death reads:
John Weinhardt, known throughout Lafayette by the nickname of “Beerhonnis”, committed suicide, shooting himself in the right temple with a 22-caliber revolver. Weinhardt had been drinking more or less for some weeks. He was subject to rheumatism, and suffered greatly, crying out frequently from the intensity of the pain. He had been a constable for many years, and probably has had more poundings and beatings than any man in Indiana.
John and Justina’s children include:
George Weinhardt About 1857
Ellen or Ella Weinhardt About 1859
William “Will” W. Weinhardt 1862-1946
John Weinhardt 1866-1929 (Spanish American War Veteran)
Cassie Weinhardt About 1868
Emily Weinhardt Hurt 1872-1914