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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
causes left them daily exposed to assaults. In fact,
the best energies of his life were ever given to the
service of his country. He lived to be sixty-nine
years of age, and died the death of a hero and
patriot at Austin.
To those who knew him best, and notably his
two surviving granddaughters, Mrs. Glascock and
Mrs. Whipple, he is held in loving remembrance as
a true friend and faithful protector.
Mrs. Whipple was born in Lowndes County, Ala.,
in 1832, and recalls with feelings of both pleasure
and regret the many scenes of her girlhood, incident
to the early settlement of her (now beautiful)
city of the hills."
June 17, 1847, she wedded Mr. Francis Dietrich,
who for many years was one of the leading merchants
of Austin. He was a native of Germany,
and was born at Cassel, February 2, 1815. He
was sent to America in 1881 to be educated in New
York City. He became so interested in the struggle
for Texas Independence that he abandoned the
dea of schooling and joined the revolutionary forces
in 1835, and bore a valiant part in the sanguinary
struggle. He participated in the battle of Refugio,
in March, 1836, and later was captured with Fannin
and his men, but escaped massacre because of
his foreign birth. He engaged in business and
acquired property at Victoria, but lost it by fire
at the hands of Mexican invaders. He was
one of the first to engage in merchandising
at Austin, but left there on account of hostile Indians
and sold goods at Washington on the Brazos
until the seat of government was located at Austin,
when he returned and was there actively engaged in
business until his death, May 31st, 1860.
Francis Dietrich was a good man and stood high
in business, political and social circles. He never
lost sight of the guiding star of right and justice.
He was an influential member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church and at times held the office of
steward. He was successful in business, erected
substantial business blocks and left a handsome
estate. He was three times married. By his first
union to (Miss Bessie Reed) he had one son, James
Dietrich, living in Travis County. His second wife,
Miss Martha Brown, lived only about one year and
died without issue. June 17, 1847, he married Miss
Sarah E. Browning, of whom mention has above
been made, and she has one son, Thomas Dietrich,
January 1st, 1863, Mrs. Dietrich married Rev.
Dr. J. W. Whipple, an esteemed and able member
of the Methodist clergy, well remembered for the
life-long and faithful service that he rendered to the
cause he espoused.
Dr. Whipple died May 10, 1895. Mrs. Whipple
lives in retirement on her handsome estate near and
overlooking the city of Austin. She is a lady of
refined and artistic tastes and gracious manner,
and, as such, is widely known.
ELIJAH B. THOMAS,
Elijah B. Thomas is a native of Louisiana, born
on Johnson Bayou, in Clarke's Pariah, November
2nd, 1842. His father, Elisha Thomas, was a
stock-raiser and farmer, who came to 'rexas in early
times, where he followed the stock business. Serving
as a boy in the transportation department, he
enrolled as one of the Texian soldiers of 1836. He
died in Victoria County. A twin brother of Mr.
Elisha Thomas, also named Elisha, located near
San Antonio, pursued stock-raising, and there died.
The mother of the subject of this notice dying, his
father was twice married thereafter, by the first of
which later unions were born seven sons and three
daughters; by the other six. children, two of whom
are living in Texas. Elijah B. Thomas, the subjeet
of this sketch, was, like his father, a twin, and
his twin brother, named Elisha, with whom he enlisted
in the Confederate army at Houston, September
10th, 1861, as soldiers in Company B.
(commanded by Capt. John A. Wharton), Terry's
Eighth Texas rangers.
Elisha served during the entire conflict with the
rangers, and survived the war only to lose his
life by accident on the railroad, near Galveston.
Elijah B. Thomas served about one year. In
1865 he married Miss Mary Jane Garrett, daughter
of Wilboan Garrett, a stock-raiser, and an early
Texian. The marriage took place in Houston.
The same year (1865) he located in Brazoria
County on Clear creek, and one year later on Chocolate
bayou. He now lives on Mustang slough,
where his father located on the R. L. Ware head
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