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Wilkinson’s – Pioneers of Menard County, Texas

2011 March 27


Nancy Rosary Mires Wilkinson was born in Athens, Henderson County, Texas on 6 February 1860, to Patrick Henry “Paddy” Mires and Vianna Tidwell.  Nancy lost her mother in 1864.  In 1865, Mr. Mires brought his family to the new frontier and Menardville, Texas. In 1867, Mr. Mires married Miss Louisa Matilda Miller [Update: married on 28 Nov 1867 in Menardville, Menard County, Texas] and Paddy and Louisa raised eleven children.  He and his family ended up in Christoval.

It is said about Paddy in The Standard, San Angelo, Texas, 20 February 1897, that he was famous as the owner of the finest fishing preserve on the Concho and for his watercress, which he sold in San Angelo for over 20-years.

In the “Free State of Menard” published in 1946, by N. H. Pierce, it states, Paddy Mires built a log house which was the first building to be erected in Menardville.  Mr. Mires and his partner Tull Smith operated a store in that log house.  Paddy Mires was the first settler to act as postmaster for the village, with Mr. Smith second.  The post office was not officially established until June 16, 1868, when Lee C. Blake was named postmaster, but mail was brought here before that date.

Nancy married William Jackson Montgomery Wilkinson on 22 December 1875 and they made their home at Peg Leg Ranch in eastern Menard County. He was a widower after the death of his first wife, Mary Caroline Spiller and they had two children, William Neille Buie Wilkinson and Martha Caroline “Carrie” Wilkinson.

Below is their marriage certificate and a link to their beginning story and the first sheep in Menard County.

In 1878, Nancy and W. J. established their headquarters ranch at the head of Clear Creek Springs which contained approximately 15,000 acres. Nancy and W. J. were parents of nine children. You can see some of the family in an 1890’s photo.





Honeymooning Couple was Menard’s First Wool Family

Honeymooning Couple was Menard’s First Wool Family Nancy Wilkinson San Angelo Standard Times

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4 Responses Post a comment
  1. Elaine and Drew Shaw permalink
    May 9, 2023

    Dear Jan Wilkinson,

    I enjoy reading your blog and finding out more about the history of the Wilkinsons in Menard. My husband was born and raised in Menard, TX. His paternal grandfather was Archibald Wilkinson, and in 2008, Mr. Wilkinson passed away in Menard. Drew and I plan to visit to Menard next week. Would you be interested in meeting with us for tea or lunch?


  2. Alicia Brown permalink
    September 28, 2011

    Really enjoyed the story on the Mires and W. J.

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