Anyone who can aid in locating antecedents/descendents of Thomas Stribling Trimmier will earn my eternal gratitude.
Here's what I have on the fellow:
Thomas Stribling Trimmier was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on 05/15/1793, the fourth of twelve children of Obadiah Trimmier and Lucy Stribling.
He married one time.
BIOGRAPHICAL TEXT: The migration of this family was from South Carolina to Alabama (several children were born there in Pickens County) to Independence, Washington County, Texas by August 1839; in Bell Co., Texas by 1850. According to the Republic of Texas poll lists for 1846, Thomas is still in Washington Co. Possibly the family spent time in some of the states between SC and AL.
Thomas S. and his wife Martha Greenwood Trimmier, were two of the founding members of the Baptist Church, organized at Independence, TX in Sept 1839. They had letters present and entered the church at organization. Thomas was the first clerk.
Thomas S. Trimmier was a private and 1st Sergeant in Captain Sam Bogart's Company, 1st Regiment of the Southwestern Army of the Republic of Texas. He went on the Somerville and Vasquez expeditions. Hw was appointed as a land commissioner for 12 days to look for fraudulent land certificates in Washington Co. from 2/24/1840 to 3/9/1840. In Bell Co, Texas, he was a County Commissioner in 1854, a presiding officer for an election in 1850 and a "reviewer" of roads.
He was on the 1840 Washington Co., Texas taxpayer list along with a Beverly Greenwood. He was entitled to 640 acres of land, Headwright certificate 303, issued 12/12/1839 by Washington County commissioners.
15 May 1793 - Thomas was born Spartanburg, SC 05/15/1793. Individuals linked to this event include: Thomas Stribling /Trimmier/ (Child); Obadiah /Trimmier/ (father); Lucy Stribling / (mother).
22 January 1815 - He married Martha Greenwood in Spartanburg, SC, on 01/22/1815. Martha was one of the daughters of Elizabeth Rowland, whose sister Margaret Hampton Rowland married William Sloan Trimmier in 1822 and whose brother Henry Jefferson Rowland married Lucy Watson Trimmier in 1825. All of those TrimmierÂ’s (inclusive of Thomas S.) were the children of Obediah and Lucy Stribling Trimmier.
2 April 1820 Â– Birth of Lucy Trimmier: At 26 years of age Thomas became the father of Lucy Trimmier in AL, 04/02/1820. Lucy Trimmier married Horatio Marion Morrison (1818-1905) in an unknown year. They had five children. She died in 1907 at The Grove, Coryell, TX.
1823 Â– Purchased 80 acres of Federal land in Pickens Co., AL in October.
1830 Â– Appears in the Pickens Co., AL census
1832 Â– Purchased 80 acres of land in Pickens Co., AL
1834 - Purchased 40 acres of Federal land in Pickens County, AL
1834 Â– Birth of Mary Trimmier: At 41 years of age Thomas became the father of Mary Trimmier in AL, 1834. Mary married William Bird (date and place unknown).
1835 Â– Purchased 40 acres of land in Pickens Co, AL
1835 Â– Birth of Stephen Obediah Trimmier: At 42 years of age Thomas became the father of Obadiah Trimmier in AL, 1835. "While searching for his brother William, he became ill and the doctor by mistake gave him morphine instead of quinine", i.e. causing his death. (Moursand, p. 59-60)
March 1836 - Birth of Elizabeth Trimmier: At 42 years of age Thomas became the father of Elizabeth Trimmier in Alabama on 03/01/1836. Elizabeth married John Green Morgan on 03 January 1849 in Washington County, Texas. They had one child, Martha Perry Morgan. She died on 29 November 1863 in an unknown location.
1836 - Birth of Sarah Trimmier: At 43 years of age Thomas became the father of Sarah Trimmier in AL, 1836. Sarah married John Turney and they had two children, Charles and Arabel.
1839 - Birth of Thomas Jefferson Trimmier : At 46 years of age Thomas became the father of Thomas J. Trimmier (Cpl., 15th Texas Infantry Regt., CSA), in AL, 1839. Thomas J. married Sarah Rebecca Spoonts in an unknown year and location. They had eight children. Â“Early in the spring of 1853, (TJ) Trimmier acquired a herd of 500 Texas longhorn cattle and drove them from Washington County, Texas. He purchased these semi-wild beasts for one or two dollars apiece. Sometimes, he didn't eve bother to buy them, as long as the animal had no brand and there seemed to be plenty without brands roaming the prairies of Southwest Texas. When Trimmier and his herd reached the Pacific shores six months later, he readily sold it for an incredible $50,000. He had paid a few drovers no more than $30 a month and provided mounts for them along with there (sic) grub, mostly beans and beefsteak, during the drive.Â” (Extensive biographic information is available via UFT)
(Date/place unknown) - Birth of Martha Trimmier: Thomas became the father of Martha Trimmier. Martha married Elisha Pennington in Washington County, Texas on 11 June 1846.
(Date/place unknown) - Birth of Minerva Trimmier: Thomas became the father of Minerva Trimmier.
(Date/place unknown) Â– Birth of William Trimmier: Thomas became the father of William Trimmier. William, was killed in a battle with Kickapoo Indians in 1838 while with a surveying party in what is now Navarro County. William, while out with a company surveying their headrights is what is now McLennan County, They were beseiged and all were killed and scalped. Thomas Trimmier identified his son by the buttons on his clothes. At the same time, Steve, while searching for his brother, became ill and the doctor by mistake gave him morphine instead of quinine, resulting in his death. The place is called Battle Creek and has a monument.
(Date/place unknown) Â– Birth of John E. Trimmier: Thomas became the father of John E. Trimmier. "John Trimmier in 1840, just returning from the California gold fields, was shot from ambush and killed by his brother-in-law Clark, one mile north of Belton while his horse was drinking water from the river. The court dealt with the first hearing on habeas corpus, charged James Clark and Riley Irwin with the murder of John Trimmier. On July 4, 1855, the bail was refused and the defendants were remanded to the custody of the Bell County Sheriff, who was ordered to confine them in the Bastrop Jail, but that night, the prisoners escaped from jail and nothing was done about it". (Moursand, p. 59-60)
(Date/place unknown) Â– Birth of Nancy Trimmier: Thomas became the father of Nancy Trimmier. She married a man whose surname was Lemons in an unknown year.
(Date/place unknown) Â– Birth of Emily A. Trimmier: Thomas became the father of Emily A. Trimmier. Martha /Greenwood/ (mother). Emily married John Hughes on 28 December 1839 in Washington Co., TX
(Date/place unknown) Â– Birth of Beverly Trimmier: Thomas became the father of Beverly Trimmier.
(Date/place unknown) Â– Birth of Mariah Trimmier: Thomas became the father of Mariah Trimmier. Mariah married James Clark in an unknown year and place.
1839 - He migrated in 1839 from Pickens County, Alabama to Washington County, Texas.
1840 - Military service: Thomas served in the military in Republic of Texas, circa 1840.
Branch: Army of the Republic of Texas. Rank: private/1st Sgt Bogart's Co, 1st.
1850 Federal Census, Milam County, Texas
Surname First Name Occupation Age Sex POB House
TRIMMIER THOMAS FARMER 60 M SC 429
TRIMMIER MARTHA 58 F GA 429
TRIMMIER MARY 16 F ALA 429
TRIMMIER OBEDIAH 15 M ALA 429
TRIMMIER SARAH 13 F ALA 429
TRIMMIER THOMAS J. 11 M ALA 429
1867 - Thomas died 08/26/1867 in Bell Co, TX, at 74 years of age.
RECORD NOTE: Sources:
2. "Citizens of the Republic of Texas", Texas State Genealogical Society