Weare Surnames

History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
Published in 1845 
Ebenezer Weare was son of Peter Weare of Hampton Falls. The first ancestor of this family was Peter of Newbury, where he was in 1631. He died Oct. 12, 1653. His son Nathaniel was born at Newbury, where several of his children were born. He was admitted freeman in Hampton, N.H., 1666, was counselor 1692, and died May 13, 1718, aged 87. His son Peter of Hampton Falls, was b. Nov. 15, 1660, and was counselor 1698. Meshech Weare, first president of N.H., under the Revolution, was the youngest son of Nathaniel Weare who was son of Peter, the counselor. He was born in Hampton, 1714; graduated at Harvard College 1735; and first studied Theology, but afterwards entered political life. He was chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives 1752. In 1754 he was chosen Commissioner to the Congress at Albany, to confer as to means of defense against the Indians, and afterwards was one of the Justices of Superior Court. In 1776 he was chosen President of the State under the temporary Constitution, and was annually elected during the war. In 1784 he was chosen President under the New Constitution, and was annually elected during the War. He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1782, and, worn out with public service and the infirmities of age, he departed this life Jan. 25, 1786, in his 73d year. "He dared to love his country and be poor."