Source: Family Tree Maker Online: GenealogyLibrary.com: The Weaver Genealogy , Page 161


William Weaver, then of Warwick, married (2) July 25, 1771, Elizabeth Loveland of Newport. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Gardiner Thurston, pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Newport. Probably it was she who died Feb. 24, 1821, in her seventy-fifth year.


He was a mariner and owned a trading vessel with headquarters at Newport. In 1776 his ship was seized by the British. He then joined the forces of John Paul Jones and made one cruise with his fleet. In the Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the American Revolution, Vol. 16:p. 741, it is stated that William Weaver, chief mate of the sloop Providence was entitled to receive shares in the prizes Mellish and Active. The year is not given, but from other sources it is readily ascertained. On November 1, 1776, John Paul Jones set sail with two vessels, the Alfred, his flag-ship, and the Providence, Capt. Hacker, under orders from Commodore Hopkins to proceed at once to Spanish river near Cape North on the Island of Cape Breton to inflict further injury upon the fishery and to attempt the capture of the coal fleet and the release of the American prisoners working in the mines. Soon after arriving at their cruising grounds three prizes were taken off Louisburg. Regarding the capture of the Mellish, a large armed ship, Captain Jones wrote to the Marine Committee Nov. 12, 1776: "This prize I believe the most valuable that has been taken by the American arms." The Alfred dropped anchor at Boston Dec. 15, 1776, and it was doubtless quite soon after this that the claims of the officers and men for their shares in the prize money were entered, in many cases through an agent. Nat. Greene appears on the original roll as agent for William Weaver and many others. The crew of the Providence for this cruise was enlisted at Newport. In Rhode Island Privateers it is stated that "the privateer service was more attractive" and hence we find William Weaver leaving the regular navy after one cruise and joining the crew of the privateer Mifflin or General Mifflin. While in the privateer service he removed his family from Newport to Exeter where his wife had relatives who conducted a hotel. At one time the Mifflin encountered a British battleship of superior strength. Captain Babcock lowered his flag in token of surrender and fell astern. Under cover of the night he had his ship carpenter swim to the stern of the British ship and fasten its rudder so that it could not be moved. At daybreak he hoisted his colors and called to the British, "Surrender or I will sink you to hell in five minutes." The British captain tried in vain to swing his vessel into action, but the rudder would not move and he was obliged to surrender. The Mifflin was finally captured by a British man-of-war and taken to Charleston, S. C. The prisoners were taken to Dublin Harbor later. Smallpox broke out among them and William Weaver, having had the disease in youth (see No. 42), was detailed to care for the patients. He took the disease a second time and died of smallpox in the prison-ship in Dublin Harbor. The British captured Charleston May 12, 1780, and hence the Mifflin was captured at a later date. They evacuated Charleston Dec. 14, 1782, and probably took the prisoners with them. This would make the death of William Weaver occur, presumably, in 1783.


The following receipt, copied from the Narragansett Historical Register, Vol. 2, p. 199, will be of interest to his descendants:


"Exeter July ye 12th 1779

Recd of Beriah Brown Jun Thirty six pounds Lawful Money on account of William Weaver

prize money in the present cruise of the Ship Mifflin, Captain George Wait Babcock Commander

Recd Payt

- Bathsheba Loveland"


The identity of Bathsheba Loveland is not known, but, probably, she was a relative of his second wife.


While at home from one of his cruises, the British learned of his presence and sent a detail of dragoons to capture him. He saw them coming and climbed up inside an unused chimney hoping to elude them, but they found him and one of them composed this bit of doggerel to celebrate the capture:


"William Weaver now we have found you

We will neither hang nor drown you.

But will smother you with smoke--"


Thus he thought but nothing spoke." "The dragoons took their prisoner and proceeded on their way. They also took with him his young son, a sturdy lad about ten years of age. The prisoner was lame, whether from his chimney experience or from other causes is not known, and the dragoons frequently prodded him with their bayonets to increase his pace. While they were passing through a swamp the prisoners had lagged behind and the dragoons were quite a distance in advance. The boy said, 'Father now is our chance' and they plunged into the swamp and dropped behind the trunk of a fallen tree. The dragoons soon discovered their loss and attempted to pursue them, but the swamp was too wet and boggy to support the horses and they abandoned the pursuit, fired a volley into the swamp and reported that the prisoners had been shot while attempting to escape."


April 11, 1763, William Weaver was living in Cranston, where his father took up his temporary abode somewhat earlier, and on that date he bought a house and lot in Warwick located about 200 feet south of the Apponaug R.R. station, the land being now covered by the railroad tracks. He lived there as late as 1771. In the census of 1774 he lived in Newport.

Child (by first wife):

199- I. William,8 b. 1770.

Children (by second wife):

ii. (???) (dau.)8

iii. (???) (dau.)8

iv. Peter,8 who lived in Ancram, N. Y., in 1810 and "went west."

200-v. Henry Simon,8 b. 1777.

Source: Ancestry.com History and genealogy of a branch of the Weaver family pg 292


200. Henry Simon Weaver (William, (106) William, William, Clement, Clement, Clement) was born in 1777 and died Feb 6, 1823. He was buried at Salisbury, Conn. He lived in Gallatin near Ancram, NY in 1810 and later removed to Mt Washington, Mass. He was a farmer.


He married (1) Dec 22, 1805 _______; m. (2) Sep 2, 1808, Mary Jane Williams; m. (3) Betsy Lampman.



Jonathan Jones Weaver born 18 Dec 1810 and Henry Peter Weaver born 08 Dec 1812 in Ancram, NY were the only children of Henry Simon Weaver b. 1777 and his second wife Mary Jane Williams. When the 1840 US Census was taken both Jonathan and Henry were listed as heads of household in Mount Washington.


In 1835 Henry P Weaver married Christina Field(s), daughter of William and Margaret (Lampman) Field(s). When the 1840 US Census was taken, Henry P Weaver lived next to “Wm Field”, his father-in-law. Henry P and Christina (Field(s)) Weaver lived the their lives in Mount Washington where they died and were buried in the Alander Cemetery.


In 1842 Jonathan J Weaver married Roxy Van Deusen in Ancram, NY. They were the parents of six children born in Mount Washington where they lived until after 1860.



  Henry Peter Weaver of Mount Washington, MA



HENRY PETER8 WEAVER  (HENRY SIMON7, WILLIAM6, WILLIAM5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, CLEMENT2, CLEMENT1) was born 08 Dec 1812 in Ancram, Columbia Co., NY, and died 18 Oct 1903 in Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA.  He married (1) CHRISTINA FIELD 30 Apr 1835, daughter of WILLIAM FIELD and MARGARET LAMPMAN.  She was born 15 Jan 1819 in New York, and died 05 Jan 1885 in Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA.  He married (2) CORA SCHUTT Jul 1898 in Hillsdale, Columbia Co., NY, daughter of JOHN SCHUTT and MARY KLINE.  She was born Jan 1879 in Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA.




i.              WILLIAM HENRY9 WEAVER, b. 30 Mar 1837, West Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., MA; d. 22 Nov 1910, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA. .  He married (1) ANN MARIETTA WOLCOTT 21 Jul 1859, daughter of ELISHA WOLCOTT and MERRIAM LAMSON.  She was born 06 Jul 1844 in Massachusetts, and died 28 Aug 1885 in Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA.  He married (2) MARTHA PATTERSON 1888, daughter of LUTHER PATTERSON and RACHEL WRIGHT.  She was born Oct 1846 in Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA.


                                ii.            ESTHER M WEAVER, b. 25 Feb 1839, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA; d. 05 Sep 1917, Stormville, Orange Co., NY. She married LINUS MELIUS.  He was born Mar 1828, and died 23   

                                                Nov 1902.


                          iii.           LOIS WEAVER, b. 27 Jan 1841, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA; d. 19 Sep 1848, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA.


iv.            ELLEN CHRISTINA WEAVER, b. 12 Apr 1843, Massachusetts. She married WILLIAM ABRAM BROWN 19 Sep 1864.  He was born 01 Jan 1844.


v.             SARAH MARGARET WEAVER, b. 08 Mar 1845, Massachusetts. She married DAVID MORGAN BRUSIE 24 Oct 1867.  He was born 22 Jan 1836 in Sept 13 1894.


                         vi.            GEORGE WEAVER, b. 17 Mar 1847, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA; d. 24 Oct 1848, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA.


                         vii.           LUCY HELEN WEAVER, b. 13 May 1849, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA; d. 18 Apr 1918; m. JOHN WESLEY CAMPBELL; b. 19 Jan 1835; d. 13 Jul 1906.


                         viii.         FRANKLIN SEYMOUR WEAVER, b. 17 May 1851, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA; d. 12 Dec 1892, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA; m. AUGUSTA BRUSIE.


                          ix.           EUNICE CYNTHIA WEAVER, b. 03 Jun 1853, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA; d. 12 Dec 1916, Seattle, WA. She married ALBERT H SCHUTT 24 Dec 1878, son of CHARLES SCHUTT and PERMELIA THORPE.  He was born Abt. 1852 in Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA.


                         x.             MINNIE ADELIA WEAVER, b. 02 Apr 1860, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA; m. RIVERIUS THORNTON HIGGINS.


xi.            IDA ANNIE WEAVER, b. 21 Sep 1863, Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA. She married HOWARD DWIGHT LAMSON 22 Apr 1896, son of CYRUS LAMSON and DEIDAMIA CLINE.  He was born 01 Oct 1852 in Mount Washington, Berkshire Co., MA.


                         xii.          INFANT WEAVER, b. Aft. 1864; d. died in infancy.