twin Michael Weir

Brief Life History of Michael

When twin Michael Weir was born on 7 August 1829, in Montgomery, Indiana, United States, his father, Alexander Weir, was 49 and his mother, Elizabeth Margaret Krout, was 38.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Weir
1780–1852
Elizabeth Margaret Krout
1791–1864
Robert Weir
1810–1882
Elizabeth Weir
1812–1852
Anna Weir
1815–1848
Catherine Weir
1817–
Johnathon Weir
1820–1904
Margaret Weir
1823–1879
James Morrow Weir
1825–1907
Alexander Weir Jr. Twin
1828–1908
twin Michael Weir
1829–
Henry Weir
1831–
Daniel Weir
1834–1842

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    World Events (3)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    1830 · The Oregon Trail

    Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

    1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

    The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.

    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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