OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJudge Harold Franklin Weston was born 9 September 1897 to Nathan William & Hattie (Colburn) Weston.[1]  Before entering the judiciary, he was a pastor for the United Methodist Church, serving in the pulpits of the congregations at Shelbyville and Martin.[2]  Another Harold Weston in Allegan (possibly an uncle) had been a prominent state figure in the Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as the statistician for that denomination’s state conference in 1883 in Lansing.[3]

Judge Weston served in the bench of the Allegan County Probate Court.  His wife Leah (nee Stiles) was a local school teacher.  He departed this life on 1 June 1965 and was buried in Banfield Cemetery in Barry County, Michigan.[4]  As he was still on the bench at the time of his death, the Allegan County Probate Court shared a judge with Barry County until a permanent replacement could be elected.

ALLEGAN (UPI) – Barry County Probate Judge Philip Mitchell of Hastings has been assigned to preside over Allegan County probate court until an election is held to determine who will fill the office left vacant by the recent death of Probate Judge Harold F. Weston of Allegan.[5]

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  1. Jack Wirt, “Re: Weston, Wirth OH>MI,” Rootsweb; s.v. “Harold Franklin Weston,” Findagrave (also source for the headstone image).
  2. Bygone Days: A brief look at the past in the Wayland area, Part 47,” Wayland Town Broadcast.
  3. Minutes of the Michigan Annual Conference (Methodist Episcopal Church,1883), 36.
  4. s.v. “Harold Franklin Weston,” Findagrave.
  5. Traverse City Record-Eagle (10 Jun 1965), 15.
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