WEAVER, Adam, G., retired farmer, was born on his fatherís farm, Upper Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., November 24, 1814, and is a son of George and Margaretta (Lenker) Weaver. Jacob Weaver, his grandfather, was born near Zweibreucke, Baveria. After coming to this country he married Margaretta Schamera; Their children were Jacob, Gretchen, Daniel, Magdalena, and George. George Weaver, father of Adam G. Weaver, died in July, 1858, aged about seventy-six; his wife died October 24, 1832, aged about forty-eight. All of their family of fifteen children grew to maturity but one, Elizabeth who died aged eleven. The other children were: Mary, Jacob, George, Susanna, David, Adam, Lydia, Daniel, Simon, Fanny, Rebecca, Annie, William, and Rachel.
Adam Weaver had very slender opportunities for securing an education, for while there was a subscription school open in the neighborhood for a part of each year, he coulld not avail himself fully of even this advantage, for he was very active and helpful, and the farm work made contantly increasing demands on his time as he grew older. From his eighteenth to his twenty-eighth year he gave his entire time to farming. For six of those years he and his brother took the fam on shares. At the age of twenty-eight he removed to his present homestead, which had been bought by his father, and was at that time only a rough piece of land, without buildings or improvements. He made an agreement with his father for the use and final possession of this land on terms which they considered reasonable and within his reach. Here he began the making of a farm and a home. He first build a small log house, which was a comfortable dwelling, and which he occupied until he had secured time and means for erecting a good house. He made improvements in the order of their necessity, and in 1844 built a large and substantial barn. It was a long time before he felt ready for the dwelling, but in 1861, the conditions being favorable, the elegant residence was erected, which has been the home of his family since that date. All other improvements came in due order and time, and the result is the homestead in its completeness and excellence. The time of waiting was shortened by Mr. Weaverís employing the winter months in weaving flax and wool, a trade which he had learned from his father, and progress was still more assisted by frugality and economy in his way of living and in the geneal conduct of his affairs. At the time of his fatherís death, in 1858, Mr. Weaver received the deed to the farm, which consists of one hundred and fifty acres of land in a high state of cultivation and improvement. In 1866 he bought the John Weaver far, which his son Jeremiah occupies, and which he sold to his son in 1890. In the same year he bought the Isaac Negley farm, on which his son Adam now resides. In 1880 he built the cottage in which his son Aaron lives, and in 1892 purchased two hundred and twenty-one acres of land from Andrew Richmond.
On May 30, 1843, Adam Weaver was married to Susanna, daughter of Henry and Catherine (Buffington) Daniel, born January 31, 1831. Their children are: Catherine, born July 6, 1844; Jeremiah, born November 25, 1845, married Sarah Bohner, by whom he had four children, and after her death married Abby Wright, had two children; Cornelius, born February 13, 1848, married Julia Fogleman, has one child; Aaron, born October 30, 1849, married Ellen Miller, had two children; Adam born March 22, 1852, married Lizzie Gassner, has five children; Susanna Weaver, born May 4, 1855, married Gilbert Troutman, has ten children; Priscilla, born April 18, 1858; and Adeline, born July 7, 1860, married Jacob Wiest, now deceased, had one child. Mrs Weaver died May 27, 1872.
Mr. Weaver is a Republican. He is a member of the Evangelical church. His business course is a fine study for young men. By his example they may see the value of industrious and careful habits in early youth, and the necessity of frugality and economy if any foundation is to be laid for future competency. They will see that good will, honesty and a scrupulous regard for the comfort of others are needful to the highest success. They will further see in the conduct and character of Mr. Weaver a pattern of excellence in all the relations of life, and in his quiet enjoyment of the fruits of his early diligence they may observe the substantial rewards of right living.
Historical Review of Dauphin County