24 Nov 1899 letter from William Franklin Akin to Ann Eliza Wier Creekmore, in the Wier-Creekmore collection:
"Sipsy Turnpike, Ala.
Nov the 24, 1899.
Mrs. E. A. Creekmore.
…I was married to Mrs. Lue Shirley the 31st day of Jan. She was Cousin Lue Wier bee four she married Shirley. So you See I like the WIer name…. "
[This was Eleanor Louisa Wier Shirley, daughter of Thomas Hamilton Wier and Nancy McCord, and first cousin of his first wife.]
... (signed W.F. Akin)
Attached to his letter was a letter from the new Mrs. Akin saying… “We live about 5 miles from sisters Emma, Jane, Cathleen and Dovie. STUART is in Texas and says his hair is white as cotton.” …
She signed the letter E.L. Akin. Notice she spelled her brother’s name STUART in that letter. Then:
Jan. the 19th, 1900
Mrs. A.E. Creekmore.
My Dear, Dear Cousin
I received yours of the 22 of Dec... was glad to hear from you and know your all well but oh how sad the news I must write you. My Dear Husband, my Dear Billie is dead he died seting at the breakfast table, the ___(last?) day of November….
I saw Clementine Fife last Sunday. She is looking rite old. …
I heard from Brother STEWART WIER a short time ago he is in Sherman Texas has lost his health and is depending on the Presbyterian Church for support he has a wife and 5 or 6 children. I am oh so sorry for him but am too poor to help him his children are small the baby’s name is Dewea. If he was here I could help him in several ways but as it is I have no money to send him. But Poor fellow, I do feel so sorry for him. …
As ever, your Cousin (signed) E.L. Akin
1900 Sherman, Ward 5, Grayson Co., TX. Census:
James Wier 65 mw Sept 1834 AL IRELAND SC married 16 years (1884)
Mae E. wife b Dec 1860 age 39 AL (m 16 years) AL GA GA
Ida S. 13 (Ida Stuart) dau June 1886 13 TX AL AL
Buena V. Wier dau Oct 1888 11 TX AL AL
Maude E. Wier dau wf Oct 1890 9 TX AL AL
Horace W. Wier son wm Nov 1892 7 TX AL AL
James F. Wier son wm Jan 1898 2 TX AL AL
Sherman Daily Register (Sherman, Texas), Thursday, 21 March 1901 (vol. 16, p. 8)
AN OLD CITIZEN OF SHERMAN, DIED THIS MORNING
“J.S. Weir, aged 66 years, died at his home on North Throckmorton Street, East Sherman, this morning shortly before 10 o’clock.
“He was born in Alabama in 1834. He enlisted in the Confederate army and served through to the very last, valiantly, and the true soldier he was. He bore the scars of wounds received at Carthage, Mississippi.
“He had lived in Sherman for several years and leaves many friends who will deeply regret to hear of his death.
“His widow and five children have the deepest sympathy and condolence of all. His burial will take place at West Hill tomorrow and the funeral procession will leave the home immediately after services which will be held at the house by Dr. John S. Moore.”
James Stewart Wier is the name on his tombstone, and the dates born September 18, 1834, died March 21, 1901.
James Stewart Wier probably married his third wife in Alabama, in 1884 according to the 1900 census.
She was Mary Etta L.___ (b 22 Dec 1856 Ala – 13 Jan 1924), buried beside him. The markers say FATHER and MOTHER. (The L.____ is on a chart by Loveta Parker King, not her tombstone. I assume her maiden name started with L.) Both her parents were b in Georgia according to the 1900 census. Her maiden name should be easy enough to find perhaps through death certificates or obits of her or her children.
I didn’t find her or the fatherless children on the 1910 census, but she is shown as Zibbie Weir, 64, widow, in the 1920 Vernon, Wilbarger Co, TX census living with daughter Ida Wright and her husband.
I have 8 children by the 2nd wife, Mary Etta:
1.Ida Stuart Wier b. 1885 TX m. Elmer Yule Wright b 1876 TX (parents b in Missouri) (he was manager of a moving picture show in 1920, Vernon, Wilbarger Co, TX).
According to E.Y.Wright Jr, Ida was the only one of Mary Etta's children to have any children:
Son: 1. Harold Wright b 1914 Texas
Son 2: Elmer Yule Wright Jr b 23 June 1918 Oklahoma - d 29 June 1998 Lubbock, TX; he possibly m. Ruth Cowart (b1929)?
2.Myrtle Wier b. 1888 d. before 1900 Note I have: “probably bur unmarked grave, family plot, West Hill cem.”
3.Bobbie Buenavista Wier (2 Oct 1888/9 d. 2 Sept 1907 buried Sept 3, 1907
4.Maude Etta Wier (11 Oct 1890 – 12 Feb 1920) (married Mr. Naylor? “Mrs. Naylor” is written beside her name in the cemetery office records) But her tombstone says Wier
5.Horace W. Wier b. 8 Nov 1892, d after 1900
6.Homer Wave Wier (twin of Horace) b. 8 Nov 1892, d. June 9, 1893; “James Homer Wier, buried 10 June 1893” cemetery office record says; tombstone says Homer Wave
7.James F. Wier b 1897 d after 1900
8.Dewey Wier b 1900, youngest child (of “five or six children”) referred to as the baby “Dewea” in his aunt Lou Wier Shirley Akin’s letter, not on 1900 census nor on Elmer Wright’s list, but on Lovetta Parker King’s, Annie S. Carver Hartmann’s and William K. Bottoms’ charts as Dewey. Unless this was another name or nickname for James F., Dewey must have died 1899-1900 as J.S. Wier’s 1901 obit says there were five surviving children.
Sherman, Texas chronology:
Sherman City Directory 1893-94: first listing for James S. Wier, rented house at corner of S. Willow St. & E. Cherry St. Worked at Giles and Wier, Groceries (James F. Giles, partner)
Sherman City Directory 1896-7: listed as salesman for Inman & Evans, Groceries (Thomas Inman, Charles C. Evans owners), lived at 818 N Willow St.
Sherman City Directory 1898-99: listed as salesman for Inman & Evans; lived at 803 N Throckmorton St.
Sherman City Directory 1899-1900: listed as renter at 803 N Throckmorton St., no employer given.
Also listed for first time: Weir, Len at 427 S. Throckmorton; no employer given
Sherman City Directory 1901-02: listed as renter at 903 N Throckmorton; no employer; no other Wiers or Weirs in town
Sherman City Directory 1903: no listing for any Wier or Weir in Sherman, Texas
History of Grayson Co., TX (Frontier Village), vol. 1 (1979) & vol. 2 (1981), not listed.
Ancestors & Descendants of Grayson Co., TX (1980) not listed
There was an 1890 census of Civil War veterans in Grayson Co., TX that is extant, but I seem to have misplaced what the results of that search were. He should have been listed. My list just says “See attached,” and there’s no attachment.
West Hill Cemetery Office had this list of burials:
James S. Wier, buried 22 March 1901
James Homer Wier, infant, buried 10 June 1893
Miss Bobbie Wier, buried 3 Sept 1907
West Hill Cemetery has nice granite markers in the Wier plot, one tall marker with the name WIER on it and nearly flat ones for these five, of which I have pretty good photographs:
JAMES STEWART WIER 18 SEPT 1834 – 21 Mar 1901 FATHER
MARY E. WIER 22 Dec 1856- 13 Jan 1921 MOTHER
BOBBIE BEUNAVISTA WIER 2 Oct 1888 – 2 Sept 1907 (Beunavista appears written as one word)
HOMER WAVE WIER 8 NOV 1892-9 June 1893 (copied correctly)
MAUDE ETTA WIER 11 OCT 1890-12 Feb 1920 (copied correctly)
West Hill Cemetery Index at the Sherman Public Library lists no Weir families but this Wier family (and many other tombstones incorrectly copied):
James Stewart Wier 18 Sept 1834-21 Mar 1901 Father
Mary E. Wier 22 Dec 1856 – 13 Jan 1921 (1924?) Mother
Bobbie Buena Vista Wier 22 Dec 1856-13 Jan 1921 (sic)
Maude Etta Wier 11 Oct 1890-12 Feb 1920 (“Mrs. Naylor”)
Presbyterian Church records are not indexed and would need to be searched in person, I was told.
Donnell-Horton Funeral Parlor records begin in 1908. No Listing for the Wiers. The firm they bought out has no existing records, I was told.