Martha _____
wife of Reuben Weed of Abbeville county, South Carolina.

The will of Martha Weed of Abbeville district, South Carolina, dated 22 September 1809, and proved 2 October 1809, mentioned her son Andrew, her son Nathaniel, her son Reuben, her son Reuben's son Reuben, her son-in-law James Cochran, "one Negro Boy named Harry for Schooling & Raising of my Daughter Marthas Children untill James is twenty years of age then the sd. Negro Boy to be the property of the sd. James only paying an Equal Share to his Brothers John & Rueben ...", and her daughter Martha's three daughters (unnamed), with James Cochran, Robert Crawford, & Jno. Devlin as executors [Abbeville co., SC Probate Records, Box 98, Pack 2403, FHL film #181,7126; will also in Abbeville co., SC Will Book 1: 382, FHL film #22,825; will transcribed in Southern Weeds, 18].

Date of birth: say 1742.
Place of birth: Unknown.
Her husband was born in 1740, and she was having children in the 1760's, so this estimate should not be too far off.

Date of death: 22 September × 2 October 1809.
Place of death: presumably Abbeville co., SC.

Father: Unknown.
Mother: Unknown.
In a biographical sketch of her descendant Samuel Henry Weed, the National Cyclopędia of American Biography, tracing the ancestry of the subject back to the immigrant ancestor Jonas Weed, states that the wife of Reuben Weed was a "Messer (or Mepser)" [National Cyclopędia of American Biography 22: 132]. Other variants, such as Mercer and Meeker, have been proposed, but I know of no solid evidence for these assertions. The biographical sketch of Samuel Henry Weed has a number of errors in naming the wives of the other ancestors, so it is best to be skeptical about the name unless clear supporting evidence surfaces.

Spouse: Reuben Weed, b. 16 October 1740, rec. at Derby, d. Abbeville co., SC, 11 November 1791 × 28 March 1792.

Children:
See the page of Reuben Weed for details.

Nathaniel Weed, b. say 1762, d. 16 March × 3 August 1818;
m.
Elizabeth _____, d. 14 October × 20 December 1826.

Andrew Weed, b. ca. 1764, d. Abbeville co., SC, February 1850;
m. Mary [Gray?], b. ca. 1766, d. bef. 29 September 1857.

Reuben Weed, b. near Newburgh, NY, ca. 1765, d. 30 June 1845;
m. [Elizabeth? _____].

Martha Weed, b. after 1765?, living 11 November 1791;
m. James Cochran, d. Abbeville co., SC, 1×22 October 1822.

_____ Weed (daughter);
m. Andrew Jones, d. 28 October 1798.


Compiled by Stewart Baldwin

First uploaded 14 August 2011.