Samuel J. Weir   

Samuel cash-claimed a quarter in 6, 7N 48W in 1891.

Possible : Samuel Jackson Weir b: 27 December 1830 in
Cooper County, Missouri d: 8 April 1928 in
Greenfield, Dade County, Missouri
 married Martha Doak Wilson b: 21 April 1840 in
Murfreesboro, Tennessee m: 10 February 1858 in Greene
County, Missouri d: 27 March 1915

In 1880 Dade County Samuel 49 and Mattie D. 39 have Nora 21, Anna 19, Don M. 17, Horrace 15, George 5. 13, Phillip 11, Rob t. 9, Frank 7, Lucy 5, and mother Polly B. 72.

In 1900 Dade County Samuel and Martha have Phillip H. May 1872, Robert S. Nov 1874, Frank B. Dec 1876, and Daisy D. Aug 1882.

In 1910 Dade County Samuel J. and Martha D. have only Robert S., 36.

Samuel J. Weir born Dec 27, 1830 in Cooper County Missouri, son of Samuel Weir of Kentucky and Mary B. Stevens, died April 8, 1928, widowed, to be buried in Weir Cemetery.

"Mattie" D. Weir born April 21, 140 in Tennessee to William Wilson from North Carolina and Syntha Wasson of Tennessee, died March 27, 1915, to be buried in Weir cemetery.  Geo. L. Weir was the informant.

Samuel and James (below) very likely were related.


Andrew Jackson Weir, born Dec 12, 1859 died Dec 31, 1921, buried in Sterling. 54768771 says he married Edna Propst Westlake, also buried in Sterling.  William Westlake died in 1907.

James Weir came to the Sterling area from Canada in 1865, to work for the railroad. By 1866, he was a foreman, and moved his family to the area. The settlement was called Weir, when Julesburg #3 was founded in 1881.

Later, Weir moved his family to Sterling, along with several of the Weir buildings, including the family home which was moved in sections.

The Weir family founded several business in Sterling, becoming prominent citizens of the community. Andy Weir's building was the first post office and his sister Edna, the first postmaster. 

Charles A. Weir, of North Platte, is prominently known in railway circles in the western part of the state of Nebraska. He is conductor on the Union Pacific railway, western division. His father, James Weir, was connected with this road, at the beginning of its construction, and remained in this department up to the winter of 1886. Weir Siding was named after him. Prior to coming here he was in Canada on the Grand Trunk railway, having come there from Ireland, where he was born in 1826. Our subject's grandfather, James Weir, died in 1898, aged one hundred and nine years, at Montreal, Canada.

     Mr. Weir was born at Julesburg, in 1868, and at the age of twenty began railroading at Sterling, Colorado, with the Union Pacific railway in 1884, employed as section foreman, then went west in the train service, and has been conductor on that road for the past ten years. He is a member of the Order of Railway Conductors, and past chief conductor of that lodge. He has five brothers, all of whom are, or have been, railway men nearly all their lives. W. J. Weir is trainmaster on the Midland Valley railway at Forth Smith, Arkansas; Frank Weir, conductor on the El Paso & N. W. Railway, of Texas; Andrew Weir, retired conductor, residing at Colorado Springs; Joseph Weir, retired railway man, now a farmer at Sterling, Colorado, where the father also resides; Robert Weir, with the Union Pacific, now conductor at Denver. Our subject's wife, who was Miss Kelker, of Pueblo, Colorado, had six brother who were all railroad men, and two sisters who married engineers. Four members of her family have met death through railway accidents. One brother, John Kelker, is master mechanic at Lima, Ohio. Mrs. Weir is a daughter of John Kelker, born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Her father as a young man went to Baldwin Locomotive Works, at Philadelphia, and became a traveling salesman. He took the first engines to the Rio Grande railway at Pueblo, and afterwards entered the service of that road, and for twenty-five years, up to 1903, was master mechanic of the first district of the Rio Grand system. He is now eighty years of age, hale and hearty, living at Pueblo. Mr. and Mrs. Weir have two children, namely; George and Elizabeth. Mr. Weir's mother was, prior to her marriage, Elizabeth Granger, born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

     Mr. Weir was a delegate to the National Convention of Railway Trainmen, held at Galesburg, Illinois, in 1895. He is a prominent Mason and at present senior warden of No. 32 lodge at North Platte, having passed all chairs. He has served with the Union Pacific company for twenty years, and has never received a demerit mark, and is justly proud of his record.


In 1870 Pickens County, Alabama, Michael W. Propst is 48, Jane S. 43, Mary J. 17, Wyly F. and Wm. C. 14, Thos J.C. 11, Allen H. 9, "Winey" E. 6, Lena E. 3, Jno H. 20 and Harriett 19.

In 1880 the Propst are in Colorado - Michael and Jane farming, with Wylie 23, William 23, Thomas 21, Allen 19, Winey E. 16, and Lena E. 13.

February 1900 "Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Propst returned home this morning from an extended visit with relatives and friends at their old home in Fayette, Alabama."

March 23, 1900 "Grandpa Propst has been confined to his room at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Edna . Weir for ten days past. Shortly after returning from the southe the old gentelman had the misfortuune to run a nail in his foot. The wound did not heal and despite the best of care and medical attention he is not gaining as rapidly as the family would wish. We trust he maysoon be up an around."
Michael died in 1900, and is buried in Sterling, # 38655399.

This obituary does not mention Wincie Ann Brent 1849-1914 buried in Birmingham, Alabama # 182578477.

October 1889 Sterling "Miss Lena Propst and sister Mrs. Andy Weir and little daughter, arrived home Sunday from Iowa, where they have been spending the summer."
Elizabeth Jane (Weir) Mathews 1853-1924 is buried in Sterling 3 57989970, with Samuel R. mathews 1843-1918.

February 23, 1889 "A serious accident which may yet prove to be fatal, happened to Tommy Mathews, grandson of Jas. Weir, Esq., at Crook, on last Sunday. Tommy was riding a horse at full speed, which fel1 down throwing the boy heavily, and injuring his head.
At present he is unconscious, with but slight hopes of recovery."

February 1890 "Miss Maud Matthews, of Crook, was visiting her grandmother Mrs. James Weir, the fore part of the week."

September 1898 "Miss Frances Propst of Pueblo is in the city, visiting her aunt, Mrs. Edna W. Weir, and other relatives."
September 1899 "Mrs. Edna W. Weir and Mrs. C. M. C. Woolman went to Denver this morning to consult an oculist for the benefit of their daughters, Beatrice and Ruth."

September 1899 "Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Propst leave here this evening on the Chicago Special for Birmingham, Ala., and other southern points for a six months visit with relatives and friends. Mrs. Edna W. Weir will accompany them as far as Omaha and will visit the Greater America Exposition for a few days."

March 1890 "Charley Weir came in Thursday from Pueblo, wehre he has been visiting the past five or six days."

December 1899

- In 1900 Logan County, Edna Weir is the county clerk, widowed, born January 1864 in Alabama, with daughter Mary B. May 1887, son Edwin A. Feb 1890, and mother Jane S. Probst March 1827 North Carolina. Jane has had ten children, nine still living.
July 1900 "Robert J. Weir is in the city from North Platte for a visit with parents and friends. Things are coming Bob's way, we are glad to learn, and we may yet see him president of the Union Pacific."

Edna W. Weir claimed a quarter in sections 30 and 31, 6N 52W in 1904.

In 1910 Edna is a rancher, widowed, 46, with Beathice Henson, divorced, 22 and her son Richard E. 1. Edwin A. Weir is 20.

January 1900 "Sidney Propst yesterday walked in Justice Pickens' court room and surrendered himself. He together with Grant Dodson and Charles Harrison are accused of the murder of Jacob Uhl at the county hospital. The district attorney said that $2,500 nail for Propst would be sufficient, although Judge Pickens remarked that he would have placed the sum more like $5,000 if the proposition had been left to him. Dodson and Harrison were both in court, and their counsel, John A. Rush, asked that the court make the bail for his clients small, as they were poor laborers. The court, however fixed the bonds in each case $2,500. Propst says Allen & Webster are his counsel.
The case will be taken up next Wednesday morning.
Rocky Mountain News, Thursday, Dec. 28."

April 6, 1900 " S[idney] R[udolph] Propst is one of the most progressive citizens of Logan county and the public will be pleased as well as surprised to know that he returned home from Denver Saturday night having concluded a deal with W. S. Iliff for the purchase of the Wesley Wright ranch one mile north of Iliff, embracing 920 acres of land. Mr. Propst has figured on this purchase for a year past and in July last surveyed a ditch from a point one-half mile above the Iliff bridge to the land. He will commence work om the construction of this ditch the last of the week. When completed it will furnish water to irrigate 600 acres of the tract and nearly all of the remainder can be irrigated from the old Iliff ditch.
While in Denver Sid renewed his lease on the Riverside ranch adjoining the tract purchased consisting of 1,300 acres of as fine range for cattle as there is in the world. Both the leased land and what he bought is every acre under fence. He will now have a ranch property worthy of the name and with the development as contemplated will in a few years have money to burn. The price paid for the property bought was less than $10,000, exclusive of the lease on the Riverside. Rah for Mr. Propst and his good fortune ."