The Weaver family is an old one in Oneida county and representatives of the name have been closely and prominently
connected with public affairs for a long period. George Michael Weaver was the first to establish his home in this
section, coming here when the district was wild and unimproved. It is said that his son, George M. Weaver, was
the first white child born in Oneida county. Having arrived at years of maturity George Michael Weaver, Jr., was
united in marriage to Miss Delia Bellinger October 17, 1813, at Utica. They became the parents of eight children,
one of whom, Hamilton, was born May 9 1816. For many years he was a resident of Deerfield and devoted his attention
to farming and the buying and shipping of horses. A few years prior to his death he removed to New York city, where
he continued to engage in dealing in horses up to the time of his demise, which occurred on the 14th of June, 1857.
George T. Weaver, second son of the family, was born March 5, 1818, and for many years devoted his time and energies
to general agricultural pursuits at Deerfield. He died in Canastota, New York. The youngest in order of birth were:
Amelia, born September 9, 1819; Delia, born May 13, 1821; Lydia M., born March 26, 1824; James, of this review;
and Catherine, born in May, 1829. Abraham B. Weaver, born December 18, 1830, died on the 8th of June, 1908, and
was a graduate of Hamilton College. He became a lawyer and practiced for many years in New York city. He was a
prominent democrat politically of Oneida county during the period of the Civil war, and after its close he was
elected upon that ticket to the office of assemblyman from Oneida county.
James Weaver, another son of this family, was born in Deerfield, New York, October 4, 1826, and at the usual age
he began his education, attending the public schools of Deerfield and Utica. When he put aside his text books he
returned to his father's farm, where he resided until his marriage, and then took up his abode in Marcy township,
where he carried on farming on his own account. He was associated with his brother, George T. Weaver, in buying
and selling horses and they built up a splendid business. They furnished many horses to the government for the
army between 1861 and 1865, and as the years passed they prospered in their undertaking winning success by well
directed efforts and honorable business methods.
James Weaver was united in marriage to Miss Arvilla Smith, a daughter of Gilbert and Hannah (Damoth) Smith, of
Deerfield, and they became the parents of five children, namely: James B., who was born in Deerfield, January 5,
1854, and died August 13, 1897; William W., born November 7, 1856; Frank F.; Catherine A., a resident of New York
city; and Merrit M., who was born in 1865 and died May 15, 1879. The family has long been known in this county
and while representatives of the name have never sought to figure prominently in public affairs, they have always
been regarded as reliable and progressive business men who have contributed in substantial measure to the welfare
and progress of the community.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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