John Weatherred (1773 - 1857)

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Birthplace: Albemarle, NC, USA
Death: Died in Sumner, TN, USA
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About John Weatherred

Will of John Weatherred, abstracted from the April 24, 1858 Tn. Baptist Messenger, written by "J.W. (Probably Elder Jonathan Wiseman, his son-in-law).

"Departed this life at this residence in Sumner County, Tn. on the 5th Dec., 1857, John Weatherred in the 85th year of his age. This most remarkable man whose praise is in all the churches, was born in Albermarle Co, Va. Feb. 13, 1773. He made a profession of religion when about 18 years of age and joined the Baptist Church.

In 1796, April 14, he united in marriage with Elizabeth Gilmore, a lady of good intellect and well cultivated mind. In 1797 he removed with father, Francis Weatherred to Tennessee, and settled in Sumner County, at Bledsoe's Lick, now Castalian Springs. Near the same place he permanently settled, where he lived with his family till his death.

He was a member of the Constitution of Hopewell Church on Bledsoe's Creek, Sumner Co., Tn. which was ordained in March 1806,--was chosen clerk of the church immediately, which station he filled with promptness and much fidelity for many years.

In April 1807, he was unanimously chosen deacon which responsible office he contined to fill with great faithfulness and satisfaction till his death, being aided in the duties of this important station by his pious and devoted help mate, and thus "Purchased (?) to himself a good degree and gread boldness in the faith". To fully protray the distinguished characteristics of this devoted mann of god in a short obituary would be impossible, notwithstanding something of the life and conduct of this excellent man should be given to the world as an example of peity, and especially to Christians.

Father Weatherred was a man of good understanding and sound judgment, deliberate in forming his conclusions, comparatively of few words, but whenever he spoke his words were appropriate and his views weighty. The subject of religion was at all times and on all occasions his great theme, and perhaps no man was more uniformly devoted to the cause of God, not only was his seat promptly filled in the house of worship at his own church meetings, but whenever there was a meeting for worship in his reach, there he might be seen among the friends of Jesus doing all in his power for the promotion of the Redeemer's kingdon, and for the salvation of immortal souls. He was pre-eminently a man of prayer, and ofter his voice was heard in the most exalted strains exhorting sinners to be reconciled to God. He was a great friend and supporter of Sunday Schools, having been the principal and superintendent of one in his neighborhood for many years. Therr things seemed to have permanent claims on his feelings and efforts, viz., the prosperity of the church of his country, and of the youth of our land.

He was a peace maker both in church and State, and perhaps no man has been more successful in amicably adjusting difficulties between conflicting parties. Father Weatherred was one of the most prudent of men -- was never heard to spead evil of any one, never to say or do anything unworthy of the Christian character. He was devotedly loved by all that knew him in life, and lamented by all in death.

This eminently pious man was no less remarkable in death than in life.

After having pursued his avocation through the day he retired to rest and fell asleep. Soon he was heard by his companion to draw his breath a little unusual, was asked by her if anyting was the matter, and lo! he was dead, died in an instant, doubtless without pain, without struggle or a groan, his eyes fast closed, and a countenance perfectly normal.

Thus has passed from the militant to the triumphant church one of the best of men. "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace". His funeral sermon was preached on the 5th Sabbath in Jan. by Elder E.B. Haynee, preceded by a pathetic and appropriate address by Elder John Wiseman who had been many years his paster.

Father Weatherred has left behind him the companion of his youth with eight children, six daughters and two sons, with many grand-children and great grand-children who all loved almost to a fault (if possible) with numerous relatives and friends to mourn the loss of his society.

All of his children and many of his grand-children are professors of religion, and look forward to the great and glorious resurrection day, when they hope to be prepared to meet and part no more forever. May God grant it is the pray of J.W.

March 25, 1858.

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John Weatherred's Timeline

1773
February 13, 1773
Albemarle, NC, USA
1796
April 14, 1796
Age 23
1796
Age 22
1798
1798
Age 24
1799
January 1, 1799
Age 25
1799
Age 25
1805
1805
Age 31
1806
October 27, 1806
Age 33
1807
1807
Age 33
1810
May 16, 1810
Age 37