Helen Mcclaren Weir

Female20 October 1848–4 August 1925

Brief Life History of Helen Mcclaren

Helen Mcclaren Weir was born on 20 October 1848, in Scotland as the daughter of sir james wier. She had at least 2 sons and 4 daughters with William Henry Abbott. She lived in Saugerties, Saugerties, Ulster, New York, United States in 1900 and Saugerties, Ulster, New York, United States in 1915. She died on 4 August 1925, at the age of 76, and was buried in Saugerties, Ulster, New York, United States.

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William Henry Abbott
Helen Mcclaren Weir
Nelly Weir Abbott
William Henry Abbot
Florence May Abbot
Jessie M Abbott
Jessie Mclaren Abbot
Charles Robert Abbott

Sources (7)

  • Hellen Abbott in household of William H Abbott, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Helen McLaren Weir Abbott, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Helen Weir in entry for William Henry Abbott, "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949"

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Children (6)

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World Events (8)

1854 · The Crimean War

Age 6

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.


Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 22

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by a dam or weir on a river, from Middle English, Older Scots wer(e) ‘weir; fish-trap’. Compare Ware and Wear . In northern England and lowland Scotland there has been much confusion with the Irish and Scottish Gaelic names in 2, 4 and 5 below.

Scottish: in Scotland, this surname was sometimes used for Gaelic Mac an Mhaoir ‘son of the steward’, more often Anglicized as McNair .

Scottish (of Norman origin): surname of a family of Blackwood (Lanarkshire), which is said to be descended from Ralph de Ver, a Norman baron associated with William the Lion between 1174 and 1184. The change in pronunciation from Vere to Were would be unusual in Anglo-Norman French, and the true source of the surname may lie elsewhere. One possibility is Wierre in Pas-de-Calais. Another possibility is that the surname may represent versions of the Norman surname de la Were ‘of the war’, a nickname for a warrior; see Warr .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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