First Presbyterian Church Cemetery-The Weir Family

At least seven members of the Weir family are buried in Greensboro’s old First Presbyterian Church cemetery. In a previous post I fawned over the beauty of the restored historic graveyard. The house that was originally owned by Dr. David P. Weir, a native of Ireland, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and could be one of the first homes built in downtown Greensboro. David Weir (a medical doctor) served as President at the Edgeworth Female Seminary for a brief period of time after the previous administrator died in 1844 during the yellow fever epidemic which hit Greensboro around 1842-1843. Weir was one of the founders of the Greensboro Mutual Life and Trust Company.

Hannah Weir’s marker

David Weir married Hannah L. Humeston on Nov. 20, 1838. Hannah would die in 1842 during the fever outbreak at 26 years of age, according to her marker.

During research I found a page which sites the Greensboro Patriot on October 18, 1845 stating that David Weir remarried Susan Humphreys, the wealthy 18 year old widow of Absalom Humphreys and daughter of Judge John Dick. Susan outlived David Weir to marry David Bell in 1881. I was unable to find any information about where she was buried.

Records indicate that David Weir had several children, some of whom are buried in First Presbyterian. According to the 1860 census, his living children were Samuel, John, and Lizzie.

William Weir’s marker

William Humeston Weir was a son with Hannah. He died at 6 months of age, just a few months before Hannah’s death in 1842.

Lt. Samuel Park Weir (1839-1862) was also the son of David and Hannah. Samuel intended to become a Presbyterian minister before the Civil War and studied at the Theological Seminary at Columbia. The year after entering the Seminary he left to join the Guilford Greys, as a private and performing the chaplain’s duties. As a lieutenant in the 46th Regiment he was present for the battles of battles of Newbern, Richmond and Harper’s Ferry. Even after being wounded in battle at Sharpsburg, he continued to fight. During the battle of Fredericksburg in 1862, Samuel was trying to encourage a childhood friend, Col. John Alexander Gilmer, to leave the battlefield because he had a severe leg wound. Samuel was then shot in the left temple and killed instantly.

Hugh’s stone is badly weathered.

Hugh Edgar Weir (1850-1853) was a son of David and Susan Weir. At one time this monument had a lamb at the top.

John and Lizzie Lee Weir were also David and Susan’s children, but I haven’t been able to find out any additional information about them thus far. According to Guilford County NCCemetery Archives there are at least 2 female infants buried in this graveyard to the Weir family, but no mother is listed.

Additional Sources:
“Death Of Lt. Samuel P. Weir”- The Raleigh Standard — Jan. 7, 1863
National Register of History Places Inventory-Nomination Form

2 thoughts on “First Presbyterian Church Cemetery-The Weir Family”

  1. Greensboro's First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, published by Arcadia Publishing Company. Lizzie's buried at Green Hill beside her mother, Susan. John headed west to Nebraska after the War. Absalom is buried at Buffalo Presbyterian Cemetery. Another Weir and Susan child, Mary Eloise, is buried at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery; additionally Susan has a child buried there from her first marriage.


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