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List of Slaves shipped by Wm. H. Meriwether to Galveston, Texas in 1846

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William H Meriwether

Posted: 25 May 2012 7:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
Here's the text from the New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas historic

Marker Title: First Patented Wire Fence
City: New Braunfels
County: Comal
Year Marker Erected: 1982
Marker Location: 100 block Landa St., entrance to Wurstfest grounds
at Landa Park, New Braunfels.
Marker Text: [Special fence design at top of inscription] Virgina
native William H. Meriwether (b. 1800), an early Comal County
plantation owner, ran a sawmill, cotton gin and gristmill at this
site. As an agriculturalist, he was aware of the need for an
economical and practical source of fencing material. His interest led
to the development of smooth wire and board fence that effectively
resisted the temperature changes that had been so damaging to earlier
wire fences. His invention known as snake wire fencing, was awarded
patent No.10211 on November 8, 1853. It was the first patent for wire
fence issued in the United States. Although not widely accepted,
Meriwether's fence was an important step in the development of an
economical fencing material. It also played a role in later wire
fence patent disputes. Meriwether sold his mill site to German native
Joseph Landa in 1859 and moved to Tennessee, where he died in 1861.

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SharonTMSI 25 May 2012 11:40AM GMT 
photo66666 25 May 2012 1:28PM GMT 
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