About Henry John Weegar
Henry of Bouck's Hill, near you, a son of John of Amsterdam, probably used in his correspondence a larger variety of any of our spellings than any other of the family. Born in 1790 and living until 1875 he spanned the lives of nearly all those involved in the American changes. About 1810 he joined his uncle Captain Jacob , in old Williamsburg , and entered upon those activities that made him for over half a century and outstanding man I your section. He could scarcely been concerned over Jacob's A-R, for despite it's proximity to Glengarry county , it had lost it's distinctive Scotch inflection. But the E-E-, firmly rooted there with it's one and only Scotch - English pronunciation, must have jolted him. However he was associated with the Captain , and introduced as his nephew, and he deemed it wise to adopt Jacob's surname holus-bolus. Some of Henry's brothers, when they took up land near Akron, Ohio had their names lengthened a vowel. Henry's characteristic courtesy and precision in names required him to write theirs in his letter s at the left of his own full signature , according to the then general custom. Odd it may have seemed too him , as to us today, to see W-E-E-G-A-R , his own adoption beside a brother's W-E-A-G-A-R- or their father's , which remained W-A-G-A-R.
The facsimile on the next page of a letter to my grandfather, which has been pushed together to save space, shows that Henry, when addressing some of his cousins, employed still another, a forth spelling.
You will be interested in the letter, itself. Despite it's writer's eighty-four years and shaking hand, it is evidence that lack of schooling had been offset by self-training of a concise mind. And there is the account of delayed junction Points that extended to two days the journey of this patriarch and party on a route now covered by automobile in a few hours; and his closing words prophetic of his final journey five months later, on which we hope was no stop over.
Transcript of letter written to John E. Wagar by Henry of Boucks Hill son of John, married to Elizabeth Weaver.
Dear Cousin and friend,
We safely arrived at home after being detained one night at Syracuse and one day at Prescott. We landed at Morrisburg at dusk the second day.
We are well pleased with our visit and would come again, but age will not permit at this present time. Wishing you health and prosperity through life and in death that we may all meet in that happy land where Fantasy shall be removed.
I remain your only cousin
John E. Wagar Henry Weegar
P.S. This is written with a trembling Hand.