Name: John Weaver "Revolution"
Given Name: John
Birth: Dec 1763 in Virginia
Death: 13 Dec 1830 in Weaverville, Buncombe Co. North Carolina
Burial: Weaverville Cemetery, Weaverville, Buncombe Co. North Carolina
Ancestral File #: 1M4J-N1L
Ref: 1800 Census Buncombe Co. North Carolina
Change Date: 21 Mar 2002 at 08:01:00
WEAVER, John 11110 41010 0 4
Ref: Old Buncombe Co. Genealogical Society
JOHN WEAVER submitted by Mary Cook Hyder
John Weaver was born in 1763 and, with three brothers, left home and family in the Netherlands, and came to America. They were of German-Dutch descent as their father, a cloth-maker by the name of Weber, had fled from Germany under persecution of religion and speech and settled in Holland. The brothers had heard that land was cheap and plentiful in Pennsylvania, but on arriving there found it was scarce and high-priced. Being young and strong and well trained to work, they soon found many ways of earning a living.
During the Revolution, the Weaver brothers volunteered their services. John served five years in the Pennsylvania Rangers on the Frontiers. They heard much about the Southwestern country so they headed west, travelling into a vast, wild and dangerous region called the Shenandoah Valley through Virginia and Kentucky. They crossed the Alleghaney Divide into the Valley of Green Brier River, a branch of the Ohio River. Here John Weaver and his brothers parted, they going on to the Ohio River. While scouting through the wilds, John had staked land claims from the Ohio River into the northern parts of North Carolina in 1785, buying several hundred acres at 50 shillings an acre. He met a man named Albert Biffle who told him about a small settlement near Elizabethton called Happy Valley, and about his young sister, Elizabeth. John went to Happy Valley to meet her, courted and married her, and they lived there in Happy Valley for a while and their first son was born there. He was Jacob, born September 13, 1786.
In the spring of 1787, John and Elizabeth left the Valley for the mountains of North Carolina, travelling by way of the Bald Mountains in what is now Yancey County. Night was approaching and they needed to rest. John found a bed of wild hogs close to a cliff, routed them out, built a fire and fixed a place to bed down for the night. Early in the morning he found a trail leading down to the Toe River, crossed it and went on to the mountain range called 'The Blue Ridge.' Taking the southern end, they crossed over into a nice fertile valley which was in a wild state but peopled with an Indian Village. The Indians seemed friendly, so John travelled on down a short distance to a creek which later became known as Reems Creek. Making friends with the Indians, he set up a wigwam for a home and lived there for a while. Soon he bought 320 acres of land from John McDowell of Burke County on each side of Reems Creek and on both sides of the path leading to Green River known now as the French Broad.
He like the valley so he worked to clear ground higher up from the creek and built a warm log house. Then he cleared land for a garden, and for corn and wheat fields, becoming the first white settler in this region. John and Elizabeth had eleven children all together: Jacob married Elizabeth Siler; Susannah married John McCarson; Christiana married Samuel Vance; Elizabeth married Robert Patton Wells of Sandy Mush; Matilda married Jefferson Garrison; Catherine married Andrew Pickens; James married Susan Barnard; John Jr; Christopher married Margaret Lowry; Montraville Michael married Jane Eliza Baird; and Mary married Henry Addington. --Heritage I, article #655, p. 359 Note: Jacob Weaver = article #652, p. 358 James Weaver = article #653, p. 359 Montraville Weaver = article #656
Will of John Weaver, from ALOB, Vol. VII, #1, p. 86-5: p. 4-5 10-May 1830
I. John Weaver <http://www.obcgs.com/miller.html> b. 1763, d. 1830; married Elizabeth Biffle b. ca 1773, d. 1843. Lived: Weaverville, NC. On 1800 Census of Buncombe County, N.C.
2. Matilda Weaver married J.G.D. Garrison
3. Montraville Michael Weaver married Jane Eliza Baird
2. Matilda Weaver (b. 1803; d. 1891) married J.G.D. Garrison (b. 1801; d. 1823) Resided: Weaverville, NC.
4. Thomas Garrison (b. 1829; d. 1900) married Susannah Carter (b. 1834; d. 1904) Resided: Weaverville, NC.
5. Solomon Garrison (b. 1859;d. 1915) married Fannie Foister (b. 1868; d. 1960) Resided: Big Ivy, N.C.
6. Myrtle Garrison (b. 1894; d. 1961married Wallace W. Roberts (b. 1890;d. 1934) Resided: Flat Creek, NC.
7. Fannie R. Roberts (b. 1914; d. 1978) married Kenneth Elkins (b. 1915) He resides in Swannanoa. NC
8. Nancy Elkins b. 1942) married John F. chultheis (b. 1937) Residence: Swannanoa., NC
3. Montraville Michael Weaver (b. 1808; d. 1882) married Jane Eliza Baird (b. 1810;d. 1889) Lived: Weaverville, NC
9.. Margaret Matilda Weaver (b. 1835;d. 1926) married Wylie Francis Parker (b. 1827;d. 1892) Lived: Weaverville, NC
10.. Eliza Parker(b. 1859; d. 1903)married John Russell Cannon (b. 1859;d. 1915) Lived: Weaverville, NC
11. Pearl Cannon (b. 1884; d. 1979) m. James Reuben Lee (b. 1882; d. 1939 ) Lived: Weaverville, NC and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
12. Betty Lee (b. 1919) married Owen Paul Hatley (b. 1918) Residence: Centralia, WA
ZEBULON WEAVER, 1872-1948
WEAVER, Zebulon, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Weaverville, Buncombe County, N.C., May 12, 1872; attended the public schools and was graduated from Weaver College at Weaverville in 1889; studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; was admitted to the bar in 1894 and commenced practice in Asheville, N.C.; member of the State house of representatives 1907-1909; served in the State senate 1913-1915; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Sixty-fifth Congress and served from March 4, 1917, to March 1, 1919, when he was succeeded by James J. Britt, who contested his election; elected to the Sixty-sixth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1929); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; elected to the Seventy-second and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1946; resumed the practice of law in Asheville, N.C., until his death there October 29, 1948; interment in Riverside Cemetery. --Congressional Record
from ALOB, Vol. VII, #1, p. 86-5: "p. 4-5 10-May 1830.. I, John Weaver, being of sound mind & memory. My will is that should I decease first that my property be keep[sic] as is now under the care & controll[sic] of my son Montraville Weaver for the maintenance of my wife Elizabeth during her life. At her decease, I give to my son Montraville Weave the land whereon I now live, containing 672 acres with all that belongs to it for ever. I give unto my six dtrs. Susannah, Christina, Mary, Elizabeth, Matilda and Catharine all my household furniture to be equally divided at their mother's discretion. I give the balance of my personal property of negroes, stock, farming tools, still and such like to my sons & dtrs. Jacob, James, John & Christopher G. Weaver, Susannah McCarson, Christina Vance, Mary Addington, Catharine Pickens, Elizabeth Wills and Matilda Garretson at the death of their mother, Montraville having his share in the land. I ordain my sons Jacob & John Weaver as executors.. Wit: Seth Alexander, John Chambers & G.M. Daniel... Signed, John X Weaver.... Proved in open Court by all wittnessess[sic] & ordered recorded."
BUNCOMBE COUNTY COURT MINUTES
FIRST SESSION APRIL 1792
Ordered that Hickman Hinsely, Geo. Baker, Henry Hensely, Abner Barnett, Austin Choate, Will. Tredway, Robert Tedway, Gabriel Keith, John Dillard, John Weaver, James Jams, John Street, Nathan Dever, Jacob Waggonor, Jas. Bounds, James Boys, and John Chambers be a jury to view and lay off a road from the waggon ford of Rime creek to join the road from the Turkey Cove ____ to Robert Hintons on Lindsey's creek Cane River the most advantagious and best way according to law, which jury is to meet the 4th Monday of May at John Dillard's - William Brittain to attend and qualify said jury who are to report to July Court.
Ref: Old Buncombe Co. Genealogical Society
PETITIONS FOR THE FORMATION OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY [The following two petitions were submitted to the North Carolina General Assembly meeting in November 1790. The resulting bill to form Buncombe County was not passed in that session. The bill was re-submitted the following year and was passed. Some of the signatures are faded and quite difficult to interpret.}
State of North Carolina 25th Sept. 1790
The Honourable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina now Sitting at Fayette Ville. he Petition of the Inhabitants of that part of Burke County lying west of the Appalachian Mountain Most Humbly Sheweth That the local Situation of your Petitioners renders it exceedingly difficult and (in the winter season of the year) almost impossible to attend at the Court House of said County as Jurors, witnesses, &c., a number of the inhabitants on the west side of said mountain living seventy or eighty miles distance from said Court House and several very bad mountains to cross. And by annexing or adding that part of Rutherford County lying west of the Apalachian Mountain to that part of Burke County west of the Mountain, your Petitioners conceive that there would be a sufficient number of inhabitants to form a respectable County -- Therefore Hope your Honours will take their case under your most prudent consideration and in your Wisdom grant them a Separate County if you should consider expedient, as your Petitioners Humbly conceive it would conduce to the ease & Convenience of Inhabitants, and your Petitioners will every pray.
Nathan Deaver Joshua Bartlett
Matthew Patton Samuel Rentfro
James Cunningham Mark Rentfro
Jno. Gibart Henry Heatly
Jas. Davidson James Heatly
(Second sheet of names follows)
[torn] Brittain Tho Bounds Nathan Smith
James Love Joshaway Chanler Henry Robbers
Wm. Gudger John Roberts Baxaller Barnet
John Chambers Adam Biffle James Givin
Gabriel Elkins James Same Baxter Davis
Benja. Gregory James Stanphil Jacob Beyler
Wm. Bailey John Street Peter Deveas
John Gregory John Gillahan John Dillard
James Cravans William Dever Wm. Grigory
John Weve Jacob Caler Samuel Randolph
Wm. Tinker Wm. Gillahan Richard Dever
Tho Dillard Jacob Beefell Nathaniel Armstrong
Elizabeth Biffle b: ABT 1773 in North Carolina
27 Jul 1785
in Elizabethton, Tennessee
- Jacob Weaver b: 13 Sep 1786 in Happy Valley, Watauga Settlement, (Carter Co. Tennessee)North Carolina
- Susannah Weaver "Sookie" b: 1787 in Reems Creek, Buncombe Co. North Carolina
- Christiana Weaver b: 1789 in Reems Creek, Buncombe Co. North Carolina
- James Weaver b: 4 Jul 1794 in Reems Creek, Buncombe Co. North Carolina
- Mary Weaver b: 10 Mar 1795 in Buncombe Co. North Carolina
- Catherine Weaver b: 21 Jun 1796 in Reems Creek, Buncombe Co. North Carolina
- Elizabeth Weaver b: 16 Jul 1798 in Weaverville, Buncombe Co. North Carolina
- John Biffle Weaver b: 1802 in Reems Creek, Buncombe Co. North Carolina
- Matilda Weaver b: 18 May 1803 in Reems Creek, Buncombe Co. North Carolina
- Christopher George Weaver "Chrisly" b: 16 May 1805 in Reems Creek, Buncombe Co. North Carolina
- Michael Montraville Weaver b: 10 Aug 1808 in Reems Creek, Buncombe Co. North Carolina