BENJAMIN FRANK WESTON.
SURNAMES: HOPKINS, BUNKER
A native of Maine, Benjamin Frank Weston was descended from a long line
of New England ancestors, his grandfather, Joseph Weston, having come
from Massacheusetts to Madison, Maine, as its first settler. On his
mother's side, the lineage goes back to Stephen Hopkins, who came to
Plymouth, Mass., on the Mayflower in 1620. The second son of Col.
William Weston, he was born at North Anson, Maine, December 3, 1849.
Prior to the Civil War, with the movement of the logging and lumber
business to the Great Lakes, he accompanied his parents to Milwaukee,
Wis. He was educated in the public schools and at Northwestern
University, Evanston, Ill., being a member of the Phi Kappa Psi. With
his father and older brother he was successfully engaged in lumbering
and banking in Michigan and also had large lumber interests in
At the time of his marriage in 1883 Mr. Weston came to California and
for many years made his home in Oakland and Berkeley. He was a man of
wide business interests, owning valuable pine lands in Calaveras and
Tuolumne counties, and was a director of the North Coast Steamship
Company. In 1886 he bought the orchard property now known as Weston
Place, near Santa Clara, which under his supervision became the most
valuable Bartlett pear orchard of its size in the state. He was a
prominent Knights Templar Mason in Muskegon, Mich., and at the time of
his death, September 1, 1916, he was a member of Oakland Commandery, K.
T. He was survived by his wife, Abbie M. (Bunker) Weston, and three
children, William Bunker Weston, Samuel Hopkins Weston and Helen Gould
Weston. A man of unblemished reputation, Mr. Weston was just and
generous, standing high in the community
Transcribed cferoben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 989
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