WEEKS, CHARLES

 

Obituary of Charles Weeks, Fort Wayne Newspaper of April 1st, 1842

 

ANOTHER HERO GONE…………Died on Monday last, MR. CHARLES WEEKS, aged 82 years, a soldier of the Revolution.  He was buried with the honors of war, and his funeral was attended by a large concourse of our most respectable citizens. 

 

Mr. Weeks was born in 1759, on the South Branch of the Potomac in Upper Virginia.  At the early age of 16 he enrolled himself in a company commanded by his father, and remained in the service of his country, during the whole of that eventful struggle which established our independence.  He was actively engaged most of the time, and was present at many of the engagements recorded in the history of that period;  he was part of the time, under the immediate command of the immortal Washington, whom he frequently saw, and of whom he delighted to speak.  After the revolutionary war he was frequently engaged with the Indians on the frontier of Virginia and Kentucky. 

 

In 1800 he moved to what is now Athens County, Ohio, at that time containing only six families;  he afterwards lived in Miami and Shelby counties;  and was always among the foremost to take up arms to repel the savage and protect his neighbors.  He was at the surrender of Hull at Detroit in 1812, and was there made prisoner of war. 

 

He was a genuine pioneer, and exhibited all the best traits of character for which the backwoodsmen are noted;  he was frank, honest, brave, open hearted and unbounded in his hospitality;  and having always lived on the frontier, this last trait was frequently exercised.

 

When the settlements began to thicken around him, he moved into Indiana and settled in this neighborhood, on the Maumee River in 1822.  About ten years afterwards, though upwards of 70 years of age, he found himself “crowded” by new settlers and again moved into the woods, and settled on a branch of Cedar Creek, which is called after him. 

 

Mr. Weeks was a true patriot;  and though he had frequently risked his life in defense of his country, he could not be prevailed upon to accept of “the pension” granted by Congress to the soldiers of the Revolution.  What a lesson his conduct affords to the selfish politician of the present day.  He had enough to support himself and family with industry and economy, and more he did not covet.  He was – as such men mostly are, a firm and consistent democrat, and stood true to his faith, when so many of his neighbors were led away by the enthusiasm created in behalf of a military chieftain and western man for the Presidency.

 

The deceased has left a large family to lament their loss.  He suffered much in his last illness;  but bore his afflictions with the firmness and fortitude which always characterized him.