Biography of A. D. Weaver

A.D. Weaver, a prominent agriculturist in Adair County, has resided there for forty-five years, dedicated to farming. Born in Washington, Pennsylvania, on March 17, 1860, he was the son of Sebastian and Lavina Weaver. Sebastian, originally from Germany, settled in Pennsylvania before moving to Adair County in 1870. A.D. Weaver grew up on the family farm and eventually purchased it, expanding the property to 240 acres. With a focus on grain production and livestock, he has built a successful farming operation. He married Clara Barnett in 1884, and they had ten children. A.D. Weaver is a dedicated Democrat, serving as a school director, while his wife is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

A. D. Weaver is a well known agriculturist of Adair county who has lived here durig the past forty-five years and is now busily engaged in the occupation of an excellent farm. His birth occurred in Washington, Pennsylvania, on the 17th of March, 1860, his parents being Sebastian and Lavina (Connor) Weaver, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Pennsylvania. Sebastian Weaver crossed the Atlantic to the United States in early life and took up his abode in Pennsylvania, where he was married. In 1870 he came to Adair county, Iowa, and entered a tract of land which is now included within the home farm of his son, improving the property and devoting his attention to its operation throughout the remainder of his life. Both he and his wife died thereon.

A. D. Weaver pursued his education in the common schools and spent the first twenty-four years of his life under the parental roof. He was subsequently engaged in the cultivation of rented land for twelve years and on the expiration of that period bought the old homestead of eighty acres, while later he augmented his holdings by additional purchase until they now embrace two hundred and forty acres of rich and productive land on section 2, Grand River township. He has erected good buildings thereon and the property is lacking in none of the improvements and conveniences of a model farm. In connection with the raising of grain he makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock of all kinds, finding this branch of his business very profitable.

On the 5th of November, 1884, Mr. Weaver was united in marriage to Miss Clara Barnett, a native of Keokuk county, Iowa, and a daughter of Alford and Priscilla (Reynolds) Barnett. They came to Iowa in an early day but subsequently removed to California and in that state spent their last days. To Mr. and Mrs. Weaver have been born ten children, as follows: Leroy El; Walter L.; Charles S.; Iva G., who is the wife of Clarence Beam, of Madison county, Iowa; Everett; Lettie L.; George G.; Rex Chester; Osie; and Lenna May, who is deceased.

Mr. Weaver exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the democratic party and has ably served as school director. His wife is a devoted and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He has won a handsome competence as the result of his untiring industry and capable management and has long been numbered among the substantial and representative citizens of this county.


Kilburn, Lucian Moody ed.; History of Adair county, Iowa, and Its People; Pioneer Publishing Co., Chicago, 1915.

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