HISTORY OF THE WEAVER NAME (Source www.surnamedb.com)

This long-established surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is locational from any of the numerous places thus called, for example, Ashley in Cheshire, Kent, Wiltshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire. The name, recorded as Ashley, Ashlee and Ashleigh, in all cases, derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "aesc" meaning "ash", plus "leah", a wood or clearing. Hence, "the ash wood" or "area cleared of ash trees". Locational surnames, such as this, were usually acquired by a local landowner, or by the lord of the manor, and especially by those former inhabitants of a place who had moved to another area, and were thereafter best identified by the name of their birthplace.

The surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 12th Century (see below), and other early recordings include: Robert de Aslegh, who appears in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Devon, and a Robert de Ashley, recorded in the 1281 Court Rolls of Wiltshire. The marriage of Richard Reeve and Anne Ashley was recorded in London, in 1617, and on January 2nd 1634, Samuel Ashley embarked from the port of London on the ship "Bonaventure" bound for Virginea. He was one of the earliest recorded namebearers to enter America. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter de Esselega, which was dated 1162, in the "Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189.

Our Weaver family including May

Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg SUSANNAH 2 WEAVER ~ see 2



1. ~ ~ ~ JAMES WEAVER was born on 31 May 1799 in Wells, Somersetshire, England and was the son of BENJAMIN WEAVER and MARY (surname unknown). On the 1861 Census his occupation was listed as a Mariner Pensioner.

James married MARY PHILPOT in 1818 at St Marys Church, Eling in Hampshire. Mary was born in 1798 in Eling, Hampshire and was the daughter of WILLIAM PHILPOT and ANN (surname unknown).

Children of JAMES WEAVER and MARY PHILPOT included:

*                  JAMES WEAVER, baptized 6 March 1819 in Eling, Hampshire. James is recorded as a Mariner living in Eling on the 1861 Census.

*                  WILLIAM WEAVER, baptized 30 July 1823 in Eling, Hampshire. William is recorded as a Master Mariner living in Eling on the 1851 Census.

*                  GEORGE WEAVER, baptized 6 November 1825 in Eling, Hampshire.

*                  SUSANNAH 2 WEAVER, baptized 19 September 1830 in Eling, Hampshire.

*                  JANE WEAVER, born March 1837 in Eling, Hampshire.

In 1871 James is a Widower aged 72 years. He died in New Forest, Hampshire in April 1872.


2. ~ ~ ~ SUSANNAH WEAVER (JAMES) was born on 17 August 1830 in Eling, Hampshire and was the fifth daughter of JAMES WEAVER and MARY PHILPOT. She was baptized on 19 September 1830 in Eling, Hampshire.

Susannah married JAMES MAY in or after 1851. James was born on 11 August 1822 and was the son of ISAAC CHRISTOPHER MAY and ELIZABETH (surname unknown). James was a Mariner.

By 1861 Susannah was a Widow and living with her parents and two sons in Rumbridge, Hampshire. Susannah died in 1863.

> Refer to the MAY family for information about the family of James and the children of James and Susannah.

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