History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families

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Continuing on Mr. Oxsheer's career in this
county for the purpose of completing this
biography, it will be proper to say that in
addition to having held the office of District
Clerk of the con nty for six years as related by
him, he was also Deputy District Surveyor
of Milam land district from 1849 to 1852 inclusive,
and has represented this county in
the State Legislature three sessions, the
fourteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth. As
Surveyor he has located thousands of acres of
land in the counties of Milam, Falls, McLennan,
Bell, Bosque and Coryell, and was at
one time thoroughly familiar with the status
of most of the grants and claims in this section
of the State. During his service in the
Legislature he assisted in the fourteenth session
in getting the State Government in
operation after the removal of the Federal
authorities, and in other measures which attracted
attention and were of moment at the
time, such as the State's deal with the International
& Great Northern Railroad, the
re apportionment of the State into legislative
and senatorial districts, and similar
measures. He has always taken great interest
in public matters, but has never been a
seeker after office, having consented to serve
in the positions he has held solely from a
sense of duty. His business is farming, to
which his taste mainly leads him. He owns
about 2,000 acres of land lying in the east
part of the county, eight or ten miles from
Cameron, a magnificent body of land fronting
on Little river, a considerable portion of
which is in cultivation and well improved.
On this place he has lived over fifty years,
having settled there January 16, 1843.
As mentioned at the opening of this article,
Mr. Oxsheer was a single man when
he came to Texas. He married, in R/bertson
county, this State, December 1, 1842, Martha

E. Kirk, a daughter of William A. and Ann
R. Kirk. who moved to Texas from Mississippi
in 1841, being originally from Williamson
county, Tennessee, where Mrs.'
Oxsheer was born. She, like her husband,
comes of pioneer stock, her people being
early settlers of Tennessee, Mississippi and
Texas. Her father died in Robertson county,
this State, in 1843, and her mother in Milam
county, in 1877.
Mr. and Mrs. Oxsheer have had born to
them a family of eight children, only three
of whom are now living, all residents of this
State: Fountain G., of Colorado City; Viola
M., wife of H. F. Smith of Oameron; and
Mfedora M., wife of Dr. J. S. Fletcher of
Dallas. Their children having married and
moved away Mr. and Mrs. Oxsheer have been
left to occupy the old homestead alone. This
they are doing in comfort and ease, and the
picture which their home life presents is one
of peculiar interest and significance, and this
allusion to it- here is fully justified by the
lesson it teaches regardless of its appropriateness
to this biography. They have grown
old together in a most affectionate and beautiful
way. Their union has served to vindicate
the law of affinities and to present a
choice example of domestic harmony, confidence
and devotion. The story of their
wedded life is a sermon of radiant and salutary
Mneaning, and its chief lesson is that
there is honest, steadfast and imperishable
goodness in the scheme of society. The cynic
stands silent where fireside virtue is so well
declared; the infidel encounters here a form
of religion that he is bound to respect. There
could not be a more impressive picture of the
better side of human nature. December 1,
1892, Mr. and Mrs Oxsheer celebrated their
golden wedding.
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed August 22, 2014.