Biographical Sketch of Jones, Julia, Mrs.

Mrs. Julia Jones, daughter of Judge C. C. Dyer, was born in Fort Bend County in 1839. Her father was a native of Tennessee and was born at Dyersburg January 29, 1799, and came to Texas with William Stafford in 1824. In this same year he married Sarah Stafford, who was born February 5, 1809, near Raleigh, North Carolina, Judge Dyer had twelve in family six boys and six girls. He lived to quite an old age, served as county judge of Fort Bend County, and died in 1864 on his farm on the east side of the Brazos River, opposite Richmond. He had been suffering for some time with heart trouble and fell in the field one morning while taking a walk, and was brought to the house dead by the Negro field hands. Mrs. Dyer died in 1874. Their homestead is now known as the Pleasant’s place.

William Thomas, eldest son of Judge and Mrs. Dyer, was born in 1825. He married Miss Annie Swenson, who still survives. Her brother, F. M. Swenson, lived in Fort Bend County prior to the Civil War, but removed to New York and became a prominent banker there. William Dyer died at Round Rock, Texas, February 25, 1903, at the advanced gage of 87 years.

James Foster Dyer was born in 1827 and in 1852 married Miss Sarah Catherine Barnett, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Barnett. Their children were John, Clara, Mary and Lottie. The last named is the only one living and is the wife of John M. Moore.

Harvey Franklin Dyer was born September 26, 1830, and died young.

John Eli was born July 11, 1832, and married first Miss Little, of Alabama, and second Miss Heard, of Eastern Texas, in Liberty County. Children by his first wife was one son, Thomas, and eleven by second marriage.

Sarah was born August 23rd, 1835, and married Henry Gray Little, of Alabama. Their children were Bettie, Katie and. Herbert.

Mary was born June 3rd, 1837, and died in infancy.

Julia, born April 15th, 1839, and married Austin Jones, son of Captain Randall Jones; one child, died in infancy. Husband died in 1889. She still survives and lives in Richmond.

Josephine born December 29, 1841, and married Thomas Richardson, of Florida, in 1861. Their children were: Thomas, Stafford, Effie, Benita and Florence. They went to Mexico in 1866, and Benita was born there.

Martha born 22nd of June 1843, and died in infancy.

Pembroke born 22nd of June 1846, and married Miss Ida Thompson, daughter of Isam Thompson, of Matagorda County, Texas. Their children were Sallie, Velma and Pembroke all now living in Houston.

DeWitt Clinton Dyer, born 16th of August 1848.

Florence born April 26, 1853. She married August Meyer, and died, leaving four children: Leon, Clement, Vernon, and Lottie. The last named married Ed. Winston, great grandson of Mrs. Jane Long. These children were raised by Mrs. Julia Jones, of Richmond.

MLA Source Citation:

Morrison, W. M. History of Fort Bend County: Containing Biographical Sketches of Many Noted Characters. Fort Bend County: 1904. Web. 25 January 2015. - Last updated on Oct 30th, 2012

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