I'm seeking information on my great grandfather J.D. Weatherwax and his family:
Pertinent information collected to date on J.D. Weatherwax
is as follows:
· The 1853 Quincy Daily Herald ran advertisements for the Quincy Carriage Manufactory ownedand operated by J.D. Weatherwax and his brother T.J. Weatherwax.
· Marriage records for Quincy, Adams County, IL show that Josiah D.Weatherwax and Martha Virginia Sanks were married 21 Feb 1854 by a minster.
· Census and family records confirm that J.D. and Martha Sanks had two sons, Charles Lindell, b. 1 May 1855 andEdward F., b. 1859. Charles Lindell is my grandfather.Both were born in Quincy, IL.
· The 1855-Quincy City Directory(Compiled by J.F. Everhart,N.D.) list a W.D. Weatherwax,artisan, west side 6th, between Main and Jersey.
· The "1857-8 Quincy City Directory And Business Mirror" (By Mc Evoy & Beatty ) shows a Joseph Weatherwax as a boarder at the Virginia House, corner of Hampshire and ThirdStreet.Also he is shown as a partner of Cockson & Weatherwax, bowling and billiards, Maine between 2nd & 3rd.
· The "1859/1860 City Directory listed a J. N. Weatherwax as the owner of a carriage business at the same address as that operated by J.D.W. & T.J.W in 1853.
· Family tradition is that in the 1860's Josiah (Joseph) went to Montana to look for gold. The passenger arrival list published in the Montanashowed a Weatherwax as a passenger on the "Agnes " which arrived at Ft. Benton on 5 July 1867.
· In 1868 J. D. Weatherwax and Martha Virginia were divorced.It is believed this was in Alton. IL
· On ,3 Dec 1869 Martha Virgina Weatherwax married Joseph A.Brawner in Alton, IL.
· The 1870 census for Louisiana, Pike Co., MO shows the following:
Martha Virginia Brawnerage25 (35?)
Edw T. Weatherwaxage11
William Brawner age8
· The 1880 census for Louisiana, Pike Co., MO shows the following:
Mattie Brawner age45
Chas Weatherwax age25
Edward Weatherwax age21
Lyda Brawner age9
· Records show that a J.D. Weatherwax held the following positions in the Ft Benton area:
Sheriff 1870,Choteau County Commissioner,Dec. 22, 1880-1882. 1stPostmaster for
Teton, MT 1884-1885.
· In 1877-1880 J.D. Weatherwax was in partnership with Wetzel in a trading company in Ft. Benton, MT.
· The 1880 Montana census lists J.D. Weatherwax, stockraiser,age 50 with a wife Mary, age 25, two daughters, Laura, age 4 and Emma, age 2. Mary was a full-blooded Backfeet Indian whose Indian name was Bird Tail Woman. Their daughter Laura "Nannie" died at age 14 at the Piegan school. (River Press, May 8, 1889)
· The July 16, 1884, River Press reported that the night before about 100 head of horses were stolen from the settlers in the Teton valley, and run off in the direction of the Marias.
Weatherwax was one of the victims of this daring raid, determined to have been the work of three white men. The local paper reported " If the rascals are caught it is safe to say they will not steal any more horses."
· Leison's History of Montana 1885, has the following entry for Meagher Co. " J.D.Weatherwax, located at Utica, Judith Basin, in May 1881-- this being a trading station
between Philbrookeand Stamford, twenty miles from Philbrooke. It is also a post office and stage station between the two places.Mr Weatherwax is engaged in horse-raising, to which business his place is well adapted, having a good bottom for hay and splendid ranges on the hills surrounding. "
· Store at Utica, formerly belonging to J.D. Weatherwax, was bought from bank by Frank Wright and Shelton, January 21, 1885, River Press.
· J.D. Weatherwax died 12 Oct 1887, as the results of a fall, while oiling machinery at his
gold mine, located in Skunk Creek Gulch, near the old town of Yogo in the Little Belt Mountains.
· The Fort Benton "River Press" Oct 26 1887 notes that Ed Weatherwax, son of J.D. Weatherwax arrives on his first visit to Ft. Benton.This is just two weeks after the death of J.D. Weaxtherwax.
· The 1887 City Directory for St. Louis, MO lists Chas L. Weatherwax, mach. and William T. Brawner, carpenter,livingat 909 N. 18th St.
· Blackfeet Heritage, 1907-1908, census roll of the Blackfeet Reservationin MT listed his widow (Mary)Bird Tail Woman, full Piegan, age 47, as wife of Bill Shoots One Another, full Piegan, age 44. They were married by a priest about 1893. At this time she had a son Joseph, age 20, living with her. A grandson, Joseph Weatherwax, living in Browning MT on the Blackfeet Reservation (1997), remembers hearing that his grandmother, Bird Tail Woman was carryung a child whenJ.D. Weatherwax died.
· Mary, daughterof J.D. Weatherwax andBird Tail Woman married Joseph Ollinger (Caton) 6 May1900 by a priest at Holy Family Mission. Blackfeet Heritagegives her age as 26 (1907-1908).
· An Edward T. Weatherwax, carpenter, appears in the 1900 St. Louis City Directory as living at 2624 N. Newstead Ave.The 1900 Census for Ward 27, ED. 404,St. Louis, MO list an Edward T. Weatherwaxb. Aug 1857 with wife Amyb. Nov1877 in Engand daughters, Edna, b.Dec 1897 andHelen, b. Oct 1899.