Above is Joe Wead, the store owner and grandson of "the old horse trader" with his family in Ft. Rice, N.D. about 1915.
UPDATE: Howard Wead died January 23, 2013
Researching the Family Tree
Our Link to Jonas Weed
Chloe Wead, a descendent of Jonas
The father of David M. Weed is likely a man with the same name. According to the family Bible of an online source named “Ann” another David M. Weed was born December 14, 1745 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut. (Another source has him born in Weedsport, New York.) Ann’s family Bible lists his parents as Benjamin Weed and Hannah Waterbury. They indeed had a son named David M. Weed but some researchers are holding out for more solid confirmation. In any case, it appears very possible that this Benjamin Weed is my great, great, great, great, great grandfather, the oldest directly connected relative in my line of the family.
While the links beyond David M. Weed (1788-1843) remain unconfirmed, the Y-DNA project produced spectacular results. As one might have suspected, our family is directly descendant from Jonas Weed, who came to the New World in 1630. In this case, with DNA, we literally leap over the tedious roadblocks and find ourselves linked to the great Weed patriarch of the American family. The fascinating story of Jonas Weed is told on this website.
So the work continues and we cheerfully welcome any newcomer who can pick up the trail and help us bridge the chasm between our David M. Weed and the mighty Jonas Weed of early American history. Likewise, we kindly welcome anyone who can help us refine the information on these pages. Who we are is often a reflection of where we have been. If you have stories or dates or sources to help, please write firstname.lastname@example.org.