Irene Jane Skaggs Weekly




11 Oct 1823, Born in Henry County, Tennessee

Father: Joseph Skaggs, b. 1782 in Virginia - d. 1850 in Missouri

Mother: Effie Dunham/Donham, b. ABT 1786 in Warren County, Kentucky - d. 1850 Tennessee.

14 Mar 1841, Married William Elze Weekly.

14 Jan 1899, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs I.E. Rose (Ursula), near Myrtle Point, Coos County, Oregon

Buried at Dora Cemetery, Dora, Coos County, Oregon

See William Elze Weekly for more information on their life together.

Irene's Obituary:

"Grandma" Weekly Dead.

Irene J Weekly, commonly known as "Grandma" Weekly, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I.E. Rose near this city, last Saturday morning, Jan 14, 1899.  Her maiden name was Skaggs and she was born in the state of Tennessee, Oct 11, 1823.  She was married to Wm. E. Weekly in 1841 and crossed the plains and located in the Willamette valley in 1853.  However, the next year they moved to Douglas county where they remained until 1873, when they came to Coos county and cast their lot in the Coquille valley.  The family has been closely identified with every stage of the county's development and advancement, as Mr. I. T. Weekly, being at present, one of our progressive county commissioners.  The honorable old gentleman [William, Irene's husband?] departed this life several years ago and his remains were buried in Dora cemetery, by the side of whom the remains of Mrs. Weekly was laid last Monday.  She was a grand old pioneer lady, loved and honored by all. She was also a consistent Christian and was a devoted member of the German Baptist Church.  The 7 children are all living and are: John S. of eastern Oregon ; I. T. ; E. E. ; R. L. ; and W. M. of this county and Mrs. Turner of Portland and Mrs. I. E. Rose of this city. [Her son, Jefferson, had died in 1889.]

-Myrtle Point Enterprise, Jan 21,


Irene Jane Skaggs and her family are discussed in the book, Skaggs Tangled Roots by Ida Lancaster.

Other notes:
E D Skaggs got land just north of the Weeklys in Ten Mile, in section 14.  Dated 7-20-1872.

Skaggs (including Ewin D - could be E D, above) buried in Benton Co, OR

Skaggs in this Benton Co, MO Cemetery:

Jas Skaggs, born 1870, grave in Benton Co, MO:

Skaggs in wars

Martha J Skaggs grave
Located at the Kenneth Laird ranch at Sitkum
SKAGGS, Martha J.  --  d. 1 Mar 1872, age 56y
(In the 1870 Census, in TenMile Precinct, Douglas Co, Oregon, page 5, there is a Martha Skaggs, 50 years old.  Women have been known to understate their age.)
Martha may have been living in Cole, Benton County, Missouri in 1850, married to Stephen Skaggs.

Eli Skaggs is buried at Dora Cemetery, Dora, OR... according to Verna Weekly's notes, Eli was Irene's brother. SKAGGS, Eli M. -- Sep 1830 - 7 Jan 1892.  One researcher places Effie Dunham Skagg's (Irene and Eli's mother) birth date at 1785, while the 1850 Census lists her as 64 years of age, born about 1786. Effie would have been about 45 when Eli was born. Eli's headstone is shared with William and Irene Weekly at Dora Cemetery.  See my family reunion photos (link near top of home page to see a letter that Eli wrote to Irene.  He was considering a move to Oregon at the time.)