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Frederick Weaver

Birthplace: Virginia, Colonial America
Death: May 26, 1839 (88-89)
Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown Swiss Jew and Unknown Mother
Husband of Catherine Weaver
Father of Susannah Elizabeth Thomas; John Weaver; Peter Weaver; Sarah "Sallie" Weaver; Esther Peters and 4 others
Brother of Rev. John Wesley Weaver

Occupation: Militiaman, farmer.
DAR: Ancestor #: A123277
Managed by: Shaun D W Radford
Last Updated:

About Frederick Weaver

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA with the rank of PRIVATE. DAR Ancestor # A123277

Confirmed Jewish ancestry on December 24th 2022 through professional genetic testing and analysis.

The Weaver has been confirmed for a direct paternal Jewish lineage originating with Roman Jewish settlements. The first Weaver was likely a Italkim Jew who moved north with the Roman armies and settled in one of the many Alpine settlements. Due to several pogroms, the Jewish Weaver family likely converted or was forcibly converted to Catholicism in the 1200s or even as late as the 1700s. The genetic results for Frederick's family and a note from the geneticist are attached in the media section. - Clayton Weaver, 6th great grandson

Swiss Jews have resided in the region since the Roman era. Due to the lack of Ashkenazi genetic markers, it has been ascertained that the Weaver line was probably originally of Roman Jewish or Italkim origin. There is also a possibility for Sephardi descent, though it is unclear if Sephardim were present in the Bern area, whereas Roman Jews certainly were for a time. In any case, there is no way to know for certain, but we do know they were Jews and had a fair amount of recent Middle Eastern DNA with no Ashkenazi genetic markers.

If a recent Jewish origin is to be considered then it is likely area that the Jewish Weavers would've originated is in the Surbtal Valley, in the Jewish villages of Lengnau and Endingen. These villages have had a continuous Jewish population since around the time of the Thirty Years War, which brought many Jewish families to the area from the Rhine Valley and Alsace.

This origin point, though, is unlikely as the Weber family was already established as a bourgeois house of fairly high standing in the Helvetic Republic. No Jewish family, or at least open Jewish family, could attain such a status. But, it is interesting how the reason the Weavers fled from Switzerland and Germany was because of political and religious reason. Perhaps they really were Crypto-Jews, having hidden away their ethnoreligious identity for hundreds of years, as thousands of Jews did around the world for 400+ years.

We do not know the exact nature of the religious persecution the Weavers faced, but it should be noted that the Germans and Swiss were extremely hostile to Jews during the 1700s. If the Weavers were accused of "Judaising", they would have likely been threatened with death or exile.

Likely connected to the Germanna family of Tillman Weaver via Washington County, Virginia. He is considered to be a Germanna descendant by various other descendants of the colony.

A DNA connection has also been ascertained through the Brock-Goodlett families of Greenville, South Carolina. John Jackson Russell Goodlett's mother, Nancy Goodlett, had him out of wedlock with Henry Brock, a plantation owner. Henry was known to have had several illegitimate children over the course of his life and through DNA testing, it has been proven that Henry's father, David, was also not the natural son of [George Friderich Brock] of Bavaria, as David is a perfect YDNA match for the Weaver family.

According to oral tradition, his family immigrated from the Netherlands in the mid-late 1700s prior to the American Revolution. The family initially landed in Virginia or Pennsylvania and then moved on to North Carolina, where Frederick and his brother, John, eventually settled. John would put down roots on Reem's Creek and Frederick would settle in Sullivan County, which would later become apart of Tennessee, rather than North Carolina. It has been ascertained that Frederick likely did not serve at the Battle of King's Mountain. His brother-in-law certainly was present at the battle, but there is no record, aside from his wife's own testimony, that places Frederick at the battle. Official records do indicate, however, that Frederick was a member of the North Carolina militia during the war.

Frederick was a major landholder and slave owner in Sullivan County, TN. He owned 6 African slaves in the early 1800's and most of his descendants were major supporters of the Confederacy.

Through Y-DNA testing, it is speculated that Frederick's family was possibly Ashkenazi Jewish, though they almost certainly converted to Christianity (specifically the Reformed Church) prior to moving from Germany to the Netherlands. It is unclear why they fled to the Netherlands, though religious and freedom of speech was cited by descendants. It is also unclear as to how much of an impact the Ashkenazi ethnogenesis effected German Rhine population as a whole. An influx from Mediterranean populations certainly did occur, though it is unclear whether the Weaver haplogroup was introduced by the Romans, Italians, Phoenicians, or Jews. What we can ascertain is that the Weaver family was not originally from Germany, as the haplogroup is associated with southern Europeans and Middle Eastern populations.

Upon testing of descendants YDNA, multiple matches were in fact Ashkenazi Jews ranging from Poland to Ukraine, though many German Christian and Albanian matches as well.

Frederick Abraham Weaver was born in the Netherlands to a German-Dutch Protestant family of possibly distant Ashkenazi Jewish or Roman extraction. He was the brother of Rev. John Wesley Weaver of Weaverville, North Carolina.

Frederick's grandsons would go on to found Weaver branches in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Direct descendants of Frederick Weaver are apart of haplogroup J-L283, which is only present in 3%-5% of the German population. The haplogroup is also present in a large swath of territory on the German-French border, located directly upon former Roman settlements and also ground zero of Ashkenazi Jewry, indicating descent from the legionnaires that occupied this part of Germany or early Jewish settlers along the Rhine.

Frederick Weaver is related to the Weaver family of Reems Creek, NC. This was confirmed through DNA testing on 6/18/21. Frederick was likely the brother of Rev. John Wesley Weaver Rev. John Wesley Weaver. Their family fled Germany/Switzerland to Holland, and then settled in Pennsylvania in search of land. According to family lore or myth, the two brothers, John and Frederick, split ways in North Carolina, with Frederick moving into what is now Sullivan County, TN.

"Seeking freedom of religion and speech, John Weaver and his three brothers fled Germany, and sailed to America via Holland. The brothers volunteered their services during the Revolution and John served five years with the Pennsylvania Rangers. While scouting through the wilds in 1785, John staked land claims from the Ohio River to northern parts of North Carolina, and purchased several hundred acres at 50 shillings each."

"Among these people are many strong men and women who have left their impress upon the communities in which they lived and have largely contributed to the upbuilding of the country. John Weaver the First. left the information with his children that his father was a Holland gentleman. Other information obtainable indicates that his father came from Holland to Pennsylvania, and in company with other brother and kinsmen of the same name settled near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, later migrating across Maryland into the valley of the Shenandoah in Virginia."

The haplogroup associated with the Weavers is J-L283, which was brought into the region by the Romans and through the ethnogenesis of Ashkenazi Jewry. It is unclear which group the Weavers descend from, though it should be noted Weber is a Jewish surname and the Rhineland was ground zero for European Jewry for centuries. It could be that the Weavers had been both Romans and Jews, or they could've been another Mediterranean population moving into the Germany Rhineland. But what we do know is that the Weavers are not originally from Northern Europe, but rather Southern Europe.

"It is easy to believe that these Dutch people found congenial friends and neighbours in the Scotch-Irish people that were thrown together in the valley of the Shenandoah. They were all dominated by a single purpose, to hew out for themselves and their posterity a civil and ecclesiastic system, free from the domination of king or pope. There is no doubt but that the ancestors of these Dutch people were the loyal supporters of William, Duke of Nassau, called "William the Silent" who broke the power of Catholic Spain over the Netherlands in his defeat of Philip the Second in the latter part of the Sixteenth Century."

The Waber/Weber family originated in Ins, Switzerland. Their coat of arms is described below.

Wappenbeschreibung / Blasonierung
Geteilt, von Gold rot bezungter, schwarzer Adler, von Silber zwanzig goldene Quadrate (7, 6, 7), und von Rot drei silberne Linksschrägbalken.

Wappenbuch der burgerlichen Geschlechter der Stadt Bern von Felix Friedrich Hürzeler (1860-1935), Zeichnungen von Paul Bösch (1889-1969), Herausgegeben von der Burgergemeinde Bern, 1932.

Fought at King's Mountain in Revolutionary War in Col Shelby's Regiment of Volunteers.

Wife Catherine Peters, they had at least 9 children:

  1. Susannah 1783-1867
  2. Conrad 1787-1889
  3. John 1789-1876
  4. Peter 1790-1850
  5. Mary 1792-1884
  6. Abraham 1802-1871
  7. Sarah "Sallie" 1804-1884
  8. Esther 1805-1882
  9. Rosanna 1810-1870

Frederick DONATED LAND IN 1824 for Weaver Union Church and the adjoining WEAVER SCHOOL and CEMETERY.

Heroic Service at Battle of King's Mountain was documented by noted historian Dr. Bobby Gilmer Moss. Bounty and Land Warrant awarded to Frederic Weaver for service in the American Revolution,
Reference: BLWt4920-160-55.
Per Vonnie Cantrell, Chairman CPIAP-BKM. 2-23-2016 email.

Frederick Weaver is a Virginian.This profile is part of the Weaver Name Study.It is unverified if Frederick actually fought at King's Mountain, apart from his wife's stories. Frederick was in the Revolution and was apart of the North Carolina militia, but there is no actual physical record of him ever being at King's Mountain. His brother-in-law was indeed there, so there might be some confusion. His wife could have possibly mis-recalled which battle her husband was at and this seems to be the case if one reviews the war records from the era.
Frederick DONATED LAND IN 1824 for Weaver Union Church and the adjoining WEAVER SCHOOL and CEMETERY
Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements & RostersPension application ofFrederick Weaver BLWt40920-160-55Catharinef14NCTranscribed by Will Graves6/19/10 rev'd 7/5/ 13[Methodology: Spelling, punctuation and/or grammar have been corrected in some instances for ease of reading and to facilitate searches of thedatabase. Where the meaning is not compromised by adhering to the spelling, punctuation or grammar, no change has been made.Corrections oradditional notes have been inserted within brackets or footnotes. Blanks appearing in the transcripts reflect blanks in the original. A bracketedquestion mark indicates that the word or words preceding it represent(s) a guess by me. Only materials pertinent to the military service of theveteran and tocontemporary events have been transcribed. Affidavits that provide additional information on these events are included andgenealogical information is abstracted, while standard, 'boilerplate' affidavits and attestations related solely to the application,and later nineteenthand twentieth century research requests for information have been omitted. I use speech recognition software to make all my transcriptions.Such software misinterprets my southern accent with unfortunate regularity and my poor proofreading fails to catch all misinterpretations. Also,dates or numbers which the software treats as numerals rather than words are not corrected: for example, the software transcribes "the eighth ofJune one thousand eighty six" as "the 8thof June 1786."Please call errors or omissions to my attention.]State of Tennessee Sullivan County: On this 24th day of May 1855, before me an actingJusticeof the Peace in and for said County, personally came Catharine Weaver, aged 96 years, a residentof the said County, and made oath in due form of law that she is the widow of Frederick Weaver,deceased, who was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, in Captain John Pemberton's Company &in Colonel Isaac Shelby's Regiment of volunteers, as well as she can now recollect, orascertained; that she does not now recollect, or can learn, any of the particulars of the saidservice, save that he was out in the year 1780, and was present at the battle of King's Mountain,in South Carolina; -- & that she cannot state whether, or not, there is any public, or other recordevidence of her said husband's service in existence, or not. She has no written discharge, or otherpapers concerning the same in her possession, or in her knowledge.She states further that she was married to the said Frederick Weaver in said County on the15th day of August 1782, by the ReverendMr. Doak, a minister of the Gospel; that her nameprior thereto, was CatherinePeters

that her said husband died in said County on the 26th day ofMay 1839; since which time she has remained a widow -- as may be seen from the proofs heretoannexed.She makes this declaration in order to obtain the land Bounty which may be due herunder act 3rd March 1855, & that this is her first application ever made either by herself or hersaid husband for land Bounty under any act of Congress whatever: and that there is not to herknowledge a public record thereof in existence.S/ Catharine Weaver, X her mark[Thomas Millard and George Miller residence of Sullivan County Tennessee gave testimony insupport of the widow's application stating, among other things, that they had examined thefamily record kept in a Bible which reads "That Frederick Weaver, and Catherine Peters werelawfully joined in marriage on the 15 of August 1782"; that they have often heard the veteranspeak of having been at the battle of Kings Mountain; that the veteran died May 26, 1839]State of North Carolina Comptroller's OfficeI Geo. W Brooks Comptroller of the Public Accounts in and for theState aforesaid, do hereby Certify that it appears of Record in my Office among the payments made by Said tosundry persons for Military Service in the Revolutionar y Wa ras follows –Frederick WeaverIndentNo. 2279£6.19.6 District of Washington & Sullivan County, August 15, 1782In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand and affixed the Seal of myOffice this 21 June 1855.[No indication that this document was actually signed]

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 August 2015), Frederick Weaver, 1839; Burial, Bristol, Sullivan, Tennessee, United States of America, Beeler Cemetery; citing record ID 59356789, Find a Grave, in Beeler Cemetary.

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Frederick Weaver's Timeline

Virginia, Colonial America
Age 14
Charles Town, South Carolina
Age 19
No Township Listed, Granville County, New Caledonia
June 14, 1783
Sullian Co., Tn.
April 1, 1787
Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States
March 7, 1789
Sullivan, Tennessee, United States
Sullivan County, Tennessee, USA
June 1, 1791
Sullivan, Tennessee, United States
July 15, 1802
Sullivan Co., Tn.