|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1820|
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1875|
The following obituary was printed in the Oregonian newspaper Jan. 1, 1876. I did not change words with unusual spellings and kept it as printed. Also the first couple mentions made are for Daniel Weston which was a mistake. The story was about David Weston and not Daniel. After the first couple mentions of "Daniel Weston" it goes on the rest of the way about David Weston.
THE LATE DAVID WESTON.
Butteville, Jan. 1, 1876
To the Editor of the Oregonian:
At a special meeting of Butteville Grange, Dec. 21, the following proceedings were had:
J. W. Grim, master, announced the death of Bro. Daniel Weston, which occurred at this farm near this place, on Sunday, the 19th inst. After a few appropriate remarks by the master, a committee was appointed to present resolutions at the next meeting, expressive of the feelings of the members on receiving the sad intelligence of Brother Weston's death. The grange then proceeded in a body to attend the funeral service, which was conducted in accordance with the rites of the Order.
The following resolutions were reported by the committee:
Whereas, We have learned with deep regret that Bro. Daniel Weston departed this life Dec. 19, 1875: therefore.
Resolved, that in the death of Bro. David Weston Butteville Grange has lost a worthy member and Oregon an early pioneer and useful citizen.
Resolved, That in obedience to this dispensation of Providence we humbly bow in sorrow, and express our sympathy with the bereaved family and friends of the deceased.
Resolved, That the OREGONIAN and Willamette Farmer be respectfully requested by the secretary of this grange to publish a copy of these resolutions. W. H. REES,
F. X. MATTHIEU,
J. S. VAUGHN, Committee.
The old pioneers, one by one, are fast going. The first generation will soon have passed by; Whilst a few yet remain, with sad hearts overflowing.
Let us pay a last tribute to each, as they die.
David Weston was born in the State of Indiana, July 4th, 1820; from thence he removed with his parents to the Territory of Arkansas, in 1836, just prior to the admission of that Territory into the Union of States, where he continued to reside until 1841, when, in company with the late T. D. Keizer and family, he started for Oregon. They passed the following winter in Missouri. As the time approached when they were about to cut loose from their old base of supplies, and launch out upon what at that time seemed to be an almost boundless waste, Mr. Keizer decided to defer making the journey until the following spring; but young Weston, fully intent upon accomplishing the hazardous enterprise in which he had embarked, at once entered into an arrangement with Mr. Vardeman Bennett and family, by which he was to become their camp boarder during their journeying across the wide expanse of ocean-like plains.
The indefatigable labors of Oregon's first, best friend, Hall J. Kelly, had now, through the skilled culture received at the hands of Tom Benton and Dr. Linn, but just begun to yield their long looked-for fruits. The little party of men, women and children with whom David Weston, early in May, 1842, crossed the western border of civilization, are justly recognized as the first emigrants proper, who had left their Eastern homes with the avowed intention of establishing themselves permanently as husbandmen upon Oregon's virgin soil. Among those who engaged in this early enterprise, may be mentioned our fellow-citizens, F. X. Matthieu, S. W. Moss and A. L. Lovejoy,--names familiar in Oregon thirty three years ago.
David Weston, prior to leaving Arkansas, had acquired some knowledge of blacksmithing; and soon after reaching the Wallamet valley he entered the smith shop of T. J. Hubbard, a skillful mechanic, who came to the Territory under the auspices of Capt. Wyeth, and is now living in Umatilla county, having nearly reached his three score years and ten. Notwithstanding Mr. Weston had never received any advantages from the schools, nature had endowed him with a genius which soon enabled him to reach the front rank of Oregon's most skillful artificers.
He selected a land claim next below the late Dr. Newell's on the Wallamet river, upon which his family now reside. When, in 1847, the Provisional government of Oregon called for volunteers to march into the county of the hostile Cayuse Indians, he promptly offered his services, fully equipped, for the conflict, and served as a lieutenant in that memorable campaign with Oregon's first regiment of mounted volunteers, remaining at his post of duty until the last company (Captain Martin's) was withdrawn from the field.
David Weston, under all the changing vicissitudes of life, was a true friend, a kind, hospitable man. There were present at his funeral old pioneers from Clackamas, Yamhill, Polk and Marion counties to pay the last tribute of respect to his remains, not a few of whom with feelings of unfeigned sorrow, wept over his tomb. W. H. R.
Mary St. Clair Gay (1832 - 1884)*
Catherine Weston (1853 - 1854)*
Mary Jane Weston Jette (1855 - 1932)*
James St. Clair Weston (1857 - 1931)*
Lewis S. Weston (1871 - 1934)*
Inez R. Weston Cook (1876 - 1961)*
Note: I saw somewhere that David Weston was buried on his farm in Champoeg. I am trying to learn more about that.
Weston Family Cemetery
Created by: Nathan Haines
Record added: Jul 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94014363