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STIRMAN, WINFIELD BROWN

STIRMAN, WINFIELD BROWN (1825–1918). Winfield Brown Stirman (also spelled Sterman), farmer, preacher, constable, state representative, and state senator, was born in Mercer County, Kentucky, on June 1, 1825. He was the son of William and Sarah (Willis) Stirman. The family moved west to the Mississippi River in 1832 after William Stirman was appointed by President Andrew Jackson to serve as an agent to remove the Cherokees west from Georgia. In 1843 the family came to Texas and settled in Lamar County. Winfield Stirman married Sarah Elizabeth Newbern in Lamar County on November 16, 1848. They had three sons and two daughters.

By the early 1850s Winfield B. Stirman and his family had moved to Henderson County, where he engaged as a farmer. He was also a preacher—belonging to the Christian Preachers of East Texas—and served as a constable. By 1860 Stirman had prospered. Listed as a farmer living near Athens in Henderson County, he claimed $2,900 in personal and real estate property. During the Civil War, Stirman was registered as a first lieutenant in the reserves, but likely never saw active service. In 1870 he won election as representative, on the Democratic ticket, for Henderson, Anderson, and Van Zandt counties to the House of the Twelfth Texas Legislature. In 1873 he won election as state senator for District 4—consisting of Anderson, Henderson, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Van Zandt counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. During this term he served as chairman of the State Affairs Committee. Winfield B. Stirman died in Henderson County in 1918 and was buried at Athens City Cemetery. He was a Mason, having been initiated on September 19, 1863.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Athens Weekly Review, August 2, 1901. Leila Reeves Eads, Defenders: A Confederate History of Henderson County, Texas (Athens, Texas: Henderson County Historical Survey Committee, 1969). Henderson County Historical Commission, Family Histories of Henderson County, Texas, 1846–1981 (Dallas: Taylor, 1981). Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Winfield Stirman (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=4484&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=stirman~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee= ), accessed September 17, 2014. Ruth R. Peavey, Cemetery Records of Henderson County, Texas, Volume II (Athens, Texas: Henderson County Historical Commission, 1977). Patsy McDonald Spaw, ed., The Texas Senate, Volume II: Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861–1889 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1999). “William B Stirman,” Find A Grave Memorial (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=64442824 ), accessed September 17, 2014.

Aragorn Storm Miller
Aragorn Storm Miller

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