WILLIAM HENRY WEAVER
William Henry Weaver was born on December 22, 1828 in Granville County, North Carolina. He married Nellie Anderson Daniel, December 26, 1853. On July 8, 1862, with a wife and five children at home, he and his brother, John E. Weaver, enlisted for the war in Wake County., NC. William served as a Private, Co., G., 23rd Regiment N.C. State Troops. His record shows that he served through Dec. 1864. In the latter part of 1864, both of William's parents died.
William and Nellie must have tried to resume their lives as farmers. In 1865, they had a sixth child, a son, and in 1867 they had twins, a boy and a girl. But by 1868 or 1869 William Henry Weaver decided to move his family to Kentucky, leaving the land owned by the Weaver family in Granville Co., NC since before the American Revolution. The 1870 Census shows them with a new addition to the family, living in Hopkinsville, Christian Co., KY. His son-in-law, John Henry Crews wrote of this time, "[I migrated] to Pembroke, Ky and stopped and soon found work on the farm." And a few pages later he adds, "I met your mother at a party in KY . . . I stayed with her father and worked for him for 3 years . . . when we came to Texas together with her family in 1874, we [John Henry Crews and Annie Eliza Weaver] were engaged."
The William Henry Weaver family arrived in Fannin Co., TX in 1874. My grandfather, James (Jim) Henry Weaver, was born 1871 in KY. When he was about 50 years old, he wrote some of this childhood memories on a small tablet. He says about moving to Fannin County, "I can remember just as well as if it was only yesterday, seeing them pull up the logs and lay them to build the house and went to clearing off the land so could farm." William Henry Weaver bought 12.7 acres in Fannin County on June 19, 1871, 20 miles SW of Bonham. It was sold in 1889. [From the research of Norma Crews Broach] Jim also mentions, "Delba is the name of the post office, the mail was carried in saddle bags on a horse."
William Henry Weaver's daughter-in-law, Mary Jane McCurdy Collins Weaver, wrote a book depicting her pioneer life that also provides a glimpse of those whose lives she touched. In her book "Unbroken Circle" she tells that after her first husband was killed, she moved to Texas with her three small boys. She stayed with her brother, Martin, in Leonard, TX until his marriage to Martha Arrena (Ricky) Weaver, William and Nellie Weaver's daughter. Mary Jane then went to live close to her mother in Collin Co., TX. After Martin and Ricky had their first child, Mary Jane went to help her brother and sister-in-law. Shortly afterwards she got a job working for Ricky's parents. She writes of them, "She had a store and post office. Her husband run the farm and helped her what he could with the store. She had to have someone to take care of their home and she paid me five dollars a month and boarded me . . .." Mary Jane later married Ricky's brother, John Green Weaver.
"Delba, four miles west of Leonard, had a population of 50 in 1890. Mail was carried semi-weekly with W.H. Weaver as postmaster . . . The settlement had a Methodist Church, a steam flour mill, cotton gin and a store." ["A History of Fannin County, Featuring Pioneer Families", by Floy Crandall Hodge] "The community [Delba] had only one grocery store which also contained the post office and dry goods store . . .." ["Fannin County Folks and Facts, A Collection of Historical Sketches and Family Histories", written by the families and friends of Fannin County] Undoubtedly, this is the post office Jim Weaver mentions when he writes about some of his childhood memories and to which Mary Jane makes reference in her book.
When Jim was 16, he went to visit his sister, Ricky, and her husband Martin at Goodnight, Texas, where Martin worked as a section hand for the railroad. When Jim decided he would stay, he returned to Fannin County and persuaded his folks to move to Armstrong County with him. Thus, in 1889, William Henry and his wife, as well as most of his children, became part of the first community of settlers in Armstrong Co., Texas. William Henry died on March 5, 1891 in Claude, Armstrong Co., TX. Nellie died July 15, 1911, also in Claude. Both are buried in Claude Cemetery, Armstrong Co., TX.
Notes for NELLIE ANDERSON DANIEL: Recorded in Nellie Anderson Weaver's Family Bible are the names of her parents and the parents of William Henry. Also recorded there are Nellie and William's birth date, and the birth dates and marriage dates for each of their children. This Bible is in the possession of her granddaughter, Margaret Maxine Weaver.
Also discovered was a picture album that belonged to Nellie which was in the possession of Maxine. It contained 20 tintypes and eleven 5X7 photos. These have presented an intriguing puzzle since most had lost their identity! Ultimitaly an interesting story has emerged. By exchanging information and pictures with several Weaver descendants, seven of the twenty tintypes have been postively identified and another six are listed as "probably" identified. Of the eleven 5 X 7's, ten of these have been positively identified, and one is listed as "probably" identified.
Before I discovered this album, Ann Montano, great-granddaughter of John Green Weaver, (oldest son of William and Nellie), had sent me copies of eleven tintypes that had come from the estate of her grandparents, Edgar Luther (John Green's oldest son) and Lilly Weaver. Although Ann had tried for some time to identify these with other branches of her family, she had not had any luck. After comparing her tintypes to ones from Nellie's album and individuals from the family group tintype, one was identified as William Henry (picture used for Section II, "i.").
Then I discovered that Norma Webb Broach had two tintypes that were of her great-great-grandmother, Annie Eliza Weaver. One of the tintypes was identical to one of Ann's. We then knew that one of Ann's tintypes was of Annie Eliza Weaver Crews. The other tintype Norma had was also of Annie Eliza, obviously taken at the same time as the other picture, but taken with another woman. The picture of the other woman was identical (dress, hat and all) to a tintype of a young woman in Nellie's album. We believe that this second person is "probably" Sarah Ellen.
In addition, after comparing two of Ann's tintypes with several pictures from different sources, two more of her tintypes were identified, one as John Green Weaver and another as Robert Horace Weaver. Having found that four were "Weavers," it seems probable that all Ann's tintypes are of members of the Weaver family. This author believes that some COULD BE pictures of Nellie's mother and William Henry's mother and father, the resemblances are there.
Wallace and Maxine Weaver had made copies of two additional tintypes that had been in the possession of Margaret Maxine Weaver along with a photograph of William Henry (used by information for him in this database). The tintypes were of Nellie (used by her information in this database) and of Charles Anderson and Jim Weaver together as young children.
The William Henry Weaver Family Group picture (in the possession Earline Weaver Wells) had been reproduced and distributed by Wallace and Maxine in the early 1980's when they organized efforts to put head stones on the graves of Nellie and William Henry.
One of the most interesting tintypes is one that Wallace and Maxine discovered in the attic of Wallace's father and mother, Daniel and Lizzie Weaver. It is believed to be William Henry dressed in what appears to be a gray militia uniform with two young men, perhaps brothers.
And finally, in the book UNBROKEN CIRCLE, there are some additional pictures that have proven to be pieces of the puzzle. The setting for Mary Jane and John Green's wedding pictures provided the clue that helped identify two young boys whose 5 X 7 pictures were among those in Nellie's album. The two young boys were just the right age to have been two of the Collins boys at the time she married. Upon further investigations we found that they were indeed Tom and George Collins. There is another picture in this book that reminds me of Sarah Ellen. When the dress, hair and circumstances were compared with that of Annie Eliza's wedding picture, it was enough to make this author take a second look.
If pictures could only speak, then I am sure we would learn much! One thing is for sure, Nellie must have loved pictures. She surely prized them for they were among her belongings as she moved, first from North Carolina to Kentucky, then to Fannin County, Texas and finally to their home in Claude, Texas. Moreover, when her grandchildren came along, her sons and daughters saw to it that she had pictures of her grandchildren. Although there weren't nearly as many pictures as we tend to hoard today, the few that she treasured have proven to be a wonderful legacy for us today, some 150 years after the first of these were taken.
The following was taken from an information sheet for the farewell service for Q.L. Millis in 1929 at the M. E. Methodist Church in Claude, Texas.
"The first service in the county was held at home of Col. Charles Goodnight. The Col. and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Martin McCurdy, Jim Weaver and another man, name forgotten, comprised the first congregation of Rev. Q. L. Mills." Among the names on the roll of Charter Members for the M.E. Church South (which later became the United Methodist Church) when it formed in November, 1887 is "Sister N. A. Weaver."
Among the other names that appear on the "Charter Roll" for the M. E. Methodist Church South are: "son, Charlie Weaver and his wife, Nellie Howe Weaver; son, James H. Weaver; son, J.G. (John Green) Weaver; and Sister J.G. (Mary Jane) Weaver." From this account, we can determine that the Weavers moved to Armstrong County before November, 1877. There are other articles and information that give the year as 1888, and 1889.
Apparently, Nellie ran the hotel in Claude for a time. According to an article that appeared in The Claude News, Jan. 4, 1973, the saloon keeper (yes, saloon!) in the early 1890's had a "friendly" black bear that kept getting out of its chains. And the story goes:
"Sometimes Blackie managed to slip his chain and while nobody was afraid of him, he usually got into some kind of mischief. Before he was full grown, his favorite trick, when at large, was to head for the hotel managed by a Mrs. Weaver. She kept a rain barrel just outside the dinning room window of the hotel. One hot summer day, Mrs. Weaver was preparing the noonday meal when she heard water splashing. Knowing it was Blackie, she grabbed a broom and headed for the rain barrel. She clobbered Blackie every time he raised his head above the rim of the rain barrel, Blackie finally managed to escape the rain barrel, the broom and Mrs. Weaver."
Nellie's father was Joseph(us) Daniel and her mother was Clarissa Arrena Harris. The Daniel family ancestry has been researched and documented by a number of sources. Nellie Anderson Daniel's lineage has been traced back to abt 1600 and Roger Daniel from Bristrol, England. This accounting of the Granville Co., North Carolina Daniels appears in LOST TRIBES OF NORTH CAROLINA by Worth S. Ray. Clarissa Arrena Harris' parents were Rowland Harris and Betsy (Elizabeth) Reavis.
Children of WILLIAM WEAVER and NELLIE DANIEL are: i. WILLIAM THOMAS (TOMMIE)9 WEAVER, b. October 14, 1854, Granville Co. NC47; d. April 12, 1874, KY48. ii. ANNIE ELIZA WEAVER, b. January 27, 1856, Granville Co., NC; d. June 03, 1910, Leonard, TX; m. JOHN HENRY LIDDON CREWS, December 20, 1876, Fannin Co. TX; b. August 21, 1847, Granville Co., NC49; d. June 07, 1924, Leonard, Fannin Co., TX50. Marriage Notes for ANNIE WEAVER and JOHN CREWS: Annie Eliza and her sister, Sarah Ellen, were married in a double wedding ceremony.
John Henry Crews wrote a letter to his son, Henry Franklin Crews, dated Feb. 22, 1911 (and dated again Aug. 13, 1911 with the beginning of page 93). The letter was not signed, nor was it delivered to his son, indicating it may not have been finished. In addition to providing his family with genealogical information and a glimpse of the post Civil War era, the letter offers advice on the rewards of being spiritual and sentiments on child rearing. It is interlaced with remarks that show the love he had for his family. The loving and thoughtful description he provides for each of his children allows the reader not only to know these people, but also to have a deeper understanding of the author. These descriptions are found under each of his children in this record.
It was shortly after the Civil War, when he was about 22 years old, that he and some friends set out to find work where they could make enough in wages to "get a start" in life. They made their way to Pembroke, KY. He writes:
"By the month we could get 18 to 20 dollars and board and it was a hard matter to be there from home and among strangers. I longed to be back but 25 cents looked still smaller to me than before and I remained in Ky for 4 years . . . there was soon a close friendship that sprung up between myself and a young Lady that helped me to get weaned from home."
A few pages later he explains further:
"Well we will go back to the young lady made mention of heretofore that I made the acquaintance of in Ky. That was not the first time I ever met her. I saw her when she was a little barefoot girl about home but little did I ever think she would be my wife . . . I met your mother at a party in Ky several years after and at that time I had no notion of her for she was just a girl then but she, as all other girls when they get 14 or 15 they mature very rapid and I stayed with her father (William H. Weaver) and worked for him for 3 years and became very much attracted to her and when we came to Texas together, with her family in 1874 we were engaged but I felt too poor to marry and always said that I would never marry until I was worth one thousand dollars and I did not. I had over one thousand and a home for her and we married the 20th day of December 1876 and went to housekeeping at Old Delba and lived as happy together as ever 2 people could."
iii. JOHN GREEN WEAVER, b. June 28, 1857, Granville Co. NC; d. November 14, 1932, Deming , Luna Co. NM; m. MARY JANE MCCURDY COLLINS, April 26, 1883, Fannin Co. TX; b. August 02, 1855, Washington Co. AR; d. January 23, 1942, Deming, Luna Co. NM. Notes for JOHN GREEN WEAVER: The following article appeared in the Deming Headlight, November 1932.
JOHN GREEN WEAVER
"John Green Weaver, pioneer citizen, whose death is mourned by a host of friends, whose health had been poor for a year or more, but his illness became critical only a few days ago, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs.Wayne Darling, Sr., Monday, November 14, age 75 years, 4 months and 17 days. "John G. Weaver was born in Granville, North Carolina, June 28, 1857. He spent his early life and attended school in North Carolina. April 26, 1883, he was married to Miss Mary Jane Collins. Besides his widow he leaves to mourn his passing, three sons, L. E. Weaver, Santa Rita, New Mexico; L. C. Weaver, Deming, New Mexico; and V. E. Weaver, Hot Springs, New Mexico; and two daughters, Mrs. Wayne Darling, Sr., Deming, New Mexico, and Mrs. J. E. Early, Stinnett, Texas, and eighteen grandchildren. "The Weavers came to Deming to make their home October, 1911. Mr. Weaver was a member of the Methodist church since his youth. Had Mr. Weaver lived until April, Mr. and Mrs. Weaver would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
"Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock under the direction of G. W. Howe of Mahoney's mortuary, with the Rev. J. E. Fuller officiating, burial was in Mountainview cemetery. The following friends serving as pallbearers George P. Watkins, H. Guyon, H. S. Orton, V. R. Hon, J. F. Wehmhoner and Dr. Boucher."
Notes for MARY JANE MCCURDY COLLINS: First husband of Mary Jane McCurdy was Columbus Collins. They were married on April 16, 1871. Columbus Collins died unexpectedly in 1878. Mary Jane McCURDY and Columbus Collins had three children. Because these children were very young when she married John Green Weaver they were always considered part of the Weaver family. This record includes them under John Green Weaver for that reason. Mary Jane was also known as "Virginia" to some family members.
iv. ESTHER A. WEAVER, b. January 09, 1859, Granville Co., NC; d. 1942, Springfield, MO; m. LOUIS H. MUSGRAVE, September 30, 1877; b. 1858; d. 1937, Springfield, MO. v. SARAH ELLEN WEAVER, b. March 27, 1860, Granville Co. NC; d. July 29, 1885, Leonard, Fannin Co., TX50; m. TOM WATSON MOORE, December 20, 1876, Fannin Co. TX; b. January 15, 1851, TN; d. 1918, Claude, Armstrong Co, TX50. Notes for TOM WATSON MOORE: The following article is believed to have appeared in The Claude News.
FRIEND PAYS TRIBUTE TO THOMAS WATSON MOORE
We have met today to say farewell to one of the kindest men in our town and to one of the best neighbors in our community; to one of the first citizens in our county; and to one of the most faithful and devoted fathers a child ever knew.
For 29 years Mr. Moore has been a resident of Claude. (Armstong Co., TX) There is probably no other man who has done so much as he in the construction work of our village. His business all these years has been the building of homes--homes for the people in a new town, in a new country. Plain homes, inexpensive homes, but homes just the same. Homes that have been made beautiful and dear to us by the memories that have grown around them. Mr. Moore helped to build the first home ever made in Claude, and his last work in this life was repairing one of the oldest homes in our town and making it a fit place in which to live a little while longer.
In less than a week from the time he put his tools away his life passed out and entered into that other "Home not made with hands." He will never need them any more. He has gone to join in the work of the "Great Carpenter" who said, "I go to prepare a place for you." How beautiful to think of him through all the coming years as helping our Heavenly Father build homes for us all over there.
Mr. Moore's boyhood was spent in Tennessee, where he was born January 15, 1851. While just a boy his parents moved to Kentucky where he grew to manhood. In 1875 Mr. Moore and Mr. J.H. Crews (Denza Webb's grandfather), Leonard, Tex., then young men, moved to Fannin County, Texas with Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Weaver (William Henry and Nellie Weaver) and their families, where on December 20, 1876, Mr. Moore and Mr. Crews, at a double wedding, were married to Miss Sarah Ellen Weaver and Miss Anna Eliza Weaver, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Weaver. Mrs. Crews (Annie Eliza) was the mother of Mr. H. F. Crews of Claude, and died June 3, 1910.
There were four children born into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Moore--two boys and two girls. One little boy and one little girl died in infancy and the mother (Sarah Ellen) also passed away in Fannin county, Texas, before the family moved to the Plains.
In 1889 Mr. Moore with his two little children, Will and Nettie, moved to the Plains with Mr. and Mrs. Weaver and their family. Mr. and Mrs. Weaver were among the first residents of our county and (also) the parents of John (John Green or J.G.) , Bob (Robert Horace), Dan (Daniel Webster), Charles (Charles Anderson or Charlie), James (James Henry or Jim or J.H.), Ester and Martha Arena (Ricky) Weaver. Mr. Weaver died near Claude in March, 1891. Mrs. Weaver lived to be one of the charter members of this church which she served for many years.
. Few little girls ever assumed the care and responsibility of a home so early in life as did Miss Nettie Moore, who today must part with the last member of her family whom she has served so faithfully. No child ever had a kinder father. No father ever had a truer child. For years she made a happy home for her father and only brother until the cruel hand of fate snatched the only brother and son from them. This was on July 1, 1905. Since then for nearly thirteen years Mr. Moore and his only child have lived for each other traveling the pathway of life together.
From babyhood until yesterday morning Mr. Moore had filled the place, as best he could, of both father and mother to his child. Only those who have known and felt the tender love of a father for his motherless child can reach the depths of her sorrow, her heartache and loss today.
Besides his daughter, Mr. Moore leaves two brother, Wm. Moore, St. Augustine, Florida, Lawrence Moore, Nashville, Tennessee, and many sorrowing relatives and a host of friends.
If there was a man in our town without an enemy it was Tom Moore. Unassuming he was honest to the very core, he always stood for the right as he understood it. He never pushed himself or his convictions onto anybody else. He believed what he believed and granted everybody else the same privilege.
The Golden Rule was his religion and he lived his religion.
vi. ROBERT HORACE (BOB) WEAVER, b. October 05, 1865, Granville Co. NC; d. September 08, 1945, Elgin, OK; m. CORA VAWTER, February 01, 1888; b. January 29, 1870; d. July 11, 1938, Elgin, OK. Marriage Notes for ROBERT WEAVER and CORA VAWTER: (Information from Ruby Keiningham states marriage date Feb. 1, 1887.) vii. MARTHA ARRENA (RICKY) WEAVER, b. February 04, 1867, Vance Co. (formerly Granville Co.), NC; d. February 10, 1949, Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX51; m. MARTIN ALLEN MCCURDY, March 03, 1881, Lehanon, TX; b. May 12, 1857; d. June 08, 1930, Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX. Marriage Notes for MARTHA WEAVER and MARTIN MCCURDY: Martha Arrena, or "Ricky" as she was called, was the twin sister of Daniel Webster Weaver. Some of her life is chronicled in Mary Jane Weaver's book entitled UNBROKEN CIRCLE. Mary Jane's brother, Martin, married Ricky. Mary Jane describes the times and events in their lives. When Martin was working on the railroad in Goodnight, TX, she tells how she and John Green Weaver went to stay with them She writes, "Our experiences at Martin's was wonderful for us both."
viii. DANIEL WEBSTER WEAVER, b. February 04, 1867, Vance Co. NC52,53; d. September 19, 1957, Ponca City, Kay Co., OK54; m. ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) HAYNES, November 17, 1887, Lebanon, TX54; b. November 16, 1870, Bowling Green, Warren Co, KY.54; d. December 18, 1967, Norman, OK54. Notes for DANIEL WEBSTER WEAVER: He and Martha Arrena Weaver were twins.
Marriage Notes for DANIEL WEAVER and ELIZABETH HAYNES: The following is an excert from genealogy information provided by his grandson, Wallace Weaver, and his wife, Maxine:
"The young couple lived in Bridgeport for a number of years. Then they moved to West Texas where Daniel worked for a number of years for the Illinois and Great Northern Railway and also the Rock Island Co. Wherever they moved, Daniel would build Elizabeth a lovely home . . . The couple moved to Ponca City, OK in the fall of 1918, where he was engaged in carpenter and contracting work. Daniel was a member of the Masonic Lodge and "Lizzie" was active in Eastern Star and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church."
ix. CHARLES ANDERSON WEAVER, b. January 14, 1870, KY55; d. September 22, 1926, Claude, Armstrong Co., TX56; m. NETTIE E. HOWE, December 30, 189157; b. March 10, 1871, Texas58; d. November 27, 1927.
Notes for CHARLES ANDERSON WEAVER: According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Charles Anderson was a carpenter. He was responsible for building the first jail in Claude, TX. He was a member of Woodsmen of the World.
(His tombstone shows date of birth as "Jan 14, 1872." In Nellie's Bible his date of birth is recorded as Jan 14, 1870 and the 1870 census for Hopkinsville, KY indicates he was 6 months old as of July 15, 1870, the date the census was taken for their household.)
Notes for NETTIE E. HOWE: From a tribute entitled "Mrs. Nettie Weaver Died Sunday Night" published in The Claude News, Dec. 2, 1927:
" In 1890 Mr. Howe decided to move to the Texas Panhandle where land was cheaper and he believed be had a better opportunity to serve the best interests of his fine family. He came with a car of lumber and two little boys, Bob and Jim. After two months the little boys grew so lonely and homesick that Mrs. Howe sent two of the daughters out to stay with their father and the little boys until they were ready for the family to come. Those little girls were Nettie and Ella Howe. They came to Claude on the train in company with the late Mrs. Fletcher. Nettie and Ella Howe were the first young women to come to the Claude community. About this time the Methodist Church, South, of Claude was organized and Nettie and Ella Howe, with their father, were three of the charter members of this church. From that first day in its history until her funeral was held in the same church, but not the same building, Nettie Howe Weaver was a faithful member of her church.
"At this same time in the development of Armstrong County five Collin County families came to Claude to make their home. At that time it may seemed only an incident in our county's history, but if any one of us will take time to follow up the development of that incident it would make one of the most interesting chapters in our county history.
"Those families were Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher, Mrs F. O. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers, parents of Ed and Ranzel Rodgers, and Mr. and Mrs. Howe. What has the toil and sacrifice of those people meant to all our lives? No honor is to great for them, and their neighbors who struggled with them. Mr. Will Davis is the only man among them who is till with us. But Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Wilson and Grandmother Howe, the (ones) still fighting on. It takes just such characters to lay the foundation of a new country.
"Another family that came early and withstood the trials of this new world was the Weaver family. How natural for these pioneer families to unite their lives. Thus it was that Nettie Elizabeth Howe and Charley A. Weaver were married, December 30, 1891."
Marriage Notes for CHARLES WEAVER and NETTIE HOWE: He and Nettie Howe were both Charter Members of the M.E. Church South (which later became the United Methodist Church), Claude, Armstrong Co., Texas and their wedding was the first held in M.E. Church South's new church building.
x. JAMES HENRY WEAVER, b. October 18, 1871, Vetsville, KY; d. April 09, 1949, Claude, Armstrong Co., TX; m. EFFIE LENORA LOWDERMILK, October 30, 1909, Claude, Armstrong Co. TX; b. January 09, 1893, Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC; d. May 13, 1935, Claude, Armstrong Co., TX. Notes for JAMES HENRY WEAVER: He was also known as "Jim" Weaver.
He was the son of William Henry and Nellie Anderson Weaver, the youngest of seven boys and four girls. His early childhood was spent in Vetsville where the family moved shortly before his birth. In 1874 the Weaver family moved to Fannin County, Texas. -------------------------------------------------------------- Article from The Claude News: (Claude, Texas)
Jim H. Weaver Succumbs to Accident Here
Fatally injured when the front wheels of a Farmall tractor rolled over him, James Henry Weaver, 77 years old, retired Claude farmer, died at 8:15 o'clock Saturday night, April 9, 1949. The accident occurred shortly before 4:00 o'clock. The tractor, driven by a friend who was helping Mr. Weaver uproot some trees in his yard, passed over Mr. Weaver as it rolled backward down an embackment. The front wheels rolled over his upper legs and hips. Mr. Weaver was born in Vetsville, Kentucky, October 18, 1871. When he was three years old his family moved to Fannin County, Texas, where his father bought land that had to be cleared. They built a home of logs and pioneered in the building of this great state. In 1888 (family involvement in forming the S.E. Methodist at Claude suggest that they were actually there in 1887--see notes for his mother, Nellie Anderson Weaver), at the age of 17 (16) Mr Weaver came to stay with his sister, Mrs. Martin McCurdy who lived at Goodnight. Within six months he returned to Fannin County and soon brought his parents to the plains, settling at Claude where he started work building the section house. As the county began settling fast he worked for many people breaking land. He helped lay off the original plot of the town-site, using a sod plow to mark off the blocks and streets. He helped build the hotel and then worked for the owner hauling trunks and supplies. Soon thereafter he went into the grocery business for several years before returning to the farm life he loved so much.
At an early age he united with the Methodist Church. He was one of the eighteen charter members of the Claude Methodist Church and was its last Charter member to pass on. On October 30, 1909 he married Effie Lenora Lowdermilk and to this union was born three daughters, Margaret Maxine, Nellie Leota and Annie Earline. On January 1, 1918, Mr. Weaver and his family moved to the home place where his mother and father lived and ran a dairy for several years. He lived there until 1947 when he and Maxine moved back to the home place in Claude.
He is preceeded in death by his wife, Effie Lenora Weaver, who passed away May 13, 1935. Mr. Weaver lived a very active life, keeping busy up to July of last year when his health began to fail. He had sufficiently recovered enough to be out working about the place and was doing the things he enjoyed so much when death came.
He is survived by his three daughters, Maxine Weaver and Leota Thomas of Claude and Annie Earlene Hartwell of Wewok, Okla.; a brother D. W. Weaver of Ponca City Okla., and four grandchildren, Rhita Jean Thomas, Tommy Thomas, Zipra Leigh, and Exxie Camellia Hartwell and a number of other relatives.
Notes for EFFIE LENORA LOWDERMILK: In ACCORDING TO HOYLE, a book written by her brother, Albert Hoyle Lowdermilk, we find information about Effie and her parents and their migration from North Carolina to Oklahoma, on to Kansas, then to Armstrong County, Texas, then back to Oklahoma and eventually to Colorado. Effie was the fourth of 16 children.
In this wonderful narrative, the reader learns about the pioneer spirit, the life and times of Effie's family and how her father, Wesley Lowdermilk, was driven by a hunger to move West seeking a better circumstance for his family. Hoyle writes about the time when Wesley left Oklahoma in 1904 for "greener pastures" in Kansas. "Dad and my sister [Effie], who was 12 years old at that time, started out to Kansas to see if it was okay. Dad sent railroad tickets to Ma for the family to come to the Jayhawker state."
We learn that Wesley, along with sons, Hoyle and Elbert, sets out again for Oklahoma in late1910 or early 1911 leaving his wife and the rest of the family in Armstrong County to await the arrival of their 16th child. When Wesley sends train tickets for the family to join him in Oklahoma, Hoyle writes: "Ma did not have much money--ten dollars her son-in-law [Jim Weaver] gave her to buy some eats for the kids, and there were a lot of them."
One of the many interesting stories their oldest daughter, Maxine, tells about her mother and father, is about how they met. It seems Jim, who was then about 37 and a confirmed bachelor, saw Effie driving a team of mules acoss the railroad tracts in Claude [which would have been close to his grocery store] and he vowed that was the girl he would marry.
One of Effie's nephews, Glenn A. Weaver had a very fond memory of Effie and wrote about it to Effie's oldest daugther, Maxine Weaver in a letter dated May 12, 1994. Glenn was about 70 at the time this letter was written and Effie had passed away some 60 years before.
"I think it was in the early summer of 1923 or 1924 when we [his father, William Weaver's family] drove up to Claude [TX] from Apache [OK]. I don't remember anything about going up but I do remember that your mother prepared a wonderful lunch for us to eat on the way home. I do remember that it sure was delicious. I remember us pulling off the road and eating beneath a shade tree. . .I don't remember much about your mother except I sure thought she was a wonderful cook."
Effie had a reputation for helping her neighbors. She was affectionly call "Weaver" by all those that knew her. Effie died from pneumonia in 1935--dust bowl days in the Texas Panhandle.
Marriage Notes for JAMES WEAVER and EFFIE LOWDERMILK: He and Effie were married by L. O. Lewis, Minister of the Methodist Church, Claude, Texas.
xi. EDDIE DAVIS WEAVER, b. September 21, 1875, Fannin Co., TX59; d. September 03, 1876, Leonard , Fannin Co., TX60.
This was taken from Zipra Morgan's site. I'm her cousin George Lonnie Weaver, and we both descend from William Henry Weaver and Nellie Anderson Daniel.October 11 @ 05:12 AM | 0 Comments | Tags: Weaver genealogy