Weeks, David, 1786-1834

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David Weeks was a planter, plantation owner, and sugar manufacturer of New Iberia, La. The son of William Weeks and Rachel Hopkins Swayze, Weeks was born in Feliciana, Spanish West Florida, in 1786. He purchased Parc Perdu Plantation and assumed management of the Weeks family estate upon his father's death in 1819. In 1825 he purchased the site of Shadows on the Teche Plantation in New Iberia but did not move into the completed house until 1834, the year of his death. Weeks owned a shipping vessel that he used to transport the sugar he manufactured on his plantations to markets in New Orleans and along the East Coast. With his wife, Mary Clara Conrad, he had seven children, Frances Sydney Weeks (1820-1856), Harriet Clara Weeks (1824-1894), William Frederick Weeks (1825-1895), Alfred Thruston Conrad Weeks (1826-1864), Frederick Weeks (1830-1831), Charles Conrad Weeks (1832-1900), and David Weeks, Jr. (1834-1843). Following Weeks' death, Mary Clara Conrad Weeks married John Moore (1788-1867), a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The son of Gilbert Hall and Lily Weeks, William Weeks Hall, great-grandson of David Weeks, was born in New Orleans, La., in 1894. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa., and later a scholarship to study in France and England. Hall deferred his study abroad until after World War I, when he served in the U.S. Intelligence Service and as a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy. Following the war he and his aunt, Mrs. Walter Torian (née Harriet Weeks) of New Orleans, paid off the mortgage on Shadows on the Teche after a fire destroyed the salt mine structures at Weeks Island, forcing the two to sell off their interest in the mines. Later Hall bought Torian's share and began supervising the restoration of the house's gardens and renovating the house with the assistance of New Orleans architect Richard Koch. Having worked largely as a painter, Hall shifted the focus of his artistic activities to photography following an automobile accident in 1935 in which he injured his wrist. During the last years of his life Hall lobbied to have a government agency take over Shadows on the Teche. The National Trust for Historic Preservation agreed to do so shortly before Hall's death in 1958.

From the description of David Weeks and family papers, 1782-1957 (bulk 1830-1957). (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 369178827

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creatorOf Weeks, David, 1786-1834. David Weeks and family papers, 1782-1957 (bulk 1830-1957). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Weeks family. Weeks family papers, 1771-1979. Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
referencedIn Palfrey, John, 1768-1843. Palfrey family papers, 1776-1918 (bulk 1806-1875). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Conrad, Alfred Thurston. Papers of the Weeks family [microform], 1795-1943. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Burden, Steele, 1900-1995,. Steele Burden oral history interview, 1978. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Moore, Mary Clara Conrad Weeks, 1796-1863. Mary C. and John Moore demand draft, 1844 Feb. 16. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
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associatedWith Biddle, Francis, 1886-1968. person
associatedWith Burden, Steele, 1900-1995, person
associatedWith Conrad, Charles Magill, 1804-1878. person
associatedWith Conrad family. family
associatedWith Curry, Thomas. person
associatedWith Darby and Tremoulet (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Froelich, Paul, 1897-1968. person
associatedWith Gibson family. family
associatedWith Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948. person
associatedWith Hall and Rodd (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Hall, William Weeks, 1894-1958. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Joseph Grégoire de Roulhac, 1878-1961. person
associatedWith Lambeth and Thompson (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Laughlin, James, 1914-1997. person
associatedWith Linton, John. person
associatedWith Lourd, William. person
associatedWith Merriman, John. person
associatedWith Miles Adams and Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. person
associatedWith Moore family. family
associatedWith Moore, J. (John), 1788-1867. person
associatedWith Moore, Lewis. person
associatedWith Moore, Mary Clara Conrad Weeks, 1796-1863. person
associatedWith National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States. corporateBody
associatedWith New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Connor, Rachel Swayze, 1774-1846. person
associatedWith Palfrey, John, 1768-1843. person
associatedWith Post, Emily, 1873-1960. person
associatedWith Prescott, William M. (William Marshall), d. 1854. person
associatedWith Prescott, Willis B. person
associatedWith Ray, John, 1816-1888. person
associatedWith Roman, André Bienvenu, 1795-1866. person
associatedWith Street, Julian, 1879-1947. person
associatedWith Torian, Harriet Weeks, 1864-1945. person
associatedWith Walker, Joseph Marshall, 1786-1856. person
associatedWith Watkins, Franklin Chenault, 1894-1972. person
associatedWith Weeks, Alfred Thruston Conrad, 1826-1864. person
associatedWith Weeks, Charles Conrad, 1832-1900. person
associatedWith Weeks, David, 1834-1843. person
associatedWith Weeks family. family
associatedWith Weeks family. family
associatedWith Weeks, Francis Sydney, 1820-1856. person
associatedWith Weeks, Frederick, 1830-1831. person
associatedWith Weeks, Harriet Clara, 1824-1894. person
associatedWith Weeks, William Frederick, 1825-1895. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Louisiana--New Iberia
United States
Evergreen Plantation (La.)
New Orleans (La.)
New Iberia (La.)
Grand Côte Plantation (La.)
Louisiana--Iberia Parish
Confederate States of America
Shadows on the Teche Plantation (La.)
Louisiana
Subject
Historic gardens--Conservation and restoration
Art, American
Cotton trade
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration
Plantations
Cultural property--Protection
Sugarcane
Sugar plantations
Historic preservation
Cotton growing
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Decedents' estates
Plantation life
Freedmen
Slavery
Sugar--Manufacture and refining
Slaves
Horticulture
Railroads--Design and construction
Painting, American--20th century
Occupation
Plantation owners--Louisiana--Iberia Parish
Commission merchants--Louisiana
Artists--Louisiana--New Iberia
Authors, American
Legislators--United States
Plantation overseers--Louisiana
Horticulturists--Louisiana--New Iberia
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Birth 1786

Death 1834-08-25

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