|Birth: ||Nov. 20, 1831|
Community Mourns as Mrs. Weaver Is Laid to Her Rest
Death come to Mrs. Margaret Young Weaver, Shortly Before Her One-Hundredth Birthday Anniversary
Many were the expressions of sorrow heard at noon last Saturday when word came from Ft. Worth that Mrs. Margaret Young Weaver had passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John N. Sparks in that city where she had been during the last six months. Although her death was not unexpected, the announcement brought universal regret to her host of friends throughout this section.
Mrs. Weaver, loving addressed by all as "Grandma" Weaver, was born in Kentucky on Nov. 20, 1831, and as far as is known, was the oldest person living in Johnson County. In 1836 her family came by ox team wagon to Hopkins County, where she grew up and was married to the late Dr. J.C. Weaver. In 1864 she and her husband came to Alvarado where Dr. Weaver was a pioneer physician and druggist, and was also a member of the Texas legislature. For 67 years Alvarado was her home and the Weaver family has been one of the most prominent families in Johnson County during all that time.
For 90 years Mrs. Weaver was a member of the Christian Church and we doubt if that record can be surpassed in the state of Texas. Her devout and saintly Christian life has been a benediction to all with whom she came in contact and this writer, with hundreds of our people, know and loved her as one of God's noblewoman. We shall always cherish and honor her in our memory as one of the most lovable characters that it has been our privilege to know and be associated with.
Seldom is one spared to live to the venerable age that Mrs. Weaver attained, lacking only a few months of reaching the century mark. During all her life she manifested great interest in current events, back locally and over the world. She was an inveterate reader and, up to the time that her vision became impaired, she kept fully informed along all lines of interest. Hers was an active life and, up to the last year, she performed her customary duties about the home where she resided with her daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Sparks, little more than one year ago.
Mrs. Weaver's long span of life witnessed, perhaps, the greatest era of progress that this state and nation have made in any similar p0eriod of time, for during that period she knew Texas as a province of Mexico and a part of the state of Coahuila with capitals at Saltillo and Monclova. Following that, she saw the capital of Texas established successively at Washington on the Brazos and at Hattisburg, in 1835, Galveston, Verlasco in 1837, Austin in 1839, Houston again in 1842, Washington again, and finally Austin in 1845. She has also known Texas as a Rep0ublic, a unit of the United States, also of the Confederacy, and again as the wonder state of our Union. She was only 10 of age when the battles of Anahauac, Gonzales, Mission Conception and San Antonio occurred in 1835, was five years of age when Travis, Bowie, Crockett, Bonham and other patriots fell at the massacre in the battle of the Alamo and when 300 patriots were the victims of the Mexican massacre at Goliad. During the year that she came to Texas, this state was declared to be independent free of Mexican tyranny, and the battle of San Jacinto took place when she was almost five years of age. During the year of Mrs. Weaver's birth, 1831, Texas had an estimated population of only 20,000 and she seen this great empire expand until today its inhabitant number almost six million people. During her early days Texas, Indian depredation kept the whites in constant fear, countless thousand of buffalo spread over the confines of the state. There were no railways and the greater part of Texas was an unexplored wilderness.
When Mrs. Weaver was born, railways were a novelty in the United States. It was two years before that Stephenson astonished England, with the speed of his new engine, the Rocket, which he drove at 44 miles an hour in a speed contest at Rail Hill, near Liverpool, but no one believed that such a speed contest could ever be attained on a track built across the country. A few enterprising men were looking forward to the building of railroads in 1830, a year Mrs. Weaver was born. The first true friction match was invented in 1827 by John Walker an Englishman, but matches were not introduced into the United States until 1830, one year before Mrs. Weaver saw the light of day. She was only 19 years old when Elsie Howe received his patent for the first sewing machine.
Mrs. Weaver was 10 years of age when S.F.B. Moore invented a telegraph instrument, and sent a message from Baltimore to Washington. She was 4 ye4ars old when Cyrus B. McCormick turned out the first crude model of his reaping machine, but she was many years older than that before the reaper had been improved to the point where it was a practical machine. She was 8 years old when the first elevator was put into operation in the United States and began to revolutionize construction of buildings. She was 12 years old when the first steam hammer was invented. She was 14 years old when the first screw propeller was tried out with moderate success in driving a ship through water. She was 28 when the first dental plate was invented. She was 21 before chloroform began to be used as an anesthetic. She was, of course, a woman past middle age before such modern inventions as the telephone, the electric light, the automobile and the phonograph began to come into use. The airplane and the radio came in her old age when she already was her three score and ten.
In Mrs. Weaver's youthful years such a thing as a modern factory was unknown. Farming was done with such primitive tools as the sickle, the scythe and cradle. Corn and cotton were planted by hand. Much of the grain was threshed with the old filial. Mrs. Weaver's lifetime was encompassed the period of greatest change in the history of man, and hers has been a wonderful, almost an unbelievable experience.
Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock the funeral services were held at the First Christian Church in this city, of which Mrs. Weaver was a charter member, and people from nearby cities and communities joined the people of Alvarado in paying a final tribute of respect, love and veneration to one who has played so prominent a part in assisting to shape the destiny of Alvarado and this community.
Dr. L.D. Anderson, pastor of the First Christian Church in Ft. Worth officiated at the service, paying sincere tribute to the memory of this good woman in the presence of a great gathering which filled the edifice to overflowing. Interment followed at Glenwood Burial Park under the direction of J.H. Coleburn Co. of this city.
(From The Alvarado Bulletin... date unknown)
J C Weaver (1824 - 1900)*
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Record added: Feb 13, 2014
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