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James Henry Weeks

 

 

Born: 20 Sep 1850, Sampson County, NC
Died: 29 Mar 1926, Goshen, Sampson County, NC 

 
James Henry Weeks was born 20 Sep 1850 in Sampson County, NC.  He was the only child of James Kenan Weeks (b. 11 Sep 1811, d. 04 Jun 1893) and Mary "Polly" Van (b. 05 Dec 1822, d. 09 May 1899).
                     
  Some researchers show James Henry's birthday as 23 May 1851.  The headstone at his grave site used this date.  Also, even though his Death Certificate doesn't show his birthdate, it does say that at the time of his death on 29 Mar 1926, he was 74 years 10 months and 6 days old - indicating that his birthdate was 23 1851.  
     
  My reason for listing his birthday at 20 Sep 1850 is based on the 1850 Sampson County, NC, Census.  The Census which was enumerated on the 28th day of September 1850 shows that James Henry (listed as "James") was 8-days old.  I realize that Census records are frequently incorrect, but it would be impossible to show his birth on the 1850 Census if he wasn't born until 1851.  Further, the 1860 Census shows his age as 10, the 1870 Census shows his age as 20 and the 1880 shows his age as 30.  All 4 Census indicate his birth as happening during 1850 and not 1851. 

The 1900 Census shows his birth month as May and his birth year as 1851.
 
 
 
 
The 1850 Census shows Kenan/Kenion and Mary Weeks living in the Northern Division of Sampson County, NC, with their son James and a 15-year-old girl names Elizabeth A. Bell.  The Census when was enumerated on the 28th day of September 1850, shows James' age as "8 days".
 

1850 Sampson County Census

 
Name Age Sex Occupation Real Estate Value Birth
First Last
Kenon Weeks 38 M Farmer $800 NC
Mary ----- 25 F     NC
James ----- 8
days
M     NC
Elizabeth A. Bell 15 F     NC
 
 
 
Page 105 of the 1860 Census shows Kenion and Mary living in the Piney Grove District of Sampson County, NC.  There were seven people living in the Weeks home including son James Henry (age 10), Lewis Jackson (age 15) and Betsy Lindsey (age 20).  There were also two mulato girls living with the family - Mary Smith (age 10) and Sally Smith (age 6).  The Real Estate Value was $2000 and the Personal Estate Value was $900.  James Henry, Lewis and Betsy attended school during the year, but not the two mulato girls.
 

1860 Sampson County Census

 
Name Age Sex Race
W/B/M
Occupation Real Estate
Value
Personal
Estate
Value
Attended
School
First Last
Kenan Weeks 49 M   Farmer $2000 $900  
Mary ----- 36 F          
James H. ----- 10 M         Yes
Lewis Jackson 15 M         Yes
Betsy Lindsey 20 F         Yes
Mary Smith 10 F M        
Sally Smith 6 F M        
 
 
 
Page 1 of the 1870 Census shows Kenion and Mary still living in the Piney Grove Township of Sampson County, NC.  Kenion's (James K.'s) Real Estate Value had dropped over the previous 10-years from $2000 to $700.  Son James Henry was working of the family farm but the Census also indicates that James Henry had attended school during the year.  Also living with the family were Susan Jane Bryant (age 20 - without occupation) as well as Elizabeth A. Roberts (age 26 - without occupation) and her son Joseph White Roberts (age 6).  Could this Elizabeth A. Roberts be the same Elizabeth A. Bell (age 15) from the 1950 Census - if so, one of the ages is incorrect.
 

1870 Sampson County Census

 
Name Age Sex Race
W/B/M
Trade Real Estate
Value
Personal
Estate
Value
Birth Attended
School
Can't
Write
Last First
Weeks James K. 58 M W Farmer $700 $1275 NC    
----- Mary 47 F W Keeping
House
    NC    
----- James Henry 20 M W Works on
Farm
    NC Yes  
Bryant Susan Jane 20 F W w/o
Occupation
    NC    
Roberts Elizabeth A. 26 F W w/o
Occupation
    NC   Yes
----- Joseph White 6 M W At Home     NC    
 
 
 
James Henry Weeks was married three times.  His first marriage was to Ella Luta King on 16 Nov 1871 in Sampson County, NC.  Ella was born 13 Jan 1857 and was 14-years-old (2 months before turning 15)when she married James Henry Weeks.  He was 21. Their only child, Eula Mae Weeks, was born 18 Dec 1872 in Sampson County, NC.  Ella died 18 Jul 1873 at the age of 16 and was buried in the Kenion Weeks Cemetery in Sampson Co, NC.  She was the daughter of Lewis Cogdell King (b. 1826, d. 1901) and Sarah Marshburn (b. 1829, d. 1890).
 
Children of James Henry Weeks and Ella Lulu King
Name Birth Death Spouse
Eula Mae Weeks 18 Dec 1872 06 Apr 1956
Dunn, Harnett Co, NC
John David Ezzell
m. 1890
 
 

(Left) Sarah Adelaide Robinson Weeks

 
After Ella's death in 1873, James Henry's daughter Eula Mae went to live with her paternal grandparents, Kenion Week & Mary Van.


James Henry married for a second time on 23 May 1874 (10 months after Ella's death) to Sarah Adelaide Robinson.  Sarah was born 08 Jun 1852 in Ingold, Sampson County, NC, and is believed to be the daughter of Isaiah Robinson and Evaline Caroll.
 
 
 
Page 16 of the 1880 Census shows James Henry Weeks and his wife, Sarah A., living near his parents, Kenon and Mary Weeks, in the Piney Grove Township of Sampson County, NC.  James Henry's age was listed on the Census as 30 and Sarah was 28.  They had 3 children at the time of the Census: Martin Luther (age 3), Mamie "Mary" E. (age 2) and Liona F (age 11 months - born July 1879).  There was also a female helper living with the family, B. A. Roberts (age 30).
 

1880 Sampson County Census

 
Name Race Sex Age If born during
year, give
month
Relation S/M/W Trade Attended
School
Birth
Last First
Weeks Kenon W M 68   (Head) M Farmer   NC
----- Mary W F 57   Wife M Keeps
House
  NC
Linsey Mary E. W F 40   Help S     NC
Roberts Jas. W M 16   Help S Works on
Farm
Yes NC
Weeks Ula M. W F 7   Grand
Daughter
S   Yes NC
                     
Weeks Jas. H. W M 30   (Head) M Farmer   NC
----- Sarah A. W F 28   (Wife) M Keeps
House
  NC
----- Martin L. W M 3   (Son) S     NC
----- Mary E. W F 2   (Daughter) S     NC
----- Lona F. W F 11/12 July 1879 (Daughter) S     NC
Roberts B. A. W F 30   Help W     NC
 
 
 
James Henry and Sarah's marriage produced at least Eight children - born between 1875 and 1889.
 
Children of James Henry Weeks and Sarah Adelaide Robinson
Name Birth Death Spouse
Martin Luther Weeks 19 Jan 1875
Goshen, Sampson Co, NC
28 Apr 1902 Lillian E. Kornegay
Mamie "Mary" E. Weeks 15 Sep 1877
Goshen, Sampson Co, NC
24 Jul 1936
Mount Olive, NC
Robert Allen King
m. 17 Jan 1901
Liona F. Weeks Jul 1879
Goshen, Sampson Co, NC
1951
Goshen, Sampson Co, NC
Algia A. Lindsay
Addie Ella Weeks 21 Nov 1881
Goshen, Sampson Co, NC
03 Dec 1923
Sampson Co, NC
Zebulon B. Josiah King
m. 22 May 1898
Bascom Kenion Weeks 24 May 1883
Goshen, Sampson Co, NC
03 Sep 1948
Sampson Co, NC
Lillie May Daughtry
m. 1904
Emma Verona Weeks 04 Jan 1885
Goshen, Sampson Co, NC
28 May 1965
Suttontown, Sampson Co, NC
Timothy O. Sutton
m. 05 Mar 1905
Estelle G. Weeks Sep 1889 24 Dec 1966
Keener, Sampson Co, NC
James Allen Sinclair
*Leslie Weeks Unknown
Sampson Co, NC
Unknown
Sampson Co, NC
 
*Leslie Weeks is a child of James Henry and Sarah Robinson Weeks, but very little is known about him/her.  Even the name "Leslie" could be for a boy or a girl.  He/She is buried in the Kenan Weeks Family Cemetery
 
 
 
Sarah Adelaide Robinson Weeks died 31 Dec 1895 in Goshen, Sampson County, NC, and was buried in the Kenion Weeks Cemetery in Goshen, Sampson County, NC.  She was 46 years old at the time of her death and James Henry was 48.
 
 
 

(Left) James Henry Weeks & Mattie Byrn Harrell Weeks

 
After Sarah's death in 1895, James Henry married for a third time on 02 Jun 1898 (two and a half years after Sarah's death) to Mattie Byrn Harrell

Mattie was born 01 Aug 1880 in Wayne County, NC, and was the daughter of Fernifold Fernie Harrell (1828 - 1898) and Sally King.  Mattie was 17 years old at the time she married James Henry and he was 50.

Mattie had 9 siblings: William H. (b. 1868), James R. (b. 1871) Ludenia "Deania" (b. 1871), Polley (b. 1873), Minnie (b. 1874), Furney (b. 1877), George (b. 1884), Sallie K. (b. 1887) and Lee (b. 1890).
 
 
 
Sheet 7 of the 1900 North Carolina Census finds James Henry and his new wife, Mattie Byrn Harrell, living in the Piney Grove Township of Sampson County.  James Henry's age is listed as 49 and his birth month and year are listed as May 1851.  Mattie's age was 18 and there were 5 children living in the home: Mamie (age 20), Bascom (age 17), Emma (age 15) Estella (age 10) and new-born son Arthur James (age 12 months) who is listed as "B" in the marriage column - more than likely indicating he was a "Baby".  Arthur was born 06 May 1899 in Goshen, Sampson County, NC.
 

1900 Sampson County Census

 
Name Relation Race Sex Birth Age S
M
W
Yrs
Md
Kids Birth Trade Read
Write
Last First Mth Yr Born Living
Weeks Jas. H. Head W M May 1851 49 M 2     NC Farmer Yes
----- Mattie B. Wife W F Jun 1881 18 M 2 1 1 NC   Yes
----- Mamie Daughter W F Sep 1879 20 S       NC   Yes
----- Bascomb Son W M May 1883 17 S       NC Farm
Laborer
Yes
----- Emma Daughter W F Jan 1885 15 S       NC   Yes
----- Estella Daughter W F Sep 1889 10 S       NC   Yes
----- Arthur J. Son W M May 1898 12m B       NC   No
 
 
 
James Henry and Mattie's marriage produced at least 15 children.
 
Children of James Henry Weeks and Mattie Byrn Harrell
Name Birth Death Spouse
Arthur James Weeks 06 May 1899
Sampson Co, NC
29 Oct 1976
Mt. Olive, Wayne Co, NC
Lydie Sutton
m. 12 Nov 1917
Addie Mae Weeks 05 May 1900
Sampson Co, NC
26 Jun 1924
Goldsboro, Wayne Co, NC
William Evey Godwin
Nola Brown Weeks 21 Apr 1903
Sampson Co, NC
03 Mar 1989
Kinston, Lenoir Co, NC
(1) Clyde James Sutton
m. 13 Jun 1918
(2) Steve King
Albert Sidney Barnes Weeks 25 Dec 1904
Sampson Co, NC
21 Jun 1960
Raleigh, Wake Co, NC
(1) Coleen Jordan
m. 28 Dec 1935
(2) Viola Eason
m. 01 Apr 1941
James Henry Weeks, Jr. 17 Apr 1907
NC
01 May 1967
Princeton Johnston, Boon Hill, NC
(1) Ruby Tart
(2) Callie/Ella Bowden
Melvin Wade Weeks 16 May 1913
Sampson Co, NC
23 Apr 1984
Mt Olive, Wayne, NC
Katie Louise Thigpen
m. 22 Jan 1938
Thelma Louise Weeks 01 Nov 1915
Sampson Co, NC
12 Sep 1981
Kinston, Lenoir Co, NC
Bruce McArthur
m. 15 Apr 1937
Martin Luther Weeks 07 Feb 1919
Goshen, Sampson Co, NC
28 Nov 1984
Micro, Johnston Co, NC
Zelda Ray Killingsworth
m. 12 Jan 1946
*Robert B. Weeks 15 May 1922
Sampson Co, NC
11 Sep 1922
Piney Grove, Sampson Co, NC
[Died in Infancy]
Cleaford Earl Weeks 08 Aug 1924
Sampson Co, NC
30 Oct 2011 Nell Porter
m. 05 Apr 1942
*Gilbert Weeks Sampson Co, NC Sampson Co, NC [Died in Infancy]
*Labon Weeks Sampson Co, NC Sampson Co, NC [Died in Infancy]
*Marion E. Weeks Sampson Co, NC Sampson Co, NC [Died in Infancy]
*Sallie Weeks Sampson Co, NC Sampson Co, NC [Died in Infancy]
*"Infant" Weeks Sampson Co, NC Sampson Co, NC [Died in Infancy]
*All six of James Henry & Mattie Byrn Harrell Weeks' children that died in infancy are buried in the Kenan Weeks Family Cemetery
 
 
 
The 1938 Sampson County Historical Records Survey of NC show that James Henry Weeks had sons named Marion E. Weeks, Leslie Weeks, Labon Weeks, Gilbert Weeks as well as a daughter named Sallie - all buried in the Kenion Weeks Cemetery in Sampson County, NC.
 
 
 
The 1910 North Carolina Census shows James Henry and Mattie B. living in the Piney Grove Township of Sampson County, NC.  His son Bascom Kenion Weeks was living nearby - as was Mattie's brother, James R. Harrell.  Mattie's mother (Sallie, age 68) was living with James R. Harrell.
 
The Census indicates that James Henry and Mattie have been married for 11 years - showing that she has had 7 children, but only 5 were still living.  Mattie was pregnant at the time of the Census (06 May 1910) and their son Melvin Wade Weeks was born 10-days later on 16 May 1910.  Children living in the James Henry Weeks home at the time were Arthur James, Addie Mae, Nola Brown, Albert Sidney and James Henry Jr.
 

1910 Sampson County Census

 
Name Relation Sex Race Age S
M
W
Yrs
Md
Kids Birth Trade
Last First Born Living
Weeks Bascom K. Head M W 26 M1 5     NC Farmer
  Lillie May Wife F W 24 M1 5 3 2 NC None
  Grace M Daughter F W 3 S       NC None
  Lacy Franklin Son M W 1 3/12 S       NC None
                       
Week James H. Head M W 55 M3 11     NC Farmer
  Mattie B. Wife F W 28 M1 11 7 5 NC None
  Arthur J. Son M W 19 S       NC Farm
Laborer
  Addie M. Daughter F W 7 S       NC None
  Nola B Daughter F W 6 S       NC None
  Albert Son M W 5 S       NC None
  James H. Jr. Son M W 3 S       NC None
                       
Harrell James R. Head M W 39 M1 13     NC Farmer
  Mitter Wife F W 28 M1 13 6 5 NC None
  Mamie Daughter F W 11 S       NC None
  Mary Daughter F W 7 S       NC None
  Milford Son M W 5 S       NC None
  Gunthry Son M W 2 S       NC None
  Sallie Daughter F W 6/12 S       NC None
  Sallie Mother F W 68 W   13 9 NC None
 
 
 
The 1920 North Carolina Census shows James Henry and Mattie Byrn still living in the Piney Grove Township of Sampson County.  His age is listed as 66 and her age is listed as 40.  They have five children living in the family home: Albert Sidney (age 14), James Henry Jr. (age 12), Melvin Wade (age 7), Thelma Louise (age 4 years and 2 months) and Martin Luther (age 2 years and 11 months).
 
James Henry's son Bascom is still living nearby with his wife Lillie May and four sons.
 

1920 Sampson County Census

 
Name Relation Home Sex Race Age S
M
W
School Can
Read
Write
Birth Trade
Last First Own
Rent
Free
Mortgage
Weeks James H. Head O F M W 66 M   Yes NC Farmer
------ Mattie B. Wife     F W 40 M   Yes NC None
----- Albert S. Son     M W 14 S Yes Yes NC Farm
Laborer
----- James H.Jr. Son     M W 12 S Yes Yes NC Farm
Laborer
----- Melvin W. Son     M W 7 S Yes   NC None
----- Thelma L. Daughter     F W 4 2/12 S     NC None
----- Martin L. Son     M W 2 11/12 S     NC None
                         
Weeks Bacom K. Head O M M W 35 M   Yes NC Farmer
------ Lillie M. Wife     F W 33 M   Yes NC None
----- Lacy F. Son     M W 11 S Yes Yes NC None
----- James G. Son     M W 9 S Yes   NC None
----- Gordon B. Son     M W 6 S Yes   NC None
----- Johnnie C. Son     M W 4 3/12 S     NC None
 
 
 
 
James Henry's wife, Mattie Byrn Harrell Weeks, died 08 Aug 1924 while giving birth to Cleaford Earl Weeks.  She was 44 years old at the time and was buried in the Kenion Weeks Cemetery in Piney Grove Township (Hoe Swamp area), Sampson County, NC. 
 
 
James Henry Weeks died on 29 Mar 1926 as the result of a "cerebral hemorrhage" (or stroke).  He was 74 years old at the time.  James Henry was buried in the Kenion Weeks Cemetery in Piney Grove, Sampson County, NC.
 
 

James Henry Weeks' Death Certificate

 
 
 

James Henry Weeks and Mattie Byrn Harrell Weeks headstones

  

Even though James Henry's headstone lists his birth year at 1851,
it was more than likely 1850 since he was listed on the 1850 Sampson County, NC, Census

 
 

James Henry Weeks' Headstone

 

Carolyn Weeks Loftin, Sidney Weeks and Dana Weeks

 
 
SUMMARY: James Henry Weeks married Ella Lulu King when he was 21 and she was 14.  Their marriage produced one daughter.  Ella died at the age of 16 and James Henry married Sarah Adelaide Robinson. He was 23 and she was 21.  Their marriage produced eight children.  After her death, he married Mattie Byrn Harrell.  He was 47 and she was 17 (almost 18).  Their marriage produced fifteen children.  In total, James Henry Weeks (who was an only child) was father to 24 children - including two sons named Martin Luther Weeks.
 
 
 

Children of James Henry Weeks

 

Cleaford, Nola, Arthur, James, Albert, Thelma and Melvin

 
 
 
(Left to Right) Emma Verona Weeks Sutton (1885 - 1965) & her husband Timothy Owen Sutton; Arthur James Weeks (1899 - 1976), Estelle G. Weeks Sutton (1889 - 1966, Mrs. James A. Sinclair); Albert Sidney Weeks (1905 - 1960); Nola Brown Weeks (1903 - 1989, Mrs. Clyde James Sutton); and Liona Franklin Weeks (1879 - 1951, Mrs. Algia A. Lindsay)

 
 

(1) Emma Verona Weeks,  (2) James Henry Weeks, Jr.,  (3) James Henry Weeks, Jr. & Ella Bowden Weeks

 
 
 

Nell Porter Weeks & Cleaford Earl Weeks

 
 

Waylon Weeks & Martin Luther Weeks

 
 

Martin Luther Weeks

 

 
 

Melvin Wade Weeks, Nola Brown Weeks Sutton & Clyde James Sutton, Albert Sidney Weeks

   
 
 

Bruce McArthur & Thelma Louise Weeks McArthur Family
(Top Row) Virginia, Bruce Jr., Shirley, Robert
(Bottom Row) Bruce, Thelma, Peggy

 

Bruce and Thelma Louise Weeks McArthur

 

 
 

SOURCES

 

Thanks to Sid Weeks for sharing the photos from his parent's photo collection

Thanks to Peggy McArthur Boyette for numerous Weeks photos on this page

 
 

If you have additional information or photos of James Henry Weeks, please contact me.