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 William Washington Weaver

William Washington Weaver

Birth
Worcester, City of Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Death 15 Mar 1925 (aged 82)
Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 53173 · View Source
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Son of George Weaver and Sarah Rogers

Married Catharine Beck, 17 February 1864, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Constance Johnson, 16 November 1869, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Pheobe Delora Earl, 11 January 1877, St. George, Washington, Utah

Married Sarah Ellen Wardle, 3 June 1884

Married Margareta Vilate Olson, 10 December 1890, Saint George, Washington, Utah

The Life's History of one of Utah's true Pioneers is that of William Weaver.

He was called at an early age by Pres. Brigham Young to go and help settle Utah's Dixie in 1861. This call was also a blessing in disguise to young William as his health was failing at this time with asthma, which tried him very much. The warm delightful climate there was just what God had ordered for him.

William Weaver was born one delightful morning, April 7, 1842 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England. His goodly parents being George Weaver and Sarah Rogers Weaver. They were a fine, upright couple who were converted to the Mormon faith in their native land. The spirit of emigration entered their souls and they and their family soon sailed for the promised land and their chief goal was Utah, which meant "Zion" and a home among the saints.

William was a fair sized boy and was strong and even at an early age he was put to work, which he loved. When his folks reached the starting point for the Western Trek, being Council Bluffs, their son William drove a team for a merchandising company, Lawrence and Kimball, to earn his way out to Zion. His parents and family went ahead and arrived in Utah several weeks ahead of him, and settled in Ogden, Utah.

When William arrived in Utah he was alone and heard his folks were in Ogden. He chanced to meet a man who was going there and offered to take him and locate his folks. He was riding a horse and offered to change off with the lad. But it ended up with William walking all the way to Ogden. He located his family there and lived in Ogden for several years.

As he grew to manhood in Ogden he met a young widow by the name of Kathryn Beck. Their friendship ripened into love and in time they were married. To this union four children were born; George Henry, Joseph, Willis, and Sarah.

About this time William's health began to fail as he had contracted asthma. The doctor advised a warmer climate. it was at this time that Pres. Brigham Young called him to help settle Utah's Dixie. This call he gladly accepted. He moved his family to Washington County and settled in the small town called Middleton, about two miles east of the town of St. George.

He obtained a small farm and started farming mainly specializing in onions and green vegetables, for which Utah's famous southern land is noted. But by trade, William Weaver was a mason. His wife finally became discouraged and disliked Dixie and the many hardships our early pioneers were called upon to endure. She deserted her husband and later divorced him. Catherine took with her their four children and later had them take the name of Johnson, her 1st husband's name. They lived at Circleville, Utah for many years.

William later married Constancy Johnson. She later divorce him and moved to California with her brother. They had no children.

William later met and married a fine young woman, Phoebe Delora Earl. Margaret Delora, a fine baby daughter, was born. This young wife grew ill and suddenly passed away, leaving little "Maggie" as she was known, to comfort the sorrowing husband.

Phoebe Delora's brother had been living with them, William had told him to dig a trench in the yard to get the water to a new section of the garden, which he did. Phoebe Delora was pregnant, and was going out in the yard. She didn't know of the new trench, stumbled in it, and fell, causing her to hemorrhage. They couldn't stop the bleeding, and before help got there, she bled to death.

Maggie was only 2 then. The story is told that one day she was out in the garden with her father, and she started running down the row of vegetables with her arms outstretched, calling, "mommy, mommy, mommy." Her father looked but saw nothing, but he knew she had seen her mother there.

Another time, Little Maggie was crying and crying, nothing would stop her, Her father had her in his arms, he looked out the window and saw a lady all dressed in white walking down the sidewalk. She came and stood by their gate for quite a while, then all of a sudden she was gone, and little Maggie stopped crying, and cried no more that night. By this time William Weaver had cattle, along with his garden.

Later he married Sarah Ellen Wardle. To this union three children were born; Elizabeth Ellen, John, and Martha. Elizabeth Ellen passed away as a young child. This 4th wife grew ill and passed away leaving William a widower again with a young family to care for.

Young Maggie was 8 years old when her father, in 1885, moved his family to the small town of Washington in Washington County, Utah, also in the Dixie section. Here he acquired a fine farm raising fresh vegetables as usual and spent many hours and days on the road with team and wagon disposing of them over those unkempt roads of that day and time.

He started the red "Weaver Onion" and was well known for this. It was a sweet onion. He would take his wagon and peddle tomato the neighboring towns and up north. Everyone loved them. It would take from 8 to 10 days to take a load from Washington to Beaver and Cedar City in those days by team and wagon.

William was a good provider and his family was well kept. They had a modest home and had animals and poultry as well as fruit and a fine garden. On one of theses such trips he met a young girl at Pine Creek. Her name was Margaret Vilate Olsen. She was only 18 when she became his bride. Young Maggie had to instruct her in the household duties and the care of Brother Weaver's other small children.

Young Maggie had been their only Mother for quite a spell and had done an excellent job, but nevertheless, under young Maggie's instruction the young bride became a good mother in the home. To this marriage was born six lively youngsters: George, Mary Ann, Melvin, James, Frank and Hattie. It wasn't too long after William married this last wife that Maggie met Ormon Wilkins.

Brother and Sister Weaver loved their home, family and friends. They were beloved for their kindness to others. They loved the farm life and worked hard at their jobs of making a home and providing for their family. Sister Weaver especially loved animals and she spent many happy hours with them feeding, talking, and making friends with them. She had one favorite dog they called "Shep". He followed her everywhere and when she grew ill and passed away the faithful dog knew she was gone. He ran away and never returned, he was so grief stricken.

William Weaver was a mason by trade and helped considerably with the construction of the st. George Temple and Stake Tabernacle. He also build the foundation of the present school house in Washington.

Brother Weaver made many friends on his numerous trips north disposing of his farm produce. He was a friend to everyone and they appreciated him and his family in the community where he lived for so many years.

In his declining years the asthma he had as a young man returned, along with heart trouble. He suffered greatly at times and had to sleep many nights in a chair as he couldn't get his breath lying in his bed. Despite his poor health and declining years he persisted, with the help of his faithful wife in supervising his farm until the day of his death.

He passed peacefully away on March 15, 1925 in Washington, Utah at the ripe age of 83 years. His fine wife followed him in death four years later on May 13, 1929.

William Weaver lived a full, round life and passed to his reward with a knowledge he had done God's will of helping to make the desert blossom as the rose in Utah's Dixie.


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  • Maintained by: SMSmith
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53173
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Washington Weaver (7 Apr 1842–15 Mar 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53173, citing Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .