Descendants of Richard Bray of New England

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  • ID: I22867
  • Name: Hugh Weir
  • RFN: 22867
  • Change Date: 5 JUN 2008
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1726 in Enniskillen, Antrim, Ireland
  • Note:
    - FamilySearch (IGI): Hugh Weir b. ca. 1725 Enniskillen, Antrim Co.,
    Ireland, s/o Robert Weir and Martha Smith
    - RootsWeb WorldConnect (Donna <>): Hugh = s/o
    George William Weir b. ca. 1695 County Antrim, Ireland
    - RootsWeb WorldConnect (Daniel <>): Hugh Weir
    (1725-1779) and Margaret had sons that fought at the battle of King's
    Mountain (07 OCT 1780) during the Revolutionary War: Capt. Samuel
    Weir, Capt. John Weir, James Weir, Jonathan Weir, Joseph Weir.
  • Change Date: 5 JUN 2008
  • Emigration: 1741 Logan Twp, Old Cumberland Co, PA
  • Note:
    RootsWeb WorldConnect (Daniel <>) - Hugh Weir
    first appears in Lurgan twp. of Old Cumberland Co. (present-day
    Franklin Co.), PA on the 1751 tax list. It has been shown on an 1754
    land warrant from John Weir (presumably Hugh Weir's brother) that his
    land was bordered on the south by Hugh Weir who had entered his land
    in 1746. A review of the muster roles of Captain John Hasslet's
    Company (whose recruits were from this area of Cumberland Co.) shows
    in 1758 a Hugh Weir age 28 (although this is age is almost certainly
    incorrect--virtually all other recruits were in ages ranging from
    18-21 and would have had Hugh Sr. fathering a child at the age of
    ten--most likely it is a typo and his age was in fact 18); this muster
    role states that Hugh Weir was born in Enniskillen, Ireland. In 1759,
    the muster role shows a John Weir, age 18, who was born in County
    Antrim, Ireland. This Hugh Weir and John Weir on the muster roles of
    Capt. John Hasslet's Company were almost certainly the sons of Hugh
    Weir--although there were other Weir's in Cumberland Co., none of them
    had children with the right names or ages to have appeared in this
    company. Assuming that these are Hugh Weir's children (and although
    some genealogists still argue with me, I believe that I have largely
    won the debate on this), then it would imply that Hugh Weir and his
    family were still in Ireland until at least 1741. Based on the 1754
    land warrant of John Weir which shows Hugh Weir entering land in 1746,
    this would suggest that Hugh Weir arrived from Ireland sometime
    between 1741 and 1746. Based on this evidence, it would be impossible
    for Hugh Weir to be a brother of Robert Wear (father of Col. Samuel
    Wear), although it would be possible for there to be a more remote
    relation back in Ireland. The early records of Augusta Co., VA are
    replete with the name Weir
    Olga Jones Edwards and JoAnn Wear Spore (comp.): From Here and There
    to the White House: Weir/Wear Families. [Tucson, AZ]: J. Spore,
    c.1990. 244 pp.; maps. available from JoAnn Wear Spore, 3826 E. Glenn
    St., Tucson, AZ 85716-2324 (602) 332-6124 for $24.50 each. Hugh Weir
    owned a plantation in Rockbridge Co., VA. His wife was possibly
    Margaret, and they were the parents of thirteen children. Hugh Weir
    died in 1779, leaving a will. His descendants later settled in Blount
    Co., Tennessee. Other descendants and relatives lived in Illinois,
    Texas, Missouri, and elsewhere. One descendant, from Texas, was George
    Herbert Walker Bush. Includes index. Includes Anderson, Brown, Cowan,
    Houston, McCutcheon, McReynolds, Montgomery, Wear, Weir and related
  • Will: 31 MAR 1779 Rockbridge Co, VA, will of Hugh Weir
  • Note:
    RootsWeb WorldConnect (Daniel <>) - NOTES for
    Hugh Weir:
    Variant spelling WEAR.
    31 March 1779 Will of Hugh Weir Rockbridge co., Va March 31st 1779
    [probably Will Book A]
    In the name of God Amen. I Hugh Weir of the County of Rockbridge and
    Colony of Virginia Calling to mind that mortality of my body though
    sound in Memory knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die
    as also believing that God is able at the Resurrection to Raise this
    same Body and to unite it to the soul again do make and constitute
    this my last Will and Testamnt. That is to say first and principally I
    give my soul to God who gave it and my Body to be Bruied in a
    Christian and Decent like manner at the Direction of my Executors and
    as Touching such wordly Estate as it hath pleased God to Bles me with
    I give and Bequeath in Manner following. First I give and bequeath to
    my Beloved wife my old bay mare two best Cows and four sheep her bed
    and furniture her Chest and also all Dressing furnishing my Dwelling
    House with a sufficient Maintinance from my plantation during her
    life, as also my Negro wench during her life and then I order her to
    my son Abrahm Jonathan likewise I order my plantation to my son
    Abraham and allow him to pay to my son James the sum of Two Hundred
    pounds good and lawful money of Viginia if Money stands at the same
    value it now goes at if it alters I leave my Executors Judges in that
    Alteration. Likewise I give and Bequeath to my son Abraham my Sorrel
    Colt paying to my son George and Hugh each fifty pounds leaving the
    Alteration as aforesaid to the Direction of my Executors the several
    sums I order Abraham to pay at the expiration of two years after my
    Decease. Also I give to my sons John, Joseph and Samuel to each Twenty
    Shillings likewise I give to my Daughters Jean Cunningham, Margret
    Montgomery, Mary Walker, Susanna Buchanan, Elizabeth McCutchen to each
    Ten Shillings likewise I give and bequeath to my Grandson Hugh to wit
    my son Johns son the sum of Twenty pounds. Also I allow my son Abraham
    to provide and lay in a sufficient Quantity of food for the aforesaid
    Stock willed to my wife yearly. Item I give to my Grandchildren to
    with the Hughes to each forty Shillings and the Remainder of the thick
    Cloath after Abrahms suit to be equally Divided betwixt my three
    youngest sons and all the Remainder of my Estate to my wife to pay
    debts and to be at her Disposal and lastly I constitute John Weir
    Junior and George Weir my Executors and Revoke all former wills witnes
    my hand and seal this 31st Day of March in the year above Mentioned.
    Hugh Weir (Seal)
    Signed Sealed and published in presence of us
    Saml. Weir
    Mathew Houston
    George Weir
  • Death: 03 AUG 1779 in Rockbridge Co, VA
  • Note:
    FamilySearch (Ancestral File) / RootsWeb WorldConnect (Donna

    Marriage 1 Margaret McEwen b: ABT 1725 in Ireland
    • Married: ABT 1741 in Ireland
    • Note:
      FamilySearch (Ancestral File) / RootsWeb WorldConnect (Donna
      <>) - Hugh Weir and Margaret Marrs / McEwen =
      parents of 13 ch.:
      1. John Weir b. 01 DEC 1741, d. ca. 1800 Washington Co., TN, m. ca.
      1775 Frederick Co., VA Agnes Ann Blackburn (d/o Benjamin Blackburn and
      Mary ___) b. ca. 1757 Frederick Co., VA, d. before 1835 (11 ch.).
      2. Susanna Weir b. ca. 1744, d. ca. 1817 Rockbridge Co., VA, 25 JUL
      1789 1st Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia **OR** m. ca. 1764 Augusta
      Co., VA David Reside Buchanan (s/o James Buchanan and Mary Reside) b.
      15 JUL 1749, d. ___ (6 ch.).
      3. Hugh Weir II b. ca. 1745 Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge Co., VA, d. 14
      JUL 1822 Whistle Creek, Rockbridge Co., VA, m. ca. 1770 Kerr's Creek
      to Mary Logan McKee (d/o John McKee and Jane Logan) b. 11 JUN 1746
      Lancaster Co., PA, d. 03 AUG 1822 Whistle Creek (1 ch.).
      4. Lt. George Weir b. ca. 1746, d. ca. 1789, m. ___ Jean Beard/Baird
      b. ca. 1746, d. ___ (6 ch.). - Military service: Rev. War, 1776-1780.
      5. Capt. Samuel Weir b. ca. 1747 VA, d. ca. 1802 Blount Co., TN, m.
      after 1771 Blount Co., TN Margaret McEwen (??) b. ca. 1748, d. ___ (8
      6. Margaret Weir b. ca. 1749 Lancaster Co., PA, d. before 1809 Blount
      Co., TN, m. ca. 1779 Rockbridge Co., VA Capt. James P. Montgomery (s/o
      John Montgomery and Esther Cunningham Houston) b. ca. 1749 Earl Twp.,
      Lancaster Co., PA, d. ca. 1812 Blount Co., TN (8 ch.).
      7. Mary Weir b. ca. 1750, d. before 1815 Rockbridge Co., VA, m. ca.
      1788 Rockbridge Co., VA William Walker b. ca. 1760, d. ca. 1816 VA (8
      8. Joseph Weir b. ca. 1751, d. ca. 1809 Blount Co., TN, m. ca. 1765
      Rockbridge Co., VA Margaret Paul b. ca. 1751, d. ___ (no ch.).
      9. Elizabeth Weir b. ca. 1752, d. ca. 1842 Logan Co., KY, m. ca. 1769
      Augusta Co., VA John Campbell McKutcheon (s/o James McKutcheon and
      Grisell Thompson Campbell) b. 13 AUG 1749 Washington Co., VA, d. ca.
      1842 Davidson Co., TN (7 ch.).
      10. Jonathan ca. 1754 Blount Co., TN, d. ca. 1833 Blount Co., TN, m.
      ca. 1782 Rockbridge Co., VA Mary "Polly" Pettus b. ca. 1758, d. ca.
      1843 Greenfield, Dade Co., MO (13 ch.).
      11. Abraham Weir b. ca. 1755 VA, d. ca. 1818 Knox Co., VA, m. ___
      Isabella ___ b. ___, d. ___ (9 ch.).
      12. Jean/Jane Weir b. ca. 1858, d. ___, m. 28 NOV 1781 New Providence
      Presbyterian Church, Rockbridge Co., VA Rev. James Cunningham b. ca.
      1760, d. ___ (no ch.).
      13. James Weir b. ca. 1762, d. 11 MAR 1820 Blount Co., TN, m. 19 FEB
      1783 Augusta Co., VA Margaret Boyd Sharpe (d/o John Sharpe and Ann
      Boyd) b. 22 DEC 1763, d. ca. 1851 (13 ch.). - "The Connection in East
    1. Has Children James Weir b: ABT 1762
    2. Has Children Jonathan Weir b: ABT 1758 in Blount Co, TN
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