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  Genealogy: Family Histories - Weaver Family Index

James Weaver Family (Grandfather)

  Compiled and Edited by Michael R. Reilly

Last Revised 11/17/2015

Descendants of James Weaver

Generation No. 1


1. JAMES1 WEAVER was born Abt. 1746, and died 1811.


Emigration 1: One account for his ancestor's flight to England was banishment from Holland for being weavers of wool (not an acceptable occupation)

Emigration 2: Another account was they left Holland because of persecution by the Catholic majority.

Children of JAMES WEAVER are:

2. i. WILLIAM F.2 WEAVER, b. 05 Jan 1767, Tenterden, Kent, England; d. 03 Jul 1845, Wisconsin.

ii. JAMES WEAVER, JR., m. ?, Seven children.


Emigration: James never emigrated to the U.S. but chose to stay in England with his family.

More About JAMES WEAVER and ?:

Marriage: Seven children

Generation No. 2


2. WILLIAM F.2 WEAVER (JAMES1) was born 05 Jan 1767 in Tenterden, Kent, England, and died 03 Jul 1845 in Wisconsin. He met MARY HARDIMAN. She was born 09 Feb 1775, and died 11 Dec 1819 in Peasmarsh, Sussex, England.


Emigration 1: 10 Mar 1830, Sailed on the "Emma" from Rye Harbor, arrived in New York on April 17, 1830

Emigration 2: 1836, Weaver families begin moving to Wisconsin

Occupation: Bef. 1830, Foreman of a sheep farm in Kent Co., England

Residence 1: Bef. 1807, Tenterden, Kent, England

Residence 2: Abt. 1807, Weavers part of Jenny Haskell household and expected to practice the Episcopal Church of England

Residence 3: Aft. 1807, Peasmarsh, Sussex, England

Life in England and more:

The Christian remembrancer; or, The Churchman's Biblical, ecclesiastical ..., Quarterly Review, Vol. XXXV, January-June, London, 1858, page 180

In addition to introductions, it would be well if the personal friends of emigrants, besides instructing them, were to keep up a Christian correspondence with them after their settlement in America. The following letter written to Bishop Kemper, from) a settlement of English, at St. Alban's, in Wisconsin, illustrates the benefit of such correspondence:

'Thinking that it may be of service to those engaged in raising up friends to our cause, I here subjoin a brief history of the rise of this little colony. I am moved to this more particularly, as I hear that there are now residing at Canterbury, the immediate descendants of those who, while living, always took the deepest interest in our people.

'The parent stock of our principal families was William Weaver, who, with his family, was thirty years in the service of Major Mascall, formerly of Ashford, Kent; afterwards of Peasmarsh. After the death of this gentleman, Mr. Weaver and his family continued in the service of his lady, Mrs. Mascall, for many years. By this pious lady, James, John, and William Weaver, jun., now our vestrymen, were regularly catechized in her own house, and taught the necessary doctrines of the Christian faith; and from her they received their earliest and most lasting impressions of devotion and attachment to the Church. In the year 1830, they emigrated to an obscure part of Oneida county (New York), where they were wholly deprived of their accustomed form of public worship, and where they received repeated letters from the good lady, exhorting them to constancy in the faith. Alter a residence of five or six years in Oneida county, by industry and economy, they had saved some little earnings, and determined to seek a home for themselves, and their little ones, in the Western wilderness. At Buffalo, they embarked on board a vessel bound for Chicago. Milwaukee, the metropolis of our thriving State, was then of so little importance as to be wholly unknown to the commander of their vessel. They succeeded, however, by means of a flat boat, in landing themselves and their effects. An old log hovel was the best accommodation the place afforded; and this was only sufficient for the more delicate and feeble ones; while others sheltered themselves by turning up their fiat boat, and making their beds on the ground under it. Thus they spent the winter. The next spring, they penetrated the wilderness for twenty miles, and made a squatter's claim to the land they now occupy. Having built log cabins, with bark roofs, they set to work to make a planting for the ensuing winter. All their provisions, except a little venison obtained by traffic with the Indians, had to be transported upon their shoulders from Milwaukee, where it could only be obtained at exorbitant prices. They sought eagerly for the acorns under the trees, thankful if they could make even a scanty meal from such unwholesome food. Providence smiled on their labour, and their first planting produced a bountiful increase, but not enough to last till the returning harvest. A single coffee-mill served to grind corn to make the bread for several families. Our senior warden, Mr. James Weaver, says he felt thankful when his family of thirteen gathered round his board to make their evening meal upon only one small pigeon. Their sufferings were great; but in the midst of their poverty and toil, we have one thing to be thankful for above all others—they never forgot their God, and His Church. To preserve themselves and their families in the faith, they immediately established lay-service in their log-houses and barns. In 1839, the Rev. Mr. Hull began his labours of love in Milwaukee. They immediately reported themselves to him, and obtained occasional clerical services. In 1840, the Professors at Nashotah took this settlement under their charge. The settlement increased rapidly, and the Church prospered. On the 2d of October, 1842, St. Alban's parish was organized, and a humble but comfortable church was erected by the piety and zeal of the people. Three hundred souls belonging to the Church make this their place of worship.

'In our vicinity, there are, I suppose, about twenty families, baptized and confirmed in the Church of England, who have lived for some years in the Eastern States, so prolific with schism and sects of every kind, without the privileges of the Church, that they have been drawn away, chiefly to the Methodist denomination. We hope, by Divine grace, that they may not be utterly lost to the Church. Some have already returned to her bosom.'



i. JAMES3 WEAVER, b. 17 Oct 1800, Old Romley, Kent, England (Source: Mormon website.); d. 08 Oct 1886, Sussex of old age at age 86.; m. ELIZABETH FIELDER, 30 Jan 1821, Peasmarsh, Sussex, England (Source: "Thomas Paine: a Forgotten Pioneer", by Fred H. Keller, Says Elizabeth Fielder was married on Jan 20, 1820 when she was 18 yrs old.); b. 20 May 1802, Old Romley, Kent, England (Source: Mormon website.); d. 17 Mar 1867, Town of Lisbon, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA.


James Weaver aided in building the first schoolhouse in the Town of Lisbon; his home was the first meeting place of the English Episcopal Church prior to the construction of Saint Alban's, now in the Village of Sussex, Lisbon Township, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

James was the first to introduce hop-growing to the Town of Lisbon and to the entire State of Wisconsin.

From the Waukesha Free Press, July 23, 1887, " A monument of Scotch granite, costing $1,300, has been erected to the memory of James Weaver at St. Alban's Cemetery. It is the largest monument in the cemetery for this father of 16 children."


Burial: 10 Oct 1886, St. Alban's Church, Sussex, Lisbon Township, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Elected: 1856, Wisconsin State Legislature

Emigration 1: 17 Apr 1830, With wife and six children left Rye, England on brig "Emma", after 6 weeks arrived New York at Castle Garden (Ship's Captain Frost)

Emigration 2: 1912, Many of the Weaver family mass migrated to the San Francisco, CA. area.

Occupation 1: Bef. 1830, Gardener

Occupation 2: 1831, Farmer, raised hops, Oneida County, New York

Occupation 3: 1882, By this year, James and sons built a hop-growing business worth $600,000.

Religion: Episcopal, English (ancestor were Holland Catholics fleeing persecution)

Residence: 1837, Moved family to Town of Lisbon, Territory of Wisconsin


Burial: St. Alban's Church, Sussex, Lisbon Township, Waukesha County, Wisconsin


Single: 30 Jan 1821, Peasmarsh, Sussex, England (Source: "Thomas Paine: a Forgotten Pioneer", by Fred H. Keller, Says Elizabeth Fielder was married on Jan 20, 1820 when she was 18 yrs old.)

ii. STEPHEN WEAVER, b. 25 Jun 1810, Sussex Co. , England; d. 06 Aug 1894, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin; m. (1) ELIZABETH MAXON, Abt. 1830, Kingsbury, Broome Co., New York; b. Delaware Co., New York; d. Dec 1832, Oneida County, New York; m. (2) PHOEBE MAXON, 13 Aug 1833, Delaware Co., New York; b. 18 Mar 1816, Courtright, Delaware, New York; d. 10 Apr 1886, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin; m. (3) SARAH HANKEY, Abt. 1887.


Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Emigration 1: 1830, Oneida Co., NY, then to Kingsbury, Broome Co., NY.

Emigration 2: 1837, Originally came to Wisconsin in 1837 but stayed only a few months.

Emigration 3: 1855, Returned to Wisconsin

Occupation: Blacksmith

Residence 1: Pewaukee

Residence 2: Abt. 1832, Lived at first in Delaware Co., New York with first wife.

Residence 3: Bet. 1839 - 1855, Moved to Chenango Co., New York with Phoebe.


Marriage: Abt. 1830, Kingsbury, Broome Co., New York


Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin


Marriage: 13 Aug 1833, Delaware Co., New York


Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin


Marriage: Abt. 1887

iii. WILLIAM WEAVER, SR., b. 24 Nov 1802, Old Romney, Kent, England; d. 26 Jul 1896; m. MARY SMITH, 23 Feb 1826; b. 17 Aug 1800, Peasmarsh, Sussex, England; d. 30 Apr 1891, Age 92 in Sussex.. old age.


Burial: St. Alban's Church, Sussex, Lisbon Township, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Emigration 1: 1830, Left England March 9 on the Brig Emma, and arrived in in New York on April 17th. Settled in Oneida Co., New York (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Obit of Mrs. William Weaver, May 9, 1891.)

Emigration 2: 15 May 1839, Arrived June 3, 1839 in Milwaukee, then oxen to Section 26 in Town of Lisbon, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA

Occupation: Bef. 1830, Shephard (according to David Bonham bio), farmer, listed on Brig Emma Passenger list

Residence 1: 1839, Bought 160 acres at $1.25/acre, on which, at the eastern border, Sussex Creek exists today.

Residence 2: 1886, Sold off 17 acres with a spring to Milwaukee investors, to bottle spring water and construct a spa.

More About MARY SMITH:

Burial: 03 May 1891, St. Alban's Church, Sussex, Lisbon Township, Waukesha County, Wisconsin


Marriage: 23 Feb 1826

iv. JOHN WEAVER, b. 12 Mar 1805, Old Romney, Kent, England (Source: Descendants of John & Melinda (Fielder) Weaver, Indicates birth year as 1804.); d. 25 Mar 1881, age 76 or 77 in Darlington of paralysis; m. MELINDA ANN WARREN, 1833, Oneida County, New York; b. 25 Feb 1813, Augusta, Oneida, New York; d. 24 Oct 1886.


Burial: 30 Mar 1881, St. Alban's Church, Sussex, Lisbon Township, Waukesha County, Wisconsin (Source: St. Alban's headstone inscription.)

Emigration 1: 01 Sep 1836, Went by keel boat up the Erie Canal to Buffalo, N.Y., where they caught passage to Milwaukee on a sailboat thru the Great Lakes, taking 28 days to Milwaukee.

Emigration 2: Abt. 29 Sep 1836, Arrived in Milwaukee, John left Melinda in Milwaukee to have their 3rd child born on Oct 13, He built a cabin on today's Clover Drive near the intersection of Essex Court.

Emigration 3: 28 Feb 1837, John returns to Milwaukee to get Melinda and three young children.

Emigration 4: 04 Mar 1837, Arrived at the new cabin after walking from Milwaukee.


Awards/Honors: A park in Sussex is named after her (Melinda Weaver Park) across Maple Ave. from Maple Avenue School.

Burial: St. Alban's Church, Sussex, Lisbon Township, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Hobbies: Bet. 1875 - 1876, Melinda, a storyteller, wrote down her experiences as the first woman settler in the Town of Lisbon in a 65 page book, "Memories of Early Days".

Occupation: Became the first school teacher in the Town of Lisbon opening her cabin up to the children.


Marriage: 1833, Oneida County, New York

v. REBECCA WEAVER, b. 22 Mar 1809, Kent, England; d. 22 May 1870, Empire Prairie, Andrew, Missouri; m. DAVID BONHAM, Abt. 1831, Augusta, Oneida, New York; b. 17 Apr 1807, Rhoade, Northhamptonshire, England (Source: "The Weavers of Lisbon - Sussex", by Janice Russell Peterson, 1997, Gives March 22, 1809 as his birthday.); d. 22 May 1870, Empire Prairie, Andrew, Missouri.



Biographical Sketch of David Bonham - Andrew County, Missouri From "History of Missouri, Andrew & DeKalb County" Published 1888 Transcribed by: Penny Harrell ([email protected]


David Bonham, the subject of the following sketch, is a citizen of Platte Township, Andrew County, MO., and was born in Oneida County, NY, February 7, 1834. He is the son of David Bonham, a native of Northamptonshire, England. He was born on March 22, 1809, and was the son of Robert Bonham. He made his own support after he was ten years of age, and when a young man he immigrated to America, in company with William Derby, a companion of his youth, landing in New York in April, 1830. Having been reared on a farm, he chose farming as a vocation, and engaged to a Mr. Powers as a farm laborer.

It was at this farmer's home that he first met Rebecca Weaver, who soon after became his wife. She was born in Sussex, England, in 1807, and was the daughter of William Weaver, who was a shepherd in England, and by industry had saved enough money to bring his family to America, where he could secure them a home. They landed in April, 1830. After this the sons hired out to work, and Rebecca, the only daughter, hired as a servant girl to the same Powers for whom Mr. Bonham was working. Here they formed an acquaintance which brought about their marriage in 1831, when the husband commenced farming in New York as a renter.

In 1836 they removed to the Territory of Wisconsin, where he took up a claim of 160 acres of land, on which he resided until the spring of 1856, when he immigrated to Missouri, where he entered land on Empire Prairie, where he afterward resided. He was a well informed and highly respected man. He was a member of the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature from 1841 to 1844, inclusive. In politics he was a Republican, and was a zealous advocate of free labor and education.

In 1865 he was a prominent member of the Missouri Constitutional Convention that framed and adopted the Drake constitution. He represented the First Senatorial District in the State Senate in 1867-68, and was the father of the bill of 1867 establishing a permanent school fund for the State of Missouri.

In 1868 he visited his native land for a few months, after an absence of thirty-nine years. He died on May 22, 1870, and his wife died on January 6, 1871, leaving a family of four sons and one daughter.

David, Jr., was reared on the farm, which occupation he has since followed. He received a practical education in the country schools of Wisconsin. In 1854 he was united in marriage with Caroline L. Davison, daughter of Israel Davison. Five sons and two daughters were born unto them, of whom two sons and two daughters are living. The mother died in January, 1883, and February, 1884 he married Sarah A. Weaver, daughter of William Weaver. In August, 1861, he enlisted in the Missouri State Militia, and was mustered out as second lieutenant of his company in February, 1862. After this, in company with Capt. Prichard, he organized a company of 100 men, which became known as Company D, Fourth Regiment of Cavalry, Missouri State Militia. He was mustered in as first lieutenant of his company on April 3, 1862, but in September of that year was promoted to regimental quartermaster, which position he held until the expiration of his term of service. He was mustered out at St. Louis on April 17, 1865. He then returned to his farm in Andrew County, MO. In 1869-70 he served as county judge, and in 1879 he was elected on the Republican ticket to represent Andrew County in the State Legislature, which position he held for four successive terms. He is a member of the Episcopal church, a Master Mason, and a member of the G.A.R.


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Emigration: Apr 1830, England to New York


Marriage: Abt. 1831, Augusta, Oneida, New York





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