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Birthplace: Compton Martin, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Greenland, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
Occupation: Selectman of Portsmouth, constable, sheriff
Managed by: Daniel James Birchall
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About Leonard Weeks

(1)LEONARD WEEKS b. near 1633, d. near 1707, of Greenland and Durham. Married 1st Mary Redman, dau. of John, m. 2nd Elizabeth Haines, dau. of Samuel. Born in Greenland eiqht children ...

Source: DESCENDANTS OF LEONARD WEEKS OF PORTSMOUTH, NH. BY, REV. JACOB CHAPMAN Extracted by, Elaine Merrell, Pages 234-240

biographical sketch

From The Weeks Brick House & Gardens

Leonard Weeks was born in England about 1633, a date based on four depositions to New Hampshire courts between 1672 and 1705. The specific place of his birth is unconfirmed, and his parents are unknown.

Evidence indicates he was an unmarried teenage servant or hired man of a shipmaster, Capt. Francis Champernowne (1614-1687), and probably arrived in the coastal New Hampshire/Maine region in the late 1640s, but no later than 1655. Leonard Weeks first lived and worked on Capt. Champernowne's farm. which was located on what is now the grounds of the Portsmouth (N.H.) Country Club.

In 1656 Leonard Weeks received a land grant of eight acres, the first of several grants between 1656 and 1667, in what is now Greenland, N.H., indicating he was no longer a bound servant or employee. Evidence suggests that Leonard Weeks married first in the 1660s to (unknown first name) Haines, a daughter of his neighbor, Samuel Haines, but she died childless before 1667. Leonard Weeks married, second, Mary Redman (b. 1649, d. betw. 1679-1694) about 1667, with whom he had eight children born in Greenland, N.H.: John (1668-1711), Samuel (1670-1746), Joseph (1671-1735), Joshua (1674-1758), Mary (1676-aft. 1748), Margaret (1679-bef. 1716), Jonathan (1684-1748), and Sarah (betw. 1685-1688, d. 1755). Evidence indicates Leonard Weeks was a widower by 1694. Sometime between 1694 and 1706, Leonard married, third, Elizabeth (unknown surname).

In 1660 and 1667 Leonard Weeks received four additional grants of between 10 and 44 acres. The location and appearance of his dwelling house are unknown. (At right is a view from the back of the present house toward the far north corner of the open field.) What is known is that the farmstead was at the center of 17th-century activity in Greenland, between the "highway" (now Rte. 33) and the Winnicut River. The Town Landing on the Winnicut, which provided access to Great Bay, the Piscataqua River, and the world beyond, was at the foot of the present Tide Mill Road that borders the Weeks property. The farmstead was known to have at least two barns and one other outbuilding in addition to a house. Grazing land, crop land, salt marsh, and wood lots were located on both sides of present-day Rte. 33. Through the years Leonard Weeks served as surveyor of highways, constable, assessor, and fence-viewer. At the Portsmouth Congregational Church, he was assigned front-row pew #4.

He also appears numerous times in early New Hampshire court records, mostly giving depositions on routine matters. However, Leonard Weeks has the distinction of being the first person in Greenland ever tried in court for a crime. In June 1660 at the county court in Portsmouth, Leonard Weeks was charged with "Swareing by god & Callinge John Hall of Greenland ould dogg & ould Slave & [saying] that he would knocke him in the head: this is testifi[e]d by Thomas Peverley & Joseph Attkinson." Leonard pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay ten shillings, "& to have an admonition for his reviling & threttning speeches." Weeks was tried before a jury that included his neighbor, Samuel Haines.

In 1706 Leonard Weeks willed his 60-acre farm to his second son, Samuel Weeks. Leonard Weeks died in 1707, and most likely is buried in the early settler burying ground at a corner of the farmstead far back in the woods, overlooking the Winnicut River.

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Weeks House

Leonard Weeks settled here in 1658 on 33 acres of land which he left to his son Samuel, who built the house about 1710. The bricks were made on the premises. Hand hewn oak beams support the 18-inch thick walls, which were cracked by the earthquake of 1755. Occupied by the family over 250 years, it is considered the oldest native brick house in New Hampshire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Hampshire_Historical_Markers_%28101%E2%80%93125%29

From "Leonard Weeks of Greenland, NH, & Descendants, 1639-1888, Rev Jacob Chapman of Exeter, NH, Pub: Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, NY, 1889

Ltr compliments of A M Haines, Esq of Galena, IL:

Kelston, Eng., 16 Oct., 1886

Dear Mr. Haines:

I write expressly for the purpose of sending you the following entry, from Compton Martin Register, with which you will be highly please, and perhaps many more in the U.S.A.

"Baptized,--1639 Aug. 7, Leonard, son of John and Anne Wyke of Moreton." [Moreton is in the parish of Compton Martin.]

Sincerely yours,

Francis J. Paynton"

{Moreton and Chew Magna are on the little river, Chew, which comes from the Mendip Hills, Somerset County, and enters the Avon at Keynesham, seven and one-half miles from Bath. The Avon rises in Wiltshire and enters Bristol Channel.]

A.M.H.

From http://www.weeksbrickhouse.org/

Welcome to Weeks Brick House

Weeks Brick House, built in 1710 by Samuel Weeks (1670-1746), is amg earliest brick houses in New Eng-& may be oldest made of bricks fired on site. Farmstead est 1656 by Leonard Weeks (1633-1707) remained in family over 300 yrs. Today 33-acre farmstead includes conservation land laced w/hiking trails for public enjoyment.

A historic house w/colonial garden ...

In 1975 house & acreage purchased by organization of both descendants & preservation-minded individuals interested in future of distinctive structure. Early initiatives included securing recognition on Nat'l Register of Historic Places, & planting authentic colonial-era "housewife's garden" designed by garden historian Ann Leighton (Isadore Smith).

...& conservation area ... w/trails ...

In 1992 conservation easement was conveyed to Town of Greenland & State of NH, preserving in perpetuity 31 acres of meadow & woodland behind 3-acre lot of Weeks Brick House. In 2001 trails were officially opened for public recreational use.

...& NH historic site

On Nat'l Register of Historic Places

In future, Weeks Brick House seeks to be more than just impressive but silent 300-yr-old icon. We welcome your ideas & involvement as we seek to identify best ways property can serve community as historical/educational resource.

While primary mission of organization is preservation of 36'x22' house (...w/massive 18"-thick brick walls), there is also educational component, which will be guided by museum-std interpretation plan. In preparation, archaeological studies have been undertaken to learn as much as possible abt farmstead thru centuries. Each yr in late summer, descendants of early settler Leonard Weeks, as well as interested mbrs of Greenland community, gather at Weeks Brick House for annual mtg-to walk in ancestral footsteps, absorb latest findings in local history, & discuss future of house & property.

History of Weeks Family Farmstead

Weeks family farmstead began w/land grants to Leonard Weeks (1633-1707) 1656-1669. By his death in 1707, he owned 60 acres, tract extended from "highway" (present Rt 33) to town landing on Winnicut River (at end of Tide Mill Rd). Distinctive brick house was built in 1710 by Samuel Weeks (1670-1746), son of Leonard Weeks. Farmstead remained in family 9 generations until sold in 1968. Few yrs later, when commercial development of property was imminent, Leonard Weeks & Descendants in Am, Inc was formed & purchased 33-acre farmstead in 1975. Subsequently Weeks Brick House was designated NH Historic Site & was placed on Nat'l Register of Historic Places. Late-19th cent photo shows brick house, "ell" to rear & complex of adjoining outbldgs to left of house. Barns & outbldgs were destroyed by fire in 1938. Fortunately damage to house was minimal. Farmstead ownership & farm use thru yrs:

Based on research & sources in Neill DePaoli's 2003 report, "3 1/2 Centuries in Greenland: Weeks Brick House Farm of Greenland, NH"

Leonard Weeks (1633-1707) m2 Mary Redman; 8 children. Leonard Weeks arrived from Eng in late 1640s as teenage servant of Capt Francis Champernowne. By 1656 Leonard Weeks was on his own & Town of Portsmouth (of which present Greenland was part) granted him 8 acres of land. In 1660 & 1667 he rec'd 4 add'l grants of bet 10 & 44 acres. Location & appearance of his dwelling house are unk. What is known is farmstead was at ctr of 17th-cent activity in Greenland, bet "hiway" (present Rt 33) & Winnicut Riv. Town Landing on Winnicut, which provided access to Great Bay, Piscataqua River & world beyond, was at foot of present Tide Mill Rd that borders Weeks property. Farmstead was known to have at least 2 barns & 1 other outbldg in addition to house. Grazing land, crop land, salt marsh, & wood lots were located on both sides of present-day Rt 33. In last 1/4 of 17th cent, Indian attacks were on rise. While Greenland was never attacked, threat of such raids was constant concern. In 1706 Leonard Weeks willed his 60-acre farm to son Samuel Weeks.

Samuel Weeks (1670-1746) m Eleanor Haines; 7 children. Judging from probate inventory of Samuel Weeks, he was most successful of Weeks farmstead owners. Most visible indicator of his economic status was distinctive brick house built c1710. Architectural historians note less than dozen brick houses are documented in 17th cent New Eng, & those in rural setting were rare in extreme. Records indicate Samuel Weeks owned oxen, cattle, horses, & pigs; grew corn & wheat; harvested salt marsh hay; kept bees for honey; & expanded his land-holdings. Samuel willed his 80-acre farmstead to son Walter Weeks.

Walter Weeks (1706-1774) m Comfort Weeks; 10 children. Records indicate Walter Weeks owned cattle, sheep, pigs, & 1 horse; & grew corn, wheat, potatoes, & flax. He also devoted 2 acres to apple orchard. He expanded his land-holdings to include 42-acre farm & apple orchard in Newmarket, NH. Walter Weeks willed farmstead to son William Weeks.

William Weeks I (1743-1813) m Elizabeth Hubbard; 7 children. Records indicate William Weeks I expanded farmstead to maximum size of 100 acres. He owned ozen, cows, horses, sheep, & pigs. Like his father bef him, his herd of 24 sheep was 1 of lrgest in area. William Weeks I grew corn, wheat, & flax. Apples & apple cider continued to be products of farm. William Weeks I willed farmstead to 3 sons, William II, Walter, & Benjamin.

William Weeks II (1779-1849) m Harriet Barker; 5 children. While William Weeks II & his family lived on Weeks Farmstead, he did not gain full ownership until 1819. Then, bet 1819 & 1833, he sold, mortgaged, leased, & repurchased farm 6 times. Records indicate William Weeks II owned horses, oxen, cows, sheep, poultry, & pigs. He grew corn, wheat, & potatoes; & maintained production of apple orchard. William Weeks II built new barn w/gable-end entrance that measured 41x55 ft. New barn was connected to series of outbldgs, following trend of modern farm efficiency: shed (21'x18'), tool shop & cider house (28'x48'), carriage shed, & horse tie-up. William Weeks II willed farmstead to his wife, Harriet (Barker) Weeks.

Robert B Weeks (1818-1897) m Anna Jewell; no children. Harriet (Barker) Weeks turned mgt of 100-acre farm to son Robert B Weeks, who became sole owner aft her death in 1864. Records of 1860 indicate farm had horses, oxen, cows, sheep, & pigs; & grew corn, oats, barley, potatoes, & hay. As yrs went on, difficulty of farming w/no children or hired help to depend on must have increased, & may be reflected in farm census records of 1880. Farm was at 67 acres, down from 100, & consisted of 6 acres of tilled land, 46 acres of meadow, & 15 acres of woodland. Farm had 29 animals, but 20 were chickens. 10-acre apple orchard was farm's primary income-producer. Robert B Weeks willed farmstead to nephew John W Weeks in 1897.

John W Weeks (1848-193?) m Sarah Lord; 3 children. Aft his uncle, Robert B Weeks, willed him farm, John W Weeks, businessman & grocer, shifted focus to dairy farming & apple growing. Records indicate he owned cows, horses, pigs, & chickens. Multiple generations of Weeks family, as well as hired hands, lived in brick house & attached ell. Upon death of John W Weeks, farmstead passed to son Thornton (Skip) Weeks Sr.

Thornton Weeks Sr (1882-195?) m Florence; 1 child. Thornton Weeks Sr carried on dairy farming operation of father John W Weeks. Dairy barn accommodated up to 25 cows. Gasoline engine drove belts that ran pumps for wells & circular saw for cutting firewood. In 1936 Thornton Weeks Sr tore down rundown ell to rear of brick house, & built 2-story porch. Tearing down ell prob saved house from destruction in 1938. Fire burned all connected outbldgs to ground. Some attic beams in brick house were charred, & porch was destroyed, but house itself survived. Porch was rebuilt, but w/fortunes of small family farms in decline, barn complex was not. Garage was built at former site of farm bldgs. In 1950s, new Rt 33 effectively cut off property from town ctr, & traffic noise became constant annoyance.

Thornton (Skip) Weeks Jr (1921-1998) m Myra; 2 children. Thornton (Skip) Weeks Jr grew up on Weeks Farmstead & shared his recollections preserved in article for fall 1995 Weeks Brick House newsletter. Thornton (Skip) Weeks served in military & for time upon his return to NH, he & his family lived at Weeks Brick House. Isolation & traffic noise from Rt 33, along w/tax increases, prompted family's decision to move & sell property in 1968.

Leonard Weeks & Descendants in Am, Inc. (1975-Present). Few yrs aft property was sold out of family in 1968, developers saw potential of 33-acre tract along busy road in growing suburb. In 1975 Leonard Weeks & Descendants in Am, Inc, non-profit tax-exempt corp, was formed to purchase brick house & original family farmstead & thus avert commercial development of property. Same yr property was designated NH Historic Site & placed on Nat'l Register of Historic Places. Since then distinctive brick house has been conserved, authentic colonial-era "housewife's garden" planted (1977), permanent conservation easement secured (1992), & hiking trails developed (2001) for public enjoyment. Organization rents part of Weeks Brick House to tenant to provide both income & security.

Weeks Family Genealogy

1st several generations of descendants of Leonard Weeks (1633-1707) of Greenland, NH are generally well-documented. 1889 work by Jacob Chapman, Leonard Weeks, of Greenland, NH & Descendants, 1639-1888 is known to have errors regarding Leonard Weeks himself. Current & longtime Weeks family genealogist, & longtime friend of Weeks Brick House, Rev Frank H Weeks of Cranston, RI, has updated Chapman's work w/his 2005 compilation, Leonard Weeks & Descendants 1639-2005.

Professional genealogist Janet Ireland Delorey of Shrewsbury, MA, Weeks descendant & guest speaker at past WBH Annual Mtg, has contributed significantly to research on Leonard Weeks & Weeks family, especially regarding Eng origins & identity of his wives. See articles in NH Genealogical Record: "Which Mary is wife of Leonard Weeks of Greenland, NH" (NHGR 15, No 4, p 145-51, Oct 1998), & w/Melinde Lutz Sanborn, FASG, "New Thoughts on Family of Leonard Weeks" (NHGR 19, No 2, p 41-49, & No 3, p 101-113, Apr & Jul 2002).

Leonard Weeks (1633-1707): Brief biographical sketch

Leonard Weeks-of Weeks farmstead, immigrant ancestor. (Based on findings of Janet Ireland Delorey in articles ref above & research of Dr Neill DePaoli noted on Farmstead History Page.) Leonard Weeks b Eng c1633, date based on 4 depositions to NH courts 1672-1705. Specific place of birth unconfirmed, & his parents are unk. Evidence indicates he was unmarried teenage servant or hired man of shipmaster, Capt Francis Champernowne (1614-1687), & prob arrived in coastal NH/ME region in late 1640s, but no later than 1655. Leonard Weeks 1st lived & worked on Capt Champernowne's farm located on what is now grounds of Portsmouth, NH Country Club. In 1656 Leonard Weeks rec'd land grant of 8 acres, 1st of several grants 1656-1667, in what is now Greenland, NH, indicating he was no longer bound servant or employee. Evidence suggests Leonard Weeks m1 in 1660s to unk 1st name Haines, dtr of his neighbor, Samuel Haines, but she d childless bef 1667. Leonard Weeks m2 Mary Redman b 1649, d 1679-1694 c1667, w/whom he had 8 children b Greenland, NH: John (1668-1711), Samuel (1670-1746), Joseph (1671-1735), Joshua (1674-1758), Mary (1676-aft 1748), Margaret (1679-bef 1716), Jonathan (1684-1748), & Sarah (1685-1688, d 1755). Evidence indicates Leonard Weeks was widower by 1694. Sometime bet 1694 & 1706, Leonard m3 Elizabeth unk surname. In 1660 & 1667 Leonard Weeks rec'd 4 add'l grants of bet 10 & 44 acres. Location & appearance of his dwelling unk. What is known is farmstead was at ctr of 17th-cent activity in Greenland, bet "hiway" (now Rt 33) & Winnicut Riv. Town Landing on Winnicut, which provided access to Great Bay, Piscataqua River, & world beyond, was at foot of present Tide Mill Rd that borders Weeks property. Farmstead was known to have at least 2 barns & 1 other outbldg in addition to house. Grazing land, crop land, salt marsh, & wood lots were located on both sides of present-day Rt 33. Thru yrs Leonard Weeks served as surveyor of hwys, constable, assessor, & fence-viewer. At Portsmouth Congregational Church, he was assigned front-row pew #4. He also appears numerous times in early NH court records, mostly giving depositions on routine matters. However, Leonard Weeks has distinction of being 1st person in Greenland ever tried in court for crime. In Jun 1660 at county court in Portsmouth, Leonard Weeks was chged w/ "Swareing by god & Callinge John Hall of Greenland ould dogg & ould Slave & [saying] that he would knocke him in the head: this is testifi[e]d by Thomas Peverley & Joseph Attkinson." Leonard pleaded guilty & was sentenced to pay 10 shillings, "& to have an admonition for his reviling & threttning speeches." Weeks was tried bef jury that included his neighbor, Samuel Haines. In 1706 Leonard Weeks willed his 60-acre farm to 2nd son, Samuel Weeks. Leonard Weeks died in 1707, & most likely is buried in early settler burying ground at corner of farmstead far back in woods, overlooking Winnicut Riv.

Notes:

In this country in 1655 & rec'd grant of land from town of Portsmouth next yr

In 1660 rec'd another grant of 44 acres

In 1661 chosen selectmen of Portsmouth

Was afterwards constable & for several yrs was sheriff

d bef Mar 1708 leaving 2nd wife Elizabeth, who had no children

Source of info: Susan Jane (Weeks) Poulin Mar 1 2006

LDS familysearch.org

Descendants of Leonard Weeks of Portsmouth, NH by Rev Jacob Chapman Extracted by Elaine Merrell, p 234-240

Leonard Weeks of Greenland,NH

Weeks Family As We Have Found It By Carol Anderson & Susan Weeks

Note: Leonard arrived 1655 from Compton Martin, Somersetshire, Eng. He said in 1682 that 20 yrs prior he had put his horse on his father Redman's pasture. His will was dated 5/15/1706 & his estate was probated 5/24/1709, Winnicut, NH.-Al Meyers-aem@ezonline.com.

Mary is Leonard's 1st wife.

Ancestry given here provided by Joe S Creager (6320 NE 157th St, Bothel, WA 98011 12/7/95, based on Ernest Weeks research housed at NY State Library per JSC). Leonard resided in Greenland & Sandy Beach area of NH, arriving in 1655 from Compton Martin, Somerset, Eng. He was selectman of Portsmouth, then constable & sheriff. 7/5/1660: He rec'd grants of 44, 34 & 10 acres of landand Feb 1661; he was settled at Winnicut Riv, Greenland where he lived out his life. Note: "History of Coos Co NH", p 378: he b Wells, Somersetshire. His brick house in Greenland is oldest native brick home in New Eng & is being restored (1992). Disposition dated 6-Oct-1705 gives Leonard's age as 73 yrs, in which case birth yr would be 1632 or 1633.

From http://www.bellavistaranch.net/genealogy/weeks.html

Leonard Weeks 1st mentioned in parish records of Compton Martin, Somerset Co, Eng, which record names of 2 sons of John Wyke of Moreton, William who was baptized in 1636, & his bro Leonard who was baptised in 1638. However, likely Leonard's acutal birth was several yrs prior, perhaps in 1635. When & how Leonard Weeks came to Am is unk, but name is not mentioned next until Dec 6 1655, when he is listed as witness to bond in what is now York Co, ME. He is mentioned next in Portsmouth records Jun 29, 1656, when he rec'd grant of 8 acres of land. Because it is said "when he 1st went to the part of Portsmouth now called Greenland, he lived 1 year on a farm owned by Capt Champernoon", likely Leonard's land grant was in same area. He rec'd more land in 1660, presumably in Greenland again, & he was living following yr in Greenland on Winnicut Riv, where he remained rest of his life. Leonard Weeks is mentioned several times in Portsmouth town records, & he held various town offices. He was elected 1 of selectmen (basically town elder) in 1661. He later became constable, & for several yrs he was sheriff. When NH colony separated from MA in 1665,"Leonard Weeks stood for Massachusetts." He m1 1667 Mary Haines, dtr of neighbor Dea Samuel Haines, m2 Elizabeth, who survived him. He d in 1707 at his farm in Greenland. He had 7 children, all b Greenland, who are listed below. 1st 5 were w/Mary Haines, & there is speculation last 2 were w/Elizabeth, but this is not certain. Children - WEEKS

John Weeks, b Jun 14 1668; d bef Feb. 1711/1712. He is said to have had 3 or more children.

Capt Samuel Weeks, b Dec 14 1670; m cousin Elinor Haines, w/whom he had several children. He d Mar 24 1746.

Joseph Weeks, b Mar 11 1672; m Hannah, w/whom he had several children. He d Nov 27 1775.

Col Joshua Weeks (1674-1758) who follows:

Mary Weeks, b Jul 19 1676; m Lt Joshua Brackett, w/whom she had several children. She d 1749.

Jonathan Weeks, m Elizabeth Cate; d "old man" Jun 27 1748.

Margaret Weeks, b Jun 4 1679; m Tobias Lear. Margaret & sis Sarah may have been twins born to Leonard Week's 2nd wife Elizabeth.

Sarah Weeks, who may have been Margaret's twin. She m Tobias Langdon.

CONFLICTING information:

Weeks Family: Source--History of Coos Co, NH, by WA Fergusson & Co, Syracuse, 1888

Weeks Family in Eng was entitled to armorial bearings. Leonard Weeks, emigrant, b Wells, Somersetshire, Eng, 1635. Jan 1656 he had grant of 8 acres of land in Portsmouth, & 4 yrs later he settled in Winicut (part of Portsmouth now in Greenland). Mr Weeks was influential man, & held positions of responsibility. He is spoken of as “1 of men who stood rather for MA than Crown.” 1661 he was selectman of Portsmouth. 1669 he was 1 of committee w/men of Dover & Hampton to lay road bet Greenland & Bloody Point. He was several yrs constable & some time sheriff. 1667 he m Mary, dtr of Dea Samuel Haines, of Portsmouth. Leonard Weeks was man of property. 1706 he deeded farms to 3 of his sons, & made further provision for his oldest son, John. He d 1707. His children were John, Samuel, Joseph, Joshua, Mary, Jonathan, Margaret, & Sarah. 1 of dtrs m grdfather of Gov John Langdon. Capt Joshua Weeks, son of Leonard, b Greenland, 1674. He became farmer, & m Nov 1 1699, Comfort Hubbard, sis of Thomas Hubbard, Boston merchant. They had 9 children, Martha, Comfort, Mary, Ichabod, John, Thankful, William, Richard, & Margaret. (Dtr of Margaret Weeks m Hon William Plumer.) Martha m Capt Benjamin Randall; Comfort m Dr Coffin Moore. House of Capt Weeks was at Bay-side, & afterwards occupied by Dea William Weeks. Capt Weeks d Jun 13 1758, age 84.

Dr John Weeks, son of Capt Joshua, b Greenland 1716, & d 1763. He was col of regiment, justice of peace, & eminent & successful physician. His estate was valued at L22,000. He m Martha Wingate, sis of Hon Paine Wingate. They had 10 children. Of these Joshua Wingate Weeks, b 1738, graduated Harvard College in 1758, & became rector of St Michaels Church, Marblehead, MA. At break out of Rev, he left country, & was afterward Bishop of Halifax, NS. His wife was Sarah Treadwell. They had 5 sons & 3 dtrs. 4 of sons held commissions in British army, & other was Episcopal minister. Sarah (Sally) Weeks, dtr of Dr John Weeks, at age 15 m Rev Jacob Bailey, classmate at Harvard of Pres John Adams & Gov Wentworth. He was ordained Episcopal clergyman in Eng, espoused cause of mother country in Rev, & served 15 yrs at Pownalborough (now Dresden), ME. He then went to Annapolis, NS, & was rector of St Lukes Church. He resided there 26 yrs, until death in 1808. His children were Charles Percy, Rebecca L, Charlotte M, Thomas H, William G, & Elizabeth A. Charles Percy Bailey held capt commission in Regiment of Duke of Kent, “1st Royals.” 1813 he was ordered to Canada, & was killed Jul 5 1813, while leading chg at Battle of Chippewa, where Capt John W Weeks was fighting on Am side. Thomas H held army commission; William G was lawyer.

Capt John Weeks b Hampton, NH, Feb 17 1749. He was 6th child of Dr John Weeks. Tradition says it was designed he should follow profession of his father, who d when John was 14 yrs old. Inheriting what seemed to him fortune, instead of pursuing his studies & fitting for college, he devoted himself to long expeditions for game up Kennebec & in “Upper Coos,” visiting this country when but 16. 1770 he m Deborah, dtr of James & Martha (Wingate) Brackett. She was educated lady, fitted to adorn any position in life. His time & money were freely spent in svc of his country. He had capt’s command in Rev; 1st, under Committee of Safety, then under provisional gov’t, by whom he was called to defense of Portsmouth harbor. 1786 he came to Lancaster & purchased lands, & returned in 1787 w/dtr Patty to keep his house, & son, John W, then 6 yrs old. They came by way of Baker’s Riv & the Connecticut. In fall Mrs Weeks & remainder of family, accompanied by relatives & friends, came to their new home thru White Mountain Notch. Journey Mrs Weeks made on horseback, bringing youngest child, 7 mo old, in her lap, & James B, 3 yrs old, riding behind her. Log house Capt Weeks 1st constructed stood directly back of foundation of old barn on land now owned by Jason H Woodward & abt 50 rods toward village from house of late William D Weeks, now owned by Ephraim Smith. Farm he then occupied has remained in Weeks family (except for brief period) abt 100 yrs. Here in his new home, as in Greenland, Capt Weeks kept open house, & entertained w/great hospitality newcomers to settlement. He was man of strong common sense, genial presence & good cheer; & at once took active part in affairs of this section. 1788 he was elected delegate from Upper Cohos to convention for ratification of Federal Constitution, & was 1 of 57 who voted affirmative against 46 negative. 1792 he represented district several times, held office of selectman & was popular moderator of town mtgs. He was good man in community, there was no envy or jealousy in his disposition, & he was always ready to give his aid to any enterprise for welfare & development of town. He was kind friend & neighbor & widely known & appreciated. He d suddenly at Wakefield, NH, Sep 1818, when on journey from Lancaster to Greenland. His wife, 1 of noble women of that day, lived to advanced age of 82 yrs, dying Jul 5 1831. They had 7 children attaining maturity, Martha, Deborah, Elizabeth, John Wingate, James Brackett, Polly Wiggin, Sally Brackett. Deborah, b Feb 29 1776, m1 William Ayers; m2 Jacob Emerson. She d at age 84. Elizabeth, b Mar 10 1778, m Azariah Webb, of Lunenburg, VT; Mary (Polly), b Mar 4 1787, m Adino N Brackett. Sally B, b Aug 13 1789, m Edwards Bucknam. Martha, oldest child of Capt John Weeks, b Greenland, Dec 20 1771. She m Edward Spaulding. They lived on northern slope of Mt Pleasant, central hill of 3 Martin Meadow hills. They had 4 sons & 2 dtrs. Mrs Spaulding was woman of great industry, &, aft her household affairs were put in order, had time for reading. When 85 yrs old she read “Mill’s Crusades,” & could discuss merits of work, causes of movement, style of author, etc; showing unusual memory of what she had read, & knowledge of gen’l history which would be remarkable in much younger woman of present day. Her sight failed soon aft, but her grddtrs read to her. She d Jan 10 1871, in 100th yr of age, filling out measure of long life of usefulness, kindness & Christian charity.

John Wingate Weeks, oldest son of Capt John Weeks, b Greenland, Mar 31 1781, came to Lancaster 1787. He was bright boy, fond of study, & altho his educational opportunities were meager, yet he became 1 of most intelligent men in northern part of state. 1805 he m Martha Brackett, who d abt 2 yrs aft. 1824 he m Persis F, dtr of Hon Richard C Everett. They had no children. Jun 1812, he was commissioned capt. His influence is shown by fact, that, when he rec’d his commission, he almost immediately “rendezvoused” 50 men at house of A N Brackett. W/these he started for Niagara frontier, where he served during war. He was attached to 11th US Inf, & his co formed rt of regiment at Battle of Chippewa, & he had honor of 1st repeating command of its maj in noted flank movement that so quickly broke British column. Capt Weeks was brevetted for gallant svcs in this battle, & commissioned maj. We find copies of returns in 1814, vouched by him where he signs himself “Maj, Commanding 1st Brigade, USA, consisting of 11th 13th & 23d Regiments.” He participated in many of most severe engagements of war. After peace was restored Maj Weeks returned to his farm in Lancaster, resumed his active interest in local affairs, & held many offices. His name appears often as selectman; he was co treas 1818-22; sheriff 1819-24; 1 of commissioners to run boundary line bet ME & NH; mbr of Congress 2 terms ending 1833, & was said to be finest looking man in House. For long period he was in constant communication w/many of leading men of nation. He d Apr 3 1853.

James Brackett Weeks, b Greenland Jun 14 1784, came to Lancaster fall 1787. His education was such as times & place afforded. He m Jan 1 1810, Elizabeth, dtr of Lt Dennis Stanley, settled upon what is now Prospect farm, which he occupied until death, Mar 19 1858; Mrs Weeks d 1854. She was excellent woman of rare energy & sterling worth. Their children were James Wingate, Mary Nye, Sarah Stanley, William Dennis, John, Martha Eliza & Persis Fayette. Mr Weeks was successful farmer, & took pride in fine cattle he raised. He inherited love of hunting, & was so cool & collected when in pursuit of game, that his gun seldom failed him. He was remarkable for his clear head & sound judgment. Simple & unpretending, he neither sought nor wished for public office, preferring quiet of his home life. However, he had pronounced & decided opinions & expressed them strongly. Gentleman in all his instincts, he dispensed his hospitality w/generous hand. He belonged to class now, unfortunately, passing away,-pleasant, social, unpretentious & well-informed New Eng farmer of last generation. Mary Nye Weeks, b Lancaster Aug 14 1813, m Richard H Eastman, d 1857. Their dtr, Mary, m James W Weeks Jr 1886. Sarah Stanley Weeks, b Lancaster Nov 16 1815, m Edmund C Wilder of Colebrook. She d May 22 1842.

James Wingate Weeks b Lancaster Jul 15 1811. He is oldest child of James B & Elizabeth (Stanley) Weeks, & inherited strong individuality of his parents. He rec’d such education as common schools of his day afforded, supplemented by few terms at Lancaster Acad. He is close student, constant reader of valuable books & keen & correct observer of human & animal nature. During his boyhood he was engaged in assisting in necessary farm labor. He taught school 5 winters, & was successful tchr in some of largest & most difficult schools. When abt 18 yrs of age he learned trade of house joiner, but did not follow it to any extent. 1834 he entered employ of E&T Fairbanks & Co, St Johnsbury, VT, & con’t w/them, as agent, for 6 yrs; 2 yrs of time he passed in MI & adjoining states. Fall 1840 Mr Weeks returned to Lancaster where he has since resided. His mechanical taste, & love of nature, led him early into land surveying & he has wide reputation as surveyor. 1844 he was engaged in survey of Pittsburg lands. 1845 he assisted in survey of boundary bet US & Canada, from mouth of Hall’s Stream to St Regis, on St Lawrence (abt 160 mi), his associates being Capt Warner & Lt Pope, US topographical engineers. His duty was to survey & make sketch of country 1/2 mi each side of boundary, & connect his work w/main line. On reaching St Regis he was given field notes taken by Warner & Pope & on his return to Lancaster he made topographical map of summer’s work, which was sent to Washington, & highly complimented. Mr Weeks has been extensively employed in preparing & illustrating land cases for courts of his own & other counties. His exactness & wide knowledge, w/his promptness in attending to work, make him most valuable man in this business, & his svcs have been in great requisition. 1844 he was elected road commissioner, which office he held 2 yrs. Spring 1848 he was appointed to fill vacancy in office of railroad commissioner, occasioned by death of Titus O Brown & 2 yrs later he was appointed to fill full term in that office, thus holding that position 5 yrs in most active period of railroad building in NH. 1854 he succeeded Gov JW Williams as judge of probate, which office he held abt 2 yrs, when “Know-nothings” came into power, & he, not choosing to take oath of order, was removed w/all others not mbrs. From abt 1847 few men have been more employed in probate business than Mr Weeks; altho not lawyer, he was excellent judge of probate law, & thoroughly conversant w/all its forms. His good judgment, sagacity & keen insight into characters of men, were of great advantage to him & he has acquitted himself w/credit, & to approval of interested parties. 1870 he was elected 1 of co commissioners w/Amos W Drew, of Colebrook. They found enormous co debt drawing highest rate of interest, & interest not paid on some notes “afloat,” w/lrg arrearages due from some towns. They succeeded in rearranging, satisfactorily, financial affairs of co. Mr Weeks is Democrat in politics, consequently, aft 1854, he belonged to minority party. In all matters pertaining to town as sleectman, etc, he has taken lively interest, & his duties have been performed disinterestedly, & he has liberally contributed for public purposes. 1847 he purchased “Hemenway Farm,” 2 mi east of Lancaster Village, upon which he has lived 40 yrs. He conducted his farm like all business which he undertook, & was financially successful. 1842, May 30, Mr Weeks m Martha W, dtr of Solomon & Clarissa Hemenway, lady of great merit & high social standing. They had 4 children, Sarah (Mrs Oxnard), who d Jul 1871, age 25; George, James W Jr, & Clara H who d May 5 1881, age 29. These dtrs were cultured & refined ladies. Mrs Weeks d Sep 5 1853. Mr Weeks m 1859, Mary E, dtr of Dr Robert Burns, of Plymouth, & sis of Hon William Burns. Socially & intellectually she ranked amg 1st ladies of northern NH. She d Feb 2 1878. Loss of these beloved mbrs of his family was great grief to Mr Weeks, sorrow that neither time nor attention of friends can lessen. He inherited love of hunting from his ancestors, especially lrg game. Bears were his favorite sport, & he has trapped & killed great number. When over 75 yrs old he heard of 1 8 mi away that had evidently not been disturbed. He set trap & watched it. On finding trap gone, he, aft chase of 2 hours, came up w/“Bruin” & shot him as he would have done in prime of life. Man who was w/Mr Weeks said “Mr Weeks forgot he was over 30 yrs old; he forgot his cane; his long deer gun was no incumbrance; & when we came in sight of game, he seemed in no need of glasses to shoot it, which was done in most approved style.” Bruin’s skin dressed by Mr Weeks makes very nice robe. In his religious belief Mr Weeks is Unitarian. He dislikes theological controversy, & believes good man of any religious denomination is good Christian; & villian is villian, no matter to what church he belongs. Kind-hearted & sympathetic, poor & needy always find in him a friend; stranger & wanderer are never turned cold or hungry from his door. He is ardent lover of history, his memory is retentive & accurate, he has keen sense of humor, & his unstudied descriptions of men, scenes, & events are very vivid. Mr Weeks is able man, strong in mind, strong in self-control, strong in will & strong in sympathy. True to all, w/out deceit or hypocrisy, he is appreciated most by those who know him best & is known thru out Coos Co as foremost man in intelligence & ability.

William Dennis Weeks, b Lancaster Feb 28 1818, d Feb 27 1885, was 2nd son of James B & Elizabeth (Stanley) Weeks. As boy he lived upon his father’s farm, tilled soil & carefully improved educational advantages afforded him & became successful tchr. For some yrs he was in employ of E&T Fairbanks, St Johnsbury, VT. 1848 he m Mary Helen Fowler, niece of Gov J W Williams, lady of worth, true helpmate & congenial companion. Their 3 children are Emma F (Mrs Burleigh Roberts), John W & William C. Mr Weeks was farmer on old homestead farm, but for more than 40 yrs was identified w/public interests of his town & co. 1841 he represented Lancaster in legislature, for many yrs was selectman & held other positions of trust. 1863 he was appointed deputy collector of internal revenue, which office he held ‘til it was abolished. At 1 time he was proposed by his friends as candidate for gov, & quite complimentary vote was secured in convention, but he modestly declined candidacy. Summer 1876 he was appointed judge of probate. Though not bred to law he dischged duties of probate judge justly, honestly & satisfactorily until his death. He was of Unitarian faith, & strong supporter & practicer of tenets of that church. Man more honest, or w/purer motives is rarely found. There was much of grace, courtliness, frankness & quiet dignity of character in all his intercourse w/his fellow-man. He gained w/out pretension or ostentation by nobleness of his character confidence of people; by his daily walk & example of pure life whose morality never taught him to be morose or austere; by enduring fidelity of husband, deep & constant affection of father, he won abiding place in hearts of his townsmen. His example & influence were beneficent in all relations of life & his memory is gratefully cherished.

Martha Eliza Weeks, b Oct 10 1824, was woman of much ability, & somewhat a religious enthusiast. She was ever working for good of others, & striving to relieve unfortunate. During Civil War (1861) she went to Alexandria, VA, & was head nurse in hospital there until her health failed, & only at urgent advice of her physician left her post. Aft regaining health & strength she went to Soldier’s Home in Boston & occupied same position for 2yrs. 1865 she became assistant of Rev Mr Cheney, of Hollis St Church, Boston, acting as city missionary until her death, which occurred Jun 1 1872. (This was occasioned by caring for poor & destitute woman who was ill w/contagious disease.) Persis Fayette Weeks, b Feb 3 1831, was youngest child of James B Weeks. For clear good sense & womanly virtues she has few equals. Jan 2 1855, she m Rev George M Rice, who d Sep 22 1882. Their 4 children are Laura W (Mrs H H Piper), George B, Mary Nye & William, all true children of such mother. Mrs Rice’s home is in Dublin, NH, where her husband was pastor for 15 yrs.

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Compton Martin, Somerset, England
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Compton Martin, Somersetshire, England
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Kelston,Somerset,England
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Greenland, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
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Greenland, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
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