Recent events have made it possible to tell the story of Benjamin Weeks, his wife Elizabeth Sharpe, and his descendents.
The first event was a book written and published by Lynnette Roberts “The Ancestors and Descendants of Charles E. Smith & Nora McPherren/Smith”
This book was not written to be a Weeks genealogy and is narrow in scope when it deals with the many Weeks families. It does however, contain forty two pages which deal with the Weeks family starting with Joseph Weeks and Sarah Blagdon of Westmoreland and continues with the children of William Weeks and Mary Alderson of Westmoreland/King George counties in Virginia. Next it picks up with Benjamin Weeks and his wife Elizabeth Sharpe and contains information on the Sharpe family of Northumberland and King George counties of Virginia. It contains biographies and much information on Benjamin Weeks from his birth in Westmoreland County to his moves to Fauquier County and then to Culpeper County. Finally it follows his trail to Burke County, Georgia which was to be his final resting place. It also gives us information on the children of Benjamin and Elizabeth as outlined in John Franklin Week’s “Little Book”.
Since the ancestor of Lynnette is James Weeks (second son of Benjamin Weeks and Elizabeth Sharpe), it deals with the movements of James from Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, and finally to Mississippi. It continues on with the children of James as it applies to her direct ancestors.
Because it is limited in scope you will not find the numerous documents used to compile her book but she does have them available for those who want them. The book is well written and put into a historical context and contains some great map work at all the stops along the way. The book was not written for a profit and is on disk. It can be had for about the cost of a “happy meal” to cover shipping and handling. I highly recommend it to all!
The second event is exciting. A recent flurry of DNA matches have proven our family ties to Joseph of Westmoreland. William Weeks, son of Joseph Weeks had the following sons: William Jr., Joseph, Benjamin, James, Alderson, and George. We have just learned that a proven descendent of Alderson Weeks, son of William Weeks and Mary Alderson has a 37 marker match to several of the proven descendents of Benjamin Weeks and Elizabeth Sharpe. This match was between the grandson of Patricia Weeks (who has contributed much of our earliest knowledge of the Weeks genealogy through the great work of her husband”s Aunt Freda) and a grandson of Thomas Weeks of Burke County, Georgia. Just this month we have had another match with a descendent of James Weeks (second son of Benjamin Weeks and Elizabeth Sharpe). Also we find at least two exact matches from the family of Charles Weeks (oldest son of Benjamin Weeks and Elizabeth Sharpe). Although we have good and established paper trails on most matches, Charles has been somewhat of a problem in that his family has not been as documented and worked out as have the other three sons of Benjamin and Elizabeth. Charles went from Georgia to Franklin County, Tenn and on to Marion County, Alabama and, along with his Berryhill in-laws, his family settled in Hinds County, Miss and nearby. Since we have two matches which appear to be descendents of Charles and are exact to Alderson, Thomas, and James it would help if someone could tell us more about Charles.
More about the family of Alderson Weeks can be found at Pat Week’s website: http://sites.google.com/site/pweeksfamily/
I have written this in the spirit of sharing and to vet my findings in hopes that others may look critically and point out need for changes or will add useful information. As I write this, work is being done on the George Alderson family of Calvert County, Maryland and on the Blagdon-Giffard family of Devon, England. I will be happy to have anyone else join in the search with me.
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