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Absalom Weese Family

Absalom Weese was a farmer and he lived about two miles up from Beverly on Dodson Creek (Dodson Run), Randolph Co., W.Va.

Absalom Weese, a son of Jacob Weese Jr., was born on the 15th of May, in 1801. On October 9, 1823, he was married to Eunice Marstiller, a daughter of Nicholas Marstiller, who was also German, and served in the American Revolution. Eunice Marstiller Weese was born on the 16th of September, in 1806. About the year 1825, the eldest child of Absalom and Eunice was born, a girl, and she was named Mary Ellen. She died about 1851. Dr. Squire Bosworth's day book mentions several visits attending to her during the spring of that year.


In 1826, Absalom Weese was a purchaser at the estate sale of his grandfather, Jacob Weese Sr. At this sale Absalom purchased one tub and keg for 29 cent and one hackle for $1.52. Among other items sold at his sale were livestock, 14 crocks, the usual furniture and household items, soap fat, wool, eggs, butter, and bacon. Also, these old time West Virginians were not without their strong drinks, and at the sale of Jacob Weese Sr.'s estate one of the items sold was: "one bottle with whiskey " The price was 62 cent. There are other references to alcoholic beverages during the period in other sources, among these being French, peach, and apple brandy; cider wine, and West India Rum. Also in 1862, Absalom Weese became the father of a son, George M. Weese. Two years later, Eunice gave birth again, to William Weese, and in the same year Absalom Weese was deeded property on King's Run by his parents.


In l831. Absalom and Eunice Weese became the parents of another daughter, Sarah. That year Weese was a purchaser at the estate sale of John Chenoweth. He purchased one pot for $14.25. Jacob Weese Jr. the father of Absalom, died the following year, and from his estate Absalom is shown to have purchased three blue chairs for $3.07; one foot adze for 90 cent; and one brown cow for $14.25. The following year Absalom purchased one work bench for $2.26 out of the estate of John G. Phillips. Also in 1833 Elam Weese, another son, was born. In 1834 came another, named Elias. In 1836, in December, Absalom Weese is mentioned in the diary of George McLean. The entry reads: "Let Absalorn Weese have six lights of sash." In May of 1838, Absalom Weese became a father yet again, of another daughter, Margaret Weese.


The 1840's saw the Weeses become the parents of four more children. These were Lydia in 1841, Hoy in 1843, Cecelia in 1845, and their youngest, Christena Margaret Bosworth Weese was born in 1849, named after a daughter of Dr. Squire Bosworth. The custom of naming a child after a member of Bosworth's family or after Bosworth himself was not uncommon in the area at that time, as he was a prominent physician who delivered a number of the babies in the region. His day book mentions several visits to Absalom Weese and family during the period for various reasons. In 1840, Samuel Morrison deeded 100 acres of land to Absalom Weese. 1841 found Weese in debt to one John Propst, and he signed over a portion of his land in trust to James D. Wright until 1843. By then the debt had been paid and Absalom Weese regained possession of the tract. In July of 1844, the Southgate family deeded to Weese 253 acres on the west side of Elliott's Ridge. In 1847, Absalom deeded the south side of the farm he lived on to his son George Weese, who recently had been married.


About the year 1858, Absalom Weese entered into a contract with his son Elias in which Absalom was to convey a tract of land on Dodson Run to him. Elias was to reside on the land with his father, they sharing equally in the chore of making improvements. Elias was bound to care for his parents when they no longer could care for themselves, and he was also to pay several judgments against Absalom, amounting to $143.50. Also, at some point, Absalom became indebted to Elias in the amount of $137.50. Elias Weese sued his father in November of 1868, saying that Absalom was about to convey certain lands to two of his other sons, George and William, in an effort to cheat Elias out of his monies. This suit was apparently settled out of court on April 22, 1870.


There is a story of Absalom Weese once having Union soldiers in one part of the house and Confederates in another, the family shuffling back and forth to keep them separated. Also, it is said that several doctors and their families took refuge in the Weese home during a battle, and stories have been handed down about the disposition of the soldiers, they going door to door demanding food, women for their dances, or anything else they felt they needed.


The Weese family survived the war intact, and in the 1870 Federal Census Absalom Weese's occupation is listed as a wheelwright. His son Elias, the former war prisoner, was assaulted by Charles Hill of Elliott's Ridge in 1873. For this offense, Hill was fined $1.00. Absalom Weese died in February of 1880. His widow went to Elliott's Ridge and lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Christena and George W. Hill. In May of 1886, Eunice Weese brought a lawsuit against her two sons, George and William Weese. In her complaint she contended that she had been denied her dower interest in several tracts of land conveyed by Absalom Weese in her lifetime. These tracts were about 2 1/2 miles from Beverly on Dodson Run, and one, conveyed by Absalom to George Weese, was the one on which Absalom had resided. She contended that she had asked her sons for her dower, but they refused her request. This suit, like an earlier one in the family, appears to have been settled out of court. It is not known if Eunice Weese lived the rest of her life with the Hills. She, like her husband and several of her children, is buried in the small Weese cemetery just east of the present day location of Daniels Body Shop on Dodson Run Road.
 

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