WEAVER, Philip, farmer, was born on the homestead in Upper Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa, March 19, 1850, and is a son of William J. and Elizabeth (Hoy) Weaver. His grandfather, Jacob Weaver, married Christina Cooper, and they had five children: Jacob, who died young; George, married Sarah Cameron; Adam; William J.; Sarah, married to Peter Schreffler, who died, and she married Jacob Martz. William J. Weaver, father of Philip Weaver, was born in November, 1818, and died May 10, 1883, aged about sixty-five. His wife died November 13, 1887, at nearly the same age. Their children are: Sarah, deceased, wife of Jacob H. Forney; Catherine, wife of Michael Kuffer; Philip; Jonathan, married Louisa Strohnecker; Christian, married Elizabeth Hummel, and after her death, Sarah Novinger; Samuel, married Kate Miller; Elizabeth, married Daniel Koppenheffer.
Philip Weaver was, in his boyhood, kept busily at work on the farm during the season for farm work; his only opportunity for school education was in the common schools of his township, which were open for a few months of each winter. He remained with his parents until he became of age, and then went out to work among the neighboring farmers. His first engagement was with Jonas Diebler, with whom he continued until August 10, 1871. He then with Rev. J. W. Lesher for eighteen months, farming for him and running his saw mill: after this he was for a short time with Brown & Early, at Williamsport, Pa., spending the remainder of the summer with Taber & Goodrich, and in both of these situations doing general work. He went home in the fall of 1873, and remained until the following spring, when he took one of his fathers farms on shares, and cultivated it for one year. He then removed to his present homestead, where he has since been engaged in general farming. He has much improved the place; in 1885 he built upon it a saw and a grist mill, and has a good trade with the farmers of the vicinity. Philip Weaver was married, November 16, 1873, to Amelia Mary, daughter of Simon and Tina (Henninger) Daniel, born June 25, 1848. Their children are: Oliver, born March 2, 1874; Annie Nora, October 11, 1875, wife of Francis M. Larkin, has one child, Edna Rebecca; George Melancthon, March 17, 1877; Lizzie Celesta, January 5, 1879; Tina Amanda, November 16, 1880; Frederick Patterson, November 7, 1882; Edward Whitney, January 10, 1885; and Monroe Curtin, January 17, 1887. Mr. Weaver is a Democrat. He served one term of five years in the office of justice of the peace. The family are members of the Reformed church.
Simon Daniel, father of Mrs. Weaver, died in 1885, aged about seventy; his wife survives him. Of their eleven children, two are deceased: Amanda, wife of Gabriel Weary, and Malinda, wife of Henry Schneider. The surviving children are: Edward Isaac, married Mary Coleman; Sarah, wife of Cornelius Kohler; Aaron, married Mary Buffington; Amelia Mary, Mrs. Weaver; Henry, married Christine Hubach; Catherine and Lizzie, twins, the former married to William Wolf, the latter to William Wenrich; Fietta, wife of Elmer Thompson.
Historical Review of Dauphin County