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John Benjamin Weaver
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Birth: May 19, 1859
Floyd County
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 1945
Franklin County
Kansas, USA

(The following biography is partially written with information courtesy of Amy (Hanks) Turner's Weaver Family History. She was the only child of Nettie Gay (Weaver) (Hanks) Dearing, and she was a granddaughter of John B. Weaver.)

John Benjamin Weaver

John Benjamin Weaver, 86, of 313 S. Locust Street, Ottawa (Franklin Co.), Kansas died at home on Wednesday, August 1, 1945. He died of a brain hemorrhage after being seriously ill for two days.

He was born on May 19, 1859 in Floyd Co., Virginia, a son of Martha (Boone) and Wilson A. Weaver. He married Laura E. Cannady on March 8, 1883 in County Eastview, Virginia. They had seven children.


Jay Otis Weaver (1884 1953)
Lillian May (Weaver) Metheny (1886 1967)
Nettie Gay (Weaver) (Hanks) Dearing (1888 1961)
Lena Nanna (Weaver) Adamson (1890 1966)
Elsie Myrtle (Weaver) Metheny (1891 1939)
Ward Clifford Weaver (1893 1910)
Beulah Weaver (August 1, 1896 August 29, 1896)

John Weaver farmed in both the LeLoup (Franklin Co.), Kansas area and Coffey Co., Kansas. Since the first four children of Laura E. (Cannady) and John B. Weaver were born in LeLoup, Kansas, it can be assumed that they were farming in Franklin Co., Kansas at least until 1890. However, the 1895 federal census showed them living in Coffey Co., Kansas, and their last child, Beulah Weaver, died in Coffey Co., Kansas in 1896. Also, John Weaver's obituary in The Ottawa Herald states that he was a retired farmer who moved from the farm to Ottawa (Franklin Co.), Kansas in 1905. Therefore, it might assumed from the birthdates of at least his first four children that he farmed in Franklin Co. from approximately 1884 through approximately 1890, moving to Coffey Co. sometime after 1890, and farming in Coffey Co. until he moved to Ottawa in 1905.

In 1905 John Weaver would have been only approximately 46 years old, and the first Social Security checks were not actually mailed until 1937, so in 1905 John Weaver was not old enough to retire. Therefore, it remains unknown what he did for a living after moving from the farm to Ottawa. Presumably, he engaged in some type of non-agricultural job in the Ottawa area until he actually reached retirement age twenty years later approximately in 1925. However, even in 1925 not anyone in the United States was receiving Social Security pension checks.

What is known for sure is that at the time of his death, he and his wife and his daughter Nettie Dearing and her husband were all living at the same residence of 313 S. Locust St., Ottawa, Kansas. Whether John and Laura Weaver owned the residence and his daughter Nettie and her husband were living with the Weavers, or vice versa, this was not an uncommon arrangement for this period of time.

Laura and John Weaver are buried adjacent to their son Ward Weaver in Wellsville Cemetery, Wellsville (Franklin Co.), Kansas, which is just a few miles from LeLoup, Kansas.

Robert Neal "Bob" Adamson
great grandson

Family links: 
  Martha Boone Weaver (1834 - 1889)
  Laura E. Cannady Weaver (1865 - 1949)
  Jay Otis Weaver (1884 - 1953)*
  Lillian May Weaver Metheney (1886 - 1967)*
  Nettie Gay Weaver Hanks Dearing (1888 - 1961)*
  Lena Nanna Weaver Adamson (1890 - 1966)*
  Elsie Myrtle Weaver Metheney (1891 - 1939)*
  Ward Clifford Weaver (1893 - 1910)*
  Beulah Weaver (1896 - 1896)*
*Calculated relationship
Wellsville Cemetery
Franklin County
Kansas, USA
Maintained by: Aimee Katherine Adamson
Originally Created by: Thomas & Darlene
Record added: Jan 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46377380
John Benjamin Weaver
Added by: Aimee Katherine Adamson
John Benjamin Weaver
Added by: Aimee Katherine Adamson
John Benjamin Weaver
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