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John A. Weed (1829-1916)
Born at New York State, settled in Lower Saginaw (now Bay City), Mich., in 1849.

1869-9 biographical data. (Added Oct., 2009)

Directory of Bay City, Portsmouth, Wenona and Bangor, 1868-69


John A. Weed, the head of this young enterprise, came to Bangor in July, 1865, and began boat building and repairing – in which line he has done considerable. One of his feats was the lengthening of the schooner John S. Minor 18 feet. He built the ferry boat, Ben Trudell, and the sail boat Phil Sheridan; and many a craft now riding the waves in safety, owe their “tight” character to the influence of Weed. He also turns out spars, booms, flagstaffs and bob-sleighs, when occasions offer – making himself generally useful in the community.

Mr. Weed resided in Bay City for many years, where he went in 1849; at first he was the first to start a factory of that kind in Bay City, and was prospering when the fire of 1863 swept away his means. He is a nice frank, industrious fellow, and we wish him prosperity, plenty and peace.

History of Bay County, Michigan and Representative Citizens. - 1905

In 1858 the first ship was built here by George Carenter and J. A. Weed, a fishing schooner names "Java."

Additional Notes.

  • 1850 - Census, Hampton, Saginaw, Mich. John Weed and other are boarding at the house hold of Ezra D. Blend and his family. (At this time Bay County did not exist.)
  • 1854 – John A. Weed and George Carpenter built the first ship in Lower Saginaw (Bay City), it was a fishing schooner named “Java.” [History of Bay Co. - 1905]
  • 1858 – On May 23rd, John A. Weed was appointed village marshall. [History of Bay County, Mich., 1883]
  • 1859 Michigan State Gazetteer, Business Directory. John A. Weed, wagon maker, Bay City, Bay Co., Mich.
  • 1860 Census, Bay City, MI - boarding at John Weed's home are Adelophus Fontane and Samuel Edy.
  • 1861 – John A. Weed, manufacturer of wagons, hires John A. Fordon as foreman for his business. [History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Mich., 1892]
  • 1863-64 Bay City Directory.
    Weed, John A, carriage maker.
  • 1875 - Jerusha Weed, son of John A. and Lavinia Weed born on Jun. 6, 1875.
  • 1876 – Weed, Jerusha, born 5 Jun 1875, Augres, Arenac, Mich.; parents John and Lavinia Weed.
  • 1876,77 - John A. Weed listed as Superintendent of Schools for AuGres Township, Bay County, Mich. [Joint Documents, Mich. Legislature, 1876]
  • 1880 Census, Whitney, Bay, Mich.
    - Weed, John A., born 1829, New York
    - Weed, Lucina, spouse, born Canada
    - Children: Jenisha
  • 1880 – Apr. 5th - John A. Weed, Edward Johnson and Edward Bradley were appointed electors of newly formed Whitney township, Bay Co., Mich. [History of Bay County, Mich., 1883]
  • 1883 – John A. Weed was among 14 others that petition the State for organizing a portion of the upper north east portion into a new county to be known as Arenac.
  • 1887 – John A. Weed along with Daniel W. Richardson were nominated as notaries public in Arenac Co.
  • 1916 - John Weed, widow, residing in Mason Twp., Arenac, Mich., died on Apr. 14, 1916. Son of Felix Weed (NY) and Jessie Seymour (NY).
  • 1920 Census, Arenac Co., Mich.
    Note: Possible son of subject.
    - Weed, John A., est b. 1881, Mich.
    - Weed, Alice L., wife
    - Children: Viola E., John E, Irving V.

Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Carpenter, George
People Referenced
Blend, Ezra
Bradley, Edward
Carpenter, George
Edy, Samuel
Fontane, Adelophus
Fordon, John A.
Johnson, Edward
Symour, Jessie (mother)
Weed, Alice L. Mrs. (wife)
Weed, Felix (father)
Weed, John (son)
Weed, John A. (subject)
Weed, Irving (son)
Weed, Viola (dau)
Subjects Referenced
Arenac Co., MI
Augres Twp., Bay, MI
Bangor Twp, Bay, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Lower Saginaw, MI
New York
Wagon maker
Whitney Twp, Bay, MI
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