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MAJORVILLE   CEMETERY
HANCOCK  COUNTY,  ILLINOIS

 

LEAH JANE WEAKLEY (nee HAMILTON) 1830-1883
JOSEPH A. WEAKLEY Sr. ca. 1825 - 18__

 

Gone to rest.
L JANE WEAKLEY
BORN
July 22, 1830
DIED
Nov. 24, 1883
Aged 53 years
4 mos. 2 days

 

Author - Marcia Farina

Leah Jane Hamilton was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of William Wierman Hamilton and Elizabeth Kinnett.  In the 1850 census her family was counted in Upper Dickinson Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Joseph A. Weakley, born in Pennsylvania about 1825, was the son of William L. Weakley and Martha W. Ege.  In 1850 Joseph was counted in his mother's home and, perhaps, also in a home that was located near the Hamilton residence.

A history of the Mathew Dill family (published in 1935, from which some details for this essay have been drawn), reported that Jane and Joseph were married at Centreville, Cumberland County, on March 17, 1851.  Before the decade ended, Joseph and family left Pennsylvania, following the westward path of Joseph's siblings.  In 1860 Joseph, Jane and three children were in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois.  The family included two daughters and a son, also named Joseph A., who was about a year old.

The senior Joseph apparently died not long after.  The obituary of the son Joseph reported that he was raised in the home of his uncle, Peter E. Weakley, of Joetta, Hancock County.

In 1870 Jane, young Joseph and daughter Mary Belle (called Mollie) were counted with Harriet Weakley, Peter's wife.  The older daughter, Harriet (named as Hira D. in 1860) was not present. Mollie married in 1876.  In 1880 Jane and Joseph were still at Joetta.

Jane died on November 24, 1883, and was buried at Majorville Cemetery.  The Dill history claimed she died at Fountain Green; that could refer to either the village of Fountain Green or Fountain Green Township.  But it's more likely, since she predeceased both Peter and Harriet Weakley, that she died at the Weakley home in Hancock Township.  Peter was quite comfortable financially and known to be extraordinarily generous.  It's doubtful that Peter would have turned out his deceased brother's widow, since he had supported her and her children for a number of years.  (The Dill history also stated that Jane was born in 1831; her tombstone says 1830.)

The Weakley children:

i. William, born about 1852 in Pennsylvania, died young according to the Dill history.  Also, the obituary of his brother, Joseph, stated that Joseph was one of six children and that he was survived only by Mary B.
 
ii. Harriet Weakley, born about 1853 in Pennsylvania, died young according to the Dill history. She was not listed with the family in 1870, was not named in the obituary of her brother, Joseph.
 
iii. Mary Belle "Mollie" Weakley, born May 6, 1855, in Pennsylvania.  She married John Craig Blean of Albany Township in Whiteside County, Illinois, son of Robert Clark Blean and Margaret Thompson, both originally from Pennsylvania.  John was born September 1, 1852.

The marriage took place on January 13, 1876, at the Weakley home at Joetta.  J. B. Cromer, Minister of the Gospel, performed the nuptials.

This was a delightful inter-family marriage.  Mary Belle's aunt, Hettie Weakley, was married to John Blean.  John Blean was the uncle of John Craig Blean.

Mary Belle died November 12, 1925, in Newton Township, Whiteside County.  John followed her in death on December 31, 1935.  Both are buried at Kingsbury Presbyterian Cemetery, Newton Township.
 

iv. Anna Weakley, died young according to the Dill history.  She was not named in the obituary of her brother, Joseph.
 
v. Joseph A. Weakley, born July 17, 1859, at Quincy, Adams County.  He died October 30, 1924, at Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, and was buried at Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg.
 
vi. Edward Weakley, also died young according to the Dill history and was not named in the obituary of his brother, Joseph.
 

1850 Pennsylvania Census, Cumberland County, Upper Dickinson Township, page 103B
enumerated October 1, 1850, dwelling #109

Martha Weakley, 50, female, born PA
Joseph Weakley, 25, male, merchant, born PA
Hettie Weakley, 23, female, born PA
William Weakley, 17, male, school student, born PA, attended school within the year
Martha Weakley, 14, female, born PA, attended school within the year

 

1850 Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, Upper Dickinson Township, page 107A
enumerated October 3, 1850, dwelling #171
[in proximity to Leah Jane Hamilton's family]

Household of Andrew Miller, continued on page 107B
Joseph Weakley, 24, male, clerk, born PA

1850 Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, Upper Dickinson Township, page 107B
enumerated October 3, 1850, dwelling #176

William Hamilton, 41, male, inn keeper, born PA
Elizabeth Hamilton, 42, female, born PA
Leah Hamilton, 19, female, born PA
Amanda Hamilton, 17, female, born PA
Harriet Hamilton, 14, female, born PA, attended school within the year
Alfred Hamilton, 12, male, born PA, attended school within the year
John Hamilton, 10, male, born PA, attended school within the year
Lewis Hamilton, 7, male, born PA, attended school within the year
[continued on next page]
Melisa Hamilton, 4, female, born PA
William Hamilton, 1, male, born PA

1860 Illinois Census, Adams County, Quincy Ward 5, page 281
enumerated July 16, 1860, dwelling #2036

Joseph A Weakley, 35, male, book keeper, value of real estate 1000, value of personal estate 200, born PA
Lea J, 30, female, born PA
Hira D, 7, female, born PA
Mary B, 5, female, born PA
Joseph A, 1, male, born IL

1870 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 154A
enumerated June 14, 1870, dwelling #51

Weekly, Harriett, 44, female, white, keeping house, value of personal estate 1000, born PA
Jane, 39, female, white, keeping house, born PA
Joseph, 11, male, white, born PA, attended school within the year
Mollie, 15, female, white, born IL, attended school within the year
[Peter is not to be found elsewhere in the community.]

 

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 125D
enumerated June 10, 1880, dwelling #67

Weakley, Peter E, white, male, 56, married, dry goods merchant, born PA, both parents born PA
Hariet, white, female, 55, wife, married, keeping house, born PA, both parents born PA
Jane L, white, female, 49, sister-in-law, widow, keeping house, born PA, both parents
born PA
Joseph A, white, male, 20, nephew, single, drygoods clerk, unemployed for 1 month during the census year, born IL, both parents born PA

 

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