Biography of George D. Weaver

Weaver, George D., was born in the town of Van Buren, Onondaga county, N.Y., June 24. 1836, a son of Abel Weaver, one of the early settlers in Onondaga county; he died in 1879. Mr. Weaver was educated in the common schools and in early life followed farming. In 1871 he went to Troy and engaged in the lumber business, in which he remained until 1888, then retired from active business and settled in Batavia. In 1859 Mr. Weaver married Addie F. Bonesteel. Mr. Weaver is one of the successful men of New York State, taking an active interest in religious institutions and is recognized as a man of sterling qualities, who has ever received the respect of of his associates. The following is furnished for publication by Mr. Weaver, as a statement of his personal "Religious Convictions:"

"After serving many years as a trustee in the First Baptist Church of Troy, N. Y., and endeavoring to promote the interests of that denomination as best I could, I finally became convinced that all churches with their creeds, should possess the qualities of the primitive church, one of which is Apostolic healing.

"This conviction was forced upon me by immediate association with those who based their claims to be Christians on their ability to heal sickness on the same basis that Sin is removed, and in unison with the Biblical command of Jesus. 'Go ye into the world, preach the gospel, heal the sick.' Following this conivction, in the year 1895, I united with the 'First Church of Christ, Scientist,' of Boston, Mass., and have since, with a great degree of pleasure, been able to see Christian Science go forth in this 19th century and successfully meet the opposition, tyranny and conservatism that any movement that has for its final end the greatest amount of good, must neessarily meet, but which is receiving the same treatment that all religious movements have received in their primitive condition. And a movement that bases all its claims for what it is and what it does, on God as a divine Principle, will be able in any generation to withstand the criticism and fanaticism of popular opinion, which when weighed in the balance is found wanting. No religious movement has made such progress and addition to its membership and the erection of permanent Churches in this country and Europe aud other foreign countries, since the days of Martin Luther. Locauy we have an organization in Batavia holding regular services on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening, with an average attendance of from fifty to seventy-five, followed by Sunday school, conducted after the discipline of the Christian Science Church in Boston. Largely the devotees of this congregation are those that have been healed of diseases where the M. D.'s and other practitioners have failed to effect a cure. It is with a degree of pleasure I see the press opening its columns to the subject of Christian Science. This must necessarily be so from the fact that all subjects at one time obscure, as they develop and interest the public, the press realizes that its prosperity is in proportion to its friendliness to truth. The services in Christian Science churches are all conducted by choosing a first and second reader, usually a gentleman and lady. One to read selections from the Bible and one to read from our text book, 'Science and Health.' All loyal Christian Scientists adhere to the principle inculcated and set forth in 'Science and Health, With Key to the Scriptures,' by Mary Baker Eddy of Concord, N. H.


Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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