Captain Isaac Weaver, I

Ashe County, north carolina

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Isaac Weaver, I

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Lunenburg County, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: 1814 (67)
Staggs Creek, Ashe County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joshua Weaver, I and Rachel Weaver
Husband of Sarah Maxwell
Father of Mary 'Molly' Weaver; Mark Weaver; Joshua Weaver; Isaac Weaver, II; William Weaver and 3 others
Brother of William Weaver; Samuel Weaver; Absalom Weaver; Thomas Weaver; Lucretia Hutson and 4 others

Occupation: captain in American Revolution
Managed by: Francis Gene Dellinger
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About Captain Isaac Weaver, I

  • Birth: 1747 in VA
  • Death: 1814 in NC
  • Father: Joshua Weaver b: 1716 in New Kent, VA Mother: Rachel McDaniel b: BEF. 1730

Event: Veteran Captain in REVOLUTIONARY WAR.

Isaac and his brother William settled at Sycamore Ford [ later renamed Weavers Ford ] in Ashe Co., North Carolina

Marriage 1 Sarah Maxwell b: ABT. 1752 Married: ABT. 1770


The border between Tennessee and North Carolina had not been firmly established when Ashe County was established in 1799. The survey party began their work in Ashe County, and John Preston Arthur in his History of Western North Carolina noted that the survey team spent their first days with Captain Isaac Weaver of northwestern Ashe County. The survey team consisting of General Joseph McDowell, Colonel David Vance and Major Mussendine Matthews, commissioners; John Strother and Robert Henry surveyors, B. Collins, James Hawkins, George Penland, Robert Logan, George Davidson and J. Matthews were the chain bearers. Major James Neely served as the supply officer on the expedition, which began on May 22, 1799 on Pond Mountain. The survey team followed the current border the first day to an extremely dense grove of laurels. (A road was later put in and the area is now called Cut Laurel Gap) an area later famous for illicit moonshine. Running the State Line.— As the Cherokees occupied the territory southwest of the Big Pigeon River in what is now Haywood County, no provision was made for running the line beyond this point. Generally speaking, the line was to follow the tops of the Stone, the Smoky and the Unaka Mountains from Virginia to Georgia, but to be surveyed and marked only from Virginia to the Pigeon. The surveying party consisted of Col. Joseph McDowell, David Vance, Mussendine Matthews, speaker of the House, commissioners. John Strother and Robert Henry were the surveyors. The party met May 19, 1799, at Captain Isaac Weaver's, near what is now Tuckerdale, a station on the new Virginia-Carolina Railway, in Ashe County. The chain bearers and markers were B. Collins, James Hawkins, George Penland, Robert Logan, George Davidson, and J. Matthews. James Neely was commissary. In addition, there were two pack horse men and a pilot. The survey began on the 20th of May and ended the 28th of June, 1799. They camped on the night of the 23d of May in the Cut Laurel Gap, whence they sent John Strother down to David Miller's on Meat Camp to get a young man to act as pilot, but Strother failed to do so, and then went on "to Cove Creek, where I got a Mr. Curtis and met the company in a low gap between the waters of Cove Creek and Roan's Creek, where the road crosses the same." This road must have been the Indian trail which passes over the low gap between what is now Zionville, NC and Trade, TN. Traces of this trail can still be seen to the right of the present wagon road. It was this trail that Boone followed on his first trip to Kentucky. The new pilot was discharged on the 28th because he proved "not to be a woodsman." Col. Vance and Major B. Collins arrived on the 19th, and they all went to Captain Isaac Weaver's. They were General Joseph McDowell, Col. David Vance, Major Mussendine Mathews commissioners; John Strother and Robert Henry, surveyors; Messers. B. Collins, James Hawkins, George Penland, Robert Logan, cc Davidson, and J. Matthews, chain-bearers and markers; Major James Neely, commissary; two pack-horse men and a pilot. They camped that night on Stag creek. On the night of the 23d of May they camped "at a very bad place" in a low gap at the head of Laurel Fork of New river and Laurel Fork of Holston at the head of a branch, "after having passed through extreme rough ground and some bad laurel thickets." Through that laurel thicket, built since the runs from Hemlock postoffice, where there is now a narrow gauge lumber railroad and an extract plant, to Laurel Bloornery, in Tennessee. A small hotel now stands half on the North Carolina and half on the Tennessee side of the line those men then ran, and the gap is called "Cut Laurel" gap because it is literally cut through the laurel for a mile or more. 41 Thousand of gallons of blockade whiskey used to be carried through that gap when there was nothing but a trail there. It is called a low gap, but it is one of the highest in the mountains. On the 28th they went to a Mr. Miller's and got a young man to act as a pilot. Strother went from Miller's. A road now runs "to Cove creek, where a Mr. Curtis and met the company in a low gap between the waters of Cove creek and Roan's creek where the road crosses the same.

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Captain Isaac Weaver, I's Timeline

Lunenburg County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 21
Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 23
Age 29
Age 33
Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States
April 1, 1783
Age 36
May 1, 1787
Age 40
November 19, 1790
Age 43
Wilkes, Wilkes, NC, USA
April 5, 1794
Age 47
North Carolina