National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee

Portrait #590
Weaver Children - Thomas Shadrack, Baby William (Willie) and Mary Delilah
Date Created:1857-58
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:34 X 42
Image Dimensions:28 X 35.5
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:11/18/2004

Description:Three children, a girl and two boys - Left to right Thomas Shadrack Weaver, 3/4 frontal view, age 5-6, wearing grey jacket decorated with black braid held together by two passamenterie frogs - clasps. His pants are light grey and his belt has a circular brass buckle. His cheeks are very pink and his blond hair is curly and falls below his ears. His eyes are grey/brown. Baby William (Willie) age 2-3 is shown fully seated on red velvet chair with wooden back shown above his shoulders. His hair is blond and eyes blue/grey. He is wearing a dress with white shirred bodice with off-shoulder neckline. Short sleeves are caught up with red cords. He holds two peaches on a branch. Feet and ankles are showing. Mary Delilah Weaver, age 7-8, is shown in 3/4 length. Her hair is medium brown parted in middle, with curls falling to her shoulders. Her dress is apricot and falls in vertical folds from an off-shoulder neckline. The sleeves are short with embroidered lace showing from below. She holds a pink rose. She wears dangling earring made of two circles which match her dress. Her eyes are grey/green.
History of Work:The father, Dempsey Weaver, was married to Frances King (1823-1889). Mary Delilah was born 1848, died 1910. She married Dr. Joe Harris and is the great-grandmother of the owner of the painting, through his mother. Thomas Shadrock was born 1850, died 1911. He went to Washington College (now Washington & Lee) when R. E. Lee was president of the college. He was a Sigma Chi and friend of Henry Clay, Jr. of Frankfort, KY. He rode the train from Nashville to Lexington, VA to college. He had four children. The baby, William, was born 1853 and died in 1860.
Notes:Kingsley, the ante-bellum home of the Weavers, stood where Genesco is now.