Weaver is a relatively common surname, like many 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 the 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 (m. 1696), grandfather of Thomas Weaver (1743-1822), remains unverified[Family Tree 2].
Efforts to establish this 'missing link' were undertaken by Lawrence Weaver (1876-1930) and Harold Baillie-Weaver (1860-1926) [Family Tree 3] in the 1890s. For upwardly mobile Victorians belonging to an ‘ancient family’ – which could trace its ancestry back to ‘ancient times’, particularly to titled and landed forbears who sported a coat of arms – could only enhance its social standing and the advantages which that might bring.
Thomas Weaver's younger son Lawrence (1780-1820), who married Bithia Rushton (1781-1857), begins the line of Lawrences from whom I, my father and grandfather are descended [Family Tree 4].
For twenty-first century families ‘ancestry’ is all about discovering ‘where we have come from’ and seeking long-lost cousins. Here are my maternal first and second cousins [Family Tree 5] and the lampshade below displays 5 generations of 4 children – me and my three sisters – our parents (2), grand-parents (4), great-grand-parents (8) and great-great-grand-parents (16).
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