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Jabez Demming Giddings

J.D. Giddings
Full Name: Jabez Demming Giddings
Birth date: October 8, 1814
Death date: June 25, 1878

Terms of Service

  • House, 11th (1) Legislature
    8/6/1866 - 2/7/1870
(1) Roster of 11th Legislature, House of Representatives, "Texas Legislative Proceedings," 8/11/1866, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • Biographical sketch, J.D. (Jabez Demming) Giddings (1814-1878), "elected to the Texas legislature in 1866." A Guide to the Giddings Family Papers, 1829-1973. Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin 2006.
  • J.D. Giddings, birth date 10/8/1814 in Herrick, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, death date 6/25/1878 in his residence near Brenham, Texas, burial in Prairie Lea Cemetery, Brenham, Washington County. Includes portrait. Find a Grave .
  • GIDDINGS, JABEZ DEMMING (1814-1878). "The town of Giddings was named for him in 1871." Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Relatives: Jabez Deming (J.D.) Giddings, father-in-law; Heber Stone, son-in-law. "J.D. went to Austin in 1866 to serve in the first Texas House of Representatives after the Civil War. He resisted living away from home for so long, but he was compelled by his sense of duty to his beloved Texas. While serving, he acted as chairman of the Texas Judiciary Committee . . . Ann and J.D. had eight children, but only three survived to become adults. Their only surviving daughter, Mary Louise Giddings, married Heber Stone in 1879. He was an attorney, and the son of Galveston’s mayor, Dewitt Clinton Stone. Heber had served as County Attorney of Brown County before starting a private law practice. He served two terms as a Texas Senator, and was Chairman of Washington County’s Democratic Executive Committee." Heritage Society of Washington County . "The J.D. Giddings Legacy and Homes," by Sharon Brass, September 2014 The Giddings Stone Mansion
  • Biographical sketch, Heber Stone, pp. 47-48. Born 8/26/1853 in Louisburg, North Carolina, married Louise Giddings, daughter of Hon. J.D. Giddings, of Brenham, Washington County, in 1879. Texas State Government: A Volume of Biographical Sketches and Passing Comment, 25th Legislature 1897.
  • Photos and biographical sketches of the Giddings Family, including Jabez Demming Giddings, member of the 11th Legislature, pp. 64-70, and D.C. Giddings, member of the 24th Legislature, pp. 79-82. Col. D.C. Giddings "admitted his son, DeWitt Clinton Giddings, to copartnership" of law firm, p. 75. Relatives: Jabez Demming Giddings - uncle, DeWitt Clinton Giddings - nephew. The History of Brenham and Washington County 1915.
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