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  • ID: I1824
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1755 in (?)St. Mary's Co., MD
  • Death: 1849 in Susquehanna Twp., Cambria Co., PA
  • Note:
    It's not known if Zephaniah Weakland was Leander's father, but he is certainly an obvious candidate based on this brief detail published in 1883. If not her father, then certainly her brother or other close relative. --

    J. Simpson Africa, "A Description of Franklin Township" in History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1883):
    On Aug. 31, 1786, [ALEXANDER EWING] took warrant for three hundred and fifty acres of land, including improvements begun in 1777. The survey, containing three hundred and eighty-four acres and one hundred and forty perches, preserves the north of Ireland name of "Aughnacloy." His next neighbor on the south, ZEPHANIAH WEAKLAND, owned an improvement made in May, 1786, by Jacob Miner.
    (Alexander's wife was Leander Weakland.) http://davecrane.info/history/wga16.html
    Also see Susan Ewing Mellups' transcription, Graysville Cemetery, stating Leander Weakland as wife of Alexander Ewing. http://www.idreamof.com/cemetery/pa/huntingdon/ewing_family.htm

    John W. Jordan, ed., A History of the Juaniata Valley and Its People (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1913), 73. GoogleBooks
    Franklin township was erected in March, 1789, from the old townTownship of Tyrone, and was the first new township to be established after the organization of Huntingdon county. It extends from the Center county line on the northeast to the Little Juniata river on the southwest, and from Warriors Mark township on the northwest to the summit of Tussey's mountain on the southeast. Among the early settlers were ALEXANDER EWING. ZEPHANIAH WEAKLAND, George Mattern, Jacob Miner, Abraham Sells, Richard Ricketts, James Hunter, James Armitage and the Hendersons. The township has rich deposits of iron ore, which were first worked about 1795 or 1796, when the Huntingdon furnace was built in the midst of the ore beds and the Pennsylvania furnace in the northern part of the township, near the Center county line. Spruce creek rises in this township and flows almost the entire length of it, emptying into the Little Juniata. The water power of this stream was utilized as early as 1785 to run what was long known as the old Bebault mill. Many years later W. D. & J. D. Isett established the Stockdale Woolen Mills at the mouth of the stream and about a mile farther up J. Q. Adams started an ax factory. Franklinville and Graysville are the principal villages.

    Henry Wilson Storey, History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Publishing Co., 1907), 99-100. GoogleBooks
    The Phillipsburg road is the oldest county road extending north of Ebensburg. The proceedings were begun June 20th, 1808, but the viewers did not make their return until December 3, 1811. The petitioners represented that they "suffer great injury for the want of a road from the town of Ebensburg to join that one being made by the order of the Court of Centre county from Phillipsburg to the line of the county of Clearfield, near the Great Forks of Clearfield creek. That the ground is such as to admit of a good wagon road being made at a moderate expense." The viewers were Samuel McMullen, ZEPHANIA WEAKLAND, William O'Keefe, Luke McGuire, David Todd and John Glass. They recommended it to be kept up by the supervisors of Allegheny township, and to be thirty feet in width. It passed through Loretto and the improvements of Delozier, Meloy's, Samuel McMullen, A. Anderson and Nugent.

    Henry Wilson Storey, History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Publishing Co., 1907), 571. GoogleBooks
    The Zephaniah Weakland Family. Zephaniah Weakland came from St. Mary's county, Maryland, and located on the Spruce creek, eight miles from Huntingdon, before the close of the Revolutionary war. John Weakland was born there in 1787. Zephaniah brought his family to Cambria county in 1808, and located near Munster, building a log cabin near the O'Hara's, east of Munster. In 1819 Zephaniah removed to Mahoning township, in Indiana county, but returned to Johnstown in 1832. Subsequently he made his home in Susquehanna township, and while there married for the third time when he was over seventy years old, and by this marriage had one or two children; he died in 1849.
    John Weakland, his son, moved to Conemaugh township in 1831, and came to Johnstown in 1835; he married in 1818 and had two sons and a daughter. His wife died in 1858. At the age of seventy-three he married again and had three sons by this marriage. Michael Weakland and Ellen, his wife, an only brother, and two children lived in Susquehanna township. William Weakland, a brother of Zephaniah, died near Loretto in 1864, at the age of eighty-three years. Many of their descendants reside in the north of the county, especially in Carroll, Clearfield and Susquehanna townships. John Weakland was a private in Captain Richard McGuire's company in the War of 1812.

    1800 Somerset Co., PA, census, Cambria Twp.:
    Zephaniah Wickland [Weakland], 1 M & 1 F 26 to 44; 2 M & 2 F under 10

    1840 Cambria Co., PA, census, Susquehanna Twp.:
    Zephaniah Wiakland [Zepheniah Weakland], 1 M 80-89; 1 F 15-19
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    See Descendants of Richard Weakland, by John Regis Conrad (jrconrad@post.harvard.edu ), http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/o/n/John-R-Conrad/GENE3-0004.html#CHILD5

    Zephaniah "returned to Johnstown in 1832. Subsequently he made his home in Susquehanna township, and while there married for the third time when he was over seventy years old, and by this marriage had one or two children"

    Zephaniah Weakland page 503 Cambria County, Pennsylvania
    This is to notify you that I refused to act as Administratrix of Zephenmah Weakland, my husband, late of Susquehanna Township deceased and I request you to grant letters of administration of his estate to .
    Maria (her mark) Weakland Witnefs James Kennedy Filed 21 August 1849

    ZEPHANIAH4 WEAKLAND (JOHN3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 1762 in Hagerstown, Frederick Co., MD (Source: David L. Weakland, e-mail 1/19/2001), and died 1849 in Susquehanna Twp., Cambria Co., PA. He married CATHERINE Bef. 1790 in MD. She died 29 Jan 1832 in Susqehanna Twp., Cambria Co., PA.
    Zephania moved with his two brothers and a sister to the Loretto, PA area in 1787. He appears in the 1790 census for Cambria Co., PA as Zephanea Weakland with 1 adult male and 1 female. He allegedly had three wives. He appears in the list of Paschal Confessions for 1813, St. Michael's Church, Loretto. He appears in Johnstown in 1832.
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    From the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin, Vol. 34 No. 1 (Winter 1993), Queries and Answers, p.93:
    34-029. WEAKLAND / WEAKLIN / WAKELIN, CUNNINGHAM. Seek info. on John WEAKLAND / WEAKLIN / WAKELIN (b. MD 1732?, d. PA 1815?) and wife Mary Susan CUNNINGHAM. Sons: John, Jr. (b. MD 1758), Zephaniah (b. St. Mary's Co., MD 1762), William (b. MD 1770). Moved to McGuire's Settlement (Carrolltown area, Cambria Co., PA) ca. 1798 with sons and families. /s/Timothy J. Breslin, B-399, 827 Fruithurst Drive, Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228.
    Page image from FamilyTreeMaker's GenealogyLibrary.com

    See Zephaniah Weakland (1755-1849), http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ba1742&id=I3926

    Father: John WEAKLAND b: ABT. 1732 in Maryland
    Mother: Mary Susan CUNNINGHAM

    Marriage 1 Catherine (UNKNOWN)
    • Married: in Maryland
    1. Has Children LEANDER WEAKLAND b: ABT. 1772
    2. Has Children John WEAKLAND b: ABT. 1785 in Spruce Creek, Huntingdon Co., PA
    3. Has Children Michael WEAKLAND
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