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ceased, was formerly cashier of the Wise
County National Bank, at Decatur. Mrs.
Vance died in 1891, at the age of fifty-nine
years. She was a member of the Christian
Church. December 1, 1892, Mr. Vance
married Mrs. Fannie G. Conch, nee Gibbons,
a native of Kentucky. Slie is also a member
of the Christian Church.
r ALVIN WEIR, a farmer of Williamcounty,
was born in Blonnt county,
Tennessee, December 19, 1820, a sonl
of Hugh and Margaret (Rankin) Weir, natives
also east Tennessee. The father was
a son of Jonathan Wier. a native of Virginia,
of Scotch-Irish descent, and a soldier in the
Revolutionary war. He located in east
Tennessee in a very early day, and was often
obliged to leave his home for safety from the
Indians. The mother of the subject was a
daughter of William Rankin, a native of
Virginia, and a Revolutionary soldier. He
also settled in east Tennessee in an early (lay,
where he followed farming. Mr. and Mrs.
Hugh Weir had ten children, namely: David
M., deceased in Illinois, in 1861; Sarah M.,
married Robert McReynolds, and both died
in Illinois; Jonathan N., who died in the
same State; William R.. came to Texas in
1837, and died about 1882; Samuel B., who
came to Texas first in 1837,afterward returned
to Illinois, and in 1855 came again to this
State, where he died in 1879; John A., who
came to this State in 1858, now resides in
Mills county; James M., deceased in Illinois;
Mary A., deceased in Tennessee; Calvin, our
subject; and Margaret J., who died at Chattanooga,
Tennessee. The father departed
this life in 1830, and the mother in September,
Calvin Weir lost hlii fatli,)r at tlih age of
four years, after which lie we nt withl ili,
widowed mother to Illinois, settling in Fayette
county, where the latter died twelve
months afterward. The children then returned(l
to their old home in Tennessee, but
three years later Calvin went to Chattanooga,
where he followed agricultural pursuits until
1856. In that year lie came to Williamlson
county, Texas, purchased 100 acres of his
present farm, then raw land, and he has siiice
added to this place until lie now owns 737
acres, 225 acres under a fine state of cultivation.
Mr. Weir has given some attention
to stock, has a beautiful residence and two
tenement houses. In March, 1802, our subject
entered the Confederate service, in Company
A, Morgan's Batallion, in the TransMississippi
I)epartment, and remained in Arkansas.
The command was principally engaged
in guard duty, took part in Marinaduke's
raid, but on account of sickness Mr.
Weir participated in only a few skirmishes.
lIe returned home in the latter part of 1863,
received an honorable discharge on account
of spinal affection, and as soon as able resurmed
farming and stock raising.
Mr. Weir was married at Chattanooga,
Tennessee, in 1851, to Miss Murtilla N. McCaltup,
a daughter of Samuel McCalup, who
died in Tennessee. Mirs. Weir died at the
birth of her third child, and the two oldest
children died soon after coming to Texas.
The youngest child died in 1857, thus leaving
Mr. Weir without wife or child. In April,
1859, he married Miss Valinda E. Camp,
who was born in Alabama in 1838, a
daughter of Abisha Camp, who died in that
State. Alter the father's death, the mother
married a Dr. Adams, and they came to
Texas in 1849, locating in Travis county.
Mr. and Mr. Weir have had ten children,
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