WIESS / STURROCK Family History
- Indian Wars & Pioneers of Texas article about Simon and Margaret Wiess.
- Genealogy of Simon WIESS & Margaret STURROCK and their descendants
- Marriage bond between Simon Wiess & Robert Gellaghtly
- Family Picture Album.
- Simon Wiess' Travels || A Timeline
- A Map of Simon's Travels
- Possibly Simon Wiess' last letter
- Wiess family documents
- Coffin-Wiess documents
- Southwestern University Honors Mrs. William Wiess (1937)
- The WIESS Family Reunion held June 22, 2002
- A Visit with Massena Wiess' great grandson and his wife, Wesley Wiess Kyle Jr and Jackie Kyle (2003).
- See the Handbook of Texas Online –(type WIESS or STURROCK for the search)
- The First to Arrive: Early Settlers of Jasper County, part 1; Kirbyville Banner; November 3, 1971 by Mrs. Charles Martin.
- The First to Arrive: Early Settlers of Jasper County, part 2; Kirbyville Banner; November 17, 1971 by Mrs. Charles Martin.
- William A. "Bill" Fletcher recounts his experiences at Wiess' Bluff prior to the Civil War in his book "Rebel Private: Front and Rear; Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier."
- Harry Carrothers WIESS College at Rice University in Houston, Texas
See the book "The Story of Beaumont". It is a great source of information on early Beaumont and the Wiess family and is presented here in web format. (Many thanks to Norman West of Evadale for allowing us to copy the book.)
Other Wiess related pages & web sites
Texas Historical Markers related to the WIESS family:
click below for a larger view of the Wiess Bluff historical marker
- See other Texas historical markers relevant to the Wiess family.
- To find other Texas Historical Markers: http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us
Articles by Mr. William T. Block, East Texas Historian
(Note: the articles by Mr. Block are perhaps our best history, but there were so many that I placed the links to them last.)
- From Cotton Bales to Black Gold,a History of the Pioneer Wiess Families of Southeastern Texas, Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record, VIII #1 (Nov. 1972), 40-61.
- Napoleon Bonaparte Wiess
- Beaumont's Fabulous Wiess Brothers: History of the Reliance Lumber Co.
- Some Notes on the Pioneer McGaffey Families of Sabine Pass, Texas
- Pioneer music in Beaumont contained lots of brass horns
- Introduction to Articles About Beaumont, Texas by W. T. Block
- Lucas gusher fever affected so many folks, far and wide
- Table of Contents: A History of Jefferson County, Texas
- Two area cities in late 1800s fought major fires together
- Former slave's death in 1889 attracted rare news coverage
- The Sawdust City in the 1880's: Beaumont Before Spindletop
- When Southeast Texas Mail Had Four Feet: Beaumont's frontier postal system.
- A Tale of "King Lumber:" Godparent of Beaumont
- Historical Journal Articles Written by W. T. Block
- Million Dollar
- Oil Lease
- Pre-boom Spindletop gave hints of its riches
- Strong Spell swam river ferrying lead steer of herd
- Oil industry in East Texas traces roots back to 1860s
- President Sam Houston's Sabine City Company
- A Brief History of Pioneer Entertainment in Beaumont, Texas
- The Patriotism of Beaumont, Texas: Town re-entered union July 4, 1896
- The Progress and Present State of Judaism in the Golden Triangle
- Some Notes on the Pioneer McGaffey Families of Sabine Pass, Texas
- The March
- Neches River Cotton Steamboats: A romantic interlude of frontier days
- Dr. Smith
- Early Beaumont Education: Frontier schools provided the city's leaders of the future
- Robert Kidd: Aged 116 years and proof that life begins at sixty
- A History of Jefferson County, Texas: Spanish and French Activities
- Early Southeast Texas Doctors were Medical Men of Iron
- Great Storm of 1886: A day of agony and death at Sabine Pass, Texas
- Newspaper Articles Written by W. T. Block
- Captain Peter Stockholm: A Pioneer Sabine River Steamboatman
- Dr. Niles Smith: Torch Bearer, Town Builder and Bank Examiner of the Texas Wilderness
- Henry R. Green: Fake obituary identified Beaumont's early school teacher-historian
- 11th Batalion, Texas Volunteers, Confederate States Army
- The Beginning of Dick Dowling as a Rebel Fighter
- Opelousas Trail: Bellowing cows marked first trail to New Orleans
- Diary of H. N. Connor
- The East Texas Railroad: Rails gave life to sawmill towns of long ago.
- Jefferson County, Texas: Geological, Historical and Agricultural Background
- Colonel J. G. Kellersberger, Confederate Chief Engineer of East Texas
- Smith's Bluff and Grigsby's Bluff, Texas
- Guest Book
- A History of Jefferson County, Texas: Mexico and the Anglo-American Pioneers
William Theodore Block, Jr., age 87, known as “W. T.” or “Bill” to his friends, passed away at Christus St. Mary Hospital on Saturday December 15, 2007. He was born in Port Neches on July 29, 1920, the son of Will and Sarah Jane Sweeney Block, and he moved to Nederland in 1935. He grew up on his father’s farm, which is currently the land occupied by Oak Bluff Memorial Cemetery.
He graduated from Nederland High School, Cheniers Business and Radio College, and Lamar University with an MA degree in history. He also served 3 years in the U. S. Naval Reserve, and taught at Lamar for 2 years as a teaching fellow.
During World War II, he served from 1942-1946 in the 78th Infantry Division, earning 3 battle stars for the Battles of the Bulge, Rhineland, and Central Europe. After the war, he worked 31 years for the Postal Service, including 20 years as assistant postmaster and postmaster in Nederland, or as officer-in-charge in Orange. Later he served on the Lamar University staff for 11 years, retiring in 1981.
Mr. Block was a dedicated historian, publishing 9 books of East Texas history, many academic articles in historical journals, and he was a guest columnist for Beaumont Enterprise for many years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Nederland, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Texas Gulf Historical Society. He was also a Knight of the Royal Order of Orange-Nassau, a knighthood conferred on him by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. He had also been a ham radio operator for 32 years, and served several years as an assistant scoutmaster.
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As with most research, at times some of the data is incorrect, misleading and/or incomplete and even some of what is "certain" may later be shown to be in error as more evidence surfaces.
Remember, there is no absolute certainty of anyone's lineage because of mistakes, lies and common practices like men taking their wive's surnames. Mistakes were and are made in hospitals, clerks and priests have inadvertently written the wrong surnames in legal documents, children were adopted with no legal documents filed and the children never knowing they were adopted, secret affairs resulted in children with a different father than the one recorded, men accepted the children of women as their own without ever telling anyone, etc. Not even DNA testing is 100% certain. Family history is designed to give us a sense of our heritage and the struggles our forebears endured to make us what we are today
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Descendants of Republic of Texas residents (1836-1845) qualify for membership in "Sons of the Republic of Texas," "Daughters of the Republic of Texas," and both the the SRT and the DRT have memberships for "Children of the Republic of Texas". The Texas State Genealogical Society recently started an organization, "Texas First Families", in celebration of Texas' 150th anniversary as a state in the United States of America. To qualify, applicants must prove direct or collateral descent from an ancestor who settled in Texas before February 19, 1846.