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The Weatherred Family

by John Coleman Weatherred

THE NAME WEATHERRED  As far as I can trace the Name two brothers came to the U.S. early in the 18th Century.   They came from Wales and settled around Richmond, VA.   One of the brothers had no family; the other married and had one son only, who was Francis Weatherred, my great grandfather (also the great grandfather of Robert R., Weatherred, Thomas Sumpter Weatherred, William L., Weatherred, and Agnes A. Weatherred).   Francis Weatherred was born about 1739 and died in 1835.

Frances Weatherred settled in Albermarle Co., VA, at or near Charlottesville, and I think married a Miss Marm, of the same county.   He was in the Revolutionary War for several years.   Their children were six boys, John, our grandfather, the oldest, born in 1773; William; Thomas; Marcus; James; and Robert the youngest.   Also three or four girls, the oldest one younger than grandfather was Mildred.   She married James Bledsoe, and lived not far from Memphis, Tenn.   They had two sons, James and David Bledsoe.   Sallie Weatherred married a Myers, and lived in Tenn.  Between Gallatin and Nashville; she had a son, Robert, and perhaps other children.   One sister of grandfather's married a McDaniel, and lived in Wilson Co., Tn.   If another sister,  I have forgotten whom she married.

Grandfather, John Weatherred, married Betsy Gilmore, when 18 years old, in Albermarle, Co., VA.   About 1795 or 1796, they rode horseback from Virginia to Tennessee (then North Carolina) and settled at Bledsoe's Lick, now Castalian Springs, Tenn.   It was then a very wild country,  full of hostile Indians,  with forts at Bledsoe and Gallatin and elsewhere.   They had to live in the forts part of the time.

Great Grandfather Francis moved that part of the country soon after Grandfather.   I do not know how many of his family came with him.   At any rate, several of his sons settled in the Blue Grass Region of Kentucky,  not far from Frankfort and Lexington.   I think William and Thomas and perhaps James.   But Marcus and Robert settled for a time in Tennessee near Great Grandfather's place, and several of the sisters.   The family altogether owned many, many hundreds of very rich land, heavily timbered with poplar, hickory, beech, oak, soft and hard maple, walnut, and many other kinds.   There was much wild game, and animals.

Great Grandfather was a millwright, mechanic, and carpenter, also a Hard Shell Baptist Preacher, as they were called long ago.   They always owned negroes and treated them very kindly.   Great Grandfather died in 1835, on his farm of Castalian Springs, where he and his wife were buried, and where their remains now rest, in the corner of his garden, some 200 ft from the brick residence where he had lived for years.   (This place is now known as Young David Chenault's place.)

Grandfather John's place joined his father's farm.   He was a very pious and upright man and belonged to The Missionary Baptist Church, at the Hopewell Church near his home.   When he died the people placed a monument over his grave because of his upright and honorable life.   He died Dec 5, 1857,  84 years old, and Grandmother died in 1859, 84 years old.   Their children were: Anna, Catherine (born the 1st day of the year and the 1st day of the century, 1800), Agnes, Fannie, Patience Sumpter, Elizabeth, Millie, Robert D., and Wilson G.; 2 boys and 7 girls.

Wilson G. Weatherred, my father, had 4 boys and 1 girl - myself, John C., Robert R., Thomas Sumpter; William L., and Amanda Agness.   Sister is dead.   Thomas Sumpter Weatherred married Francis E. Taylor, in Tennessee in 1880 and has 4 daughters: Florence, married to Frank Shales, Tennessee, Eva and Lucy.   His son John Robert Weatherred died in 1912, 24 years old.

The rest of us have no families.

Grandfather's brother William had three daughters:   Ann, Amanda, Malvina, and one son, William, who also left a son, William, who now lives in Mississippi (if still living) and 68 or 69 years old.   The second daughter Amanda married a Mr. James Bate, and they had 1 daughter and 3 sons:   William B. Bate, Humphrey Bate, and James Bate.   William Bate was a prominent lawyer of Gallatin and Nashville, and was Colonel of the 2nd Tennessee Regiment of the Confederate Army, and was made a General after the battle of Chickamauga.   He was wounded very seriously, 4 or 5 times during the war.   He was Governor of Tennessee twice and was represented for 18 years in the U.S. Sentate.   He died at Washington.   Humphrey Bate, his brother, Captain of a company, was killed at Shiloh, and Major James Bate lives in Sumner Co., Tenn.

Thomas Weatherred lived in Kentucky and had a son, David, born about 1812-1820, and I have forgotten the rest of the family if any.   I was acquainted with David Weatherred when he lived in Franklin, Simpson Co., Kentucky, and with Miss Maggie, and William Children of David Weatherred.   This was in 1868, I believe.   I met William in the army. He belonged to the second Kentucky Regiment (Dukes Regiment, of John H. Morgan's command, and I belonged to Ward's Regiment, the ninth Tennessee Calvary of Morgan's command.   William Weatherred furnished me with a saddle (as I had none), as we were marching through North Carolina to Johnsonn's Army, for the West Virginia Department of Lee's Army, immediately after General Robert E. Lee's surrender, on April 9th, 1865.

James Weatherred, Great Grandfather's third son (I think) removed to, I believe, Alabama and I do not now much about his descendants, if any.

The next son, Marcus Weatherred, removed from Tennessee to Texas, sometime about 1838 or 1840.   He had two sons, William and David who lived in Hill Co., TX about twelve or fifteen miles west of Millsborough (Hillsboro), the County Seat.   I was at their home in 1874. William had five or six sons, and David two.   I can't accurately recall their names.

Robert Weatherred, the sixth and youngest son of Great Grandfather, removed to Texas about the time that Marcus moved there and settled at or near Paris, Red River County, Texas.   He had one daughter, who married a Mr. Graham.   She had one son, John Graham.   Robert had two sons, Lafayette, and William.   Lafayette died on a visit to Nashville in 1860.   William married and died, I think in Texas, several years ago.   I do not know much about his family, though he had children.

This is about the extent of my knowledge of the name and descendents.   I can say that I have never heard of the name being guilty of a criminal act.

John C. Weatherred, March 20, 1915.



Thanks to   Sharon Clark   from Fort Worth, TX who supplied the information above.   Copies from the original papers by Estelle and Eugene Kronk, some help from Volney, were sent to Sharon by Ann Hill who originally got the sketch from C. J. Weatherred 4-29-90.   C. J. lived in Northville, Michigan at the time received.  Sharon noted that the only information she had on John C. Weatherred was that he married Della Wade and died 21 April 1930.  They were both buried at Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon.

It's interesting to note the spelling of the surname Weatherred.   The original diary was transcribed by Buzzy Bate and he, for some reason, changed the spelling of the name used by him to Weathered.


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