(WV / OH)

Lucas A. Weekley[ROBIRDIE C-5 (1869), HARVEY H-4 (1844), SETH-3 (1823), GEORGE-2 (1798), JOHN ADAMS-1 (1765)] ROBIRDIE "Bird" CAMCEDELL ADAMS, b 10 Oct 1869 (OH), dau of Harvey H. & Jane (Mulinex) Adams, L 1880 (Grant Dist., Ritchie Co., WV), d 11 May 1895 (Ritchie Co., WV) "age 25 - of "stomach catarrah" and/or pneumonia," bur Mt. Zion Cem (Marietta Run Rd, Ritchie Co., WV); m LUCAS ASWELL WEEKLEY 16 Oct 1884 (Washington Co., OH) [b 29 Jun 1858 (Nutter Farm, Ellenboro, Ritchie Co., WV), s/o John A.J. & Orpha (Slocum) Weekley, Occup (teamster, logging, oil fields & railroad), d 1 May 1935 (Petroleum WV), bur Petroleum Cem]; [his m2 Sarah Elizabeth Davis 25 Dec 1902 (Ritchie Co., WV), she b 14 Jan 1878 (Ritchie Co., WV), d/o Wm. Nelson & Minerva (Buchanan-Ayres) Davis, d 16 Oct 1954 Parkersburg, WV)] , children: [RESEARCH:; &]

1M   CAMERON "Cam" RANDOLPH, b 7 Nov 1885

2F   ORPHA PEARL, b 23 Jan 1888, Bird's Childrend 1 Jan 1977, L 1974 (Tonawanda, Niagara Co., NY); m WALTER SCHOONOVER 17 DEC 1916 (Wirt Co., WV) [s/o John & Laura Schoonover], children (Clark (married with 3 children) & Lawrence (no children))

3M   WILLIAM CLARENCE, b 23 Sep 1890 (Wirt Co., WV), d 6 Oct 1970 (Meadville, PA); m ETHEL BAIRD, children (one stillborn)

4M   LAWRENCE PORTER, b 4 July 1894

Note: "Roberdy C. Weekley" is recorded twice in the Ritchie Co. records: Bk. 1, pg. 64 & 76. One said she wa 25 y/o & died of Stomach Catarrah, the other said she died of TB (researched by Nancy Gates).]

[The book, THE WEEKLEYS OF WEST VIRGNIA (1798-1900s) by Nancy (Weekley) Gates & Sharon (Weekley) Pawlowski, is available. Contact Nancy Gates by email or U.S. mail (Rt. 1, Box 221, Waverly, WV 26184-9751).]

[Lucas Aswald Weekley and Robirdie Camcedell Adams had four children: (left to right) Lawrence, Pearl, Cam & Bill. (The photo was provided by Dave Weekley.)

Note: Nephew Dave Weekley commented, "Uncle Bill and Uncle Lawrence lived in Meadville, PA . . . Aunt Pearl lived in Tonawanda, NY and married a man named Walter Schoonover . . . . Uncle Cam was killed in a truck accident in Marietta, OH, I believe."]

Adams Family--------

[CAMERON R-6 (1885), ROBIRDIE C-5 (1869), HARVEY H-4 (1844), SETH-3 (1823), GEORGE-2 (1798), JOHN ADAMS-1 (1765)] CAMERON "Cam" RANDOLPH WEEKLEY, b 7 Nov 1885, d 20 Jun 1928 (Marietta, OH), poss "truck accident"; m MARY SAPHRONIA JONES 20 Oct 1915 (Wood Co., WV) [b 1885], children (Helen m Sams; Billy (married & had 2 sons), children: [RESEARCH:]


2F   HELEN LOUISE, b 2 July 1916 (Clarksburg, WV)


[HELEN L-6 (1916), CAMERON R-6 (1885), ROBIRDIE C-5 (1869), HARVEY H-4 (1844), SETH-3 (1823), GEORGE-2 (1798), JOHN ADAMS-1 (1765)] HELEN LOUISE WEEKLEY, b 2 July 1916 (Clarksburg, WV), L (Barlow, OH), d 5 Apr 2002, age 85, bur Tunnel Cem; m RUSSELL SAMS, children: (birth order needs validation)

 [Back (standing: L - R): 1, 2, 3, Cora Boston, Geo. Wm. Adams (1875), Cameron Weekley, Lucas Weekley, Margaret Jane Adams & Harvey H. Adams (part).Middle: 1, 2, Robirdie Weekley, Laurence Weekley & Josie Addleman.
Front: Clarence Weekley, Pearl Weekley, dog & 4.]

  HELEN LOUISE SAMS, 85, of Barlow (Ohio)died April 5, 2002, at Heartland of Marietta. (nursing Home) She was born July 2, 1916, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Cameron and Mary Jones Weekley. She and her husband were Co-Owners of Sams Implement Sales. She enjoyed gardening, the space program, local history, Marietta College baseball, Ohio State football and collecting glassware. On April 30, 1941, she was married to Russell Sams, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Arthur Buono of Boyce. Va.: three grand children Angela Sams-Coffield, James Sams and Terry Lee Schau; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Faye Ellen: and an infant son, Terry Lee. Funeral services will be held 1 pm. Monday at Barlow United Methodist Church, the Rev. Jeff Adkins officiating. Interment in Tunnel Cemetery. Visitation is anytime until Monday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home. Marietta, Ohio with the family present from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. today and for one hour prior to services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio University Foundation, P. O. Drawer 869, Athens, Ohio 45701-0869 or to Children's Dr. Columbus, Ohio 43205-2696.1

1F   FAYE ELLEN, d bef 5 Apr 2002

2M   TERRY LEE, d bef 5 Apr 2002

3F   KATHY, L 2002 (Boyce, VA); m ARTHUR BUONO

1. Gates, Nancy E. Email, 7 Apr 2002, obit Helen L. Sams, Parkersburg News, 4 Apr 2002.


Caldwell OH Cousins [LARRY P. WEEKLEY-6 (1894), ROBIRDIE C-5 (1869), HARVEY H-4 (1844), SETH-3 (1823), GEORGE-2 (1798), JOHN ADAMS-1 (1765)] LAURENCE PORTER WEEKLEY, b 4 July 1894, son of Lucas A. & Robirdie (Adams) Weekley, L 7 Nov 1919 (Caldwell, OH), Military: WW-I - [Enlisted 25 May 1918, age 23 (Clarksburg, WV), Serial # 3165762, Discharged 8 Feb 119 (Camp Lee, VA); Pvt., 26th Yankee Div., 102nd Trench Mortor Battery Headquarters Co., A.E.F., "under fire continuously for 3 months, (mustard-) gassed in action 6 days before signing of Armistice" ], d 17 Oct 1990 (Meadville, PA) "at 95 yrs after being a semi-invalid from the war"; m1 LELIA (Dorothy?) DAVISON; sig other-2 JESSE BRANDFORD "lived with a widow for last 30 yrs of his life," children: [RESEARCH:;;]

1F   RUTH, d "4 1/2 yrs," bur Greendale Cem (Meadville, PA)

2M   TEDDY, b bet 1935-40, L 1951 (Tonawanda, NY) [see Note 3]

[Note-1: WWI private Lawrence P. Weekley (25) had his picture taken in Caldwell, OH with his first cousin, Paul Addleman (17 3/4), on 7 Nov 1919. On a larger picture of the above, it shows his private's stripe. He evidently experienced a delayed reaction to being gassed until later in life when he was reported having been a semi-invalid. We need to send for his military records. [The picture was provided by Jaquita Trogdon (OK) and analyzed by Dave Weekley (PA).]

[Note-2: A 1951 letter from Josie Addleman to OK nieces Margaret & Fern, commented: " . . .Bill Weekley has been to Marietta, Ohio visiting his relatives. Teddy was out here this summer but went back to Aunt Pearl's [in Tonawanda, NY]. He has work there. I like him very much" (provided by Jaquita Trogdon).]

[Note-3: "I ran across some paperwork on Uncle Lawrence that I though you might like to know. Nothing new, or especially exciting, but factually correct. From his death cert., his birthday was 4 July 1894; his death date was 17 October 1990. Cause of death: chronic congestive heart failure. From his discharge: enlisted 25 May 1918, at age 23 (almost 24), at Clarksburg, WV. Occupation: glass worker. Was in the Allied Expeditionary Force (AEF) from 25 July 1918 to 17 December 1918. Gassed in combat. In the battles of St. Mihiel and Verdun. He was a private, serial # 3165762, 102nd Headquarters Infantry (which may only be the unit he was in when he discharged -- a depot brigrade -- and not his combat unit.). He was discharged 8 February 1919, at Camp Lee, VA, and his physical condition was called, "good." At time of enlistment, he was described as 5' 7", fair complexion, with brown eyes and light hair. As a footnote, his discharge was recorded in Crawford County, PA (of which Meadville is the county seat) on 14 May 1919, from which I conclude that he went to Meadville soon after his discharge and likely stayed there. What brought him there, I have no idea, but his brother William must have moved there not too long after that (he was still in WV in the 1920 census), and his half brother Cecil ( my father) moved there in 1926. Family stories say that Lawrence had a serious drinking problem in his youth, probably after his service, but he apparently licked it later in life. He was married and had two children, but the girl died at age 4, and the boy was raised by Lawrence's sister, Orpha Pearl Weekley Schoonover, after Lawrence and his wife divorced. I believe his wife's name was Dorothy, and I think she died young, after the divorce. My father and Uncle Lawrence were also estranged for many years, cause unknown, and did not see each other very much until both were old men. I don't know if he saw his brother William or not. Some of this information may be relevent to the picture of Lawrence and your dad. The dates of service are specific, and that chevron on Lawrence's sleeve is not a "hash mark" denoting length of service, but rather rank (private). I probably misled you with my earlier analysis of the photo. Hope this info is of some interest. If you need anything more, let me know." Dave Weekley. email (, 19 April 2001.


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