WEAVER, Joseph

Submitted by mweaver on Mon, 02/28/2011 - 23:12
Joseph Weaver - 1865 photo at Mercer Courthouse with 39th PA Regimen (10th Reserves - Co. G - Mercer Rifles) Joseph Weaver - marker at Delaware Cemetary Joseph Weaver - marker at Delaware Cemetary

Joseph Weaver, son of Michael and Elizabeth Weaver, was born in Greenville, Mercer Co., PA, Aug 28, 1839, and died at his home in New Hamburg, in the same county, Nov 19, 1910. For many years he was employed in carpenter work, and in his younger years went to the oil section (Pittsville, Venango Co.). He was also documented to live in Foxburg, Beaver Twp., Clarion Co. in 1869 (pension docs). Returning to Mercer County in 1873, he spent the remainder of his life there. His political allegiance was Republican and his religion was the Methodist Episcopal Church. Intensely patriotic, he was the first volunteer in his district at the time of the outbreak of the Civil War, enlisting on Apr 29, 1861 at Mercer, PA for 3 years of his first enlistment, mustered into the 10th PA Regiment, Company G and serving actively until the close of the war. The first Civil War draft in Mercer County occurred on 16-Oct, 1862.

The National Archive records list Joseph as 5` 9-1/2" tall, red hair, blue eyes, sandy complexion, and left-handed. Muster roll records stated:

  • Muster-in Roll Jul 21,1861. Pvt., age. 21. Joined for duty and enrolled: Jul 21, 1861, Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., PA for 3 yrs. Signed, Barter, Copyist.
  • Muster Roll Aug 31,1861 Pvt.. Joined for duty and enrolled: Jun 12, 1861, Pittsburgh, PA, Notstated. Signed, Barter.
  • Muster Roll Oct 31, 1861. Pvt. Joined and enrolled: Jun 12, 1861, Pittsburgh, PA for 3 yrs. Notstated. Signed, Barter.
  • Muster Roll Dec 31, 1861. Pvt., Joined for duty and enrolled: Jun 12, 1861, Pittsburgh, PA for 3 yrs. Notstated. Signed, Barter.
  • Muster Roll Jan-Feb 1862. Pvt., Joined for duty and enrolled: Jul 21, 1861, Harrisburg, PA for 3 yrs. Present. Signed, Barter.
  • Muster Roll Mar-Apr 1862. Pvt. Joined for duty and enrolled: Jun 12, 1861, Pittsburgh, PA for 3 yrs. Present. Signed, S. Fairley.
  • Muster Roll May-Jun 1862. Pvt. Joined and enrolled: Jun 12, 1861, Pittsburg, PA. 3 yrs. Present. Signed, S. Fairley.
  • Muster Roll Jul-Aug 1862. Pvt. Joined and enrolled: 3 yrs. Present. Signed, S. Fairley.
  • Muster Roll Sep-Oct 1862. Pvt. Joined and enrolled: 3 yrs. Absent. Sick in Gen. Hospital since Sep 10, 1862. Signed, S. Fairley.
  • Muster Roll Nov-Dec. 1862. Pvt. Joined and enrolled: 3 yrs. Present. Sick (nearly died of dysentary) in Gen. Hospital (Convelescent Camp, Alexandria, VA) since Sep 10/62. Returned and was mustered. Signed, S. Fairley.
  • Muster Roll Jan-Feb, 1863. Pvt. 3 yrs. Present. Signed, G.W. Chase.
  • Muster Roll Mar-Apr 1863. Pvt. Joined and enrolled: Apr 29, 1861, Mercer, PA. 3 yrs. Present. Signed, G. W. Chase, Copyist
  • Special Muster Roll Apr 10, 1863. Pvt. Present. Signed, G.W. Chase.
  • Muster Roll May-Jun 1863. Cprl. Joined and enrolled: Apr 29, 1861, Mercer, PA. 3 yrs. Present. Promoted May 10, 1863. Signed, G.W. Chase.
  • Muster Roll Jul-Aug 1863. Cprl. Joined and enrolled: Apr 29, 1861, Mercer, PA, 3 yrs. Present. Signed, G.W. Chase.
  • Muster Roll Sep-Oct 1863. Cprl. Joined and enrolled: Apr 29, 1861, Mercer, PA, 3 yrs. Present.To be stopped from pay the price of one Cartridge box belt plate (seven cents). Signed, B. Wagner.
  • Muster Roll Nov-Dec 1863. Cprl. Joined and enrolled: Dec. 19, 1863, Warrenton Junction, VA, 3 yrs. Present. Reenlisted and Mustered as Vet. Vol. Signed, B. Wagner.
  • Detachment Muster-out Roll, Bristoe, VA, Dec30, 1863. Cprl. Age: 24. Muster-out: Dec 18, 1863, Last paid to: Oct 31, 1863. Clothing account: Due U. S. $3.33. Bounty due, $100. Re-enlisted as Vet. Vol. under G. O. 191, W. D. 1863. Signed, Ginen.
  • Muster Roll Jan-Feb 1864. Cprl. Joined and enrolled: Dec.19, 1863, Warrenton Junction, VA, 3 yrs. Present. Vet. Vol. Second Installment of Bounty Due ($50,00) Fifty Dollars. Signed, B. Wagner.
  • Muster Roll Mar-Apr 1864. Cprl. Joined and enrolled: Dec 19, 1863, Warrenton Junction, VA, 3 yrs. Present. Signed, B. Wagner.
  • Muster-out Roll, Pittsburgh, PA, Jun 11, 1864. (wounded in Petersburg, VA Jun. 19, 1864. Cprl. Vet. Vol. Transferred to Co. 85, 2d Battallion Vet. Pa. Res, See 190 Pa. Vols. Signed, B. Wagner.
  • Muster and Descriptive Roll of Vet. Vols., Bristoe Station, VA, Dec 20, 1863. Cprl. Born: Mercer Co., PA, Age: 24 yrs; Occupation: Carpenter; Enlisted: Dec 19, 1863; Warrenton Junction, VA, 3 yrs. Eyes: Blue; Hair: Sandy; Complexion: Sandy; Hgt: 5 ft. 9-1/2 in. Mustered: Dec 19, 1863; Cpl. in Field. Signed, A. J. Anderson.

Volunteer Enlistment (re-enlistment document)
STATE OF Pennsylvania TOWN OF Delaware Township, Mercer County

I, Corpl. Joseph Weaver born in West Greenville in the State of Penna. aged 24 years, and by occupation a Carpenter Do HEREBY ACKNOWLEGE to have volunteered this 19th day of December 1863, under the provisions of Gen. order Ch. 191 Current Services War Dept. to serve as Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, Corpl Joseph Weaver do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegience to the United States of America, and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War

Sworn and subscribed to, at Warrenton Junction, VA, this 19th day of December 1863. Before (signed) G.W. McCracken, 1st. Sgt & Adyl,10th Rgt., P.R.C. (signed) Joseph Weaver

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above-named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that in my opinion he is free from bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would, in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier. (Signed) R. Rohner, Jusj.10 Rgt. P.R.C., Examining Surgeon

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer Jos. Weaver previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgement and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duty qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodied soldier, I have have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service. This soldier has Blue eyes, Red hair, Sandy complexion, is 5 feet 9 1/2 inches high.

(signed) G. W. McCracken, 1st Sgt.& Adyl.,10th Regiment of 39th Pa.Res.Volunteers Recruiting Officer

[Reference from "History of Mercer County" pp 304-308] ---
Thirty-ninth Regiment, Tenth Reserves - This regiment had two companies from Mercer County, B and G. Company G was recruited at Mercer by Capt. A.J. Warner, then principal of Mercer schools, but latterly a member of Congress from Marietta, Ohio. The regiment was mustered into the US service Jul 21, 1861. For a brief period it encamped near Washington. It was transferred in Jun 1862, to McClellan`s army operating against Richmond, and participated, Jun 26, at Mechanicsville. It met the enemy on the 27th at Gaines Mill, and again on the 30th when it captured sixty prisoners. The regiment was transferred from the Peninsula to join Gen. Pope, and shared in the terrible battles during the closing days of Aug-Sep 1862. It was present at South Mountain and Antietam, and later the slaughter of Fredericksburg, where it lost heavily. It shared in the memorable campaign through MD and into PA in 1863, and was present at Gettysburg. It participated in the pursuit of the retreating hosts, and in the campaign against Richmond in 1864. Its term of service expired May 30, (mustered out Jun 11, 1864).

Company G. Captains: A.J. Warner, J. Parker Smith, Peter E. Shipler; First lieutenants: Thomas B. Rodgers, Joseph S. Marquis; Second lieutenants: C.W. Whistler, N.G. McQuillan. Sergeants: George Reznor, Milton I. Bean, John M. Bogardus, George T. Sykes, John H. Forker, J. Boyd Robinson, George W. McCracken, William H. Rowland. Corporals: John B. Emery, William Paden, Joseph H. Wright, Thomas McLaughry, Samuel Graham, James W. Hanna, Isaac D. Kirk, John Nevin, Joseph Weaver, Elias Orr, William Galloway, Hamilton Houston, John N. Pew, Hugh L. Sawhill. Musicians: H.H. Henderson, Oscar D. Madge.

Records from National Park Service - Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database: 10th Regiment, PA Reserve Infantry (39th Volunteers) - Organized at Camp Wilkins, near Pittsburgh, Jun and Jul 1861. Ordered to Harrisburg, Pa., Jul 18, and mustered in Jul 21, 1861. Moved to Baltimore, Md., Jul 22; thence to Washington, D. C., Jul 24. Attached to 3rd Brigade, McCall`s PA Reserves Division, Army of the Potomac, to Mar 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of Potomac, to April, 1862. 3rd Brigade, McCall`s Division, Dept. of Rappahannock, to Jun 1862. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of Potomac, to August 1862. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Corps, Army of Virginia, to Sep 1862. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of Potomac, to Feb 1863. 3rd Brigade, PA Reserves Division, 22nd Corps, Dept. of Washington, to Jun 1863. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of Potomac, to Jun 1864.

SERVICE - At Tennallytown, Md., Aug 1-Oct 10, 1861, and at Camp Pierpont, near Langley, VA., till Mar 1862. Expedition to Gunnell`s Mills Dec 6, 1861. Action at Dranesville Dec 20. Advance on Manassas, VA., Mar 10-15, 1862. McDowell`s advance on Falmouth Apr 9-19. Duty at Fredericksburg till June. Moved to White House Jun 9-12. Seven days before Richmond Jun 25-Jul 1. Battles of Mechanicsville Jun 26; Gaines Mill Jun 27; Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale Jun 30; Malvern Hill Jul 1. At Harrison`s Landing till Aug 16. Movement to join Pope Aug 16-26. Battles of Gainesville Aug 28; Groveton Aug 29; Bull Run Aug 30. MD Campaign Sep 6-24. Battles of South Mountain, MD, Sep 14; Antietam Sep 16-17. Duty in MD till Oct 30. Movement to Falmouth, VA., Oct 30-Nov 19. Battle of Fredericksburg Dec 12-15. "Mud March" Jan 20-24, 1863. Ordered to Washington, DC, Feb6, and duty there and at Alexandria till June 25. Ordered to join Army of Potomac in the field. Battle of Gettysburg, Jul 1-3. Pursuit of Lee Jul 5-24. Bristoe Campaign Oct 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock Nov 7-8. Rappahannock Station Nov 7. Mine Run Campaign Nov 26-Dec 2. Bristoe Station Apr 15 1864 (Detachment). Rapidan Campaign May 4-31. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Laurel Hill May 8; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. Harris Farm May 19. North Anna River May 23-26. Jericho Ford May 25. On line of the Totopotomy May 28-31. Left front May 31. Mustered out Jun 11, 1864. Regiment lost 7 Officers,153 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded, 47 Enlisted men by disease. Total 207.

On Jun 1, 1864, Joseph was transferred to the 191st Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I as Corporal. Organized in field from Veterans and Recruits of PA Reserve Corps May 31, 1864. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of Potomac, to Aug 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to Sep 1864. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to Jun 1865.

SERVICE - as Battles about Cold Harbor, VA., Jun 1-12, 1864. Bethesda Church Jun 1-3. White Oak Swamp Bridge Jun 13. Before Petersburg Jun 16-18. Siege of Petersburg Jun 16, 1864, to Apr 2, 1865. Wounded with mini-ball to left arm and shattered elbow at Battle of Petersburg on June 19, 1864. Transferred to Co. 85, 2d Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps. Jan 15, 1865; honorably discharged in Philadelphia, PA under General Order, Sep 12, 1865; Vet.

Married in Mercer Co, PA, Jan 16, 1866, Maria, born at Big Bend, Mercer Co, PA, Jan 27, 1845 at home of Alexander Morrow. She was daughter of Alexander and Bessie Morrow, of Scotch-Irish extraction, who emigrated to US about 1840, and settled on a farm near Big Bend of Shenango River. Children: Carrie, born Jun 10, 1867; Lillian, Apr 10, 1869; A.M., May 1, 1871; Edwin Joseph; William R., born Mar 26, 1879. In 1850 census - reported to attend school in last year (age 10).

In 1869, Houck and George Reznor ventured upon a new enterprise, that of a hub and spoke factory. After a time Reznor was succeeded by Weaver, and still later the firm changed to that of Wilson and Stranahan. In 1874, a fire destroyed the establishment and it was never rebuilt. The Weaver may have been Joseph. George Reznor was Joseph`s first sergeant in the 10 Reserves and John Stranahan was also one of Joseph`s comrades. The Mercer County History does not go into any more detail of the company or who the Weaver was as its owner. 23-Apr 1884 - Sergt. J.C. Dickey Post, No. 433 Department of Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic organized in Greenville (1888, 434).

Joseph Weaver died November 19, 1910 and is buried in the Delaware Cemetery (Delaware Grove) - Row 26, Plot 7 - Section C.

Posted... M. J. Weaver, GG grandson, Feb. 28, 2011.

2 comments

Joseph Weaver

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 20:16.

I am a great, great granddaughter of Henry, Joseph's brother. My father was named after Joseph, as well as my brother. I have been trying to research my family, including children of your Joseph for a book for my children. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
steffannieh5004@gmail.com

Weaver Family History

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/03/2012 - 02:10.

Dear Cousin:

I am the GG grandson of Joseph Weaver. My family tree information is listed on ancestry.com under Weaver/Schiefferle families and on TribalPages under the same names. You should be able to search for Joseph on Ancestry if you have a free account on the system to gain information to the family history. If not you should be able to search tribalpages.com for the information. I am curious if you have a record of Henry's father and grandfather. His name is Michael Weaver (Weber) and I expect his father's name might have been named Henry. The trail runs dry with Michael and Elizabeth Smoyer Weaver. I found my GGG grandmother Elizabeth Weber's grave in the Delaware Grove Cemetery in New Hamburg (south of Greenville), PA a few years ago. Joseph and his family are buried there also. There is no sign of Michael. Elizabeth died when Michael was 47 so I expect he either left the area or is buried elsewhere in the Greenville area. In Henry's records (census records), he lists Michael as being from Hanover. But did not identify where Hanover was located. It could have been in any number of US states or in Germany where the Weaver family originated. If Henry had family records that would be quite valuable to solving these mysteries. I would be happy to help you put the history together for your children. I have done the same for mine.

Kindest regards,

Mike Weaver
mweaver@vt.edu

 
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