|Ancestor Research for Weaver Family Branches|
|William Munson Weaver of New York|
According to Lucius E. Weaver's genealogy, William Munson Weaver was born on November 29, 1823, in Burlington, Vermont. [Lucius E. Weaver, History and Genealogy of a Branch of the Weaver Family (Rochester, N. Y.: The Du Bois Press, 1928; facsimile reprint, Salem, Mass.: Higginson Book Company), 395, 508.] However, a source is not indicated, and, thus far, I've been unable to locate William's birth record among Vermont's vital record resources. The 1850 United States Federal Census for Colchester (Chittenden County, Vermont), enumerated on September 11, 1850, lists twenty-six as William's age and Vermont as his place of birth. William's parents were John Warren Weaver and Artemisia Munson Weaver, a daughter of William Munson. On November 16, 1865, William Munson Weaver married Elizabeth Whittingham Fowler. [Weaver, Branch of the Weaver Family, 508.] Elizabeth, who had been born in England, was considerably younger than William. The marriage is thought to have taken place in or around New York City, the location of William and Elizabeth at the time of the 1870 United States Federal Census. For a listing of the couple's children, please visit Philip V. Weaver's Siblings.
About 1875, after a position with the United States Customs Service, William moved his family to Colorado and entered the grocery business. He and his partner, M. C. Harris, established Weaver & Harris in South Pueblo and began advertising in the Colorado Daily Chieftain, a newspaper for Pueblo County. [Colorado Daily Chieftain, 4. June 20, 1875. Retrieved on October 26, 2007, from Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection online database, <http://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/>.] Evidence exists to show that the partnership was brief, due to the retirement of Mr. Harris. A dissolution notice, which is dated August 02, 1875, appears in an early September issue of the newspaper. [Colorado Daily Chieftain, 4. September 03, 1875.] William sold his stock of groceries in October of the same year. [Colorado Daily Chieftain, 4. October 08, 1875.] The 1880 United States Federal Census for Denver lists William as a "retired grocer" and shows the family's location as Welton Street. Philip Victor Weaver, my paternal grandfather, is listed at the age of eight months old. William returned to New York City shortly before he died from stomach cancer on December 10, 1882. [City of New York Death Certificate No. 3842.] He was buried on December 13, 1882, in Woodlawn Cemetery.
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