James Lee Weaver's Family Tree


Clement Weaver [Parents] was born in 1585 in Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England. He died in Feb 1683 in , Newport, Ri. He married Rebecca Holbrook in 1617 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England.

came to Weymouth, MA in the spring of 1635 and by 1650 was in Newport, RI. He
may have lived in Portsmouth before going to Newport.

Rebecca Holbrook [Parents] was born about 1597 in Glastonbury, Somersetsire, England. She married Clement Weaver in 1617 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England.

They had the following children:

  M i Sgt. Clement Weaver
  F ii Eleanor Weaver
  F iii Abigail Bailey Weaver
  F iv Elizabeth Weaver

Thomas Weaver [Parents] was born about 1560 in Presteign, Radnorshire, Wales. He died after 1600 in Glastonbury, Some, England. He married Margaret Adams about 1580 in Glastonbury, England.

Margaret Adams was born about 1560 in Presteign, Radnorshire, Wales. She died in Glastonbury, Some, England. She married Thomas Weaver about 1580 in Glastonbury, England.

They had the following children:

  M i Clement Weaver

Sgt. Clement Weaver [Parents] was born about 1620 in Glastonbury, Some, England. He died after 4 Sep 1683 in Newport, Ri. He married Mary Freeborn about 1645 in Portsmouth, Ri.

Original grantee of East Greenwich, RI 1677
26. Sergeant Clement Weaver [II]^ <d1021.htm>(41) <fowsrc.htm> was born between 1617 and 1625.(42) <fowsrc.htm> Lucius Weaver notes: He "was born in Glastonbury, England, between 1617 and 1625. He may have been born around 1619 to 1621, or perhaps in 1624 as the Glastonbury records of baptisms are entirely wanting for that year." He died about 1683. (43) <fowsrc.htm> Lucius Weaver notes: "He died, probably, in 1683, as his will executed Nov. 24, 1680, was probated in that year." Lucius Weaver comments: "It seems likely ... that the Weaver family, or at any rate Clement [II] came to Newport considerably earlier than 1650. The marriage and the courtship must have taken place on the Island. It is not known that he ever lived in Portsmouth, although he owned land there in 1651 which may have been a gift from his father-in-law. "The earliest mention we have of Clement, Jr. [II], is in the will of his grandfather Holbrook Dec. 11, 1625, wherein provision was made that he and his cousins, Thomas Holbrook, Jr., and Edmund Tyly should have 'my ground att ye moore geate together wth ye leases and conveyances thereof' .... 'if my son John Holbrook be dead.' But 'if he be livinge' John is to have this land. As the testator died within two months he probably never learned anything more of his son. Nor do we know whether he came back or not. "We may assume that Clement [II] came to America with his parents while still in his minority, living a few years at Weymouth before settling permanently at Newport. "He was called Sergeant, but its significance and whether it was a military, legal or other title is not known. "At Portsmouth town meeting January 26, 1651, it was agreed that Edward Andros shall 'runn 4 Rodd wider at the uper end of his lott next Clement Weaver.' March 5, 1651, Clement Weaver 'Juneor of Nuport' bought of Joshua Coggeshall of Portsmouth, for a valuable consideration 'a parsell of land lying in a Tryangle forme Butted and Bounded as followeth: on the Southeast by the Comon sixty Pols from thence on a straight line to a great white oake marked on boath sides and from that white oake along the line between this Parsell of land and land formerly and still is in the Possession of Clemant Weavor aforesayd.' "The earliest known list of freemen of the Colony was made in 1655. Clement Weaver [I] and Clement Weaver, Jr. [II], both appear in this list as belonging to Newport. This does not show when they were admitted. July 4, 1659, he sold 30 acres of land to Joshua Coggeshall of Portsmouth, the deed being recorded in Portsmouth. He was called of Newport and signed by a mark ('R'). "March 6, 1664, he became possessed of land in Westerly. "Clement Weaver [II] and John Weaver [his son?] were among the fifty persons to whom the township of East Greenwich was granted Oct. 31, 1677. The grant consisted of 5,000 acres and was to be laid out in parcels of 100 acres for each. The house lots of all (10 acres each) to be laid out together 'near the sea.' Before this the tract was known as 'the Narragansett Country.' There seems to be no reason for doubting that these two grantees were Sergeant Clement [II] and his son John. His share was laid out March, 1679-80. "Aug. 28, 1680, Sergeant Clement Weever [II] of Newport deeded 'my farm in East Greenwich of 90 acres' to 'my son Clement Weever [III] of East Greenwich for life' ... then to 'his son William.' Thomas Weever was a witness to this deed. Feb. 3, 1681-2 Sergeant Clement Weaver [II] deeded land to George Vaughan of East Greenwich. "Besides the lands already mentioned, lying in Newport, Portsmouth, East Greenwich and Westerly Sergeant Clement Weaver [II] was also possessed of land in the 'Narragansett Country' and called by the name 'Wesquadnaigue.' This tract is described as containing 'by Estimation Fifteen mile square,' and was 'Bounded on the East by the Town of Providence Line." It was afterwards a part of Providence and still later it was Scituate. "In his will dated Nov. 24, 1680, and proved in 1683 Clement Weaver [II] left to Thomas, son of his son John some land in the above tract or township. Evidence of this, and of the will itself, is found in a deed given in 1702-3 by John's son 'Thomas Weaver, Jr.' to Thomas Lillibridge both of Newport, in which Thomas Weaver, Jr., conveyed 'one half of a Fifteenth Share' in this tract. (For a more particular abstract of this deed see under Thomas [LW4]) "[However,] the will of Sergeant Clement Weaver [II] is not now known to be extant. When the British occupied Newport in the Revolutionary War they seized the town records and they were sunk in Hell Gate. The vessel in which they were deposited has been raised and efforts have been made to restore some of them, but thus far the will of Sergeant Clement Weaver [II] has not been found and probably it is permanently lost. Except for this deed of his grandson nothing at all would be known of its contents. From records which follow in the accounts of the other sons it seems likely that they both received land in the Westquadnaig Purchase also, and probably by bequest. Mr. Austin in his Rhode Island Dictionary says, 'A reference to this will is found in a list of seventeen wills (between the dates of 1676 and 1695) that were presented to the Court in 1700, by parties interested, the law requiring three witnesses and these wills having but two.' "However monotonous the rest of his life may have been its placidity was interrupted during 1681 and 1682 by one Benedict Arnold of Newport, who true to the name for stirring up trouble, sued him for trespass and won a verdict of fifteen shillings and costs of Court. Weaver appears to have appealed and the further record of the case appears in Chapter VI [of Weaver's book]. "He had further experience with the Courts, however, as he served several terms on the grand jury in the years 1671, 1680, 1681 and 1683, perhaps other years as well. "The latest mention of him is found in Newport Town Records, Sept. 4, 1683, where he was mentioned by his title of Sergeant as a grand juryman."

Mary Freeborn [Parents] was born in 1627 in Glastonbury, Some, England. She died after 1677 in , Newport, Ri. She married Sgt. Clement Weaver about 1645 in Portsmouth, Ri.

They had the following children:

  M i Capt. Clement Weaver
  M ii William Weaver
  M iii John Weaver
  F iv Mary Weaver was born in 1653 in Newport, Ri.
  M v Thomas Weaver

Capt. Clement Weaver [Parents] was born in 1647 in Newport, Ri. He died on 18 Sep 1691 in Kent, Ri. He married Unknown Unkn about 1668 in Newport, Ri.

Other marriages:
Andrew, Rachael

10 31 1677 with 47 others granted 5,000 acres in East Greenwich, RI
Deputy East Greenwich 1683 til 1690

For his honorable service during the King Phillip's War of 1675 - 1677, young Clement Weaver, along with 49 other veterans were each given large parcels of land in what was then a barren outpost now known as East Greenwich."
A historic treasure, this rare example of primitive 17th century architecture, the Clement Weaver home, built in 1679 stands today as the oldest documented residence in Kent County and likely the oldest private home in Rhode Island. Over the past ten years this home has been meticulously and painstakingly restored.
During the winter of 1679, anxious to see his payment for service, Clement Weaver and his young wife Rachel sailed from Portsmouth, Rhode Island where he first settled after leaving his home in Staffordshire, England. Thus making Clement one of the town’s original grantees. The house he built on that land still stands today. Built only two years after the official founding of the town of East Greenwich, this home remains as a rare and unique architectural showplace. Clement Weaver’s family of eight children grew up in this little farm house. His son Joseph succeeded him with his family of four. In 1748 Daniel Howland purchased it from the Weavers. Daniel had willed the house to his son Daniel and his wife, Philadelphia of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The home remained with the Howlands for nearly 2 centuries. This home has had only six owners since it was built, 328 years ago. The house was at first a one-room plan, a story-and-a-half high. The walls of the house were constructed using wide vertical boards over a post and beam structure. The house had been added on to four times prior to 1712, as indicated by Norman Isham’s drawings. The first addition, about a year after it was originally built, Weaver added a one-story lean-to along the northern side of the house. This was to become the original kitchen. About a year after that in 1681, this particular lean-to was brought up to the height of the original house affording the Weaver family two garrets above with a center chimney and entry. Its chimney made up of stone and homemade brick, was never exposed on the outside end of the house as was the case with many early homes of this period. A short time after that, a lean-to was built along the back (western side) of the house, creating the traditional salt-box shape it remains today. And then there is the addition we built in the back. More on that later. In the 1930’s, Norman Isham, a well-known historic architect, was commissioned to restore the Weaver farm house, which now belonged to the Howland’s. The restoration was intended as a memorial to Daniel Howland, whose family came into possession of the property in 1748. Shortly after the restoration was started, the current Mrs. Howland gave the home to what was then called 'SPNEA' – The Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities. SPNEA has recently changed its name and is now known as Historic New England. The first lean-to addition was also the first room restored during Isham’s famed 1930’s restoration. Besides a huge fireplace, it still retains many of the original hand-planed, feather-edged, vertical pine boards, along with batten doors with wooden latches and strap hinges. The ceiling is exposed oak beam and the floor as well as ceiling above is wideboard. Of particular importance, this room also contains two of the original square-shaped, single casement, leaded glass windows. They too were carefully restored and re-hung where evidence had shown them originally located. These windows provide some of the best evidence available of seventeenth century windows. The entirely restored room presents an excellent picture of a seventeenth century residential interior in Rhode Island. The last of these 'original' additions was a single-story (c1712) kitchen ell with a stone-end chimney of its own. These particularly constructed chimneys were later referred to as “Rhode Island Stone-enders.” Only a couple of which still survive today. The ell was built off of the southern wall of the keeping room. This latest room, still used as a kitchen, has an enormous fireplace with a small oven still intact. The original beehive oven, evidence of which can still be seen on the outside, appears to have either fallen or was deliberately removed at some point in the past.
The keeping room of the original house is its largest room and has an impressive system of framing with its original posts, girts, and summer beam – all solid oak and chestnut, and all beautifully exposed. The ceiling is exposed beam. The wide board wall sheathing was at some point covered with plaster as it remains today. There is also a very early corner cupboard opposite the enormous fireplace. It has what appears to be the original, planed, single plank, batten door along with two hand-wrought, butterfly hinges. It bears mentioning that the oak chimney trees (fireplace lintels) throughout the home are enormous as well as completely petrified. Our own observation, far less than scientific, would indicate that based on the size of the trees used in construction as well as when they were installed, would make much of the wood in the house close to a millennia old. While fairly common in other parts of the world, this is a unique find in our country. Leaving the keeping room heading towards the museum room we come upon the entry hall. This sheathed hall and stairway are particularly remarkable in that so few, if any of these original "split" staircases still exist. What is not visible in the pictures is that one staircase contains six steps while the other contains seven. Being built at different times, the newer staircase was constructed to reach the garret above the old kitchen, now called the “museum room.” This name was given somewhere along the way because this particular room was the first to be restored. It is also the one room that has been structurally maintained as original as can be. As for the stairways, at some point, in order to facilitate the moving of furniture, the sheathing was carefully cut on a diagonal. All of what appear to be the original vertical boards are still there. Some years later, Howland’s intent was that the home be restored and opened as a museum; thus willing it to SPNEA. What is not clear is the reason why the home was returned to Mrs. Howland a short time later. Certain correspondence still maintained by (formerly-named) SPNEA, indicates that it was becoming too expensive for the agency to maintain. It is believed that the rest of the house was then restored by Isham for its new owners in the 1930’s. The home contains six fireplaces. Both the kitchen and museum room have fireplaces almost ten feet wide and five feet tall. The museum room fireplace also has a round top oven built into the back wall. Both garrets above each possess a fireplace. The room currently used as a dining room has a smaller fireplace that I believe has been appropriated for the heating system exhaust. This fireplace is not used. Another interesting and rare feature that few people get to see is the southern wall of the main house still retains several of its original clapboards, preserved when the 1712 kitchen ell was added on. If you go into the eaves, behind the garrets, you can walk into the attic space above the kitchen ell. It’s where the ell is joined to the house in this upper region that several of the original hand-riven clapboards remain untouched. They appear to be made of oak and have been feathered and lapped while being fastened to the vertical sheathing with large, hand-wrought nails. Untouched for centuries, this is pretty cool stuff! The home’s only major restoration was that conducted by Isham during the earlier part of the 20th century. When we came upon the house in the mid 1990’s, the home had sat vacant for more than two years and clearly needed work. While nothing too structural or extensive was needed, it still took time to properly restore. All major systems were upgraded. All exposed surfaces were cleaned, repainted, refinished or re-waxed. With respect to the museum room, maintaining its seventeenth century appearance was non-negotiable. While the rest of the house still retains much of its original detailing, aside from electricity and furnishings, we wanted the museum room to maintain a historically accurate representation. As mentioned earlier, we did build an addition off the back of the kitchen which sits perpendicular to the main house. Following both the strict guidelines of the U.S. Dept of Interiors’ Restoration Standards as well as our local historical board of review, we carefully constructed a ‘modern’ room. The room was built in such a way that it could easily be “unzipped” from the original house, bringing it back to what it was. The guidelines are fairly strict that while an addition may be constructed on a historically significant house, the new work must be done in such a way as to reflect the present period style. This is done deliberately so as not to encourage “reproduction” style additions. The thinking I was told, is that had we constructed an addition closely resembling the house and its particular time period, it may confuse future historians as to when the addition was actually built! Regardless, it is a very nice room - spacious, airy and light-filled. Clearly the opposite of what one would experience living in an old home. And honestly from time to time, it's a nice respite. For fellow researchers, there’s been much written about this house as well as the Weavers and Howlands. Many documents – new and old are available if you’re motivated enough to find them. We’ve come across collections of photo’s, newspaper articles, historical documents and records as well as many book excerpts. The most recent of which I found in the non-fiction book, “Killed Strangely” by Elaine Crane. The book contains notes indicating that during the later part of the seventeenth century, our very own Clement Weaver had served as a juror in the murder trial of Rebecca Cornell – she of Cornell University fame. Apparently the book’s author had obtained this information from Jane Fiske’s edition of Rhode Island Court Records. Unfortunately, it mentions little else other than the reference to Weaver as well as a reference to this particular home, offering it as a comparison to the home that Cornell was murdered in. A few more factoids… - We’ve learned through Martha McParland’s book, “The History of East Greenwich 1677 - 1960” that Daniel Howland – the same Daniel that purchased this house in 1748 from the Weavers, was a Quaker and chaplain during the Revolutionary War. Three descendants of the original Clement Weaver also served during the Great War. - While most of the outbuildings have since disappeared, there remains one that was originally a horse barn. It was later converted, after the Hurricane of 1938, into a smaller barn with attached two-car garage. From the street, this building still retains its older look. - Up until the mid 19th century, several generations of Weavers had run the old White Horse Tavern (no longer standing) on Division Street in East Greenwich. It is unknown whether this tavern was or is related to the White Horse Tavern in Newport. The identical early time periods for both buildings indicate it likely was. - During Isham’s restoration, it was noted that workers had found the original builder had used seaweed for insulation.

Unknown Unkn was born about 1647. She died before Sep 1677 in Newport, Ri. She married Capt. Clement Weaver about 1668 in Newport, Ri.

They had the following children:

  M i Clement Weaver
  M ii William Weaver

William Weaver [Parents] was born in 1649 in Newport, Ri. He died about 1730 in Bertie, Nc.

William Weaver was a Baptist deacon who became a minister. He lived in the area of Westerly , Rhode Island until about the 1680's, when he moved to Bucks County Pennsylvania with Thoma s Dungan and his aunt Elizabeth Weaver Dungan.
In Pennsylvania they settled at Cold Springs, approximately 3 miles above Bristol. The f amily attended Pennepec Church and were members of the Welsh Baptist Association.
William and his family later moved to Bertie County, North Carolina. There are court rec ords on him there for the year 1739.[Jonthan Weaver plus 6.ged]

He had the following children:

  M i Jonathan Weaver

William Dungan [Parents] was born in 1658 in , Newport, Ri. He died in 1713 in , Bucks, Pa. He married Deborah Wing about 1673 in , Newport, Ri.

five children

Deborah Wing [Parents] was born about 1658 in , Newport, Ri. She married William Dungan about 1673 in , Newport, Ri.


Nathaniel West was born about 1662. He married Elizabeth Dungan about 1675 in , Newport, Ri.

four children

Elizabeth Dungan [Parents] was born about 1662 in , Newport, Ri. She married Nathaniel West about 1675 in , Newport, Ri.

They had the following children:

  F i Elizabeth West

Thomas Dungan Jr. [Parents] was born in 1671 in , Bucks, Pa. He died on 23 Jun 1759 in , Bucks, Pa. He married Mary Drake in 1697 in , Bucks, Pa.

Mary Drake [Parents] was born in 1679. She married Thomas Dungan Jr. in 1697 in , Bucks, Pa.

They had the following children:

  M i Thomas Dungan was born about 1698 in , Bucks, Pa.
  M ii Joseph Dungan
  M iii James Dungan was born about 1702 in , Bucks, Pa.
  M iv John Dungan was born about 1704 in , Bucks, Pa.
  F v Elizabeth Dungan
  F vi Mary Dungan
  F vii Sarah Dungan
  M viii Jonathan Dungan

Edward Doyle was born about 1666. He died in 1703 in , Bucks, Pa. He married Rebecca Dungan about 1690 in , Bucks, Pa.

Rebecca Dungan [Parents] was born about 1666 in , Newport, Ri. She died in , Bucks, Pa. She married Edward Doyle about 1690 in , Bucks, Pa.

They had the following children:

  M i Edward Doyle was born about 1792 in , Bucks, Pa.
  M ii Clement Doyle was born about 1794 in , Bucks, Pa.

James Kerrill was born about 1670. He married Sarah Dungan about 1695 in , Bucks, Pa.

six children

Sarah Dungan [Parents] was born about 1670 in , Newport, Ri. She died in , Bucks, Pa. She married James Kerrill about 1695 in , Bucks, Pa.

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