|Name||Weston, Jefferson Burns, 1831-1905|
Obituary: Sept. 16, 1905; Beatrice Daily Sun
Every reader of this paper will be grieved to learn of the death of Hon. Jefferson B. Weston. For several weeks it has been known here that he was seriously ailing and lately his demise has been expected by those familiar with his condition. But to his large circle of friends throughout the state the announcement of his death will prove a painful surprise.
At the noon hour yesterday, September 15, he passed peacefully to that borne from which no traveler has ever yet returned. His death, it may be safely stated, will be deeply mourned by all who have ever known him. The limitations of a newspaper article enables us to present only a brief and an imperfect outline of his life.
Mr. Weston was born at Bremen, Maine, on the 3rd day of March, 1831, and at the time of his death he was well along in his seventy-fifty year. When about twenty years of age he entered Union college at Schenectady, New York, from which institution he graduated in 1856. In less than a year after his graduation he joined the crowd of emigrants pushing westward and in April, 1857, he came to the new Territory of Nebraska.
He was one of the leaders of that band of intrepid men and women, who, on board the old river boat "Hannibal," on the 3rd day of April, 1857, while stuck on a sand bar opposite Doniphan, Kans., entered into a compact to remain together and locate somewhere in the new territory of Nebraska and found a city. He was the principal member of the committee representing this company who upon personal inspection in May of that year determined upon the site which comprises the original town of Beatrice as the location of the prospective city, and he answered to his name when the roll of this company was called on the site of this city June 27, 1895.
In 1860, Mr. Weston married at Nebraska City, Miss Helen Towle, daughter of Albert and Catherine Towle, and as the fruit of this union there has been born Ralph A. Weston, Elizabeth L. and Herbert T. Weston, all of Beatrice, and the late Catherine W. Wing.
From the date of his arrival in the territory to 1872, he led an active, though a somewhat varied life. During this period he engaged in various freighting ventures with ox teams across the plains to Denver and other points, and in trade with the Indians and in mining, and having been admitted to the bar early in his career, he, for some time prior to 1872, practiced his profession here in Beatrice to a considerable extent.
In the fall of 1872 he was elected auditor of public accounts of the state of Nebraska and continued to hold this office by successive elections from January, 1873, to January 1879. From 1875 to 1885 he with his family resided in the city of Lincoln, but with this exception he has held a continuous residence in the city of Beatrice since 1857.
On the 18th day of November, 1883, he with Daniel W. Cook, Hiram W. Parker, Cyrus Alden, S. P. Wheeler, Nathan Blakely and William Lamb of Beatrice, and N. S. Harwood of Lincoln organized the Beatrice national bank of Beatrice, and he was by this first board of directors elected its president, a position which he held over twenty years and until his death. Of the original board of directors of the bank none now survive him except Mr. Cook and Nathan Blakely.
|Spouse||Weston, Helen (Towle), 1842-1917|
|Deceased where||Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska|
This collection contains family history and genealogy records for the Brock and the Sweet families. George R. Brock is noted particularly, with letters of introduction from Lincoln, Nebraska, businessmen for him and biographical information about him. Also included is a will for Amos Sweet, Sr.; a mostly blank small account book with the name of Brock's Pioneer Bank, Guide Rock, Nebraska, on the cover; and a letter from George's sister, Carrie, written to George, November 24, 1874, from Santa Barbara, California, telling of her health and describing life there.