Howdy Tammy (and other Yandell researchers)
I have some new information on the Weavers, and I am pretty
confident that Matilda's father was indeed George.
From the Yandell mail-list I had this information about
1818-04-14: John Donelson of Wilson Co TN conveyed 135
acres of land on the east side of Stones’ River and on the
waters of Suggs Creek in Wilson Co to James Yandell for
$325 (Deed Book I, page 338).
Just recently I received the following from the Wilson Co
Wilson Co TN deed book E
1814-10-07: Indenture between Samuel Allen of Wilson Co TN
and George Weaver of Davidson Co TN for $380, a tract of
land on Sugg's Creek, the first creek above Stone's Creek,
on the east side of Stone's river.
So not only was George the only Weaver in Wilson Co at the
time, but he also lived very close to the Yandells,
possibly even next door. Given the very close proximity,
and the census records I mentioned in my last message, I
think it's unlikley that George is not Matilda's father.
One correction to the census records I mentioned: For the
1830 entry I had said that the three extra females must
have been the Weavers. On closer inspection, I realized I
had missed James Yandell's daughter Mary Ann. She was the
female 15-20 listed. So the extra people in James'
household were George's widow and her children John and
Matilda. I don't know if George's older daughter died or
married before 1830. My unfounded suspicion is that she
also died, possibly from whatever killed her parents.
I think I also have a good lead on George's father. In
Davidson Co on the 1820 census are only two Weavers:
Orin D Weaver 1 M 26-45, 2 F <10, 1 F 16-26
Benjamin Weaver 2 M 10-16, 3 M 16-26, 1 M 45+, 1 F <10,
2 F 10-16, 1 F 16-26, 1 F 45+
These two are almost next door to each other; only one
person is between them. I can't make out the third name,
but Ancestry reads it as Josiah Leat.
I haven't yet figured out exactly where in Davidson Co
these Weavers lived, but they weren't in Nashville, which
eliminates much of the county. A very interesting point is
that Sugg's Creek crosses the Wilson/Davidson county line.
There's a pretty good chance that Benjamin and Orin lived
near the county line. Judging from the ages, Benjamin looks
very likely to be Orin's father. George could very easily
be another of Benjamin's sons. "Benjamin Weaver" will be a
difficult name to research, but it sure looks like he could
be George's father.
Now if only I could find something about Matilda Pryer.
According to one cousin, her grandmother was a Cherokee.
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