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Stephanie P. Niemeyer

HOLLAND, NEHEMIAH (1821–1881). Nehemiah Holland, lawyer and legislator, was born on September 17, 1821, in Worcester County, Maryland. He moved to Texas in December 1845 and began to practice law in Galveston in March 1847. By 1850 he was settled in Bellville, Austin County. He was the town's first lawyer and owned a number of lots in the center of town. Holland hosted Episcopal church services in his home in the 1850s and was a charter member of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church.

Holland served in the Seventh Texas Legislature of 1857 as a representative from Austin County. He also held the county offices of justice of the peace and county treasurer. On October 1, 1863, he applied for a marriage license and shortly thereafter married Minerva Harris in Austin County.

Holland died on October 26, 1881, and is buried in the Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville.


Austin County, Texas, "Oak Knoll" (, accessed August 15, 2006. Austin County, Texas, "Early Marriages" (, accessed August 15, 2006. H. L. Bentley and Thomas Pilgrim, Texas Legal Directory for 1876–1877 (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877). Charles E. Spellman, ed., The Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster, 1846–1992 (Austin: Texas House of Representatives, 1992).

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