David Willson Weeks

Male 1810 - 1876  (66 years)


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  • Name David Willson Weeks  [1
    Born 7 Apr 1810  Pamelia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Sep 1876  Hermon, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9979  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2022 

    Father David Weeks,   b. 1769, Marlborough, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1852, Pamelia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Polly Mary Willson,   b. 1780, Guilford, VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1844, Pamelia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 2 Oct 1799  Guilford, VT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Esther Holmes,   b. 1831, Williamsburg, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1896, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Children 
     1. Alice I. Wicks,   b. 28 Dec 1863, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
     2. John Arthur Wicks,   b. 28 Dec 1863, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1946, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
     3. David Walter Wicks,   b. 7 Aug 1867, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1955, Winchester, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [natural]
     4. Joseph Wicks,   b. 1857, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1882, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F95  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Susan Annis Campbell,   b. 20 Feb 1814, VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1894, Hermon, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 18 Aug 1832 
    Children 
     1. Alden Willson Wicks,   b. 9 Oct 1833, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1896, Hermon, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [natural]
     2. Mary Balsora Wicks,   b. 9 Oct 1840, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1892  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
     3. Susan Annis Wicks,   b. 8 Jun 1842, Jefferson County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1923  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
     4. Laura Ann Weeks,   b. 30 Sep 1835,   d. 29 May 1844  (Age 8 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F165  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Note: Ancestry.com DNA tests from descendants of both branches verifies the relationship between the children of David W. Weeks and Esther Holmes, and, David W. Weeks and Susan Campbell.

      - 1840 census: No Wicks or Weeks residing in St. Lawrence County.

      - 1850 census: David W. Weeks, 40, resides in Hermon with wife Susan A. Weeks, 36, and children Mary, 9, and Susan, 8.

      - 1860 census: David W. Weeks (last name listed as Wicks) 50, born NY, resides Hermon. He works as a farmer. His real estate has a value of $2,000 and his personal property is worth $1,100 and so he owns his farm. He is with wife Susan A. Weeks, 40, housekeeper, and children Alden W. Weeks, 26, a farmhand born NY; Mary B., age 19, a schoolteacher born NY; and Susan A., 15.

      - 1870 census: David Weeks is gone from the home. Wife Susan A. is residing at the home while her daughter's husband, Simeon P. Day, is head of household.

      - David W. Weeks, d. Sept. 8, 1876, age 66, and is buried in Section 2 of the Old Hermon Cemetery, Hermon, NY, next to Susan A. Weeks. His wife, died Feb. 9, 1894, age 80.

      - David Weeks was a member of the Hermon Democratic Town Committee.

      - The "Hermon Plank-Road Company" was formed March 1, 1851. David W. Weeks, Seymour Thatcher, Edward Maddock, L. H. Sheldon, Noah C. Williams were the first directors. Capital, $4,000 in shares of $50 each, and the length of the road is 4J (?) miles. It extends from the village of Marshville to the town line of Canton, where it connects with the Canton Falls plank road to Ogdensburg. The road was finished about Jyly 1, 1852. It has been proposed to extend this road to Edwards, and thence through to Carthage in Jefferson County.

      - David W. Weeks was a supervisor for the Town of Herman on the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors from 1852-1853.

      - In 1850, David W. Weeks owns a farm in Hermon, NY worth $1,200 and in addition to his family, has four people working for him and all living there. In 1860 it is worth $2,000 and personal property, $1,100. In 1870, he is not found in the census though he is still alive, while wife Susan A. Weeks is still on the farm in Hermon but with her daughter Susan's husband, Simeon P. Day, as head of household. Susan Day is 28; also at the home are Simeon & Susan Day's children Lelia and Bertha. There is one farm hand named Fuller, who is 21. (In 1860, Simeon Day was working for his father on the John Day farm. In 1870, his father was still operating his farm in another part of Hermon.) Susan A. Weeks states she was born in Vermont. She is 55.

      - In 1880 with David Weeks dead, Simeon Day is still running the farm with wife Susan, 37, Lelia, 12, Bertha, 11, Mary, 9, and a boy, 6. Susan Weeks is 66 and listed as Simeon's mother-in-law. She was born in Vermont, her father in Rhode Island, and her mother in Vermont. (There is an Aaron Day at Hermon in 1880, born abt. 1807, with his father born in Rhode Island and his mother, NY.)

      Summary:

      - David Willson Weeks was born in Pamelia, Jefferson County, NY in 1810.
      - On Aug. 18, 1832, he married Susan Annis Campbell, who was born in Guilford, VT Feb. 20, 1814.
      - In October, 1833, they had Alden Willson, b. NYS.
      - In Sept, 1835, they had Laura Ann, b. NYS.
      - In Oct. 9, 1840, they had Mary Balsora, b. NYS.
      - In June, 1842, they had Susan Annis, b. Jefferson County, NY.
      - In 1845, they moved to Hermon in adjacent St. Lawrence County, and commenced farming.
      - In 1850 at age 19, Esther Holmes was living with John Emmett, 50, a baker, and his daughter Delia Emmett, 18, in the Town of Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence County.
      - In the latter half of 1856 at age 46, David Weeks impregnated 25-year-old Esther Holmes with Joseph, who was born in 1857 and in the 1860 census, is named Joseph Smith, because Esther and David are not married nor living together.
      - In the 1860 census Esther Holmes and her son, Joseph Smith, are residing with her mother and father.
      - In the 1860 census, David Weeks (identified in the census as David Wicks) is residing on the family farm in Hermon with with Susan Weeks and children.
      - In the 1860 census Simeon Day, 26, who will marry David/Susan Weeks' daughter Susan, is working on his father's farm also in Hermon.
      - Within a year or two of 1860, David's wife Susan apparently learns of the relationship between David Weeks and Esther Holmes and removes him from the home. David moves in with Esther.
      - In December 1863, Esther has twins Alice and John Wicks - so she was impregnated for them about March, 1863.
      - In 1865, (NYS census) living with the Bean family in Ogdensburg are Esther, who continues to use her maiden name and gives her age at 29, although she is 34, and a man identified by her father's name as Peter Holmes, with an age given as 30; and their children Joseph, 7, George, 3, and Alice, 3. Esther states she has three children and has been married once. (If she is married to David, why would she use her maiden name and give his last name as Holmes, instead of Wicks? It is likely that while David is now living with Esther, he is not divulging his real name because he has not divorced Susan.)
      - In 1865 Simeon Day marries Susan Weeks, daughter of David/Susan Weeks, at Hermon.
      - In 1867, David Walter Wicks is born - in 1886, the Ogdensburg Methodist Church records the birth of David Walter Wicks in August of 1867 to David and Esther Wicks.
      - In 1870, David's wife Susan A. Weeks is living on the family farm without David. It is being operated by her son-in-law, Simeon P. Day, as head of household, and Susan's status is shown as "at home."
      - In the 1870 U.S. census, there is no trace of David Weeks or Wicks, or of Esther Holmes. Instead, Esther is using the last name of Cummings for her and her four children and they are residing with "James Cummings," a carpenter, at 1101 Mechanic St., Ogdensburg. James Cummings is David Weeks and is using the alias probably because he is still married to Susan.
      - Approximately 1871, David Weeks leaves Esther Holmes and children and likely returns to his wife at Hermon - in the 1872 Ogdensburg city directory, Esther is living alone using the name Esther Wicks. There are no Wicks or Weeks shown in the 1872 city directory though David Weeks doesn't die until 1876.
      - In 1876 David W. Weeks dies and is buried at Hermon in the Old Hermon Cemetery.
      - In the 1879 Ogd. directory Esther now lists her last name as Holmes. There are no Wicks in this directory.
      - In the 1880 census, Esther is listed as widowed which would indicate that David died prior to 1880 (as per above.) However, she is using her maiden name and the children also are listed as Holmes, rather than Wicks: John and Alice, 18, and Walter, 12. She states her children's father was born in Vermont (David Weeks was born in NH but wife Susan in VT and he likely lived there before they married in VT.)
      - In the 1880 census, Susan A. Weeks is still on the family farm, being run by her son-in-law, Simeon Day.
      - In 1894 Susan A. Weeks dies and is buried in Hermon beside David. It's possible the monument was erected prior to David and Susan splitting up with both their names on it, or, that the family buried Susan beside her husband because they never divorced and he perhaps returned to her before 1872.
      - In the 1895 Ogd. directory is Mrs. Esther Wicks with son Walter Wicks.
      - In the 1896 Ogd. directory is Mrs. Esther Wicks with son Walter Wicks and John Wicks, laborer.
      - Esther dies Oct. 13, 1896 at age 61; death announcement lists Esther Wicks, widow of the late David Wicks. There is no record of the burial site.

      Additional:

      - John Wicks, son of David and Esther Holmes, says his father was born in Vermont. David W. Weeks' wife was born in Vermont. David's mother was born in Guilford, Vermont, and his father in Mass. They removed to Watertown and then Pamelia near Watertown after their marriage either in VT or MA.

      - When David and Esther's son John A. Wicks died as a Roman Catholic very involved in the church, the obituary hid his actual paternity in stating he was the son of John and Mary Ann Holmes Wicks. There was no John Wicks Sr., and Mary Ann Holmes was John's grandmother.

      - In the arrest of "Edward Holmes" in 1876 as part of a burglary ring (his actual name was Edward Nash, son of Mrs. John A. Holmes by a previous husband (John A. was the son of David and Esther Weeks,) the report states: "The Holmes family are considerably mixed in their names. The young man's - Edward - real name is Edward Nash. He is a son of Mrs. Holmes by a former husband. Another member of this family is Doty Smith, and the fifth and last is John Wicks. They came here about the 26th of October (1876) from Morrisburg, Canada, for the purpose of making a hiding place for Nash, Stratton and Wislie." (See John A. Holmes for a full report on the arrest.)

      - The Genealogy of the family of George Weekes of Dorchester, Mass., 1635-1650, by Robert D. Weeks, 1885, traces the genealogy from George Weekes directly to David Willson Weeks, including his marriage to Susan Annis Campbell and the birth of their children.

      NOTE: One branch of the descendants of David Wicks/Esther Holmes located a David Wicks who lived in Norwich, NY and makes the claim the two are one and the same. There is not one shred of evidence to support this contention and unfortunately, it has been picked up by other web sites which do not do original research. The facts are that the David Wicks of Norwich, NY arrived in the U.S. in 1851 at about five years old with parents John and Rachel Wicks from Norfolk, England, along with at least three brothers of his father: David, Joseph, and James Wicks (according to obituaries and census reports I have examined.) This family all resided in the Utica/Norwich, NY area. The Norwich David Wicks was was born about 1847 according to the 1880 census of Norwich; or, August, 1845 according to the 1900 census; or, about 1846 according to the 1910 census. He married Sarah H. Snow, born Norwich, NY March 19, 1854, on Nov. 16, 1869 in Norwich. Their first child was Bessie, born March, 1870 and so Sarah, at 15, was two month pregnant when she married this David Wicks, who was then either 22, 23 or 24. By comparison, Esther Holmes' first child, Joseph Wicks, was born in Ogdensburg in 1857 when the Norwich David Wick was either 10, 11, or 12. Esther Holme's twins, Alice and John Wicks, were born in Ogdensburg, NY in December of 1863 (she therefore was impregnated about March, 1863) when the Norwich David Wicks was either 15, 16 or17, and Esther was 28. The Norwich David Wicks enlisted for the Civil War Sept. 7, 1863, at Norwich, Co. C, 17th Infantry Regiment. He was mustered out June 6, 1865.
      It is ridiculous to assume the Norwich David Wicks, at age 11, would impregnate a woman more than 10 years his senior, 200 miles from his home and family; then later leave his Ogdensburg family with his wife six months pregnant with twins, to return to Norwich only to enlist for the Civil War, then be discharged at Norwich but return to Ogdensburg after the war to produce another child, David Walter Wicks in 1867, and then abandon the family again to return to Norwich to impregnate a 15 year-old in 1869 and marry her, never to have further contact with his Ogdensburg family.

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Como-recore.FTW.

    2. [S25] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;;), Database online. Year: 1860; Census Place: Hermon, Saint Lawrence, New York; Roll: ; Page: ; Image: .
      Record for David M Wicks