by Bob Jones
McFerrin, John Berry. History of Methodism in Tennessee.
Nashville: Publishing House of the M. E. Church, South,
1886. [This is a 3 volume set. Volume 1 covers 1783-1804;
Volume 2 covers 1804-1818; Volume 3 covers 1818-1840. County
coordinator believes these to be from volume 2 based on
the date range.]
do not remember the dates when old Father Weaver used to
be with us so much, but about that date (1810), perhaps
a little before and afterward, for he was traveling around
for several years with the preachers in various parts of
Middle Tennessee, though not a preacher himself. He was
aged and infirm - one side and arm being palsied and useless
- but his tongue was always loose in praising God. When
happy, which he always was under a warm sermon or exhortation,
he would scream three times, followed by the cry, "Victory,
victory, victory!" until he had entirely lost his breath.
Upon one occasion, Fox, his faithful horse, stumbled over
some rocks in a small creek, and the dear old man fell off;
but as it was near a house, the attention of the inmates
was quickly arrested by the old man's shouts of victory,
as he sat in the shallow stream, and with his well hand
pointed toward heaven."
"Victory" Weaver used to make his house (author's
father) a regular stopping place. In after years, I made,
in Monroe county, Mississippi, the acquaintance of a son
of old Victory - a local preacher and good man - and also
two grandsons, both local Methodist preachers."
Weaver lived near Cotton Gin Port, Mississippi on the Tombigbee
river while that was still a territory and was referred
to as a part of Marion county, Alabama.