Elijah Daniel Weaver, known as “Lige” to his family and friends, was born July 25th, 1865 to Darius and Sarah Weaver in Laurel county, Kentucky. His father was a farmer.
Lige’s mother, Sarah, passed away when he was only 10 years old. The family headed west, Lige’s father going ahead and sending for the children once he was settled in Wallowa county. The kids arrived in June of 1879. One sister, Elizabeth, died along the trail.
When Lige was 33 years old, he married Mary Pearl Hulse. The year was 1899. They went to live on the homestead that he had taken in Lower Valley of Wallowa county near the head of the canyon, where they lived for the rest of their lives. In June of 1900, Lige and Mary’s first son, Ellis was born. Many children followed, including my great-grandmother, Edna Winifred, for a total of twelve.
Lige was 51 years old when the United States went to war against Germany in WWI. He passed away at the age of 62 on March 3, 1928 and is buried in the Wallowa Cemetery.
You can get much more of a feel for who he was from his obituary that was published in the Wallowa County Chieftain. A huge thank you to my dad for giving me a copy!
Wallowa County Cheiftan
Elijah D. Weaver, Resident of Wallowa County Last 49 Years, Passes Suddenly
Elijah Weaver, familiarly known to his wide aquaintanceship in the Wallowa county as
“Lige”, and one of this county’s original pioneers, died suddenly last Saturday morning at his home in Lower Valley at the age of 62 years, eight months and seven days. Although he had been in failing health for some time, the end came abruptly at 7:30 o’clock, at the home on the original homestead near the head of the canyon where he had spent the greater portion of his life.
Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Wallowa last Monday afternoon, with Rev. G.H. Feese officiating. An exceptionally large concourse of friends and relatives gathered to pay their final tribute. Music was given by a quartet composed of Mrs. Wm. McKenzie, Mrs. Frank Bradley, H.M. Vaught and K.W. McKenzie with Mrs. Harold Hamstreet at the piano. Pall bearers were B.B. Oliver, L.T. Powers, Chas Bramlet, Chas. Johnson, Geo. Werst and Gordan Martin. Interment was in the Wallowa cemetery.
Mr. Weaver was born July 25, 1865 in Laurel county, Kentucky. His mother passed away when he was a lad and the father went West to seek a new home, finding it in Wallowa county. He then sent for his children and Elijah with an older brother and sister started west on an emigrant train. They were eight weeks enroute from Kentucky to Kelton, Utah, then the terminal of the railroad. Here they were met by Is Weaver, a cousin, who brought them by team over to Cove and thence to Alder Slope in Wallowa county where the father had established his home. They arrived June 7, 1879.
On May 8, 1899 Elijah was united in marriage to Miss Mary Pearl Hulse of Enterprise, and they went to live on the homestead of the bridegroom which he had taken in Lower Valley near the head of the canyon. Here he resided the remainder of his days. When the first road was built down through the canyon Mr. Weaver was one of the first to drive a team over it. He was also one of the county’s original sportsmen, having been a great hunter in his day.
In recent years he turned his attention to dairying and developed a strong herd of Jerseys, of which he recently disposed. Four years ago he was baptised by the Rev. Cox of Enterprise. The obituary, as read at the service Monday in part said:
“He was a believer in Christ and cherished his father’s well-worn Bible.”
“A place by the fireside is vacant,
“A voice we cherished is stilled,
“He is gone, though not forgotten,
“His place can never be filled. ”
Besides his widow, Mr. Weaver is survived by nine sons and three daughters; Mrs. Blanche Bassett of Winchester, Idaho. Mrs. Edna Kennison of Orchard, Wash., Ellis of Salem, and Jay, Wane, Lloyd, Wilbur, Kenneth, Marshall, Selby, Myrtle, and Martin of Wallowa. Also, two brothers and one sister survive, W.H. Weaver of Enterprise, J.M. Weaver of Walla Walla, and Mrs. Wm. McCormick of Enterprise. There are three grandchildren and a host of other relatives.
Attending the services Monday from out of the valley points were Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Kennison of Orchard, Wash., and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Hulse of La Grande. All of the children were home with the exception of Ellis.
Please, if anyone has a picture of Elijah, will you please pass that along? I would love to have a photo of him here.
(Lige is my 2nd great-grandfather. He is the father of Edna Winifred (Weaver) Kennison.)