The house called Weston––later described as a long, low, plastered and whitewashed colonial mansion––stood at about the intersection of 36th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, precisely in the roadbed of Massachusetts Avenue, and the driveway started on Wisconsin Avenue, a little above Fulton Street. (“Land Investors Well Rewarded For Confidence”, Washington Post, December 6, 1927, p.D1)
Thomas Plater of Montgomery County to sell 313 acres on the main road from Georgetown to Frederick. (Centinel of Liberty, January 25, 1799)
This may be the origin of Woodley, Weston, Mt. Alban, Rosedale, Greenwood. Plater, who bought Greenwood, was the brother of John Rousby Plater (who bought Mount Alban). He was also the brother of Uriah Forrest’s wife, Rebecca (who resided at Rosedale); and, he was the brother of Phillip Barton Key’s wife, Anne (who lived at Woodley).
1806, Thomas Plater sold Weston to Walter Story Chandler of Georgetown
Walter S. Chandler to Richard Harrison, DC Liber Q16 (1806) f.399/307 (re Mt. Alban?)
1810, W.S. Chandler to P.B. Key, part of Weston (re Woodley?)
Thomas Plater to W.S. Chandler, DC Liber Y24 (1810) ff.227/209, 229/21?: 101 acres of part of Pretty Prospects, for $2970 (rectifies certain mistakes in the survey of land sold by John Rousby Plater and wife of St. Marys County to Walter Story Chandler of DC)
DC Liber Y24 (1810) f. 440/392, W.S. Chandler to Richard Harrison, part of Weston, 3 acres?, 120 dollars?
Thomas Lorain McKenney (1785-1859) rented, then bought Weston, in 1817.
W.S. Chandler to Thomas Lorain McKenney (DC Liber AP40 (1817) f. 164/126) $15,000 for Part of Pretty Prospects bordering Thomas Plater’s land that was sold him in 1806, abutting Frederick Town road, together with buildings and improvements.
Weston, for rent. I will rent, to a good tenant who will enter into stipulations to preserve the property, this healthful and beautiful situation. Possession to be had immediately. Thomas L. McKenney (Intelligencer, February 25-March 6, 1826)
Valuable property for sale at Semmes Tavern, Georgetown: Weston, for 10 years past, except the last, my residence, about 100 acres, within reach of the watchman’s cry, and the sound of the Church-going bell. Thomas L. McKenney, by John Cox, trustee, Thomas Wright, auctioneer. (National Intelligencer, May 11, 1827)
For sale, residence on the heights of Georgetown, called Weston, about 100 acres. The dwelling is of brick, adjacent is a dairy, and meat house of stone, etc. The ground will be divided, if required. W. Mechlin, near Six Buildings. (National Intelligencer, July 14, 1828)
Thomas B. Balch remembers dairy carts from Weston in his youth.
1828, Bank of Columbia foreclosed, Weston sold at auction (Intelligencer, October 22, 1828)
1830, Buckner Thruston, diary, Historical Society of Washington, p.170: records putting fifty grape roots, and fifty peach trees in at Weston; first mention of him there.
It is possible he never resided, or was the landlord, or leased to Septimus Davis: unclear!
30 acres of Weston were sold by Thruston to Joseph Nourse.
For sale or rent, beautiful and healthy country seat, on the heights above Georgetown, called Weston. A long lease might be had of it. (National Intelligencer, September 28, 1831)
For sale, Weston, near Washington City, 70 acres. House is built of brick in the cottage style. Buckner Thruston (National Intelligencer, January 23, 1835)
1843, to James H. Causten from “Septimus Davis of Weston”, all that Chandler had sold to McKenney in 1817, except 30 acres sold by B. Thruston to J. Nourse. The Davis deed to Thruston was to satisfy a loan of $4,000. The mortgage and costs were paid by Davis, evidently with the aid of Causten, and Thruston and Davis gave a deed to Causten July 25, 1843, for the 30 acres that were part of Weston.
Septimus Davis, of Kentucky, a surveyor? Related to Thruston?
That a dairy operated at Weston is indicated by reference to “the sound of milk-carts, that come down from Weston”. (Thomas B. Balch, Reminiscences of Georgetown, D.C., 1859, Second Lecture, p.10)
James H. Causten made his will in 1873 and died 1874; will asked that Weston be sold, and an 1874 codicil allowed executors, Josephine Young and Tom (Manuel) Causten) to decide when to sell, and could enjoy entire possession. Tom lived there that year.
Josephine Causten Young –– known as Posie –– died at Weston, September 21, 1877. Her funeral was at Trinity Church, Georgetown; apparently she was a convert to Catholicism.
The Causten Family Papers, Georgetown University Special Collections, were a gift from her.
Her daughters, Josephine Young (1843–1909) and Rebecca E. Young (1849-1920), are buried in Holy Rood Cemetery.
1878, Property marked “Mrs. Young”
1884, marked “Young and others”
March 14, 1884, daughter and granddaughters of Joseph Causten, Josephine Young, Eliza Young, and Rebecca E. Young, deed Weston to William C. Hill of Washington for $25,000, 66 acres
Ruthven Lodge was apparently a second name, between 1884-1894.
1894 John Thompson, about 68 acres
The house, a ruin, was condemned for Massachusetts Avenue right-of-way circa 1895, and razed circa 1916. (Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 9:209; “Land Investors Well Rewarded For Confidence”, Washington Post, December 6, 1927, p.D1)
A prominent tree later spoken of as the “signal oak”, was cut down at the same time as Weston/Ruthven Lodge was razed, to make room for Massachusetts Avenue (Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 9:209)
A lengthy article on Weston: “Rambler Records Tale of Album Which Was A Real Benefactor” (Star, March 20, 1927, pt.5, p.3)
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