|Posted By:||Veneta McKinney|
|Subject:||Found obituary of REv. Frederick Weaver - 1808 - 1888|
|Post Date:||February 04, 2011 at 00:12:25|
|Forum:||Coryell County, TX Genealogy Forum|
Found this in the Marion Herald in Marion County, Alabama newspaper:
Marion Herald, April 4, 1889 – pg 1
Rev. FREDERICK WEAVER, long a subscriber and reader of the Nashville advocate, was born in South Carolina, Jan 8th, 1808; emigrated with his parents at an early age to Tennessee, where at the tender age of eight years he gave his heart to God; joined the M. E. Church, and received the witness of his adoption into the family of God while all alone in the woods –a circumstance which he often afterward related in the love feast and class-meeting always encouraging the children to seek religion and live for God while young. From Tennessee he moved to Monroe County, Miss. where he was united in marriage to Miss RACHEL YOUNG, Oct 29th 1829. He was licensed to exhort October 2, 1834 by H. WILLIAMSON, preacher in charge, the presiding elder being absent. He was licensed as a local preacher by J. W. HOLSTON, at Bethel, Church, Buttahatchie April 30th, 1836; was ordained deacon by Bishop BEVERLY WAUGH at the Alabama Conference Nov. 7th 1841; was ordained elder by Bishop ROBERT PAINE at New Hope Camp-ground, Monroe Co. Miss, Aug. 13, 1848. He emigrated to Texas in 1870 and settled in Coryell County, where he closed his earthly pilgrimage Dec 7th 1888 after a long life of usefulness, in which he discharged with all his ability the duties of class leader, steward, exhorter, preacher, deacon, and elder, not remembering to have missed attending only two quarterly meetings in forty years –a duty which he always urged upon the members of the Quarterly conference as imperative when health would permit it. Of this aged servant of God I might say much if I had the language to express what I knew, having known him from my infancy almost. He was one to whom I often looked for advice in my little orphan girl days; one from whom I received spiritual instruction, comfort, and consolation pointing me to the great Physician of souls while I was struggling at the altar for salvation. He was counselor to me and my children, instructing, advising, and helping us on with our work in our lonely, desolate, bereaved condition. He was true to the Methodist Church, a firm supporter of her institutions I have seen him suffering all the tortures of that terrible disease, asthma, through the week, and then go on Sunday to preach and warm sinners of their danger, and build up the weak and broken hearted. His was a long, eventful life, having his share of the cares and sorrows, its pleasures and joys mixed and mingled all along. He had the joy of living to see all his children religious. One only daughter and three sons, who still survive him, are following on. When the final hour came, he like old Simeon, was ready saying, “All is well, the way is clear, not a cloud is intervening between me and my heavenly home.” He leaves the companion of his youth still on the willow banks near the crossing. Weep not, mother; your companion, your children are there, but you shall find them all again in that eternal day.
MARY A. REEVES
I was asked by a friend to have the above obituary published in the Herald, and also requested to say that the wife of Rev. FREDERICK WEAVER died just one month after his death.
They have finished their work and gone to receive their reward. From the above statement Bro. WEAVER was certainly a true, devoted Christian, and a friend of Methodism. He was identified with the church so much that it is said above that he did not remember to have missed but two quarterly meetings in forty years. What could a few men like him do in this country.
C. M. RICE, Hamilton, Ala.