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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
man descent, and located in Pennsylvania
when the Indians still inhabited that State,
where he followed farming and inining. The
Deardorff family were natives of Pennsylvania,
and but little is known of their history.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wierman were
the parents of seven children: George W., a
resident of Iowa; Thomas A., our subject;
Lydia A., deceased; William A., of Nebraska;
Joseph F., deceased; Sarah D., deceased, was
formerly a resident of Washington city; and
Hannah M., deceased. The father died in
September, 1852, and the mother in 1870.
Thomas A. Wierman, the subject of this
sketch, remained under the parental roof until
seventeen years of age, when he served an
apprenticeship in Maryland at the millwright's
trade, with his uncle, Daniel Wierman. In
1853 he went to Iowa; in 1858 returned to
Maryland; the following year engaged in the
milling business, in Virginia; in 1861 embarked
in the same occupation in Frederick
county, Maryland; in the spring of 1863
went to Parkersburg, West Virginia, where
he kept a large steam mill in repair two
years: again followed milling in Frederick
county, Maryland; in 1877 removed to Austin,
Texas, and a short time afterward came
to Georgetown. After locating in that city,
Mr. Wierman repaired and conducted a mill
a short time, and then put in new machinery
for a mill in the San Gabriel valley. In 1878
he purchased 100 acres of raw land in Williamson
county, on which he erected a dwelling,
and immediately began the improvement
of his place. He has added to his original
purchase until he now owns 252 acres, 150
of which are in a fine state of cultivation,
devoted to general farming.
In 1858 Mr. Wierman was married in
Maryland, to Elizabeth Martin, who wad born
in that State, in 1888, and is a daaugter of
John A. Martin, a farmer of Frederick county,
and also a public auctioneer. Our subject
and wife had seven children, viz.: Harry M.,
a farmer of Bell county, Texas, has three
children; Willie M., deceased, at the age of
sixteen years; Robert S., a farmer of Williamson
county; Rolasie, wife of William
Rogers, also a farmer, of this county, and
they have three children; Winfield Scott, at
holne; and two deceased in infancy. The wife
and mother died June 11, 1879, and in 1881
Mr. Wierinan married Mary E. Wierman,
born in Pennsylvania. Her father, Joseph
Wierman, also a native of that State, ran, at
one time, for county Judge, against his
brother, who was of different political opinion,
but the latter was defeated.
Mr. Wierman, our subject, is independent
in his political views, and was a candidate for
Treasurer of Williamson county, on the third
party ticket, in the campain of 1892. Mr.
Wierman is President of the Williamson
County Alliance, and was formerly a member
of the I. 0. 0. F. He is an active and useful
member of the Methodist Church.
V AL C. GILES, of Travis county, Texas,
was born in Tipton county, Tennessee,
- January 26, 1843, and is a son of
Edward S. (iles. When six years of age he
came with his parents to Texas and settled in
Travis county, near Austin.
He remained at home until the spring of
1861, and then enlisted in Company B, Fourth
Texas Regiment, "Hoods Texas Brigade,"
serving under Lee and participating in. the
battles of West Point, Seven Pines, seven
days' fight before Richmond, second Manassas
and Fredericksburg. Mr. Giles was
twice wounded, once at West Point and again
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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, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/669/: accessed March 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .