Peter J. Weaver
There are Weaver families in both Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. Among the men of these families, many first names are often repeated. For example, the names of Peter, Lyman, Octavius, John and William all appear from one generation to the next. That means that today, it can be quite confusing for those researching this family. Additionally, the names turn up multiple times in one generation, as the different families each name a son Peter, or Lyman, John and William.
In some decades, family members moved from Hastings County, Ontario to the State of Michigan in the United States. At other times we can see family members coming into Ontario from the United States.
Peter J. Weaver was born in 1818 in the State of New York, USA. An interesting notation
appears years later in 1912, on the death registration for Peter’s son, John. On the death registration of John, it is noted that Peter, was born in the United States “of UE Stock”.
The simple notation indicates that this was a family of United Empire Loyalists. They came to settle in Ontario after the American War of Independence. It is an interesting little comment because Peter’s birth in the United States took place in 1818. That date is long after the last year in which a family had to be living in Ontario to qualify for Loyalist land grants.
To be given the designation of United Empire Loyalist, families had to fight on the side of the British in the American War of Independence. They also had to settle in Upper Canada by the early 1790s and have made a claim for a land grant.
Since Peter was born in the United States in the early 1800s, his family would not likely be Loyalists. Sylvester, the older brother of Peter, was born in York County, Upper Canada in 1813. So, perhaps John and Elizabeth Weaver were Loyalists who came here and then later returned to the States.