Dear "Cousin" Jo,
I'm glad you enjoyed this post about our several-times-great-grandfather, Frederick Weaver. And I'm sorry you didn't get to hear an excellent talk a couple of weeks ago at the Itawamba Historical Society's lecture. There, Mrs. Jerry Harlow, Historian and "high muckety-muck" of the Monroe County (MS)Historical Society gave a most interesting talk about "The First Wagon Train into Northeast Mississippi." That wagon train was headed up by Frederick Weaver.
Some of his children were with him on that wagon trail into the newly opened lands of Monroe County MS. His daughter and my ancestor in the Weaver line, then ten-year old Dorcas Weaver, arrived in Mississippi with her folks in the fall of 1816. I don't know which of the other children of Frederick Weaver was on that train of wagons.
But the talk by Mrs. Harlow was good --- and she, the ever helpful family historian and generous person, slipped me a photocopy of a newspaper obituary for Dorcas Weaver Hollingsworth, the first copy of that obit I'd ever seen.
Back to your question. There is some confusion about how many children Frederick and his string of three wives had. He and the last wife, the widow of a Mr. Stockton of MS had none (see message number 2143 at this forum and also series of messages beginning at 2117 at this forum).
Some researchers say Frederick and the first two wives had a total of 20 children but I know of no one who can list that many. I've got 16 on my list and your Mary Ann Weaver, born 1825 is amongst them. If that information accurate, then Mary Ann Weaver was born probably in Monroe County, MS. Because Frederick owned so much land scattered about the county, I don't know where they were living in 1825 but probably in the Hill Country of eastern Monroe Country.
You might enjoy reading the blog I post about Hill Country of Monroe County at http://hillcountryofmonroecountry.blogspot.com/. There are some occasional posts that mention Frederick --- and I am planning one soon that addresses conditions of the ministry during his time in Misissippi.
There is a lot on this GenForum, especially some of the earlier posts, about Frederick Weaver. Use the search function and read about him here also.
One word of caution. Don't get the Ann Weaver of Bastrop County TX confused with Mary Ann Weaver of the same place. Ann Weaver was the child of Edward, Mary Ann's brother. [Or at least I think I'm remembering all this correctly!]
Please feel free to contact me through the email address listed on the blog Hill Country. I look forward to hearing from you.
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