Continuing its mission of locating and marking the graves of Veterans of the War of 1812, the United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812) along with the General Society War of 1812 (GSW1812), marked the grave of Wilson Weaver.
Kay Tatum, president of the Arkansas Society U.S.D. 1812, and John Tatum, state treasurer/secretary of GSW 1812, conducted the marking and ceremony at Mount Moriah Cemetery at Rosston.
“Weaver served as a private in the East Tennessee Militia, Captain Jesse Cole’s Company. This militia company fought with General Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815,” according to a news release.
“Weaver was born in 1788 and died Aug. 4, 1881. He came to Arkansas in 1826, and received bounty land for his services. He was a charter member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, organized at Mount Moriah March 22, 1857. Several of his descendants are buried near him,” according to the release.
Prior to designating the veteran as serving in the War of 1812, much work is conducted. His service must be proven, grave located, grave stone obtained if needed and then planning and coordinating the actual marking and ceremony. A Bronze Star stake, inscribed with “War of 1812” is used to identify the deceased as a veteran of that war.
U.S.D. 1812 has identified approximately 760 veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Arkansas. Of those, about 160 have been marked.
“It is the goal of the Society to eventually locate and mark the remaining 600 so that all will be recognized for their service,” according to the release.
For details, contact Arkansas Grave Markers Chairman Sheila Beatty at email@example.com.
Membership in U.S.D. 1812 is open to women who can prove lineal descent from a patriot who gave civil or military service from 1784 to 1815.