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RG1663.AM:  Elizabeth Caroline (Weaver) Gerrard, 1852-1924

Papers:  1879-1892, 1913

Columbus, Platte County, Neb.:  Civic leader, Platte County pioneer

Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


Betty Gerrard was born in Columbus, Ohio, on April 5, 1852. She was the daughter of Michael and Dorothea (Heckman) Weaver. In 1857 her parents migrated to Nebraska and became one of the pioneer families of Columbus and Platte County. On May 31, 1870, Betty married Leander Gerrard, pioneer attorney, banker, and capitalist, and one of the Republican Party leaders in the state. He was president of the Columbus State Bank and was a representative in the Nebraska Legislature in 1871. Leander had been born in England in 1837 and died at Columbus, Nebraska, in 1913.

The Gerrard’s had four children: Clarence L. (1871-1928) was born in Lincoln and followed in his father’s place at the Columbus bank; Ernest A. resided in London, England; Phoebe married James A. Barkley and lived in Lincoln for a time; and Grace who was the first wife of Roscoe Pound, died in Massachusetts in 1928.

Mrs. Gerrard was a charter member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and at different times served as president and treasurer of the Columbus branch. She also was a founder and president of the Woman’s Club of Columbus, a branch of the Nebraska Federation of Women’s Clubs. After her husband’s death, Betty donated the site on which the Columbus public library stands to the city in 1914 as a memorial to her husband. She died at Columbus in February of 1924. (See also History of Platte County, Nebraska by Margaret Curry; Murry & Gee, Culver City, California, 1950.)


This collection consists of the papers of the Gerrard family arranged in two series: 1) Correspondence, 1879-1892 and 1913; and 2) Estate of Leander Gerrard, 1913.

The bulk of the collection, Series 1, consists of correspondence from 1879 to 1885. The letters are written to Mr. and Mrs. Gerrard from family members including: Sarah Robley, sister of Leander, and members of the Robley family; Addie E. Strother, sister to Betty; Lucinda B. Weaver of Columbus, Ohio, sister to Betty; Mary Weaver of Denver, sister to Betty; and several nieces and cousins.

Series 2 contains a transcript of case filings in Platte County court concerning the estate of Leander Gerrard, 1913.

Note: This collection has been deacidified. Patrons are required to use the white gloves supplied to reference this collection.


Series 1 – Correspondence, 1879-1892, 1913

Box 1


  1. 1879-1882

    Sarah Robley & J.W. Robley

    Addie E. Strother, 1881

  2. 1884-1885

    Sarah Robley

  3. 1887

    Lucinda B. Weaver, Columbus, OH

    Jennie Osler – cousin

    Mary Weaver, Denver, CO

  4. 1891-1892

    Mary Adeline Horn – Iowa (niece)

    Edith Bonesteel & members of Bonesteel family, Denver, CO

  5. 1913

    Letter from attorney regarding property of Leander Gerrard in Columbus, Nebraska

  6. Undated

    Sarah Robley & Addie Strother

Series 2 – Estate of Leander Gerrard, 1913


  1. Copy of transcript of filings in County Court of Platte County, 1913



Columbus (Neb.) — History

Gerrard Family

Gerrard, Leander, 1837-1913

Platte County (Neb.) — History

Probate records — Platte County (Neb.)

Weaver Family


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