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John David German Adrian

Full Name: John David German Adrian
Birth date: March 18, 1815
Death date: September 29, 1887

Terms of Service

  • House, 6th Legislature
    11/5/1855 - 11/2/1857
  • House, 5th Legislature
    11/7/1853 - 11/5/1855

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, J.D.G. Adrian, age 52, native state Georgia, emigrated from Alabama in 1846, farmer, postoffice Harrisburg, Smith County. House Journal .
  • Mentioned in presentation of gavel to Speaker Coke Stevenson, 43rd Legislature, R.S., 2/14/1933, p. 422. "Hon. J.D.G. Adrian, while a Member of the House in 1853-56, rode a mule from Tyler to Austin to attend the sessions of the Legislature, as this was before railroads had been extended to Austin." Son J.C. Adrian (died January 1932) and grandson G.C. Adrian. House Journal .
  • Resolution to provide for placing portrait of J.D.G. Adrian in House Chamber, 42nd Legislature, R.S., 3/5/1931, pp. 631-632. House Journal .

Other Resources

  • John David German Adrian, birth date 3/18/1815 in Franklin County, Georgia, death date 9/29/1887 in Van Zandt County, Texas, spouses Winnie Dyer and Sarah Turner. East Texas Genealogy .
  • Census of 1850 - John D.G. Adrian, Smith County, born circa 1816 in Georgia, age 34, farmer, spouse Winney.
    Census of 1860 - J.D.G. Adrian, Tyler, Smith County, born circa 1815 in Georgia, age 45, farmer, spouse Sarah.
    Marriage to Sarah McAdams 4/15/1856 in Smith County. FamilySearch . 1860 1850
  • Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965
  • John D. Adrian, birth date 3/18/1815, death date 9/29/1887, burial in Frontier-Red Hill Cemetery, Van Zandt County. Includes biographical sketch of John David German Adrian (Adrain). Find a Grave .
  • Listed in "Smith County and Seventh Senatorial District Legislators, 1st—16th Regular Sessions, 1846-1879," The Tyler Journal, 5/29/1936, p. 67, crediting Smith County Historical Society. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Biographical information, Volume I, Chapter II, The First Election in Smith County, pp. 10-12 (Adrian elected "one of the first justices' of the peace" of Smith County in 1846), and Chapter V, Third Term of District Court, pp. 21-25 ("J.D.G. Adrian held the first justice court in Tyler, presiding with original dignity and honor . . . Along in the fifties he was sent to the legislature . . . "). Some Biographies of Old Settlers, Historical, Personal and Reminiscent 1900.
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