Heinrich Weidner 1717-1792 and
Catharina Mull Weidner 1733-1804
Catawba County Pioneer, Henry Whitener (or Heinrich Weidner as it was originally spelled) was the progenitor of many prominent citizens that played an important part in our history. Not only were they among the first settlers in the Catawba Valley, they were among the first to remove to SE Missouri, bringing prominence to the areas they populated.
Ms. McAllister has been very scrupulous with her citations and has methodically followed each line from the pioneer to the thousands of descendants. This book is already a highly sought after reference of the people of Western Catawba County.
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The genealogical community has been
saddened by the untimely passing of Anne McAllister.
She helped a great many people and left an indelible mark on so many lives.
The thoughts and memories we have of Anne will never fade.
Anne Williams McAllister of Hickory died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. Born and raised in Lenoir, she was the daughter of Macon McCorkle Williams and Oneita Miller Williams. Mr. Williams, her father, was one of Lenoir's most prominent businessmen, started at quarterback for the University of North Carolina, served as a captain in the Air Corps in World War I, was a civil engineer, city manager of Lenoir for 16 years, purchased a local heating oil company, participated actively in Zion Reformed Church, served two terms on the board of trustees of the University of North Carolina, and was elected District Governor of Rotary International among many other achievements. Mrs. Williams, her mother, grew up in Hickory, graduated from Lenoir College (now Lenoir-Rhyne), was devotedly active in their church, instilled a love of history and family heritage in her daughter, and began the Heinrich Weidner research that became Anne McAllister's legacy. Anne McAllister felt her father had the kindest heart of any man she ever knew and her mother was the most intelligent lady she ever knew, which are the exact traits that many use to describe Mrs. McAllister. As a child, she grew up in Lenoir, but spent many weekends at her grandparents' Hickory home, where she absorbed the constantly discussed histories and background of the founding and influential families of the Catawba valley. This house was populated by strong-willed, highly educated women including her grandmother, her mother, her aunt, Mabel Miller Rowe, co-founder of the Hickory Daily Record, and her aunt Kate Miller, a school teacher and celebrated artist. It was also a house of avid readers, and Mrs. McAllister devoured books and had a special interest in biographies and history throughout her life. She graduated high school from Salem Academy, then graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1955. While attending a church party in Chapel Hill in 1954, she met James Gray McAllister III. They were married the next year in Lenoir by the groom's grandfather, James Gray McAllister I. Mrs. McAllister taught elementary school in Chapel Hill for five years. During her husband's medical and psychiatric residencies, she lived in Jacksonville, Fla., Williamsburg, Va., near Philadelphia, Pa., and Boston, Mass. The beckoning call of her ancestors as well a desire to escape the waist-deep snow of the Northeast led her to return to Hickory with her three sons. Not that he had much choice, but her husband decided he should come, too. Once back in Hickory, Mrs. McAllister helped spearhead the fundraising and restoration of Caldwell County's Fort Defiance, the home of the Revolutionary War hero, Gen. William Lenoir. She also engaged in extensive volunteer work with the Junior League and Service League. She joined the Reformed Church and has been an active member and supporter of Corinth Reformed Church for many years. Many of her friends also know her well from across the card table as a skillful duplicate bridge player. Accordingly, she achieved the rank of Life Master, which was the most highly sought-after and uppermost ranking a bridge player could receive. At the death of her beloved parents in 1973, she took over her father's company, Lenoir Ice and Fuel. Ownership of the company was her primary occupation until she sold the company in 2005. The seed planted from her early days at her grandparents' house, her love of history, began to bloom into her major contribution to our community. After her divorce in 1978, she jumped feet first into the research of her direct ancestors, the first European settlers to this part of North Carolina. Her main research focused on Heinrich Weidner, known as the first white man to cross the Catawba River, but her research spanned through the early history of our region. Eight of her publications were deemed worthy to be stored in the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. Mrs. McAllister received a publishing award from the North Carolina Genealogy Society in 1990 for her book on the early historical Civil Action Papers of Lincoln County and in 1993 for her over 1,000-page history of the Weidner family, "Through Four Generations." According the NCGS, having won two such awards puts her in a very small and distinguished group. In addition, she received the Award of Special Merit from the N.C. Society of Historians in 1990 for the above book on Civil Action Papers. This was also another rare feat in that the same publication won the top award from both societies. Her self-published, two-volume set of the genealogy of Heinrich Weidner and his descendents, "Through Four Generations," has almost completely sold out of two printings with no advertising or distributor. Her reputation for diligent research, uncompromising accuracy, and wealth of knowledge placed her as the best resource for most of the early families of the Hickory region. She would have wanted the following recognized for their contributions to her work: Gracie Seitz Cook, Joy E. Whitener, and Kathy Gunter Sullivan. Her passion and success in her work was only surpassed by her easy smile, wonderful sense of humor, and an endless supply of love and warmth for all those around her. Mrs. McAllister is survived by her eldest son, Macon, of Bozeman, Mont.; her second son, Gray, a bank auditor and CPA for the state of North Carolina, and his fiancee, Lisa Hartley; and her youngest son, John, a dentist in the Viewmont area of Hickory, and his wife, Carolyn, and their two sons, Alex and Michael. A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Corinth Reformed Church in Hickory. The family will receive guests at the church following the ceremony. Further questions can be answered by calling John and Carolyn at (828) 327-7022. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Catawba County Historical Association or to Corinth Reformed Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Anne Williams McAllister.
[Published in Hickory Daily Record on November 10, 2010]