The History of Merrimack and Belknap
Counties, New Hampshire Edited by D.
Hamilton Hurd and Published in 1885.
Deacon Stephen Weeks was the son of Stephen and Betsy (Weed )
Weeks, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire and came to Loudon near 1843. He married,
first, Mary A. Stevens, who died in a short time after her marriage. Mr.
Weeks married, the second time, Elizabeth W. Haines, of Canterbury, who
was an intelligent and accomplished woman. The second marriage of Deacon
Weeks resulted in a family of six children, named Adeline, William age,
Martha, Abby, Mary J. and Dora V.
Deacon Weeks, during his early life, taught several terms of school during
the winter, while any other seasons of the year he bought and sold cattle.
Afterwards he bought a farm and gave his attention to farming as a pursuit.
Having been successful in this calling, several years ago he purchased
the farm upon which the family reside, refitted the buildings and prepared
it for his permanent home. During his residence of about forty years in
the town he succeeded in laying up property amounting to over $20,000
by diligence, labor and economy. He regarded the interest of the town
as a citizen, and gave his influence always in the direction which he
considered as right and just. He was liberal in his charity to others,
whenever called upon for aid and assistance, often bestowing without invitation
whenever and wherever his feelings prompted, and never was known to turn
one away empty. His advice was safe and well matured whenever applied
for. He was of a deep religious cast of mind, a member of the Free Baptist
Church for many years was one of its deacons. His interest in his church
was large and sincere, for which he labored ardently and constantly, and
being one of the large and ready supporters of the gospel and all its
wants. He was a constant attendant, with his family, upon public worship
and the Sabbath School. His last acts in life were of beneficence. He
died in January, 1885, a worthy and is seen citizen of the town, and will
be cherished in the memory of many for the good which he has accomplished.
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