Weaver, James A. (1826–1898)

By: Stephanie P. Niemeyer

Type: Biography

Published: June 1, 2011

James A. Weaver, Confederate cavalry officer, banker, merchant, and sheriff, was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, on July 15, 1826, son of William B. and Susan (Pye) Weaver. He married Sarah Butler in 1850, and the two moved to Texas in 1855 and eventually settled in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County. By 1860 Weaver worked as a farmer, owned eight slaves, and the couple produced six children.

On November 4, 1861, Weaver, with a servant, enlisted as a captain of Company D in Crump's Battalion, at Camp Crump in Marion County. On May 8, 1862, he was elected lieutenant colonel of the Thirty-second Texas Cavalry. He fought in the battle of Richmond, Kentucky, on August 30, 1862, in what some believe was the most perfect Confederate victory in the war. He was wounded twice at Chickamauga but recovered quickly. In 1864 his unit was consolidated into the First Texas Cavalry Battalion in Alabama.

When Weaver returned from the war, he served as sheriff of Hopkins County for six years. He began banking with J. L. Whitworth, one of his sons-in-law, in 1876. He later engaged in various businesses with his sons-in-law for the remainder of his life. His wife died in 1872, and he married his wife's sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis, in 1873. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, a Royal Arch Mason, and a member of the Episcopal faith. He is also remembered as a patron of the schools in Sulphur Springs. He died on February 27, 1898, in Hopkins County, and is buried in the Sulphur Springs Cemetery.

Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas (Chicago: Battey, 1889; rpt., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). Old Harrison County Queries: Weaver (http://www.txgenes.com/TXHarrison/QueryOld.htm), accessed February 15, 2011. Vance Woodard, "Pleasant Washington Woodard, Private, Company H, 32nd Texas Cavalry, CSA, 18 Jan 1838 – 6 Jan 1890" (http://gen.1starnet.com/civilwar/woodardp.htm), accessed February 15, 2011.

Time Periods:

  • Civil War

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Stephanie P. Niemeyer, “Weaver, James A.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 22, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/weaver-james-a.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 2011

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