Francis D. Weaver was born in Philadelphia around 1861. His family moved to Camden when he was young, and he was educated in Camden's public schools. He had gone west, to St. Louis MO to seek his fortune, but returned in the 1880s. He studied law in Camden with Judge John W. Wescott, He was admitted to the bar as an attorney in 1890, and as a counselor in 1894. The 1890 Camden City Directory shows him living at 404 North 2nd Street, and working at 301 Market Street.

In 1913, Francis Weaver and John W. Wescott formed a partnership that endured until Wescott passed away in 1927. At the time of the 1920 census, Francis Weaver lived at 526 Royden Street, with wife Katherine, sister Anna, and his widowed mother, Harriet A. Weaver. By 1930 he had purchased the house at 323 Cooper Street, where he resided the rest of his years.

Recognized for his expertise in real estate matters, he was appointed to the Camden County Tax Board in 1913, serving there until 1924. In that year he was appointed to the State Board of Taxes and Assessments, and became president of that Board in 1929. When that Board was supplanted by the State Board of Tax Appeals, he became president of the new Board, and continued to be reappointed to that post until his death in January of 1938. 

Francis D. Weaver passed away on January 8, 1938. After funeral services at the Joseph H. Murray funeral home at 408 Cooper Street, he was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Camden.

Camden Post * November 10, 1897

Michael McCusker - Florence CoffeY McCusker
Benson Street - Unjon News Company
Elwin D. Steen
Catharine McGahan - South 2nd Street
Richard Golden - John Zander
Harry Laird - Trenton Avenue
William Staas
"Daniel Hughes" was George B. Hughes
William A. Husted
Clarence Smith - Stephen McCusker
David J. Russell - Philip Schmitz
Francis D. Weaver - Wilson Jenkins
Isaac S. Carson - Samuel Dodd
John L. Westcott - Dr. William S. Jones
Dr. A. Haines Lippincott

Camden Courier-Post * June 11, 1932
Lewis Liberman - Edward Borden - Ralph W.E. Donges - Lewis Starr -Harry M. Schierer
Patrick H. Harding - Robert J. Kearns -
William Morgenweck - Isaac Van Sciver
H. Schoemer - Julius Burman - Solis D. Cohen -
William T. Boyle - Francis D. Weaver
Walter R. Carroll - Joseph H. Carr - E.E. Read Jr. -
Camden Lodge of Elks
Broadway Merchants Trust Company - Church of the Immaculate Conception

Camden Courier-Post - January 29, 1938

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Camden Courier-Post - February 1, 1938


Funeral services were held yesterday for Francis D. Weaver, 76, president of the New Jersey Board of Tax Appeals, who died Friday of pneumonia. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.

Mr. Weaver, who resided at 323 Cooper Street, served as a member of the Camden County Tax Board from 1913 to 1924. In 1924, he was appointed by Governor Silzer to the old State Board of Taxes and Assessments, becoming president in 1929. On July 1, 1936, Governor Hoffman named him for another five-year term.

A former law partner of the late John W. Wescott, who was state attorney general, Mr. Weaver later formed a partnership with George H. Jacobs here. He is survived by his widow and daughter, Mrs. Helen MacCausland.