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Hillsman Miller

Obituary of J. C. Hillsman, Giddings, Texas.

J. C. Hillsman was born in Campbell County, Va., seven miles from Lynchburg, March 3, 1842. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate army and fought in nearly every important battle of the Army of Northern Virginia. He was in the first battle of Manassas, also at Gettysburg, where he was in the first battle of Manassas, also at Gettysburg, where he was wounded. Upon recovery he returned to the army and continued to the end of the war.

Comrade Hillsman was married November 28, 1865, to Miss Martha Ryland Miller, who survives him with six of their nine children, four sons and two daughters, also twenty-four grandchildren. After his marriage he took charge of his mother's estate in Virginia for two years, then moved to Texas and settled near LaGrange, in Fayette County. In 1880 he went to Ledbetter and purchased a lumber yard. He moved to Giddings in 1910 and there lived to the time of his death.

Mr. Hillsman was successful as a farmer and also in the lumber business. He was that type of man who was taken into counsel by all classes and was connected with a number of enterprises where varied interests were involved. His activities were characterized by faithfulness and wisdom. He had been President of the First National Bank of Giddings since 1908. He was a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist Church for forty-four years and superintendent of the Sunday school at Ledbetter for about twenty years. He was active not only in local Church work, but also in the more general work of his denomination. He was a man of decision of character and held a high moral standard for himself and others. To the end of his life he maintained a deep religious devotion. The family altar is one of the distinct memories of his home.

On July 22, 1916, the sudden summonscame that took him to his eternal rest.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, October, 1916.

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