By Jan Lawrence
In the last articles, the first five children of Michael Montraville Weaver and Jane Eliza Baird Weaver were listed as Mary Ann Elizabeth Weaver, Martha E. Weaver, Margaret Matilda Weaver, James Creed Fulton Weaver and John Baird Weaver. The sixth child was William Elbert Weaver who was born June 15, 1841, on Reems Creek where he lived with the family until their move into the double log cabin on Central Avenue in the early 1850s. He attended Emory and Henry College in Virginia but left school at age 19 to enlist in the 29th NC Volunteers, Company H in the Civil War.
His enlistment date was September 11, 1861, and his rank was listed as a sergeant. He received promotions to Full 1st Sergeant, Full-Color Sergeant, Full Assistant Quartermaster (June 23, 1863) and captain. He left the Confederate Army as a commissioned captain in the Confederate States General and Staff Infantry Regiment.
On October 2, 1866, he married Hannah E. Baird who was born in Madison County and was a second cousin. Capt. Weaver studied law and practiced for a while in Asheville. He was elected to the State Legislature in 1881. He died on January 20, 1935, in Flat Creek at the age of 93.
The seventh child was Katherine E. Weaver who was born on November 22, 1844, on Reems Creek. She died on January 13, 1905, and is buried in Old Weaverville Cemetery. She married Isaac Arthur Harris who was born in Transylvania County and served as a captain in the NC 39th Regiment during the Civil War. He was a physician, attending Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.
The eighth child was Zebulon J. Weaver who was born on December 7, 1847, on Reems Creek and died on March 4, 1850. He was the only child who did not attain adulthood. He is buried in Old Weaverville Cemetery.
The ninth child was Eliza Jane Weaver who was born April 13, 1849, on Reems Creek. At age 18 she was married to Joseph N. Myers. They had one son, Thomas Bascom Myers. Family tradition states that an incident happened and Joseph quickly left the town and went to Missouri. Eliza did not hear from him, so she assumed he had died.
She married “Squire Dan” Reagan, who was a nephew of her brother-in-law, several years after Joseph left. She and Dan had three children. Tradition states that Joseph came back to Weaverville and a divorce was quickly processed. He left town again and a second wedding to “Squire Dan” was held. Relatives say Joseph died in Arkansas.
The tenth child was Henry Bascombe Weaver, who was born on August 2, 1851, and died on February 13, 1938. He graduated from Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons at age 20, the youngest of the class of 1872. He was a physician for mica mine workers in Mitchell County before marrying Hattie Penland and returning to Buncombe County in 1888. Well known and highly respected, he specialized in gynecology. When the North Carolina Medical Society was chartered, he served as its first president. It was his recommendation that surgeons and physicians be licensed by a state examining board. In 1885, the NC Legislature enacted this into law, the first of its kind in the United States.
He and Hattie raised four daughters on Chestnut Street in Asheville. Dr. Weaver was the oldest practicing physician in Asheville. He was described as a spellbinding storyteller. His reputation as the family teller was enhanced by his presentation at the “Tribe of Jacob” Reunion in 1919. His stories are often quoted and repeated as factual, although some definitely are not. He was the last child of the family and was definitely the most colorful. This family made quite a contribution to Buncombe County and the town of Weaverville.