William Wallace Weston
(March 4, 1830 - 1905)
James D. Weston became an extensive lumberman on the upper Hudson and its tributaries, and
brought his sons up to be fully acquainted with all departments of lumbering.  He married Lela
Adams, a descendent of the early Massachusetts Warrens and Adamses so conspicuous in
Revolutionary days.  Her father, Abijah Adams, was a native of Connecticut and one of a family of
twelve children, each measuring six feet and upwards in height.  He was an ensign in the Revolution,
and was once sick for six weeks with the measles in the forests of Long Island encompassed by
British soldiers.  After his recovery, as he was an expert swimmer, he escaped from captivity by
swimming the Sound and dodging the cannon shot of the English squadron by diving.  After the
Revolution, he conducted a pottery of the red-clay ware, then in use for some years, but later
removed to Luzerne in Warren County, this State, where he engaged in lumbering during his active
life.  He died aged eighty-two years.

William Wallace Weston, son of James D. and Lela (Adams) Weston, was born in Warren County,
March 4, 1830, received an academic education, and like his immediate ancestors became a
lumberman.  In 1849, he was connected with the lumber company (Fox, Weston & Bronson) at
Painted Post, Steuben County, of which his older brother, Abijah, was a member.  In 1850, he came
to the Allegany valley the junior member of the firm of Weston Brothers (A., O., and W. W. Weston),
who, in company with John G. Mersereau, purchased a small mill at the mouth of the Oswayo,
remodeled it, and brought eastern methods and the gang-saw to the complete revolution of lumbering
methods of this section.  This was the commencement of their operations here and the next year they
began to build a mill at Westons Mills, where a small village has been evolved by their operations.  
From 1850 to the present writing (1893), Mr. Weston has actively devoted himself to the interests of
Weston Brothers located in this vicinity, and today is as energetic and vigorous as many a younger
man.  His brother, Orren, has been connected with him for many years until the enormous growth of
their western business demanded his removal to Tonawanda about 1887.  In or about 1850, the firm
of Weston, Mersereau & Co. also was formed by the Weston Brothers and John G. Mersereau.  This
firm and its successors (Weston Brothers retiring in 1888) has had an extensive and prosperous
career.  The operations of the Weston Brothers have been and are extensive.  They have
manufactured here large quantities of lumber and have owned large areas of land in this vicinity and
northern Pennsylvania.  They now own, with others, over 200, 000 acres of valuable pine lands in the
northern peninsula of Michigan, where they have mills producing annually 80,000,000 feet of
lumber.  Their headquarters are at Manistique, where they control the Chicago Lumbering Company,
the Weston Lumber Company, the White Marble Lime Company, and the Weston Furnace Company
– all extensive in their operations.

Commencing life with limited capital, but thorough knowledge of their business, their sagacious
foresight led them into purchases of large tracts of timber land which rapidly appreciated in value.  
Their operations at Westons Mills now consist of mills with 80,000 feet daily production (which
employ from 100 to 120 men), planning-mills, shingle-mills, etc., and a general store doing an annual
business of $40,000.  The firm is now ”A. Weston Lumber Company,” an incorporation organized in
January, 1892.  Westons Mills post office was established in 1873 with W. W. Weston as
postmaster.  He still holds the position.  Mr. Weston has shrunk from political position sedulously
through life, but as a matter of duty, served his town five years as commissioner of highways.  He is
a public spirited and esteemed citizen and an honorable businessman.  One of his neighbors and
friends with whom he has extensive business transactions says of him: “An honester man does not
live.”  He is kindly and pleasant in his manners, a strong friend, a generous neighbor, an agreeable
companion, and an ardent Republican who keeps himself informed on all the matters of the day.  May
3, 1858, he married Harriet, daughter of the Hon. John G. Mersereau.  Their only son, Wallace, was
born Sept. 15, 1862; he married Emma Kintcel and they have two children, Edith H. and Dorothy V.  
He has a financial interest in the firm, is secretary of “A. Weston Lumber Company,” and is in charge
of the office at Westons Mills.

(From the Lyman, Horton & Co's (Limited) Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of
Cattaraugus County, N. Y.
, ed. by Wm. Adams, 1893, pp. 1020-1021).


W. W. WESTON OBITUARY

The Sudden Death of a Well Known Westons Lumberman
William Wallace Weston Found Dead in Bed Yesterday Morning -75 Years of Age and a Good Man

William Wallace Weston, one of the older lumberman of this locality died suddenly at the home of his
son at Westons during Monday night.  His body was found by his son, Wallace Weston, at breakfast
time yesterday morning, who went to his room call him.

Mr. Weston was apparently in his usual health during the previous day and was about the office at
Westons as usual.  He returned from a trip to Porto Rico about a week ago, and since that trip, his
health had been apparently much better than before he went away.  In the office on Monday, he
talked with people and told of his trip and was apparently in the best of health.  Members of the
family of Mr. Wallace Weston, with whom he made his home for a number of years, were away
from home the evening of Monday until quite late.  Accordingly, the family did not retire until late,
and consequently, it was quite late yesterday morning when the family was up and ready for
breakfast.  When Mr. Weston failed to respond to the call for breakfast, his son went to his room and
found him dead.  He had evidently passed away while asleep.   His health for several months had not
been the best and it was with a hope of improving his condition that he took his recent trip to Porto
Rico.

The announcement of the death of Mr. Weston cast a gloom over the little village of Westons.  The
inhabitants of that place and vicinity had known him for a number of years and had had business
relations with him.  He was a man with a kind heart and generous to all.  It had been said of him that
he was always kind to people in need and that he had given everything in his power to assist the
needy people and had in many cases, given substantially to the poor.  He possessed a kind disposition,
which endeared him to all who knew him.  He had always a pleasant word for his friends and was
never known to ill treat his workmen, having, perhaps, employed as many men in his life as the
average businessman and lumberman.  He lived to see an extensive lumber business grow up under
his most careful and conservative business methods and in all, was a man that any community will
miss.

The funeral will be held from the home of his son, Wallace Weston at Westons, Thursday afternoon
at 2 o’clock, the Rev. C. T. Edwards, D. D., of Portville officiating.  The interment will be at
Portville.
The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
17 Maple Avenue
Portville, NY 14770

www.portvillehistory.org
Portville, New York

The student of early American history
cannot have failed to notice the connection
of the English Westons with the early
settlement of this country.  Thomas
Weston, of Bristol, England, was one of the
London “merchant adventurers” who fitted
out the Mayflower in 1620.  He and others
of the name were prominent in Virginia
settlements and in that of Massachusetts
Colony.  The Westons of this country,
however, come not of this stock, but
descend from the Scotch branch of the
family, the paternal grandfather of William
Wallace Weston coming to Warren county
in this State from Edinburgh, Scotland,
when a lad, with one John Ferguson.  He
passed his life in Warren County, marrying
and having a family of six children, of
whom James D. was one of the younger.