Saturday, March 26, 2011

Moritz & Marie Beier: Move to Noack, Texas

Rudolph Beyer (1969):  Finally he [Moritz Beier] bought 2 horses, one a mare, & raised a mule colt.  Moritz also had a brother name Carl Beyer, who came to the U.S. earlier and seems he too landed at Paige, but soon drifted to Beyersville Texas, & lived just East of where the Bachmayer Brothers Gin is now. . . . 

After Moritz & Marie had 2 horses and a cheap wagon, they made a trip to Beyersville Texas to visit his Brother, Carl & his Wife Annie & Family.  The next day being the 4th of July, as Father often mentioned, he joined Carl for a trip to Taylor, 7 miles from Carl’s home.  The Taylor Fire Department were Celebrating the 4th and a few were waving $1.00 bills.  This was something Moritz never saw before, and he turned to Carl & said, "It looks like this is a prosperous place to live.  How is chances to find a place to live & farm near Taylor?"  Carl answered, "Next fall, load your belongings on the wagon & come on, and there is always a plot of land with an old house.  If you & Marie care to start off farming here, we’ll find some thing."

And so it happened, Moritz & Marie left Paige Along early 1890 and came to Williamson Co and stopped at his brother Carl & soon found a plot of land belonging to Mr & Mrs Ernest Poldrack.  The small plot located just south of Brushy Creek Bridge, some 2 miles south of Noack, Texas.  Ernest Poldrack’s lived in a house just north of where the bridge is now (This house is not there any more at this time) and Moritz & Marie Beyer moved into a log house some 500 feet farther north from the Poldracks.  Also it was just west of the road leading to Noack. 

Also an interesting story he often mentioned.  The first night his 2 horses and the mule colt were kept in a pen.  However they rubbed on the gate, until the fence gave way, and the next morning Daddy found only tracks leading south.  So Moritz & Marie were asking neighbors about the horses.  Finally he walked to Carl's home (his brother) a few miles distance, and asked if they could help find his horses and mule colt.  Carl’s son Emil said, "Oh Uncle Moritz they are likely down at Paige, on the farm you lived by now."  This being some 30 or 35 miles away, made Moritz very angry & told his nephew, "Why should they want to go back that far?"  Emil answered "Horses & mules will always do this."  So he got his nephew Emil to ride his horse to Paige, & sure enough the 2 horses and mule were at the lot where he used to live.  Emil went home and had the mare on a rope & the other 2 followed without rope.  [Moritz] plowed the Poldrack land with the 2 horses and a hand plow.

Planting was done, with opening the furrow with a sweep stock, and a hand planter pulled by one horse.  The first Cultivator as best as I remember their talk, was a walking Cultivator.  After one year farming with Poldracks, he found a better house and land all just north of Brushy Creek about ½ mile west of the log house where they first lived.  This property belonged to Grand-Pa Peter Zieschang, Father of John & Carl Zieschang.  They made good crops on the Poldrack & Zieschang farms, as boll weevil was unknown before 1900. 

Ella Beyer Hardi:  Moritz and Maria also moved to Noack, Texas – near Beyersville and Taylor, Texas.  After 7 years at Paige, Moritz went to work at the Zieschangs' cotton gin.  They first lived at the Poldrack farm there, also with Ziechange, then later in a small house [log cabin] owned by Ziechangs. Rented 10 acres.
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At Noack they would go to town, once a month, with horses and wagon, or a team of horses.  Four horses, often mules, so there would be two for relief, or change:  Mr. Ziechang and grandfather would go together, leaving early in the morning, and return at midnite.  It was eight miles from Noack or Beyersville, to town, and the wagon road path, would sometimes in winter, lead through deep mud.  There was need to stop and clean wheels before proceeding, when this happened.  This about 1895-1900’s.
More to come about life at Noack, Texas.
Grace and peace,


  1. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  2. Just found your page about the Zeischang's. Peter Zeischang was my (step) great great grandfather. Looking up family history when I found your blog....Enjoyed reading....