IIMARTHA RAYMER WEAVER DRAPER 1804-1848
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Orson Pratt Brown's Relation through the Weaver and Draper-Murphy Families
Martha Raymer Weaver DraperBorn: July 8, 1808 at Pittstown, Raensalaer County, New York
Died: In 1847 or October 28, 1848 at Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa
Compiled by Lucy Brown Archer
"When Martha Raymer Weaver entered into the life of William Draper, Jr., his whole outlook was changed. She was his first plural wife and the circumstances under which he married her and a total of seven [by some counts, eight] wives arouses the interest of his descendants as well as that of outsiders. It is likely that William himself marveled, in retrospect, how fate made him the ancestor of one of the largest families in America.
The circumstances surrounding his entry into polygamy seem to indicate that a chain of chance circumstances, rather than a studied course, led him into taking more than one wife. In the story of his life, written near the end of his career, he did not mention the name of any wife, nor did he speak of the doctrine of plural marriage. There were, however, circumstances and events preceding each of his marriages from which it might be thought that he was motivated in part at least by social necessity.
There is evidence which tends to show that William knew nothing of the doctrine of plural marriage until 1845. Indeed, not many people knew much about it until after that time. President Joseph T. Smith published the following statement concernin the doctrine in 1888:
The revelation was not reduced to writing until July 12, 1843. Lorenzo Snow, later president of the Church, knew nothing of it until that time, and it was not published until July 1852. --Church Encyclopedia, Book 1, page 222, and Jensen's Church Chronology, pages 23 and 46.
...William returned again to Nauvoo as per instructions where he received his endowments on the 28th day of January 1846, after which he again returned to Pike County and made final preparations to head for the Rocky Mountains with his family. He was all ready in the spring. He recorded the commencement of the trip as follows:
William recorded nothing at all about taking an an extra wife at Nauvoo, but other family records disclose that a lady named Martha Weaver bore him a son at Kanesville, Iowa, October 28, 1846. This event gives meaning to the simple but omewhat ambiguous statement that he "added to the family and to the outfit" upon arriving at Nauvoo. It could only mean that he married Martha Weaver either in October 1845, when he went up to Nauvoo to get instrucions from the Church leaders as to his future movements, or in January, 1846, when he returned there for his endowments.
It is now clear that he picked Martha up at Nauvoo in April, 1846, and as she was a widow and had four daughters, Martha Elizabeth Weaver, Marinda Bridget Weaver, Julia Cecelia Weaver, and Carrie Weaver, and sons, Horace Racio Weaver, Miles Weaver, Franklin Weaver, and Gilbert Weaver, and it was necessary for William to procure another outfit to transport them on the long journey. The fact that he chose to marry an encumbered widow has significance. He could have had two good reasons for doing so. First, because she was an encumbered widow and needed his help; and second because he may have owed her a debt of gratitude. She was the widow of Edward Weaver in whose home he had received unusual kindness as he was making his way from Kirtland to Far West, Missouri, in 1838. ...It was no doubt easier for William's first wife, Elizabeth Staker Weave, to accept Martha into the family, for she, too, was helped greatly when the Weavers took all the burden of nursing her husband back to health....
Even before William reached the Missouri RIver he learned that 500 able-bodied Latter-day Saint men wete being recruited to join the U.S. Army in the war against Mexico. He reached the point of recruitment in time to see the battalion, including his sister, Phebe Draper Palmer Brown, march away, leaving a depressing void in the families left behind. William was called upon to fill that void as best he could until the departing heads of families should be released from their military duties.:
This was at Council Point in Iowa where William served for three years until the members of the battalion returned to their families. Not only did these families have to be clothed and fed, but they had to have houses built for them. All of this was supervised by William Draper Jr., and in addition, he acquired a good farm for himself and he was soon comfortably situated.
On January 28, 1846 William Draper acted as proxy for Marth's sealing to her deceased husband, Edward Weaver.
On October 28, 1846, his new wife bore him a son whom they christened Almon Draper. But unfortunately the mother died in 1848, leaving her daughter, Carrie Weaver, by her former husband, Edward Weaver, and her young son Almon. Family records, still preserved by her descendants, show that her maiden name was Raymer and that she was born at Pittstown, Rensselaer County, New York on July 8, 1808. She was only forty years old when she died and her death was a serious loss to her nine year old daughter and her two year old son. They were raised by another of William's wives, Mary Ann Manhardt and successfully reared both to full maturity." --The Mormon Drapers by Delbert M. Draper, 1958, pages129-132, 135.
Son of William Draper Jr. and Martha Raymer Weaver Draper
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by Ellen Claire Weaver Shaeffer
Franklin Weaver, son of Edward and Martha Raymer Weaver, was born in New York state in 1828. As a young man he and his brother, Miles, joined the Mormon Batallion of the Mexican War of 1847 and traveled by foot from Council Bluffs, Iowa to the shores of the Pacific Ocean as part of the longest infantry march in the history of the United States. After marrying Christiana Rachel Reed in San Francisco, Franklin, Miles and their families became the original settlers of Provo, Utah, then Millville, Utah and finally Bennington, Idaho. The photo above is the Franklin Weaver home and the community's first school in Milville, Cache County, Utah.
An award-winning book entitled "Franklin Weaver--a Timeline 1828-1884" by Ellen Claire Weaver Shaeffer, was published in 1996, with a supplement in 1998, 222 pages in length with photos, footnotes and index. Copies are available, please send $25.00 to:
Ellen C. Shaeffer
Christianna Rachel Reed Weaver
PAF - Archer files = Orson Pratt Brown + (5) Angela Gabaldon > Bertha Brown + Everardo Navas > Lucy Navas + Michael Leo Murphy < Glenn Eugene Murphy + Ila May Draper < Erastus Almon Draper + Linnie Sequine < Almon W. Draper + Amy Hansen.
PAF - Captain James Brown + (1) Martha Stephens > James Morehead Brown + Adelaid Exervia > Francis Adora Brown + Emily Ann Weaver < William Weaver + Ann Watkins > Elizabeth "Lizzie" Weaver + Moroni Franklin Brown (Moroni Franklin Brown is a grandson of Captain James Brown + (1) Martha Stephens and son of James Morehead Brown).
There are other PAF connections between these families. See Sarah Elizabeth Conover + Gilbert Weaver.
The Mormon Drapers by Delbert M. Draper, 1958, Pages 129-135
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Page 842. This source includes the middle initial for Almon "W" Draper.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Page 3288 and 3290.
Additions, photos, bold, [bracketed information], etc. added by Lucy Brown Archer.
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