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James Augustus Weston
1838 - 1905

James Augustus Weston, son of Samuel E. Weston and Dinah Bartee Watson, was born in Lake Comfort, Hyde County on May 6, 1838.  James' father died in 1840, and his mother, Dinah, then married James W. SwindellWho's Who in America (Vol. 1 1897-1942) listed James Augustus Weston as having attended schools in Hyde County and in Jonesville, N.C.  He attended Trinity College in North Carolina in 1867-68 and Trinity College in Connecticut in 1859-60.  He was a Major in the 33rd N.C. Regiment during the Civil War and was in command of it when paroled at Appomattox (see his war record and photo here).  He was ordained a deacon in 1870 and priest in 1876.  He held pastorates at Hertford, Hickory and Raleigh, N.C. and was a Chaplain in Catawba County, N.C.  He was an author of an account of General Lee's surrender at Appomattox.  In 1895 he wrote a book entitled Historic Doubts as to the Execution of Marshal Ney.  He died in Shelby, Cleveland County, N.C. in December 1905.  His obituary which appeared in The Landmark (Statesville, NC) on Friday, December 15, 1905 is seen above.

(Photo kindly submitted by Susannah Powell.

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