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Here are some Weaver stories and accounts over the years:

Early Weavers in Cheshire

Weaver manor in Cheshire became the possession of the family that bore the same name in the early 13th century.  Whether this family was descended from the Norman Bigots that had previously held the manor is a matter of conjecture.  Maybe they were descended from the unknown trusted servant or "radman" recorded as holding land there in the Domesday Book of 1086. 

The first with the family name to appear in records was William de Weaver who around 1225 witnessed the Earl of Chester's grant of land to Robert Woodford.  It was as under-foresters of Mondrem that they appeared in the records most frequently.

Weber Mennonites in the Palatinate

Weber is an old Mennonite family name of Swiss origin. As early as 1664 the Palatine Mennonite census lists reported two Webers, including Peter Weber at Oberflörsheim.  He was still living there in 1685, with six sons and one daughter, while there was a second Peter Weber at Waltzheim.  Johannes Weber was at Osthofen and Heinrich Weber and Dietrich Weber at Gundersheim. In 1732 Peter Weber was a minister at Oberflörsheim.  In 1738 there were also Weber families at Gundersheim, Spiesheim, Wolfsheim, and at Heppenheim an der Wiese.  Among later Webers was Peter Weber of Kindenheim, an influential preacher. 

All of these locations were in the Palatinate and west of the Rhine.  From these Webers came the Weber/Weaver immigrants to Lancaster county, Pennsylvania in the early 1700's.

Weavers in America in 1840

The table below shows the distribution of Weavers by the leading states in America according to the 1840 census.

New York

Pennsylvania led the list by far, a position it still holds today.

Weber-Weaver Farm in Lancaster County

Weber-Weaver Farm is a historic home and farm in West Lampeter township, Lancaster county.  The property includes the Hans Weber House (1724), the Weber barn (c. 1724), and the John Weaver House and summer kitchen (c. 1765).

The Hans Weber House is a stone dwelling modeled on the Hans Herr House in its Germanic style. It measure 36 feet by 34 feet, and was enlarged to a full two-stories and renovated between 1790 and 1810.  The John Weaver House was built as a two-story, Georgian style dwelling, subsequently enlarged and modified during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Pat Weaver's The Best Seat in the House

In Pat Weaver’s words and for many the 1950’s represented the golden years of American TV. 

Pat Weaver was at its forefront.  He assumed the presidency of NBC Television in 1949 and revolutionized the industry by having the network own and program its shows.  Previously the sponsors had controlled their production and content.  Instead, Weaver sold advertizing time to sponsors, thereby changing the face of commercial TV forever.  At NBC he husbanded such programs as The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Your Show of Shows, plus the creation of NBC News.  

By 1954 Weaver had built a series of strategic prime time lineups that began with comedy and ended with drama.  Two years later, Weaver resigned from NBC when ts chairman David Sarnoff stripped him of his power and the story in The Best Seat in the House, his 1993 memoir, virtually ends there.

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