Samuel J. Weir   

Samuel cash-claimed a quarter in 6, 7N 48W in 1891.

Possible : Samuel Jackson Weir b: 27 December 1830 in
Cooper County, Missouri d: 8 April 1928 in
Greenfield, Dade County, Missouri
 married Martha Doak Wilson b: 21 April 1840 in
Murfreesboro, Tennessee m: 10 February 1858 in Greene
County, Missouri d: 27 March 1915

In 1880 Dade County Samuel 49 and Mattie D. 39 have Nora 21, Anna 19, Don M. 17, Horrace 15, George 5. 13, Phillip 11, Rob t. 9, Frank 7, Lucy 5, and mother Polly B. 72.

In 1900 Dade County Samuel and Martha have Phillip H. May 1872, Robert S. Nov 1874, Frank B. Dec 1876, and Daisy D. Aug 1882.

In 1910 Dade County Samuel J. and Martha D. have only Robert S., 36.

Samuel J. Weir born Dec 27, 1830 in Cooper County Missouri, son of Samuel Weir of Kentucky and Mary B. Stevens, died April 8, 1928, widowed, to be buried in Weir Cemetery.

"Mattie" D. Weir born April 21, 140 in Tennessee to William Wilson from North Carolina and Syntha Wasson of Tennessee, died March 27, 1915, to be buried in Weir cemetery.  Geo. L. Weir was the informant.

Samuel and James (below) very likely were related.


Andrew Jackson Weir, born Dec 12, 1859 died Dec 31, 1921, buried in Sterling. 54768771 says he married Edna Propst Westlake, also buried in Sterling.  William Westlake died in 1907.

James Weir came to the Sterling area from Canada in 1865, to work for the railroad. By 1866, he was a foreman, and moved his family to the area. The settlement was called Weir, when Julesburg #3 was founded in 1881.

Later, Weir moved his family to Sterling, along with several of the Weir buildings, including the family home which was moved in sections.

The Weir family founded several business in Sterling, becoming prominent citizens of the community. Andy Weir's building was the first post office and his sister Edna, the first postmaster. 

Charles A. Weir, of North Platte, is prominently known in railway circles in the western part of the state of Nebraska. He is conductor on the Union Pacific railway, western division. His father, James Weir, was connected with this road, at the beginning of its construction, and remained in this department up to the winter of 1886. Weir Siding was named after him. Prior to coming here he was in Canada on the Grand Trunk railway, having come there from Ireland, where he was born in 1826. Our subject's grandfather, James Weir, died in 1898, aged one hundred and nine years, at Montreal, Canada.

     Mr. Weir was born at Julesburg, in 1868, and at the age of twenty began railroading at Sterling, Colorado, with the Union Pacific railway in 1884, employed as section foreman, then went west in the train service, and has been conductor on that road for the past ten years. He is a member of the Order of Railway Conductors, and past chief conductor of that lodge. He has five brothers, all of whom are, or have been, railway men nearly all their lives. W. J. Weir is trainmaster on the Midland Valley railway at Forth Smith, Arkansas; Frank Weir, conductor on the El Paso & N. W. Railway, of Texas; Andrew Weir, retired conductor, residing at Colorado Springs; Joseph Weir, retired railway man, now a farmer at Sterling, Colorado, where the father also resides; Robert Weir, with the Union Pacific, now conductor at Denver. Our subject's wife, who was Miss Kelker, of Pueblo, Colorado, had six brother who were all railroad men, and two sisters who married engineers. Four members of her family have met death through railway accidents. One brother, John Kelker, is master mechanic at Lima, Ohio. Mrs. Weir is a daughter of John Kelker, born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Her father as a young man went to Baldwin Locomotive Works, at Philadelphia, and became a traveling salesman. He took the first engines to the Rio Grand railway at Pueblo, and afterwards entered the service of that road, and for twenty-five years, up to 1903, was master mechanic of the first district of the Rio Grand system. He is now eighty years of age, hale and hearty, living at Pueblo. Mr. and Mrs. Weir have two children, namely; George and Elizabeth. Mr. Weir's mother was, prior to her marriage, Elizabeth Granger, born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

     Mr. Weir was a delegate to the National Convention of Railway Trainmen, held at Galesburg, Illinois, in 1895. He is a prominent Mason and at present senior warden of No. 32 lodge at North Platte, having passed all chairs. He has served with the Union Pacific company for twenty years, and has never received a demerit mark, and is justly proud of his record.