Myra (Berwell) Weed
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Myra Jane (Berwell) Weed (1831 - 1913)

Myra Jane Weed formerly Berwell
Born in Delaware, Ohio, USAmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 11 Jun 1856 in Delaware, Ohio, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Casco Township, Allegan, Michigan, USAmap
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Profile last modified | Created 11 Jul 2019
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Myra Jane (Jane) Burwell was born on 2 Jan 1831 in Delaware, Ohio to parents Ephraim Burwell and Sarah Mapes. She married Elisha Weed on 11 Jun 1856 in Allen, Indiana. Children: Orlando (1857-1949); Francis M (1859-1943); Cephus (1862-1945); John F (aka John A Wilson) (1863-1939); Augustas (1867-); and Theodosius (1868-). She died on 4 May 1913 in Casco, Michigan.

John A Wilson (John F Weed) reported on the 1900-1930 US Federal Census that his mother was born in Pennsylvania, and his father was born in Maine. He told his family that his father had been married twice, and that he (John) was the youngest.

He said that he left home at age 14 during a church service that was being held in his home, and never went back. He said he worked "here and there," after that, and eventually boarded a boat, got off at Duluth, Minnesota, where he found work. Eventually he went to Forest Lake, Minnesota, where he met and married his wife Henriette Rioux.

His daughter later wrote, "In 1906 a cousin of ours in Forest Lake noticed that someone was advertising in newspapers, trying to locate a missing John Wilson, to settle a Mich. Estate. When she wrote and told us, he was very upset. Said it wasn’t him. After that he wouldn’t be serious when [our mother] questioned him. He would say he did not come from Michigan. He came from “Pennsyltucky.” Finally when being asked he become angry and roared – “Don’t ever ask me about that again.” It was a forbidden subject thereafter." --Letter from Aunt Eva, 1962

DNA matches suggest a strong relationship to a Weed family from Maine that settled in Western Michigan, possibly in or near Allegan County. Update 2019: Recent analysis indicates that all of John Wilson's descendants who have taken DNA tests have a strong connection to this Weed family.

Her gravestone does not record her date of death and date of birth is incorrect; dates here are from her death certificate signed by son Orlando.


  • US Federal Census 1850, 1860, 1880
  • Indiana Select Marriages Index
  • Michigan Marriage Record for son Orlando lists parents as Elisha Weed and Jane Weed, maiden name Burwell
  • Michigan Death Record for son Orlando lists her as "Jane Burrows"
  • Death Certificate for Jane Weed
  • Paulding Ohio Deed Book, 1856, sale of land, book 7, p 151, 196

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Unknown-384844 and Burwell-774 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate. Michigan County Marriage record of son Orland shows maiden name of his mother Jane as "Burwell."
posted on Burwell-774 (merged) by Mary (Spradley) Morken
Thanks, Mary. I am working my way through the Weeds I had posted earlier before I discovered my relationship to them via John F Weed. I will try to get the earlier posts updated in the near future.

Kay Wilson

posted on Burwell-774 (merged) by Kay Wilson

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