Thomas B. Posey



Posted by David W. Morgan on Thu, 17 Sep 1998
Surnames: Posey, Berryhill, Barryhill, Hughes, Burvis, Waller, Hannah, Gillman

Thomas B. Posey, one of Limestone county's early settlers and highly respected citizens, is a son of Benjamin and Eliza (Barryhill) Posey. The father was born in Georgia in 1806, and came to Nacogdoches county, Texas, in 1841. He afterward removed to Limestone county, and thence to the Indian Territory, where he died in 1883. He was a farmer and stock-raiser all his life. He settled in what is now Chambers county, Alabama, when the Indians were still there, and was also an early pioneer of Texas. The mother of our subject was born in 1807 and died in 1881. The parents had a family of fourteen children as follows: Sarah Ann, born May 10, 1825; Thomas B., September 14, 1826; Piety Jane, August 13, 1828; Benjamin Bell, December 9, 1829; John Deach, May 2, 1831; Martha Elmira, October 3, 1832; Narcissa, August 2, 1832(?); Uriah, February 6, 1836; Nancy Green, August 29, 1837; Eli, March 20, 1839; Tinsley Elizabeth, January 31, 1841; James
Marion, June 30, 1842; George Washington, September 6, 1844; William Andrew, June 16, 1846; and Eliza Hulda, October 9, 1849.

Thomas B. Posey, the subject of this notice, was born in Troup county, Georgia. When young he removed with his parents to Chambers county, Alabama, and accompanied them to Texas in 1847. In 1855 he came to Limestone county, and lived successively on the Navasota river, Cottonwood and Christmas creeks, and finally, in 1869, located on Hornhill. Mr. Posey purchased 270 acres of land, paying $20 per acre, and engaged in farming and stock-raising. He afterward added 200 acres to his original purchase, paying $18 per acre; and later 40 acres more, for which he paid $1 per acre. The latter is located about three miles west of his home farm. In 1876 Mr. Posey abandoned the stock business, afterward divided his land among his children, and since that time has made his home with them, principally with his youngest son.

Our subject was married in Nacogdoches county, this State, October 11, 1849, to Hulda Hughes, who was born June 7, 1822. Mr. and Mrs. Posey have reared a family of seven children as follows: Benjamin Franklin, born August 25, 1850, married Nora J. Burvis December 14, 1871, and died November 17, 1877; Richard Thomas, born December 15, 1851, married Beatrice E. Waller September 24, 1874, and is now a prosperous farmer of Limestone county; William Uriah, born July 24, 1854, died before marriage; Eliza Elizabeth, born February 6, 1856, died at the age of eighteen years; James Silas, born December 10, 1858, married Emily Hannah December 18, 1878, and resides in this county; Walter, born December 18, 1859, was married October 6, 1881, to Joanna Gillman, and resides in Limestone county; and John Milton, born January 1, 1862. Mr. and Mrs. Posey are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, although the former's parents were members of the Methodist Church.

John Milton, the youngest child of Thomas B. and Hulda Posey, resides on the old homestead, and has the care of his parents. He married Laura E. Hannah June 21, 1885. He is a prosperous young farmer, owning 500 acres of good black land, most of which is under a fine state of cultivation.

[Reprints of Biographies from the Lone Star State Publisher Lewis Publishing Co. 1893]