Does anyone have any more information or photos of Fietta or her family...In 1890 Fietta murdered my ggg grandfather Andrew Weaver...the following is the first of many newsclippings following the murder the trial and the sentencing of Fietta (Auman) Weaver...
The Murder of Granddad Andrew Weaver Sr.
This article appeared in the Democratic Watchman dated Jan 31, 1890 Centre County, Pennsylvania.
One mile south of where Stover’s distillery used to stand in Penn Township, in a desolated, uninviting and unfrequented hollow, between two mountains are a couple of miserable huts. Until Tuesday last, Mrs. Susan Auman her son “Yeny” or Jonathan and Andrew Weaver Sr., were the occupants of one and, Mrs. Aumans daughter, Fietta, and her husband Andrew Weaver Jr. with their two children, of the other. This Tuesday evening, Andrew Weaver Sr. is with the great majority, having been sent their through the aid of a knife, and Fietta Weaver, his daughter in law, her mother Mrs. Auman, and her brother Yeny are occupying cells in the jail; the former of these three charged with the crime, the latter held as accessories too, or witnesses of its commission.
It is possible that the actual circumstances connected with this case will never be known. All that anyone knows outside of the knowledge possessed by the three accused individuals, is that old man Weaver was found dead at the door of his daughter-in-law’s, shanty from a knife thrust under the left arm and reaching the heart. Outside of those under arrest there was no witnesses o the crime, and those who are acquainted with them only know that whole lot were constantly quarrelling and threatening all manner of vengeances against each other.
The particulars as told by the three now in jail is substantially as follows:
Andrew Weaver Jr. left home early on Tuesday morning to do some work, a considerable distance from where he lived. Old man Weaver and young Auman arranged to go up to the Valley a short distance, and about nine o’clock started on the trip. They had gone but a little way when Mrs. Fietta Weaver who was near her door called out something that offended the old man and he immediately retraced his steps, throwing stones at her as he went and swearing that they would fight it out now and that one or the other must die” Fietta they alleged went into the shanty and shut and tried to bolt the door, but Weaver reaching it before it was fastened, pushed it open and taking her by the throat began to choke and beat her. She cried for help but before either her brother or her mother reached her, Weaver fell dead out of the door stabbed to the heart. She asserts that while he had her by the throat he tried to cut her with his knife and fell upon it as he stumbled out of the door. The fact that his knife was a small one and was found between his vest and shirt with the smallest of the blades open, while the cut that caused death was a larger one and passed through all the clothing shows the absurdity of this part of her story.
Word was immediately sent to Coburn Pennsylvania and a jury was compiled which after a short examination returned their verdict that Andrew Weaver Sr. came to his death through a knife wound inflicted by Mrs. Fietta Weaver.
Whether the mother and brother will be held as accomplices in the offence depends on further development.