Weaver is a relatively common surname, like many surnames that are derived from occupations, such as Smith, Baker and Fletcher. I can trace my forebears back eight generations to Weavers living as farming folk in Herefordshire and along the Welsh border in the mid seventeenth century.
Past members of my family have claimed descent to as far back as the fourteenth century when Joanna de Bohun, first cousin of Mary de Bohun, the first wife of King Henry IV (1364-1413), married Walter Weaver [Family Tree 1]. The link between Richard Weaver (1575-1642) five times M.P. for Hereford between 1620 and 1640, and Richard Weaver (1701-1771) and his second wife Mary Griffiths (b. 1708), who produced Thomas Weaver (1743-1822), the father of the painter, Thomas Weaver (1775-1844) [Family Tree 2] remains unverified.
For upwardly mobile Victorians belonging to an ‘ancient family’ – one that could trace its ancestry back to ‘ancient times’, particularly to titled and landed forbears who sported a coat of arms – could only enhance social status and the advantages which that might bring. For twenty-first century families, ‘ancestry’ is all about discovering ‘where we have come from’ and seeking long-lost cousins.
The lampshade below displays 5 generations – of 4 children, their parents (2), grand-parents (4), great-grand-parents (8) and great-great-grand-parents (16).
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