John Weasey/Weasy, a private in the Revolutionary war who fought
in the 3rd Regiment of the Continental Line, seems to be his father.
The proof to date is largely circumstantial: no family Bible, marriage record or formal record of birth supports this opinion. However, there is the frequent early use of “W” as the first letter of the surname, linking John and Samuel, as well as the fact that Samuel and William Wasey/Vasey lived in Bensalem and Mahlon Ridge, who lived five doors from Samuel in 1830, signs as a witness to the Weasey children’s signatures in 1835. Samuel is the right age to be John’s child, not living at home in 1820: he would have been twelve years old, the eldest son. This researcher has been unable to date to find any other Samuel whose birth date and surname suggest that he might be a son of John Weasey.
John Weasey received a Bounty Land Warrant and signed it over to Michael Stever, the assignee, on March 16, 1793. The pension information obtained for John Weasey/Weasy states that he had five children: Samuel, who was not at home in 1820; Phebe, who was 10 in that year; William, who was 8; Sarah, who was 6 and Elizabeth, who was 2. This gives us approximate birth years from the pension record for four of the children: Phebe (1810), William (1812), Sarah (1815) and Elizabeth (1818). John states that he is 56 years old (b. ca 1764) , that he is by trade a weaver but currently unable to practice his trade due to failing health. He says he does day labor to make ends meet. He states that his wife is 43 (b. ca 1777) and also in poor health. The name of John Weasey’s wife is, to date, unknown. As part of the pension application, Joseph Sackett testified in a sworn statement on June 22, 1819 that he had know John Weasey from the time he was fourteen years of age and that he was indeed in “reduced circumstances” at the time of application.
John Weasey died January 30, 1835, in the home of Stephen Wright. It appears that his wife preceded him in death. Allen South testifies that John Weasey died on the before named date, and that he knew the man and attended the funeral. He names the same five children: Samuel, Phebe, William, Sarah and Elizabeth. The children retain Stephen Wright to administer his estate. All of his children are illiterate and sign with their mark on December 11, 1835. The marks are witnessed by Mahlon Ridge (most likely for Samuel and William, as he was their neighbor), John Bunting, who indicates clearly that he was present for Elizabeth’s signing, and also Ann Mitchell and Ann Warner, each most likely representing one of the other two girls. Ann Warner may be the Ann Warner born 1758, daughter of William Warner and Susannah Mitchell, or a near relative. If so, this suggests a family connection between Ann Mitchell and Ann Warner.