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Note N112Thomas Wier (son of Thomas) was born in County Tyrone, Ireland in 1763. He married in 1787 Mary, daughter of William Withrow of County Tyrone, Township of Waterfard and Parrish of Alidesert, two miles from the market of Pomeroy. The wife of William Withrow was Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Stuart, of the village of Rathfriland on Bann water, County Down. After the death of his parents, Thomas Wier and his brothers and one sister came to America, to which country, so many of their Scotch-Irish compatriots had been coming for fifty years.
In an old letter Thomas says: "In the year 1795 I emigrated to America and landed at Charleston, South Carolina, on St. Patrick's Day in the morning the 17th day of March." His three children were born in Ireland, and when they came over, Robert remained behind for some three years with relatives. Pushing up country, he located in the Laurens District, where he remained for a time. He then removed to Abbeville District, settling near Greenwood where he and his wife spent their remaining years. He was a farmer. She died January 1851 aged 84 years. He died July 1, 1851. Both are buried at the old Rock Church, of which they were members. The following extract from his obituary will indicated his character: "Mr. Wier was a member of the Presbyterian Church when he came to this country, and after he settled in this district, he was chosen a Ruling Elder in the Rock Church, which important office he filled with credit, till forced to desist, from the infirmities of age. In the month of January last, he was sorely afflicted in the loss of his aged consort. (About a month before his death he was confined to his bed, more from the infirmities of age than from any disease). On Sabbath previous to his death, he appeared even anxious to depart and be with Christ, --urged the necessity of prayer on all present-- had his servants called in, and admonished them with great Christian sympathy, reminding them of the worth of their souls, and the importance of the preparation for death". No likenesses are preserved of him or his wife.
William S. Wier. author and publisher of the book "Ten Tribes of Wier", is a story and genealogy of the ten children of Thomas Wier II and his wife Mary (Withrow) Wier. They came to America in 1795 on the ship "Volunteer" with James and Nancy (Wier) Boyd (Nancy was Thomas Wier II sister).
Mr. W. S. Wier writes the following in his book:
About 1645 John Wier (for business and political reasons using name-form Jan Vyer), lived at Antwerp and had shipping relations with Findlayson and Ferguson, Dundee, Belfast and Liverpool. His home was a refuge for Covenant ministers and one of his ships the "Grey Falcon", was condemned to the Crown for smuggling "malcontents from the Kings Justice". He had a son named John Wier who was a physician. An Encyclopedia Britannica sketches a Dr. John Wier who was adventurous in experimentation and enriched his profession with discoveries. In some Latin notes he is recorded as Dr. Johan Wierus. This Doctor had a son named John who studied theology at Edinburgh, living the while in the home of Rab Ferguson. He wedded Janet, a daughter of this house, "and they settled in Ulster, on Derry Road, three leagues from Lough Neagh".
About ten years before this youngster studied for the ministry, there was an elder Reverend John Wier, Covenant minister at Dalserf. This minister was imprisoned by Alistaire MacDonnel in Mingarie Castle, where he and other ministers of the Covenant died. His name is spelled variously in histories: Patrick Walker wrote it Wier; Reid wrote it Weir, and Andrew Lang writes it both ways. The Reverend John, with his own hand, using something like a hot knitting needle, burned it on the olive-wood cover of his pocket Bible.
We of the Ten Tribes descend from the Doctor Wier, whose father was the Antwerp ship owner. The Reverend Wier was the ship owner's first cousin. The grandfather of these cousins was Malcolm "Langshoon" Wier. This man was a co-worker with George Wishart, who was burned at the stake at St. Andrews, by order of Cardinal Beaton. Langshoon led a pony pack string among the Scots moors and hills ostensibly bartering Continental novelties for the products of home looms, but actually his business was to circulate and place Protestant Bibles among the heart-hungered common people.
There were a James and Isabella Wier noted in Scotch History. They were uncle and aunt of the James and Isabella of our Bible Record. James Wier served in the Netherlands in the troop of Captain Robert Faulkner, and in the Armies of William and Mary in Ireland.
John Wier and Janet Ferguson "wedded beyant Annan Waterand cam by home this day riding twaun, Janet muckle prood o' her mannie- the quean!" Thus wrote Nancy Ferguson in her Day Book, in year 1653, and Thomas Wier, of Greenwood, wrote to a granddaughter in 1864:
"My Great-grandmother was Jane Ferguson and her sister Nancy wedded Captain Robert Faulkner, to which ilk my mother, Elizabeth Faulkner, of Londonderry, belonged".
Of these statements and other circumstantial evidence I peg the first link of our Bible Records to the James (son of John and Jane Ferguson Wier), nephew of the historic James and Isabella Wier. He had other older brothers and sisters, but their names are faded from the records.
James Wier was born in Ulster in 1683 and he wedded Margaret Agnes O'Marra (or O'Malla), a daughter of a Roman Catholic family ruined by the religious intolerances of the times. Their children were; 1. James, 2. John, 3. William, 4. Robert, 5. Margarat, 6. Agnes, 7. Thomas. This Thomas:
Thomas Wier was born in 1708, and he wedded Elizabeth Faulkner, whose father was a Londonderry farmer. Their children were:
1. James, who settled in Pickens County, Alabama.
2. Samuel, who settled in Pennsylvania.
3. Nancy, who wedded Jimmie Boyd and settled in northern Georgia among the Cherokees. The Gaillards are her descenda




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