People of Brookline

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Bernard Coffin Weld, 1882
1868 - ; married, 1895, Mabel Stephenson; parents: Aaron Davis Weld, Ann Warren Coffin;

The Weld name is quite prominent in the history of Massachusetts. In the 1600s, the original immigrant, Joseph Weld, was granted a large tract of land, in what is now West Roxbury, in appreciation for his pivotal work in a war with the Pequot Indians. The land extended into Brookline along South St. and remained in the family for over 250 years. The grandfather of Bernard and his cousin Richard Weld began the family Manila hemp import business. It was carried on, in partnership, by their respective fathers and then by the cousins themselves.