1862 - 1893 (31 years)
||Willie Simon Wiess |
||Jun 20, 1862
||Wiess Bluff, Jasper county, Texas, USA 
||Jul 16, 1870
||Jasper county, Texas, USA 
||Jun 15, 1880
||Jasper county, Texas, USA 
||Nov 14, 1893
||Hooks Switch, Hardin county, Texas, USA 
||Bumstead Cemetery, East Walton Road, Lumberton, Hardin county, Texas, USA
- He was killed in an accident at Hooks Switch (aka Ariola) (Hardin county) in a sawmill owned by his sister Aunt Maggie's (Margaret Wiess Hooks) husband, George Washington Hooks. George Washington Hooks and Dr. S.B. Turner had founded the mill and Turner had died the previous year).
Galveston Daily News, November 15, 1893, pg. 5
FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION
THREE INSTANTLY KILLED AND SIX
The Mill of the Hooks Lumber Company
near Beaumont, Blown to Atoms.
Some Narrow Escapes.
Beaumont, Tex., Nov. 14. -- A terrific boiler explosion occurred this morning at 10:30 o'clock at the saw mill of the Hooks lumber company at Hooks Switch, fourteen miles north of here on the Sabine and East Texas railroad, killing three men and seriously wounding six others. The list of the dead is as follows:
J. W. Kirksey, engineer.
Willie Wiess, log scaler.
Bob McKinney, colored, scalded to death by the steam and water.
Injured as follows: George Whittington, collar bone broken; E. B. Baird, arm broken, John Holley, a stranger, hurt in the head and leg; Mack Armstrong, colored, blown forty yards and internally injured; Jack Mckinney, colored, hit in the head; Geo. Payne, colored, also hit in the head. Several others were slightly injured.
The boiler room is completely blown away and the mill will have to be entirely rebuilt to be of use.
The Hooks lumber company had been shut down for about two months and had just started up yesterday morning. Had the explosion occurred ten minutes sooner the death list would have been a great deal heavier as there were then about twenty men near the boilers warming. Willie Wiess and Bob McKinney were warming when the accident occurred. Mr. L. R. McGregor, the saw filer, but who was taking the sawyer's place for a minute, was completely covered with the debris but escaped with only a few bruises.
One piece of the boiler was found 150 yards from the mill.
The cause of the explosion could not be learned.
Kirksey leaves a wife; Willie Wiess a wife and three children and the negro McKinney leaves one child to mourn their loss.
(Lemial Waldrep, also in this database, is said to have been another casualty of that disaster, though his name is not listed in the newspaper article and this researcher could not find a later article about it. That Lemuel was killed in the accident was told to this editor by a member of that family branch. However, the Lemuel Waldrop/Waldrep in this dataset was born 1888 and would have only been 5 years old. It is assumed the data is either incorrect or perhaps an uncle or other relative by the same name died there.)
Mr. W.T. Block, historian, wrote (May 24, 2003) "Amy Lea's birth at Cairo in 1881 means that her father was working for Yellow Bluff Tram Co. either as logger, or on their steam tram road, or in the crosstie sawmill there. There are 5 pages about Yellow Bluff under "Jasper County" in Vol. 2 of East Texas Mill Towns etc WTB"
||Aug 29, 2008 |
||Capt. Napoleon Bonaparte "Nap" Wiess, CSA, b. Mar 10, 1839, Port Neches, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Mar 12, 1872, Wiess Bluff, Jasper county, Texas, USA (Age 33 years) |
||Cynthia Ann Sorrels, b. Aug 15, 1845, Arkansas, USA , d. Feb 06, 1891, Texas, USA (Age 45 years) |
||Jul 20, 1861
||Jasper county, Texas, USA
- Napoleon apparently died without a will and all fiscal and probate papers relating to the Wiess brothers "were removed at some time in the past and were never returned". His wife and children got nothing from his death, the description and disposition of his property, if any, is unknown. One of the riverboats he owned, the "James L. Graham", was in service for several years after that until it blew near Redfish Reef in Galveston bay in May of 1876. In a lawsuit filed by Cynthia A. Wiess, et al against Margaret Sturrock Wiess, she alleged that 160 acres taken over by Margaret were Napoleon's and hers as his widow.
1870 census, TX, Jasper county, sub 23, p 29; 497, July 16
WIESS, Margaret, 56, F, W, Keeping House, Scotland
WIESS, Valentine, 24, M, W, Dry goods merchant, Texas
WIESS, Mary E., 19, F, W, Texas
WIESS, Massena, 21, M, W, Dry goods Merchant, Texas
WIESS, Elizabeth E., 19, F, W, Texas
WIESS, Ann E., 18, F, B, Domestic Servant, Texas
Burks, James, 18, M, W, Farm Laborer, North Carolina
WIESS, Joseph, 27, M, W, North Carolina
WIESS, Catherine, 21, F, W, Texas
WIESS, Matilda, 6, F,, W, Texas
WIESS, Laura, 5, F, W, Texas
WIESS, Milton, 4, M, W, Texas
WIESS, Kittie, 2/12, F, W, Texas, b. April, 1870
WIESS, Julius, 2/12, M, W, Texas, b. April, 1870
WIESS, Napoleon, 31, M, W, Steam Boat Captain, $400 property, $2000 personal, Texas
WIESS, Cynthia, 24, F, W, Keeping House, Arkansas
WIESS, William S., 8, M, W, Texas
WIESS, Edward S., 6, M, W, Texas
WIESS, Martha A., 4, F, W, Texas
WIESS, Margaret, 2, F, W, Texas
1880 census, Jasper county, Texas, ed 39, pct 4, (T9-1313, 12), p. 164B
June 15, 1880, HH 99/99
WIESS, Cynthia A., W, F, 34, widowed, keeping house, AR, AR, AR
WIESS, William S., W, M, 17, son, mail carrier, TX, TX, AR
WIESS, Margarett I, W, F, 11, daughter, 1, at home, TX, TX, AR
WIESS, Walter, W, M, 5, son, single, TX, TX, AR
PICKEL, Thomas R, W, M, 30, boarder, single, rafting timber, GA, NC, GA
McVAY, Isabele, W, F, 30, boarder, widowed, TX, NC, Ireland
McVAY, Robert L, W, M, 9, boarder, TX, Ireland, TX
McVAY, Mary E, W, F, 3, boarder, TX, Ireland, TX
(There is no indication of the marital status of William -- he married Amy Sims circa 1880, but she is not living with them if they're married at the time of the census.)
lines 38-41; dwelling/household 100/100
???, Joe, B, M, 35, farmer, NC, NC, ??
???, Lossia(?), B, F, 40, wife, keeping house, Gia, Gia, Gia
SAUNDERS, Matilda, B, F, 18, Ward, at home, TX, NC, MS
SAUNDERS, Lossia, B, F, 15, ward, at home, TX, NC, MS
lines 42-44; dwelling/household 101/101
WIESS, Margaret, W, F, 65, widowed, merchant, Scotland, Scotland, Scotland
COFFIN, Pauline, W, F, 40, daughter, widowed, keeping house, TX, Poland, Scotland
SAUNDERS, James W, W, M, 40, single, boarder, clerk in store, FL, GA, GA
lines 45-47; dwelling/household 102/102
PIERCE, Aaron, W, M, 65, widowed, farmer, MS, TN, TN
PIERCE, Thomas, W, M, 7, son, TX, MS, IL
MILLER, John N, W, M, 46, working in farm, Via, Via, Via
lines 48-50; dwelling/household 103/103
FIELDER, Em??? R, W, M, 45, works in timber ???, AL, AL, GA
FIELDER, Martha A.R., W, F, 18, wife, keeping house, LA, AL, AL
FIELDER, Early P, W, M, 2, son, TX, AL, LA
||Mary Mellissa "Nannie" Sims, b. Apr 08, 1861, Blakely, Miller county, Georgia, USA , d. Mar 11, 1889, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA (Age 27 years) |
|+||1. Amy Lea Wiess, b. Mar 02, 1882, Cairo, Jasper county, Texas, USA , d. Sep 13, 1958, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA (Age 76 years)|
| ||2. William Napoleon "Bud" Wiess, b. Dec 16, 1883, Mount Carmel, Tyler county, Texas, USA , d. Jul 21, 1903, Village Mills (near Kirbyville, Texas) (Age 19 years)|
| ||3. Thomas Edward Wiess, b. Mar 21, 1888, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Jun 17, 1889, Mount Carmel, Tyler county, Texas, USA (Age 1 years)|
||Dora Bumstead, b. Feb 10, 1871, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Mar 26, 1951, Silsbee, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age 80 years) |
||Dec 21, 1891
||Sharon, Hardin county, Texas, USA 
- Notation in their family Bible: "Married Dec. 23rd 1891 at Sharon Hardin Co. Tex Dora Bumstead to Willie S. Wiess of Beaumont Texas"
|+||1. Jessie Wiess, b. Sep 24, 1892, Hooks Switch, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Nov 30, 1970, Port Arthur, Jefferson county, Texas, USA (Age 78 years)|
|+||2. Willie Simon Wiess, II, b. May 14, 1894, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Oct 03, 1952, Kountze, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age 58 years)|
- [S420] Pavalock, Ann Comminsky, email 8-14-2000.
- [S2126] Napoleon Bonaparte Wiess; W.T. Block, http://hans.wtblock.com/wtblockjr/n_b_wiess.htm.
- [S143] Bible of Dora Bumstead and Willie W. Wiess.
- [S14] 1870 US federal census, 1870 census, TX, Jasper county, sub 23, p 29; 497, July 16.
- [S135] 1880 US federal census, 1880 census, Jasper county, Texas, ed 39, pct 4, (T9-1313, 12), p. 164B.