William Gordon Weld (1775–1825) was an American shipmaster and ship
owner. He is notable as an ancestor of several famous Welds.
1 Ancestry and early life
2 Maritime industry
Ancestry and early life
Main article: Weld Family
Weld was a descendant of Joseph Weld, who came to
Colony in the early 17th century and was involved in the Pequot War
and subsequent negotiations.
Weld lived his early life in Weld Hall, the family home on Weld Hill
in the Forest Hills section of what is now Jamaica Plain. Named after
the prominent local revolutionary sympathizer and historian Reverend
Dr. William Gordon, Weld was the fifth son of Colonel Eleazer Weld,
one of seven Weld family
American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War veterans.
Like many family members,
William Gordon Weld graduated from Harvard,
a university with Weld ties from the 17th to the 21st centuries.
Weld turned his attention away from agriculture and concentrated on
maritime shipping. He created a fleet of "China clippers" and profited
from trade between
Asia and the New World.
His fortune suffered a notable setback during the War of 1812. A
British frigate cruising off
Boston Harbor captured one Weld's ships
carrying a valuable cargo of wine and Spanish silver dollars. Weld
himself was captured and may have paid a ransom to be released.
Weld married Hannah Minot (1780–1860), a member of a Massachusetts
family represented by such notables as
George Minot and Henry Davis
Minot. They had one daughter and eight sons. (see chart).
The home William and Hannah built was in the Minot family's possession
by the mid 19th century and later became the home of Andrew James
Peters, Mayor of Boston, (and
James Michael Curley
James Michael Curley rival) after he
married a Minot.
Among those descended from
William Gordon Weld and Hannah Minot are:
William Fletcher Weld
William Fletcher Weld — shipping, railroad and real estate
Stephen Minot Weld
Stephen Minot Weld — politician, namesake of Weld Hall at
George Walker Weld — financier of the Weld Boathouse
Stephen Minot Weld
Stephen Minot Weld Jr. —
American Civil War
American Civil War general
Philip Saltonstall Weld — World War II commando,
Isabel Weld Perkins
Isabel Weld Perkins — socialite philanthropist
William Weld — former Governor of
^ A Volume of Records Relating To The Early History of Boston
Containing Boston Marriages From 1752 to 1809 (Boston, Municipal
Printing Office, 1903) lists a March 31, 1761 marriage intention
notice re: Eleazer Weld and Mary Hatch. The dates involved make it
probable that Mary Hatch was William Gordon Weld's mother.
"The Weld Family", Jamaica Plain Historical Society
"The Welds of
Harvard Yard" by Craig A. Lambert, associate editor of
Larz Anderson and Isabel Weld Larz bio, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard
"Revolutionary War Burial Site Near Arboretum", Jamaica Plain
"The Andersons", Larz Anderson