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William Weaver was the son of Nancy and Revolutionary War Veteran, James Weaver. He was born on February 10, 1783 in Lee County, Virginia. He married Mary Sims on December 12, 1803 in Virginia. The couple had 13 children and all but 1 outlived their father.
According to The Good Times in McLean County, Illinois, William and his family moved from Virginia to Washington Co., Illinois in the fall of 1831. By 1832 the family was living near Downs in McLean County. When William came to McLean County, he brought with him 60 head of cattle and William was the first to bring grafted fruit to the county. Besides his farming, William was also a Baptist preacher.
William died in McLean County on September 3, 1838 and is buried in the Hopewell Cemetery in Downs, Illinois. Even though he only living in the area for 6 years, it seems William was well liked. The 5’ 8” gentleman had a lively step and “never used a cane.” He was called “Old Father Weaver” and was remembered as being “full of fun and good humor.”
Sources: The Good Times in McLean County, Illinois by E. Duis, Google Books; Revolutionary War Pension records for James Weaver, Family Search