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Othniel Weaver (b. 1750, d. Bef. 12 Sep 1817)Othniel Weaver (son of Aaron Weaver) was born 1750 in Anson, NC, and died Bef. 12 Sep 1817 in MORGAN COUNTY, GA.
Notes for Othniel Weaver:
Much of the of the information we have on Othniel Weaver was submitted by our cousins Stella Dillahunty and James "Lee" Weaver. They are descended from Othniel and his second wife Susannah Jones Hughey, Isaac Suttles Weaver and Seaton David Weaver. Some is included in the book THE WEAVER FAMILIES OF GEORGIA, compiled by Weaver descendant James K. Bass. Much of the basic information can be found in the various county records.
Othniel came from Anson county, North Carolina. That county was larger at the time and comprised what is now parts of North and South Carolina. That part of Anson County where Othniel lived became South Carolina.
He was a patriot during the American Revolution, serving with Elijah Clark's troops. He is called a patriot rather than a soldier because he was (1) a minister of the gospel and (2) a shoemaker for the troops. On at least one occasion he was lowered into a well to hide him from Tories.
His first known wife was a widow, her previous husband Joel Chivers having been killed in the American Revolution. She had children of her own, she and Othniel had their own children, she died and Othniel married another widow. His second wife also had her own children, she and Othniel had their own children, and Othniel had his children from his marriage to Sarah Holly Chivers as well as his step-children from her. In all, Othniel Weaver had approximately twenty-five children; and those are the ones that lived. He could have fathered more children since the infant mortality rate was close to fifty per-cent in those days.
Needless to say, Othniel was a busy man. His wives must have also been busy because somewhere he found time to be an elder in a number of churches, and was a shoemaker, though his main occupation was "minister". These were known as Primitive Baptist churches and the ministers/pastors were called elders. There were no "full time" pastors per se. It would be reasonable to assume that the older children in that household shared much responsibility for child-rearing, housekeeping and farming. Of course, due to the span of years over which the children were born, a number of the older children would have been grown and raising their own families while the youngest children were growing up. Still, with the total number of children being twenty-five over the years there should have been a good number of children around the house at any point in time. (That is except when school was in. He had his children either "in" school or "teaching" school.) It's no wonder that at our family reunions there was always enough food to have supplied the Confederate Army for a week. Going back in time we could have "fed" most of the Yankees till they couldn't move and had the high ground at Gettysburg.
Getting back on track, Othniel's property became a part of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Records indicate that he owned land there in 1784. Little is known about what transpired in the years between his birth and that year.
In 1785 his property became a part of Wilkes County, Georgia and Othniel was with Phillips Mill Baptist Church. He was an Elder in that church from 1787 to 1789. We later find him in court records, after 1789 in Baldwin, Wilkinson and Morgan Counties, due to division of counties to make new ones and redrawing of boundaries.
Sarah Holly Chivers Weaver died about 1805, at which time there were six children who were still juveniles, the youngest of whom was about five years old. Two years later, he married Susannah Jones Hughey, a widow with seven children ranging in age from one to fourteen.
He was living in Morgan County by 1811 and served as Elder of Holland Springs Baptist Church in Morgan County. He made his will in Morgan County on July 10, 1817. He leaves a slave named Mary to his four daughters, one dollar and twenty-five cents to each of his sons; Julius, William, John and Jonathan, and his land to Susannah. His estate was inventoried on September 12, 1817. He was buried in Jenkins Cemetery on the South River in Morgan/Baldwin County.
More About Othniel Weaver:
Will: WILL BOOK B PAGE 43.
Children of Othniel Weaver are:
- +Jesse Mercer Weaver, b. 13 Apr 1808, Morgan, GA, d. 11 Apr 1889, TX.