Col. John Van Ostrand Weaver Sr
- Born: 5 Nov 1897, Union Township, Elkhart Co., Indiana
- Marriage: Maude Ruth Nyc in 1941
- Died: 31 Oct 1979, Annandale, Fairfax Co., Virginia at age 81
- Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
The Thursday November 1, 1979 edition of The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA:
Col. John Weaver
Retired Air Force Col. John van Ostrand Weaver Sr., 81, of Annandale, the father of Mrs. Mary Mann of Fredericksburg, died Wednesday at Dewitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir.
Col. Weaver was a pilot cadet graduate of the 1917 Army flight school, and he was the holder of one of the first civilian pilot's licenses issued in this country.
He graduated in 1924 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During World War II, he worked in aircraft engineering and development including modifications to the B-29 bomber.
After his retirement from the Air Force in 1955, he joined the General Services Administration as building manager for the CIA Headquarters at Langley. He retired from the GSA in 1972.
Survivors also include his wife, another daughter, one son, one step daughter, one sister and five grandchildren.
A graveside service with military honors is planned at Arlington National Cemetery.
The SSDI records:
Last Residence: 22003 Annandale, Fairfax, Virginia
Born: 5 Nov 1897
Died: Oct 1979
State (Year) SSN issued: Ohio (Before 1951)
Ancestry.com records a May 11, 1955 passenger list of USNS Sgt. Jonah E. Kelley that includes as follows:
Name Place of Birth
Ruth Weaver Kerrville, Texas [mom]
John van Ostrand Weaver, Jr. Dayton, Ohio [son]
Mary Diane Weaver Washington, D.C. [daughter]
Judith Kathleen Weaver Washington, D.C. [daughter]
The baggage listed for Ruth Weaver is 5SC, 1HB, 2 DB, 1 VC, 4PK, 4 BX, 3 HatBxs.
The ship left Argentia, Nfld [Newfoundland] on May 5, 1955 and arrived in New York on May 11, 1955
In a July 6, 2012 email from John Van Ostrand Weaver Sr.'s daughter, Judith Weaver:
Dad's family lived in Elkhart, Indiana when he was born in 1897. [He] Flew planes for the Army Air Corps in WWI, served in WWI, WWII, and Korea.
Graduated from MIT in 1923. Masters from Columbia. Both in Aeronautical Engineering.
Thus, for this researcher, it seems likely that the records below are for the John Van Ostrand Weaver family:
The 1900 Federal Census for Nappanee Town, Union Township, Elkhart Co., Indiana, District 31, page 299B, dated June 5, 1900 records John Weaver (Nov 1896 - Indiana/Ohio/PA) with his parents Joseph D. (Dec 1840 - Ohio/PA/PA) and Susan (June 1864 - PA/PA/PA) and siblings Frankie (Feb 1885 - Indiana), Amanda (July 1887 - Indiana), Avena (Feb 1889 - Indiana), Caroline (Nov 1890 - Indiana), and Margaret M. (Sept 1899 - Indiana). Joseph and Susan have been married for 16 years and have had 7 children of whom 6 are still living. Joseph is a Delivery Driver.
Note: WWII Draft Registration Card for Joseph Franklin Weaver [aka Frankie from above] born Febraury 17, 1885 in Nappanee, Indiana. He is living in Lyman, Skaget, Washington. The person who will always know his address is Geraldine Wolfe of Lyman, Washington. His WWI Draft Registrarion Card dated Sept 12, 1918 has him in Lyman, Skagit, Washington.
The following is a possible record for Joseph D. Weaver: The 1910 Federal Census for German Township, Marshall Co., Indiana, District 105, page 119B, dated May 3, 1910 records Joseph D. Weaver (69 - Ohio/PA/Ohio) living with his cousin William Weaver (29 - Indiana) and his wife Mabel (25 - Indiana/PA/Indiana) and their daughter, Vada (3 - Indiana). Also in the household is a lodger (possibly Joseph's daughter), Margaretta (10 - Indiana/Ohio/Indiana). William and Mabel have been married for 6 years with having had 4 children with 1 still living while Joseph is listed as divorced. William is a farmer and Joseph is a laborer.
John married Maude Ruth Nyc, daughter of Frederick Francis Nyc Sr. and Maude Ruth Burge, in 1941. (Maude Ruth Nyc was born on 22 Dec 1909 in Kerrsville, Kerr Co., Texas, died on 30 Oct 2015 in Fredericksburg, Virginia and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.)