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Near Wallis in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

William Henry & Lydia Ann English Guyler

 
 
William Henry & Lydia Ann English Guyler Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 8, 2021
1. William Henry & Lydia Ann English Guyler Marker
Inscription.  

Kentucky natives William Henry Guyler (1823-1897) and Lydia Ann English (1826-1920) were married in 1845 and journeyed to Texas in 1859. They purchased a homestead on the Milburn and Davis Land Grant in Austin County. William Guyler erected a log cabin nearby in which they lived, and built a trading post, sawmill and cotton gin. The businesses served people in a 20-mile radius.

During the Civil War William Guyler served in the Confederate Army with General John Sayles' Company in the 23rd Brigade. Lydia Guyler aided the soldiers at home and donated supplies wherever most needed. During the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1867, Lydia Guyler helped nurse those stricken with the disease.

In 1873 William Guyler became the first postmaster of the Bovine Bend community. In 1875 - 76, when the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built its line through the area, the Guylers sold 100 acres of land for $10 for the right-of-way and for the establishment of the town of Wallis. The longest street in Wallis is named in honor of the Guylers to mark their contribution to the community in which they lived.
 
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1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11702.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
 
Location. 29° 38.747′ N, 96° 3.373′ W. Marker is near Wallis, Texas, in Austin County. Marker can be reached from Cemetery Road, 0.3 miles north of 1st Street (Farm to Market Road 1093). The marker is located west of the front entrance to the Wallis Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1296 Cemetery Road, Wallis TX 77485, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wallis Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); J.O. Williams School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wallis Independent (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Paul Lutheran Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Wallis High School (approx. one mile away); Wallis Methodist Church (approx. one mile away); Wallis State Bank (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wallis Memorial Nature Park (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wallis.
 
Also see . . .  About Wallis.
In 1845, William and Lydia Ann English Guyler, pioneer settlers of Bovine Bend in Texas (later to be called Wallis, Texas),
William Henry & Lydia Ann English Guyler Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 8, 2021
2. William Henry & Lydia Ann English Guyler Marker
were proud new owners of some 2900 acres of land marked only by the posts in the prairie.   They started their journey from Kentucky to Texas traveling by riverboat and Gulf passenger ship down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to new Orleans, and then across the waters of the Gulf, landing in Galveston on New Year’s Day in 1859.  They then traveled by small boat to Harrisburg, then by railroad, migrating to the town of Richmond, in Fort Bend County.  There they sold approximately 100 barrels of flour to local merchants to finance the purchase of their new homestead in Austin County.  Then, traveling by wagon train, they ended up on the banks of the Brazos River.  Their first home,  a log cabin, was in the Milburn and Davis Grant, where they resided throughout the Civil war years. Source: wallistexas.org
(Submitted on March 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Guyler Marker in the Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 8, 2021
3. The view of the Guyler Marker in the Cemetery
The entrance to the Wallis Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 8, 2021
4. The entrance to the Wallis Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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