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.
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