Aragorn Storm Miller
Grave of Maximilian Alexander Meissner
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MEISSNER, MAXIMILIAN ALEXANDER (1837–1905). Maximilian "Max" Alexander Meissner, attorney and state representative, was born in Brandenburg, Prussia, on January 3, 1837. Meissner immigrated to Texas in 1854, settling in the vicinity of Bellville, Austin County. Here, on January 30, 1856, he married Aribey Dandrige Reams, and the couple had a daughter named Cecilie. Meissner served in Waul's Legion during the Civil War and reached the rank of lieutenant. In 1873 he won election as representative for District Thirteen—comprised of Austin, Fort Bend, and Wharton counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. He was admitted to the bar at Bellville on March 28, 1876. Maximilian Meissner died in Austin County on October 20, 1905, and was buried there at Old Methodist Cemetery.


The Cemeteries of Austin County, Texas (Bellville, Texas: Austin County Historical Commission, 1990). IGI Individual Record, "Maximilian Alexander Meissner" (, accessed August 15, 2007. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939). H. L. Bentley and Thomas Pilgrim, Texas Legal Directory for 1876–1877 (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877).

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