WriMo Writer Unearthing History Behind Mysterious Grave


Joe Weaver has visited Fort Concho, the local libraries and book shops, and continues to learn as much as he can about his new home.

This follows suit to the rest of his writings that answer the question, “Why San Angelo?” that many have asked him upon learning he moved here from the Panhandle.

Right now he is fascinated with the tale of David Macey, who’s grave was found near San Angelo with a date that came before Anglo settlement of the area.

Weaver believes Macey may have been a deserter from the army near Santa Fe. The following is an excerpt from his livejournal:

“I have been assuming that Macey and his friend were traveling west from the San Antonio area. There is an equally good chance that they were traveling southeast from Santa Fe or another point in New Mexico. Maybe better than equal. The Army had occupied Santa Fe in 1846. There would definitely be people there who knew about the Spanish travels to San Antonio.

"I could easily believe that a couple of guys deserted the army in Santa Fe (desertions were one of the biggest problems the army faced in those days) and headed off to a place where they would not be known – San Antonio, Fredericksburg, or other Texas settlements.”

The tale of Macey fascinates Weaver, who plans to see if he can find some army records of a David Macey.

“I’ll be famous for 15 seconds,” Weaver laughs, “but it’s interesting to say the least.”

Next on the agenda is to check out some of San Angelo’s nightlife; Weaver mentioned he’d like to try out ‘that Sealy place.’

As it stands now, Weaver doubts he will run out of material before he runs out of month or words.

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