REV. WILLIAM F. WEIR, minister of the Presbyterian church at Mingo Junction, is a native of Carroll county, Ohio, where his family were early settlers. His grandfather, Thomas Weir, a native of Washington county, Penn., where he had been engaged in teaching for several years, removed to Carroll county, with his wife, Mary Denison, to whom he had been married in 1832, and settled upon a farm. This he cleared and tilled until his death in 1863. He and his wife, who died October 28, 1889 had nine children, five sons and four daughters, two of the latter of whom are deceased. Andrew D., son of the above, was born in Washington county, Penn., January 21, 1834. Coming to Carroll county with his parents, he was there reared as a farmer, which pursuit he followed until 1884, when he engaged in harness making at Mechanicstown, Ohio. He was married in 1859, to Emily, daughter of Jonas and Mary Figley. Her father was a farmer, also engaged to some extent as a blacksmith, but since 1884 he has retired from active employment, and is living at Marysville. Andrew Weir and wife had six children, two who died in infancy, Thomas C., William F., Calvin R., Lulu M. William F., the subject of this mention, was born December 28, 1862. He was graduated June 23, 1886, and then entered the Western Theological seminary at Allegheny, having determined to devote his talents to the cause of the church. He remained there one year, and during the following summer acted as supply at Bergholz, Jefferson county. In the fall of 1887, he began a course of study at the Union Theological seminary at New York, and while there engaged in city mission work under Rev. A. F. Schauffler, D. D. He then spent four months in Minnesota in the home mission work, and in the fall of 1888, again entered the Western Theological seminary, completing his course of study May 7, 1889. During the same period he supplied the churches at Mingo Junction, and Brilliant. He was ordained and installed as pastor at Mingo Junction, May 14, 1889. His earnestness and devotion to his sacred cause are destined to result in the success of his life's work.
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