Lineage


   Jonas Weed [Jonas Weede in ship's registry] arrived with the 1630 Winthrop Fleet, established himself in Watertown MA, made Freeman May 1631. Few years later, he helped found Wethersfield CT, first official settlement in CT. He soon moved to Stamford CT and became one of the leading figures in early Stamford. BTW: Stamford public library has a treasure trove of books and documents for genealogy of the New England area, including Charles Allison Weed's book. " History of Weed and Allied Families". 



Origin: Stanwick, Northamptonshire, England

Thomas Weed Sr. (b. 1508)
m. Anne White
  Thomas Weed (b. 1547) 
  m. Hannah White
    Jonas Weed b. 1575 England
    m. Mary Jane Davidson b. 1580 England
      Jonas Weed (Immigrant) b. 1598 England d. 1676 Stamford CT (age 78)
      m. Mary Elizabeth Schofield b. 1616 England d. 1689 Stamford CT
        Jonas Weed II b. 1647 CT d. 1704 CT (age 57)
        m. Bethia Holly b. 1656 d. 1713
          Johnathon Weed I b. 1684 CT d. 1728 CT
          m. Mary Ferris b. 1690
            Johnathon Weed II b. 1711 CT
            m. Mercy Drew b. 1715
              Gilbert Weed b. 1740 CT d. .. NY
              m. Abigail Hoyt b. 1740
                William Weed b. 1774 NY
                m. Olive Branch b. 1772
                 Tracy Hoyt Weed b. 1811 NY
                 m. Cynthia Cherrington b. 1815
                   Wlliam Branch Weed b. 1836
                   m. Josephine Topping b. 1838
                     Cynthia Sophia Weed b. 1872 OH d. 1963 CO
                     m. Charles Steele b. 1850: in Albany or Auburn NY, d.1926 CO
                       Lee 1893 - died young
                       Dolly 1896 - died young
                       Mabel 1898-1993
                       Mary 1901-1975                       Thomas Saunders
                       Nell 1904-1925                         William Saunders b. 1825 Ireland
                       Herbert 1907-1986                      m Catherine Leech b. 1827 Ireland
                       Charles b. 1910 d. 2002                  Robert Saunders b. 1865 Ontario
                       Elizabeth (Betty) b. 1913 d. 1990        m Deborah Fowler b. 1872 Guthrie Center IA
                       m. Andrew Dugger Saunders b. 1904 d 1983
                         Norman Dugger 1932
                         William Kraig 1934-2007
                         Ray Lynn - 1937 
                         m. Cynthia R. Gartner b. 1942
                           Robert b. 1962
                           m. Debbie Wein
                             Randi b. 1992
                             Lauren b. 1994
                           Scott b. 1963
                           m. Andrea Cole
                             Joshua b. 1986
                           Amy b. 1964
                           m. Peter Lawer
                             Jessica b. 1986
                             m. Kyle Flynn
                               Sean Patrick Flynn b 2010
                               Brayden Robert Flynn b 2012
                               Kylie James Flynn b 2014
                           m. Peter Davis
                             Rachel b. 1988
                             m. Tom Catalano
                               Ella Marie b. 2019
                           m. Bob Cowen
                             Amanda b. 1991
                             Elizabeth b. 1993
                               Lucas b. 2018
                           Tracy b. 1968
                           Tim b. 1970
                           m. Gina Miccio
                             Emily Rose b. 2019
                       m. Frank Milton Wallace 
                         Sue Ellen b. 1947
                         m. Wm. Knowles
                           Julie Knowles b. 1970
                           Beth Knowles b. 1972
                           m. Wm. Wyman
                             Alex b. 1997
                             Alysha b. 1998


   Cynthia Cherrington may have been a 2nd cousin to Abraham Lincoln…her grandfather Wm. Cherrington married Margaret Hanks. Still tracking this down. Cherrington family geneologists say that Margaret Hanks was unrelated to Lincoln’s mother Nancy. If they saw me bearded, they might rethink their position. While it could be a coincidence, I look much so like Abe that it’s scary. Will probably never know for sure, as conditions in that part of the country during that time were extremely fluid and documentation wasn’t high on their list of priorities.

   Grandmother used to say we were “7th cousins” of Abe Lincoln. The term “cousin” is often vague, but if the Cherrington link is correct, I would be cousins 7 times removed. I know grandmother had letters to her mother from Lincoln’s stepmother, so there was an acquaintance of some sort. Unfortunately, she threw out the letters. When I found out – too late – she shrugged “It was just family stuff, nothing important”. She did not understand that historians have no difficulty finding official speeches and documents. What they give their eyeteeth for are journals and family letters. 🙁

Steele side of the family

   Charles Steele b 1850 was the son of a Jacob Steele. I found NYS death certificate for Jacob in area north of Rochester NY and a possible cemetery in West Webster, a suburb of Rochester, which is fairly near Auburn. Mabel said Grandpa Charles was born in Auburn, but grandma said Albany. Family tradition says Jacob was an architect. At that time, there were no schools of architecture so the label implies self-education (starting as a builder, perhaps) and/or European background.

   Although he put in a year at Harvard, Charles Steele could not resist the lure of the West. Turning down his father’s offer to finance his degree, he preferred to punch cows for the Slaughter outfit, among other pioneer ranchers. In moving cattle around the West, he once rode through the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and fell in love with them. Eventually, he bought a small ranch and homesteaded additional acreage about eight miles north of Lake City around 1890.

   Cynthia Weed grew up in Gallia County, Ohio. At the age of 10, she went out to work for her room-and-board, in exchange for working 12-16 hours a day six-and-a-half days a week. Small wonder then, that when her sisters in Colorado suggested she come West, she wasted no time. She met Charles Steele while he was visiting her sisters’ home, a wide spot in the road near Salida, Colorado.

   There were several of the Weed family in Western New York, in the same general area where the Steele family was considered to be. It is quite possible that the families were acquainted before Charles and Cynthia met in Colorado. I never heard why Charles was visiting Cynthia’s sisters in the first place, since they lived several days ride from where Charles lived. However, the West was rather sparsely populated in those days, and it was quite common for people to look up others who came from the same part of the country, if only to get news from home and to lend a helping hand to newcomers. I’m sure that if the Weeds and Steeles were even minimally acquainted, Charles would have been told that there were Weeds in Colorado and would have paid his respects. In any case, he and Cynthia met and duly impressed each other (He was an up-and-coming rancher and politican, she was a tiny beauty). They were married on New Years Day, January 1st, 1892. Cynthia was 19, Charles 41.

   ‘Lake Fork Charlie’ set to work raising horses and being a County Commisioner. He and Cynthia had eight children, with the two eldest succumbing to Scarlet Fever at a tender age. Charles himself suffered a stroke which left him bedridden in his later years. Cynthia had to shut down the horse-raising operation (it requires an expertise which Charles could no longer exercise and the children lacked). She got into the cattle business, which requires mostly an appalling amount of patience and mind-numbing optimism. Since cattle ranching is once-a-year income (and lucky to get that), she had to do a lot of truck farming to make ends meet, preserving her garden produce against the winter and selling chickens, eggs, and vegetables to the booming mining town of Lake City. All the clothes were homemade and one of Grandmother’s fondest memories is of the day Grandpa brought home a second-hand sewing machine, which looked to be the original demonstration model. From then on, she didn’t have to make denim overalls by hand. And you think you’ve got it tough?

   The income from the garden was so vital that on one occasion when the regular bridge was washed out by Spring floods, she took the wagon over the High Bridge, an amazing wooden trestle structure 125 feet above the river, bumping from tie to tie, with the horses walking planks laid between the rails, her son holding a coat over the horse’s head so it could not see the raging floodwater below!. All this work while tending a paralyzed invalid husband. With the help of the two boys, she kept the ranch going until 1923, then sold out and moved to Gunnison, where she kept busy for another forty years, taking care of homes and grandchildren, crochetting Afghans (her only hobby), raising and canning fruits and vegetables from a WWII Victory Garden, and tending chickens through winters that ran as cold as 60 below zero. I have always been amazed at the household skills she took for granted and which are now becoming totally forgotten. But more amazing is that while nothing in her life had ever been easy, I do not recall ever hearing a negative word from her or a judgemental remark about others. She had great inner strength, a rather dry sense of humor and an understanding heart. She died at 93 and I miss her greatly. I deeply regret that my wife and children never got the chance to know her.

   Aunt Mabel left home to teach school at Hermit Lakes when she was 17. She eventually married Raymond Wright and settled at the Wright Ranch in the upper Rio Grande Valley. In addition to running cattle, Ray and his brothers, Wallace and Warren, build a bunch of cabins for the dudes, mostly fishermen escaping the heat of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Georgia. Some families have seen three or four generations coming to the ranch, even though the cabins are bare-bones facilities, with a pump in the front yard and an outhouse in back (of course, many of the guests lived that way at home too, 70-90 years ago). Some of my fondest memories are of the summers I spent at the ranch, fishing the Rio Grande or Clear Creek, working the cattle and putting up hay. (Imagine an eleven-year-old at the wheel of a tractor – Yippee!). Tending to the cabins and dudes and running that business became Mabel’s job and she was still cleaning cabins in preparation for the tourist season when age finally caught up with her at 94, although when she finally died, we had to beat her with a stick to make her lie down.

   Uncle Herbert and Hope started raising Larry, Nelly, Peggy and Joyce in Gunnison, then moved to the Pacific Northwest and eventually Alaska.

   Aunt Mary and Hugh Monson lived near Gunnison, with Ruby, Joe and Clyde, then retired to Montrose.

   Uncle Charles worked in Gunnison til he retired, then went to Creede to become a County Commissioner, among other things, and to help Mabel with the ranch after Ray died. He has one son, Lee. Charles lived at the ranch with Dorothy until his death in 2002.

   Betty married at 19, had three boys and supported them through the depression as Clerk of the County Court and as a newspaper reporter. She remarried during WWII and had a daughter, then finished her college degree and taught English in the local High School, finding time to edit the local paper for a couple of years while the new owner learned his way around the county. She also wrote a newspaper history column and a couple of books, histories of the area and of early editors.

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