Research Notes
These are just my notes.  Not meant to look fancy or even coherent.  They are here more for my convenience than anything else.

In the 1880 Census record, William's father's birthplace is listed as Pennsylvania, and his mother's, Virginia.

In an attempt to locate William's parents, I have focused on finding Weeklys and Marks in Kentucky (where he was born), Missouri (where he married Irene Skaggs), and Indiana (where I found a BLM land record for a William Elzy Weekly).  William was said to have been born "near" Louisville.  In documents that Irene Weekly filed in applying for a widow's pension for the Indian War of 1855/6, the form reads that William was born in Bardstown, KY, which is 45 miles SE of Louisville.  Bardstown is in Nelson Co, KY.

In an application for an Oregon donation land claim, William's birth place is listed as Nelson County, KY.  Assuming that William was born in Nelson County, Abraham Weakley of Nelson County (1800 Tax List, 1810 and 1820 Censuses) is probably a close relative, if not his father. Nancy Marks (Weekley) seems most likely to be his mother. However it is possible that George Weekly, who appears in the 1811-1826 Tax records (I do not have records of other years so he may have been there longer), might be his father.  Males 16 years and older are listed on the tax rolls.

Another possible father of William is John S Weekly, who obtained land from the government in Benton County, Missouri.  Later William and Irene were living there, without John. 
This might be the same John Weekly who was married to Sarah Penn and lived in Washington County, KY. Or, it could possibly be Samuel Weekly, who shows up in Census records for Nelson County, KY and Parke Co, Indiana.
There are various spellings of the name Weekly.  In genealogy you will find that the spelling of a surname does not matter because, well, spelling didn't matter much back then.  You will find this to be true especially when the name was written by someone other than the individual, such as in a census.

Abraham Weekley and Nancy Marks
There is a record of a Nelson Co, KY marriage for Abraham Weekley and Nancy Marks on 12 Apr 1802.  1802 is ten years before William was born.  I estimate Abraham's birth year to be between 1775-1784, based on the fact that he was in the 26-44 age range in the 1810 Census and the 26-45 age range in the 1820 Census.  He could not have been older than 35 in 1810 if he was in the 26-45 age range in 1820 -  so that actually makes his age range 26-35 in 1810. (Scroll down for War of 1812 record that shows a birth date of about 1781.)  He disappeared from census records after 1820, while Nancy apparently remained in Nelson Co, KY until at least the 1840 Census (70-74 years of age at the time).  I estimate Nancy's birth year to be between 1766-1770.  This is from doing the math on the age categories from all of the Census records.  I was able to narrow it down quite a bit. 

According to Pioneer History of Coos and Curry Counties (Dodge, 1898), William was said to have been the youngest of three children.  This detail does not appear to fit, since Abraham and Nancy probably had a total of nine children in a blended family. But since "Pioneer History" was published about 9 years after William's death, it is likely second-hand information.

Back to Abraham and Nancy.  I think that this was a second marriage for at least one of them.  In 1810 there is 1 male, age 10-15, and three females, age 16-25.  Abraham and Nancy had only been married for 8 years in 1810.  Isaac Marks, Nancy's first husband, had died 10 Nov 1798, and a little more than 3 years had passed between Isaac Mark's death and Nancy's marriage to Abraham.  If there had been no children born to Nancy between marriages (from about August of 1799 and January of 1803), this would mean that Abraham and Nancy had 5 children in 8 years of marriage, or that perhaps Abraham had a young child or children at the time that he married Nancy.  At any rate, there were probably 5 children with the surname Weekley...Nancy had 4 children with Isaac (according to  They were married for a little over seven years.

A land record dated 27 Feb 1806 says, "Abraham Weekley and wife, Ann Weekley, of Nelson Co, KY" (Book 8, page 202) - land record is also in the book, "Peyton-Quirk Families".  Since I have found no evidence of two Abrahams in Nelson Co, it leads me to believe that Nancy used the name Ann, either a nickname or her middle name.  Therefore, Ann Weekley very well may be the same individual as Nancy "Ann" Marks.

The land that was sold in this transaction was partly in Washington County, so they may have had dealings with individuals in Washington County as well as in Nelson County.
The name Abraham Weekly appears on page 313 of the book "The Romine Family" by Mildred A McDonnell.  Google Books does not show any surrounding text.  After fiddling around with Google Books, trying to tease out the surrounding text, it appears that perhaps Abraham was the bondsman for the Kentucky marriage of Peter Romine and Elisabeth Kearby, 9-8-1802.  However that may not be accurate.  Will have to request a lookup or interlibrary loan.  A quick search reveals Romines living in Parke and Vigo counties, Indiana (where William had lived) in Indiana here.  Also spotted some ties to Faquier Co, VA on another web page.

Abraham Weekly - War of 1812

US Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914
Abraham Weekly
Alias: Abram
Regiment: 17th US Infantry
Height: 5'9"
Eyes: Gray
Hair: Dark
Complexion: Fair
Occupation: Laborer
Birth Year: ABT 1781
Birthplace: Frederick Co, Virginia, United States
Enlistment Date: 30 Mar 1814
Enlisted by: Ens. Erving
Enlistment Age: 33
Notes: DR dated Lexicon Barracks Jun 2 - 1814. Marched to Detroit 14 May 1814.  DR Capt. BW Sanders Co Feby. 16 and _R Feb 28, 1815. Present private _R 
Lt RM Ervings company May 31/15-Present. Discharged Chillicothe Ohio, 7 June 1815 term expired.  See Pension case. U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
The Abraham Weekly on the 1800 Census of Nelson Co, KY is in the same age range as this military record. This is a "census" reconstructed from tax records only. It's my understanding that males of 16 years and older were on the tax rolls of Kentucky. 
I have not found a burial place or death record for Abraham or Nancy in Nelson County, KY.  I requested a lookup and the person checked all the cemetery transcripts and found no Weekly, Weekley or Weakleys in the records.  So it's likely that their graves are not marked, although I have yet to check nearby Washington County. Of the cemeteries in the area, I would think that Poplar Flat (or Flats?) Cemetery, in Nelson County near Bardstown, would be a likely final resting place, for many reasons.  Not only is it in the vicinity of Bardstown, where Abraham and Nancy lived, there are burials from as early as 1801, with many during the time period that Abraham and Nancy would have died. There are also Marks and Crumes buried there and it is an old Methodist cemetery (now adjacent to Chaplin Fork Baptist Church). It was a Rev Crume, a Methodist, who performed the Abraham and Nancy's marriage.  
Finding an obituary in old newspapers would be unlikely, as you can see here.  The many gaps around the likely dates of death for Abraham (between 1825-1830) and Nancy (between 1840-1850) make it highly unlikely that an obituary could be found.

Virginia Research:

Shenandoah County (where Isaac and Nancy Marks had lived), first called Dunmore County, was formed from a portion of Frederick County in 1772 (where Abraham Weekly was born in 1781). During the Revolutionary War, the name was changed to Shenandoah. In 1831, a portion was cut off to form part of Page County and, in 1836, another portion was taken to form part of Warren County.
Found in Frederick County, Virginia, Deed Book Series, Volume7, Deed Books 19 and 20, page 50 (on Google Books):

Bk 19, p. 346 - Nov 1782
Between Thomas Weekley of County of Frederick  Gent. and Elizabeth his wife [to] John Dukes of the County of aforesaid ... consideration of Five Shillings ... Tract of Land taken and situate on the Northwest side of the Blue Ridge being part of a Large tract of Land Taken up by Wm Rew ... Containing 44 Acres ...
Wit: none
Recorded: 5 Nov 1782

Thomas Weekly
Libeth Weekly

Page 178 of "Harvey and Vardeman Family" by Polly Hathaway, 1991:
In the Frederick County, Virginia, court record for June 6, 1774, there is mention of Jacob Weekly, John Weekly, Thomas Weekly and William Hand who bought land from William Rice and his wife Susannah.


Marks Family

It appears that Nancy got the last name of Marks from her first husband.  The presence of children who were born before Abraham and Nancy's marriage suggests that at least one of them was married before. 

Nancy lived next door to Isaac Marks and his family in the 1830 and 1840 Censuses.  I believe that Nancy was Isaac's mother.  Another researcher (JoanneIkeda50 at lists his mother as Nancy Ann Bull (his father is also named Isaac Marks, born in 1767 Ireland, died 11-10-1798 in Washington Co, KY.) and lists Isaac's birthdate as 10 Feb 1798, Nelson Co, KY.  The senior Isaac Marks had been dead for more than 3 years when Nancy Marks married Abraham Weekley in 1802.  Incidentally they were married by a Rev. Moses Crume, a Methodist who was married to a Sarah Marks.   See this link for detail regarding Moses.

Additionally, a land record lists Abraham Weekley and wife Ann Weekley, which suggests to me that she used the name Ann as well as Nancy.  It seems unlikely that "Ann" is anyone other than Nancy.  In my research, I have encountered several people who used both their middle and first names, so this is not terribly unusual.  Ann is also a nickname for Nancy.

Another clue to family relationships is the names of children.  The youngest daughter of Isaac Marks "Jr". was named Ann.  One of his sons was named Isaac Taylor.  One of William Elze Weekly's sons was also named Isaac Taylor.  William's oldest daughter, who died in infancy, was named Nancy.

In 1853 William Elze Weekly and his family moved to Oregon from Missouri.  There were several Marks families who did the same in 1853, thought it seems that they did not travel together.  The Weeklys settled in TenMile (in an area later called Reston), while some of the Marks went to Glide.  Both cities are in Douglas County.  Other Marks settled in Linn County. (see list of individuals below under the heading "1853")
Tells the story of why certain members of the Marks family went to Oregon.  William and Irene apparently did not travel with them, according to a letter written December 8, 1856, by 18-year old John P. Marks, son of Bluford B. Marks and Martha Moore.  In his letter, John tells the news of several family members who have settled in various parts of Oregon, and he mentions "Elzy Weekley is living in Umpqua Valley, Douglas Co.  If anyone wants to write, direct your letter to Mount Scott.  They were all well the last I heard of them...that was two months ago but he did not come with us.  He came the same year but started and got here first and I suppose is doing well."  There is no further mention of Elzy or how he might be related. Mount Scott is in the Portland area, which is where the Weeklys lived when they first came to Oregon. (Thanks to G Minklein for the quote from this letter.)
Here is a photo of the Wimberly/Marks family in Oregon. 
In the book Land of the Umpqua (Beckham), page 107, Enoch Wimberly is mentioned as having signed a petition to protect the interests of Indians who did not (and legally could not) own the land on which they were living, while also being harrassed by white settlers who were trying to drive them out.
It reads: 
Sensing that action was needed on behalf of of the Indians in that district, Enoch Wimberly, Thomas Shrum, Henry Shrum, Asa Williams, and several others petitioned Superintendent Nesmith in April 1859, to protect these people. "Will you not immediately make some arrangement by which these Indians will not be molested in this little spot, which is now their only home," they wrote, "and appoint some person whose duty it shall be to see that the Indians behave themselves and that the whites do not trespass upon them..."  As in the Dick Johnson case, Nesmith declined to act.  He argued that the lands were ceded to the United States by ratified treaty and that unless he was ordered by the President, he could not protect Indian interests. (Endnote #101: Ibid, p 412)

Bluford Marks

Bluford Marks was a nephew of Isaac Marks (the Isaac who was married to Nancy Ann Bull). Bluford was the son of Isaac's brother, Benjamin Marks.  It seems that there must have been a connection between Bluford Marks and William Elze Weekly, as they seem to live in the same general area at the same time, in three states: KY, MO and OR.
Bluford Brookins MARKS, born May 5, 1812, Bardstown, Nelson County, KY (born in the same year and in the same city where William was born) - also came to Oregon in 1853.

Bluford Marks was living two counties away from William in Jackson County, MO according to the 1850 Census. Bluford acquired land in three separate transactions in 1849 in Jackson Co, according to William and Irene Weekly were probably married in Jackson County, MO, although they were living in Benton Co, MO by 1850.

According to One World Tree, one of Bluford's daughters, Martha Jane, was born 14 May 1852 in Washington Co, Indiana, and at least one of the sons of Isaac Marks, Bluford's brother, was born in Parke Co, Indiana. (John Bluford Marks, 8 May 1831).  (There is a marriage record for William E Weekly and Nancy Nevins in 1836 in Parke County, Indiana.)

It was the widow of Bluford's brother, Elizabeth Parker Kays, who went to Oregon in 1853.  She had been the wife of Isaac Marks.  (Yet another Isaac Marks...)

More Weekly/Marks Connections
There is another connection to the surname Marks, found in District 2, Nelson Co, KY - 1850 Census.  Household:
Daniel Weekly, 41, born in Kentucky (looks like Samuel to me, but it's transcribed as Daniel on
Mary Marks, 55, born in Virginia
Elizabeth Hall, 8, born in Kentucky

Daniel and Mary must have been related.  I believe that they were both living with Nancy Weekley in the 1840 Census.  Though not listed by name in 1840, the gender and ages are right.  In the 1860 Census there is a Sam Weekly living with Mary.  It's possibly the same man listed as Daniel in 1850. (I am not able to find a Daniel Weekly in another census year for that area, which makes it seem more likely that his name was actually Samuel.)  See 1860 Census below... and 1870 Census for yet another Marks/Weekly residence. Scroll down, it's in chronological order.
Are Daniel/Samuel Weekly and Mary Marks the children of Nancy Ann?  It's possible that they were.  Daniel/Sam would have been born in about 1809 and Mary in about 1795. Isaac Marks died in 1798 and Nancy married Abraham Weekley in 1802.  If Mary is one of Isaac and Nancy's children, she is likely listed under a different name on Ancestry's One World Tree, since it lists only three girls named Betsy, Polly and Susannah.  On the census records, there were only three girls who were born during the time that Nancy was married to Isaac.  Perhaps Mary preferred to use her middle name or a nickname.

Shelby County, KY - A Whole Lotta Nothing

Another Weakley family is found in Shelby County, KY, perhaps unrelated to Abraham from Nelson Co.  Property owned by a Weakley was described in 1840 as being three miles east of Shelbyville, Shelby County.  Louisville, in Jefferson county, is about 30 miles from Shelbyville, where there have been many Weakleys.  It appears that some Shelby County, KY Weakleys moved from Kentucky to Indiana, as William Elze Weekly did, however it was a common migration pattern.  I have done a lot of research on this family group and have not come across anything that suggests a connection.

Washington County, KY

Note that Washington County is right next to Nelson County.  Abraham Weekly owned land that was mostly in Nelson but crossed the boundary into Washington.

On this page:

Query: Sarah Elizabeth Weekley b.1842 in Washington Co.,
KY, daughter of Richard Weekley b. 1806 Washington, KY 
(and Nancy Hardin b. 1808), son of John Weekley and Sarah
Penn. I am looking for the ancestors of the Weekleys and 
the Penns (Sarah Penn may have been the daughter of 
Matthew Penn from Augusta, VA>Washington, KY). Also 
looking for Nancy Hardin's parents (Bailey Hardin and 
Jemima Thompson?).
I tried to contact the person who left this message but 
the email did not work. 

At familysearch (LDS) web site, there is a marriage record 
for John Weekly and Sarah Penn in Washington County, KY on 
26 Aug 1797. John's birth year is estimated at before 
1770 in VA, and Sarah's birth is given as ABT 1778 in 
Augusta Co, VA. John died 20 Oct 1845 and Sarah BEF 1818
in Hardin Co, KY. No parents are listed for John, and 
Sarah's are listed as Matthew Penn and Catherine Slack.

Pennsylvania marriages 1785-1812 - church records, contains several Weakleys


Shelby County Kentucky Marriages 1792 - 1800 (a few Weakleys)

1760: Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1819

Name: Abraham Wegly
Description: Son 
Date: 25 Sep 1760
Prove Date: 21 Oct 1760
BookPage: L:539 
Remarks: George Wegly. Lower Salford, Co. of Philadelphia. Sept. 25, 1760. Oct. 21, 1760. L.539. Wife: No name given. Children: Abraham, Anne Mary, Elizabeth, Catherine, George, Margaret and John. Son-in-Law: Frederick Gable. Exec: George Schamback, Leonard Berkheimer. 
(Too early to be the same Abraham I have been searching, however the son named Abraham may be the right one.)

1790 Census: Pennsylvania > Cumberland > Hopewell, Newton, Tyborn, And Westpensboro
pg 12: Samuel Weakley (5 males over the age of 16, very large family besides)
pg 13: Edward, James and Robt Weakley are listed all in a row.
pg 36: Nathanial Weakly - one man, one woman in the household.

Washington County, PA - Thomas Weakly is listed.

In the 1880 Census, William's father is listed as being born in Pennsylvania. I believe that some of  the individuals listed above ended up living in Shelby County, KY

I checked the 1792-1795 "First Tax List" for Shelby County, KY - no Weeklys or Weakleys, etc.


Low Dutch Kentucky Marriages

1800- August 25. Shelby County
Threldkeld, Moses m. Weakley, Elizabeth d/o Thomas
Stephen Weakley    Abraham Dale [witnesses]

Tithes for Nelson County, 1785-1791
Listed is:
Wickley  John - see William Slack  12  Jno Hardin #1 1790

1800: Stephen and Thomas Weekly are listed in the "Second Census" of Kentucky (which was reconstructed from tax records), both living in Shelby County.  There are no other Weeklys, Weaklys, or Weakleys listed in Shelby, but there is a John Weakeley in Washington County, and an Abraham Weakley in Nelson County (7/7/1800).  Jeremiah Weakling in Bourbon Co.

Ann Marks is on the "second census" as well (7/7/1800).  I believe that Nancy Marks used the name Ann, which was a nickname or her middle name.  This would indicate that after Isaac Marks died, his widow did not move from the area, and had not remarried as of 1800.

Bourbon: Found at Some of the early settlers of Nelson County were groups of whiskey makers who left Pennsylvania (1780s/90s) to avoid a tax the government put on their products. They came to Nelson County, KY, because the water in the area was unusually free of iron & other mineral deposits, making for an excellent bourbon whiskey. Nelson County is the Bourbon capital of the world. At its peak, there were at least 28 legal distillers in the county before prohibition."

27 Feb 1806:

Land record, found in "Peyton-Quirk Families" by M.T. Peyton

Abraham Weekley and wife, Ann Weekley, of Nelson Co, KY
Philip Rizer, of Nelson Co, KY
Conveys: 106 acres of land.
Dated: 27 Feb 1806
Recorded: Book 8, page 202

Most of the land was in Nelson County, but a small portion in Washington County.

I believe this "Ann" to be Nancy.  See "Marks Families" near the top.

War of 1812:
I have found two different records of men named Abraham Weekly serving in the War of 1812.  When I search's "War of 1812" database, from National Archives, only one Abraham Weekly is listed: 8 Regiment (Wilcox's) Kentucky Militia.

On a bounty land grant issued 2/2/1819, Abraham Weekly obtains land in Macon County, Missouri. (You can see it at  Search for Weekly In Missouri.) 17th Regiment of Infantry is listed.   There is a word above 17th that looks like Irvine's or Irving's, probably the name of his Regiment.  Warrant # is 20041. 

In One World Tree, there is an Abraham Weekly, (born about 1790 in Virginia, son of William Weekly and Susannah Grigsby) who does not appear to be the same Abraham that I have been searching for. Perhaps he was the one who obtained the land?  It's difficult to tell with the information I have, though.  It's possible that the land was obtained by "our" Abraham in Missouri, although he appears in Nelson Co, Ky in the 1810 and 1820 Censuses.  The land was given as payment for service in the war, and may have simply been sold at a later date.

1820 Census:
Abraham Weakley is listed as living in Bardstown, in Nelson County, KY. 

1820 Census:Stephen Weakley and Thomas Weakly are listed as living in Shelby County, KY in separate households. 

The name Thomas (Weakley) shows up again in Shelby County, District 2, KY in 1850.  He is head of the household, age 36 (so he's not the same Thomas as the 1820 Census) with sons named Stephen, William and John... William Elze Weekly had sons named John and Stephen - but they are common names.

In 1860, Thomas and family are still there, this time with a 90- year old Stephen Weakley who was born in VA.'s tree says that Thomas's father is Stephen.  The line traces back to Enoch Weekly, b. 1720 in England. 

There is a Weekley Village in Northamptonshire, UK. The village was originally called wicleah, and was first recorded in AD 956. The translation from the Anglo Saxon means Market Place by the Meadow.


From the book History of Wayne County, Indiana, from Its First Settlement to the Present Time: With Numerous ...
by Andrew White Young - 1872 - 459 pages

Page 323, Washington Township:

The Methodists [Episcopal] are said to have formed a society
about the year 1820, and built a log meeting-house 7 miles
south-east from Milton. It is probable, however, that a class
was formed there several years earlier. Among the early
members of this church were Philip Doddridge, John Dod-
dridge, John Spahr, and their wives, Joseph Lower, Joseph
Williams, Thomas Beard, David Way mi re; also, Michael
Helm and his wife, John Henwood, and Isaac Weekly and
their wives.


1830 Census:

In Eastern District, Nelson Co, KY, a Mrs. Weakley is listed.  (Probably the wife of Abraham, who was listed in 1810 and 1820 in Nelson Co.)  The name written actually says N Weakley, but the transcript at says Mrs. Weakley.  The form says that there is one female in the household, age 60-70.  Two males, one is 10-15 years old, and one is 20-30 years old.  (William would have turned 18 in 1830.  It's possible he had left home or was incorrectly listed in the next column.)

Next door is Isaac Marks, who I believe to be Nancy's son.  He is 30-40 years old, with family.


In Parke County, Indiana, there is another Isaac Marks, 30-40, with family.  This is the same county where I found a marriage record of William E Weekly and Nancy Nevins in 1836.  There are Nevins in Parke Co and Vigo Co, Indiana.


In (not stated) Parke County, Indiana (page 27) there is a John Wesely (? name as transcribed, is hard to read).  There are two males and 1 female in the household who are too old to be the children of John and his wife.

On Page 13, there is a Samuel and a James with a last name that could be Weekley.  They are both 30-40 years old, with families..  Page 75 has a Jacob Wee - - -  Or Wu - - .

In "Not Stated", Bartholomew County, Indiana: John Weekly (50-60 and family) and John Weekly Jr, 20-30 years old (page 29 of 42 on


In the 1830 Census, there is an area in Shelby County, KY described as "North of the Road from Louisville to Frankfort".  (William's posthumous bio in "Pioneers and Incidents" stated that he was born near Louisville in 1812 - while his Oregon land grant paperwork lists his birthplace as Nelson County, KY)  In this list, the transcript reads "Mhlon" (probably Mahlon), 20-30 year old male, and 1 unnamed female, 20-30 years.  At, I found several records of Mahlon Weakleys but I think that he's probably the one born 26 DEC 1805, Shelby, Kentucky.  Parents are listed as Stephen Weakley and Elizabeth (Betsy) Arnold, part of the Shelby Co, Kentucky clan.

Mahlon died in St. Joseph Co, Indiana. 

In the same 1830 Shelby Co census record, there is a Weekly listed with an illegible first name.  The transcription reads "Tsner."  I think it may be Tavaner (sometimes spelled Tavner or Tavener).

At, Tavener Weakley's is said to have been born in Fauguier co, Virginia. Parents are listed as Enoch Weakley and Hannah Robinson.

At I found a listing for Tavaner Weekly:
Birth:   Jan. 25, 1797
Virginia, USA
Death:   Nov. 7, 1865
Hendricks County
Indiana, USA

Aged 68 years, 9 months and 13 days.

Husband of Lydia Tinder and Sally Ann Dearman. Father of Samuel Weekly, Susan Weekly, Enoch Weekly, Eliza (Weekly) Tharp, Andrew J. Weekly, Edward Weekly, Henry Weekly, Ann (Weekly) Shirley and Jane (Weekly) Flynn, all by his first wife Lydia.

Inscription reads: "Our father that's gone to a mansion of rest/ From a region of sorrow and pain/ To the glorious land by Deity blest/ Where he never can suffer again"
Tinder Cemetery
New Winchester
Hendricks County
Indiana, USA

The Tavaner Weakley/Weekly family in the 1830 census entry consists of one male 5 years old or younger, one male 30-40 years old, and one female 20-30 years old.  The Tavaner who is buried in Hendricks Co, Indiana would have been 33 at the time of the 1830 Census.

Since William was 18 in 1830, he was not part of either of those households.

24 April 1836 - William E Weekly, Marriage to Nancy Nevins, Parke County, Indiana, USA
Nothing but names and a marriage date in this record, which was obtained at  This William was most likely William Elzy Weekly, who obtained land in Vigo Co, Indiana in 1837.  (If this is the same William I am researching, then Irene was wife #2.)

Another source:
Name: William E. Weekly
Spouse Name: Nancy Nevins
Marriage Date: 24 Apr 1836
Marriage County: Parke 
Book: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT 
OS Page: 0849947 

I finally sent for the original...The original record reads:
I do certify that I did join together as husband and wife William E Weekly and Nancy Nevins on the 24th day of Apr 1836. 
Robert Mitchell A.J.P.C.
Recorded May 2, 1836. 
John G Davis, clk [clerk, his name is on every record.]

18 March 1837 - William Elzy Weekly obtains property in Vigo County, Indiana, USA. 
Name on record (at is William Elzy Weekly -  it's not too unusual to find phonetic spelling on records from this time period.  Given the unusual middle name it could possibly be the same William I am researching.  The record states that he is from Parke County, Indiana.  That's why I think the marriage record (above) may be the same person who obtained this land in Vigo County.

From the Book, An illustrated history of the state of Indiana : being a full and authentic civil and political history of the state from its first exploration down to 1876 : including an account of the commercial, agricultural and educational growth of Indiana : with historical and descriptive sketches of the cities, towns and villages, embracing interesting narratives of pioneer life, together with biographical sketches and portraits of the prominent men of the past and present, and a history of each county separately
Indianapolis: J. W. Lanktree & Co., 1876, 735 pgs.
Pg 400-401: Describes how hundreds of acres of land were made available for settlement in 1837 by the draining of Lost Creek, in an area east and south of Terra Haute, Vigo Co. [I'm not sure of the location of the land that William obtained.]

10 OCT 1837, Hendricks, Indiana
Harvey S Swindler and Nancy Weakley are married.

The Indiana School Journal, by Indiana State Teachers Association, pg 107-108, states: "An addition was made to the Faculty [of Indiana Asbury University] in
the spring of 1838. Rev. John W. Weakley, a graduate of
Augusta College, Ky., was elected preceptor of the Preparatory
Department, who entered upon the duties of his station at the
beginning of the summer term".  In 1839 he resigned.


1840 Census:

In Nelson County, KY, there is a Nancy Weakly, (living next to Isaac Marks, 40-50). There is one male, 30-40, one female, 40-50, and one female, 70-80.  There are no other Weaklys listed in Nelson Co.  I believe Nancy to be the 70-80 year old. I think that Daniel (who may have actually been Samuel) Weekly and Mary Marks were living with Nancy Weekley in 1840, as the ages of the man and woman living with Nancy match those of Daniel Weekly and Mary Marks, in the 1850 Nelson Co, KY Census (In 1850 they are living together with an 8 year old girl, Elizabeth Hall).  Daniel may be one of Nancy and Abraham's sons.  Mary, born in Virginia, is the right age to be one of Nancy and Isaac's children.

There is a William Weckley (as the name is transcribed) in the 1840 Census of Saint Francois, Missouri; Roll: 230; Page: 58.  I looked at the image on and it is blurry but it looks as much like Weekly as it does Weckley to me.  The age of this William is 20-30 years, the right age range.  There is also a woman, age 15-20.  There are no children in the household.

Probably is this couple:

William Weakley and Naomi Caroline Snead of St. Francois Co., Mo.; married on 17 April 1839 by W. H. Andrews, JP at St. Francois Co., Mo. 
(I found this record through the Rootsweb page for Saint Francois County, MO marriage lookup


Other 1840 Census places I checked:
I have not found any Weeklys in Vigo County, Indiana in the 1840 Census, which I went though page by page, and I also used's search engine in case I missed something. 

I also have not found any Weeklys (or spelling variants) in Parke County, Indiana 1840.

This absence of Weeklys suggests that, if my "Indiana" theory is correct, William had moved on in the direction of Missouri by the time the 1840 census was taken.  It also suggests that there was perhaps not more than one William Weekly in Vigo County.  I still need to check maps to make sure that part of Vigo and/or Parke County didn't get divided into another county.

There are probably some Weeklys in Hendricks, Harrison and Marion County in 1840/1850, based on marriage records found at 

1840 Census of Shelby County, Kentucky - lots of Weakleys/Weaklys.  Also notice the name Searce on the same page as Margaret.  (See book reference below.)

1 Aug 1849 - John S Weekly obtains property (located in Benton County, MO) from the Government Land Office.  This is the name of William and Irene's son, 7 years old at the time, however the land was most likely obtained by an older individual of the same name.  In the 1850 Census, the William, Irene and John are living on that land.  There is no older John S Weekly to be found.  I compared the names of neighbors on the census with the names of people who obtained adjoining plots.  It's definitely the same land.


1850 Census

In District 2, Nelson Co, Ky, there is an Isaac Marks, 57 years old, born abt 1799 in Kentucky.  I believe he is the same Isaac who lived next to Nancy Weakly in 1840 and 1830 Censuses.  Nancy does not live next door to him anymore and appears to have disappeared from the record.

1850 Census of Ralls County, Missouri includes a Nancy Weekly, born about 1795.  Although this is probably too young to be William's mother...will check it out later.

_______________________________ (under C)

Cundiff, James
1845 purchased steelyards at the estate sale of John Weakly 17 Nov 1845 
  (Bullitt Co. Will Bk C p. 503)
1845 tax list of Bullitt Co. KY with 1 white male over 21.
  240 acres on Crooked Creek, Bullitt Co. KY [just south of Nelson County]

_______________________________ (under W)
Weakey, Abraham & Nancy (Marks)
1802 m. Nancy Marks 12 Apr 1802 in Nelson Co. KY

Weakly, Barney & Delila
1845 purchased items at the estate sale of John Weakly 17 Nov 1845  (Bullitt Co. Will Bk C p. 503)
1850 census Mississippi Co. MO shows Barney Weakley age 25 b. KY with
  wife Delila age 20 b. KY
Bullitt County was formed from parts of Nelson and Jefferson counties.

Weakly, John
1825 tax list of Bullitt Co. KY, 1 white male over 21.  No land.
1845 sale of the estate of John Weakly returned to Bullitt Co. KY Court 17 Nov 1845 by William
  T. Lee Admr. and Robert M. Lee, Admr.  (Bullitt Co. Will Bk C p. 503)

Weakly, Letitia
1845 purchased items at the estate sale of John Weakly 17 Nov 1845  (Bullitt Co. Will Bk C p. 503)

Weakly, Matilda
1845 purchased items at the estate sale of John Weakly 17 Nov 1845  (Bullitt Co. Will Bk C p. 503)

1850 Census, District 2, Nelson Co, KY

Household 381 - page 58 of 109,
Daniel (Samuel?) Weekly, 41, born in Kentucky (born abt 1809)
Mary Marks, 55, born in Virginia (born abt 1795)
Elizabeth Hall, 8, born in Kentucky

No other Weeklys listed in Nelson Co. I think that Daniel and Mary were living with Nancy in the 1840 Census, which listed only head of household by name, and all others by age and sex.

Household 391, page 59 of 109
Isaac Marks, 47, born in KY
Elizabeth, 48, "
Isaac, 19, "
Susan, 16, "
Ann E, 10, "

There are several Marks families in District 2 in 1850.

1853 - Marks Families who came to Oregon from Missouri:
MARKS, Alfred B. (1847- ): s/o Bluford and Martha (Moore) Marks

MARKS, Benjamin (1840-1923): m'd 1866 NYE, Elizabeth Druzilla; s/o Bluford and Martha (Moore) Marks; settled Linn Co; farmer; died Wallowa Co, OR

MARKS, Bluford Brookins  (1812-1873): m'd 1836 MOORE, Martha W.; settled in Linn Co

MARKS, Elizabeth (1842- ): m'd 1861 CLARK, William S.; d/o Bluford and Martha (Moore) Marks; settled Linn Co

MARKS, James P. (1845- ): s/o Bluford and Martha (Moore) Marks

MARKS, Jane (1852- ): d/o Bluford and Martha (Moore) Marks  

MARKS, John P. (1838- ): m'd 1867 WILLIAMS, Ellen; s/o Bluford and Martha (Moore) Marks; farmer, settled Linn Co

MARKS, Sarah K. (1849- ): m'd 1865 JAMES, Thomas B.;  d/o Bluford and Martha (Moore) Marks

MARKS, Sarah Jane (1824-1895): m'd CHAPMAN, Andrew Jackson; d/o Isaac and Elizabeth (Parker) Marks

MARKS, William N.:

Shelby County Weakleys - 10 May 1852:  - This record is most likely not the same Mahlon from the 1830 Shelby County Census, but probably related.  Margaret Weakley mentioned.  "Land situated on Gist's creek, Shelby county, Ky., about three miles east of Shelbyville, on the Benson road from that place to Frankfort."   Shelbyville is approx. 30 miles from Louisville.


1860 Census: Kentucky, Nelson Co, District 1
Dwelling 598/Family 586
Sam Weakly, 52, born in KY
Mary Marks, 66, born in KY
(These are probably the same individuals as in the 1850 Census, except that Sam is listed as Daniel in 1850.)


1870 Census: Indiana, Parke County, Green
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Greene Township, Parke, Indiana; Roll: M593_349; Page: 73; Image: 146., page 7 of 29.

We find a combined Marks/Weekley household again!
In trying to find Samuel/Daniel Weekley in 1870, I was unable to locate him or Mary Marks, who had been living with him, in Kentucky.  It's possible that he moved to Parke Co, Indiana, perhaps after the death of Mary Marks - just a theory.  The birth year for the Samuel in Indiana is very close to that of  Daniel/Samuel found earlier in Kentucky.

Dwelling 59/Family 57:
Marks, John, 69, male, white, farmer, born in PA
Marks, Rebecca, 69, female, white, keeping house, born in KY
Marks, Mary, 35, female, white, keeping house, born in Indiana
Marks, Elizabeth, 30, female, white, keeping house, born in Indiana
Woodrain (?), Tales (?), 10, male, white, born in Indiana
Weekley, Samuel, 60, male, white, farm laborer, born in KY

John Marks is unlikely to be a son of Isaac Marks and Nancy Ann Bull, since according to this record, he was born about 1801 and Isaac Marks died in 1798.  He is also born in PA, wrong state (VA or KY would have been likely locations if he was their son).

The book "History of Vigo and Parke Counties", page 439,440 states that Rebecca's maiden name was Weekly. The book is available for viewing on
Rebecca may have been the daughter of Abraham Weekly, who is found in Nelson County, KY in 1800-1820. Rebecca was born 11 Feb 1801 in Nelson Co, KY.  There are three girls under the age of 10 living with Abraham Weekly in the 1810 Census, so it's possible that she was one of those girls.  Rebecca's date of birth precedes the marriage of Abraham Weekly and Nancy Ann Marks, so her mother was probably not Nancy.
I tried to find obituaries for John B Marks and Rebecca Weekly Marks, with no success.  A helpful employee of the Rockwell, Indiana Public Library was unable to find obituaries for either one of them, although brief obituary notices turned up for Samuel Weekly, one in the Republican and one in the Tribune.  The lack of informative obituaries for these individuals is frustrating.  The old Weeklys are a tight-lipped bunch!
John and Rebecca, as well as some of their children, are buried at Old Mount Moriah Cemetery in Greene, Parke County, Indiana.

Abraham, Josiah and James Weakley move from Missouri to what was to become Lincoln County, South Dakota.

Quotes from web page:

In May 1867 the Benjamin and William Hill, and the Jacob Sorter families arrived from Missouri . The Hills each took claims near the trapper shanty. In June the Hydes returned with their families, son William now filing a claim on the property cultivated by his father and brother the previous year. Joining the Hydes were the J.Q. Fitzgerald, William Craig, C.H. Swift, W.S. Smith, and the Josiah, James and Abraham Weakley families. Five of these families homesteaded on land near the trapper shanty in Canton Township , Sorter and Craig took claims in Fairview Township .

County Commissioners, August J. Lindeman, Henry P. Hyde and Benjamin Hill; sheriff, C.H. Swift; probate judge and county treasurer, J.Q. F itzgerald; register of deeds, William Hill; justices of the peace, William Hyde and Werter S. Smith; constable, James Weakley, coroner, Josiah Weakley.

Found this at:  The son, unnamed, not in the will, fits the time period in which William was born.  Not too likely to be a match but some details are close.

RICHARD3 WEEKLEY (THOMAS JEFFERSON2, JAMES1) was born 1788 in Green County,Pennsylvania, and died 1848 in Tyler County,WVA.  He married PRUDENCE WOOD 1808 in Tyler County,WVA.  She was born December 03, 1792 in Green County,Pennsylvania, and died March 22, 1863 in Tyler County,WVA.



24.  i.          THOMAS A.4 WEEKLEY, b. June 10, 1817, (was Wood)Pleasants County,WVA; d. December 13, 1876, Pine Grove OR Hebron Cemetery,Pleasants County,WVA  (typhoid fever).

  ii.   RACHEL WEEKLEY, b. 1812.

iii.   MALE WEEKLEY(NOT IN WILL), b. Bet. 1810 - 1820.

25.  iv.         LEVI WEEKLEY, b. 1815, Tyler County ,WVA.

26.  v.         RICHARD WEEKLEY, b. 1815, Tyler County ,WVA; d. 1864.

27.  vi.         JOHN WEEKLEY, b. 1822, Tyler County ,WVA; d. December 23, 1889, Centerville Cemetery,Tyler County ,WVA(Bronchitis).

28.  vii.        ELIZABETH WEEKLEY, b. 1824, Tyler County ,WVA; d. August 31, 1887, Doddridge County,WVA.

29.  viii.       ISAAC M. WEEKLEY, b. 1826, Tyler County ,WVA.

30.  ix.         DEIDAMIA WEEKLEY, b. January 27, 1829, Tyler County ,WVA; d. January 29, 1895, Tyler County ,WVA.

31.  x.         JOSEPH " MARION" WEEKLEY, b. August 08, 1838, Hebron,Tyler County ,WVA (obit said 1837); d. March 19, 1905, Bellevue,Nebraska

______________________________________ - Bob Heck posts a photo of mystery Weeklys - I am assuming an Oregon reunion photo, since there is a photo of Irene and William Weekly with others in the inset photo on the corner....(photo link does not work but I have seen the photo on Bob Heck's Rootsweb page, and I have it on my photos page). He says that he wonders where the photo came from, found it with his grandmother's Weekley photographs.  He says that the grandmother was descended from Jacob Weekley, d 1916, b in Frederick Co, MD.  Son of Charles Weakley, grandson of Thomas Weakley.'s tree says that Thomas' father is Leonard Weekley,


There is a Weakley Cemetery in Shelby County (GenWeb Project) but a listing has not been made available online yet.  8-22-07)

Research Links:

Jacob Weakley, Shenandoah County, VA:
William and John Weekly in VA mentioned: mentions an MM Weekly, born in Shenandoah Valley, PA - Isaiah Weekly

WEEKLEY Family of Frederick Co, Maryland and Tyler Co, West Viriginia

Book Titles:

Library of Congress
80-66636: McNamara, Elizabeth W., 1911-  Weakley, Scearce, Arnold
    families of Kentucky : their descendants and ancestral families /
    Baltimore : Gateway Press ; Arlington, VA : book orders to E. W. McNamara,
    c1980.  xiv, 328 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
    LC CALL NUMBER: CS71 .W3595 1980

SHELBY COUNTY, KY MARRIAGES 1792-1833 copied and published by Eula Richardson Hasskarl [Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY]

Saunders, Sara Bradford, 1908- 
Main Title: Salt of the earth / by Sara Bradford Saunders.
Published/Created: [Madison? Tenn. : S.B. Saunders, 1987?]
Description: 181 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Notes: Bibliography: p. 180-181.
Subjects: Bradford family.
Weakley family.

Weakley, Francis J. (Francis Jordan), 1871-1904. 
Main Title: The Weakley family in America.
Published/Created: [United States? : s.n., ca. 1982]
Description: 114 p. ; 28 cm.
Notes: Cover title.
Reprint. Originally published: The Weakley family in America, 1703-1904. [S.l. : s.n.], 1904 (Dayton, Ohio : Press of U.B. Pub. House)
Subjects: Weakley family.


William Beard of Nelson County, Kentucky, and His Descendants By Frank Cowles
from snippets on Google Books, it looks like there are some Weakleys mentioned, although only a few.

Oregon records books: