John Adriance

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John Adriance

  • Birth 10 Nov 1815 Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
  • Death 7 Dec 1903 Brazoria County, Texas, USA
  • Burial West Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 9447603

(Galveston Daily News December 29, 1903 page 6)
HON. JOHN ADRIANCE
Columbia , Brazorla Co. - South Texas and this immediate section has in recent years sustained no greater loss than in the death of the Hon. John Adriance, who died on the 7th of December, 1903, at his home in Columbia, Tex.
He was a gentleman of the highest attainments, culture and refinements, at all times prominent in religious, political, Masonic and social circles. He was a man who always inspired the confidence , respect and esteem of his fellow citizens and masonites. Born in Troy, N. Y., Nov. 10, 1815 and descended from that sturdy Dutch stock, so noted in the early settlement of New York for their energy, enterprise and sterling qualities, he inherited there principles and virtues from those pioneers, which were the leading characteristics of his long and useful life. In his boyhood days he received the best education that the schools in that section of New York afforded in those primitive times. In his early manhood he engaged in cautious business pursuits until 1835, when, inspired with the desire to advance with the tide of progress in the South and West, he emigrated to Texas and embarked in various mercantile enterprises with success. Purchasing a stock of goods in 1835, he inaugurated a business in Austin, possibly the first in that city, afterwards permanently localling in Columbia, Tex., where he resided for more than sixty-seven years. During this long and eventful period he actively participated, at all times, in public affairs. He was in the Texas army of 1836, guarded Santa Anna while he was a prisoner, and up to the time of his death was one of the oldest Texas veterans. In the Civil War he efficiently served the South by storing and forwarding supplies to the army, his patriotism impelling him to do something for his country, and being too old for active service in the field, he employed his talent in the no less important Commissary Department. He was a member of the Thirteenth Legislature in 1891, worshipful master of St. John Lodge No. 5, A. F. & A. M.; subsequently most excellent high priest of Columbia Chapter No. 34, R. A. M.; grand high priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas; a Knight Templar, a good Templar; for many years a regent of the Agricultural and Mechanical College; a lay reader in the Episcopal Church, for many years holding services in Columbia and a neighboring town, even after he had attained the age of 80 years. In all these associations he missed no meetings except when ill. He was always faithful to every trust undertaken. He was much interested in the development of the Gulf Coast and its ports, using his best efforts and influence in that direction. His uniform kindly disposition and genial temper endeared him to all with whom he came in contact , and the large concourse attending his funeral evidenced that this sentiment was universal


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  • Maintained by: Bradley Moody
  • Originally Created by: Herald
  • Added: 11 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9447603
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Adriance (10 Nov 1815–7 Dec 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9447603, citing Columbia Cemetery, West Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Bradley Moody (contributor 47097169) .