Wimberley, Pleasant (1823–1919)

By: Dorothy Wimberley Kerbow

Type: Biography

Published: September 1, 1995

Pleasant Wimberley, miller, son of Zachariah and Quinnie (Vaughn) Wimberley, was born in Wake County, North Carolina, on May 2, 1823. He left North Carolina in 1843 with several brothers and sisters. Their destination was Texas, but the group spent their first few years in Mississippi and Arkansas; they arrived in Brenham, Texas, on Christmas Day, 1847. Pleasant Wimberley married Amanda Jackson at Brenham on January 9, 1849, and they eventually had ten children. While living in Brenham the family gathered a large herd of longhorn cattle, and in 1855 they drove the cattle north to a ranch on Walnut Creek on the Blanco-Llano county line. They lived in that area for eighteen years, raising cattle and stage horses. Wimberley bred his Percheron stallion to native horses and got horses of such size and stamina that they were in great demand. During the Civil War Wimberley served in 1861 as a corporal in the Blanco County Thirty-first Brigade, Texas Militia, and in 1864 as a second lieutenant in the Blanco and Gillespie County Third Frontier District under Brig. Gen. John D. McAdoo. After the war Wimberley moved his family out of range of the Indian depredations in Blanco County and purchased a mill on Cypress Creek in Hays County from John and Nancy Winters Cude, heirs of William Carvin Winters, who built the mill in 1850. Wimberley paid $8,000 in 1874 for 200 acres, which included the mill tract and the Winters-Cude home. The Wimberley Mill was a gristmill, sawmill, shingle mill, molasses mill, and cotton gin. Wimberley's partners were his son Zachariah and a grandson, Calvin Hickman Wimberley. Because the mill was the most important business in the town, citizens named it Wimberley Mills. By 1880 the United States post office shortened the name to Wimberley. Pleasant Wimberley died on January 30, 1919. He is buried in the Wimberley Cemetery. Inscribed on his tombstone are the words: "Pleasant Wimberley-For Whom The Town Was Named."

John Thomas Dailey and Charles W. Wimberley, The Pioneer Heritage (Remington, Virginia: Allington, 1981). Williedell Schawe, ed., Wimberley's Legacy (San Antonio: Naylor, 1963). Wimberley (Wimberley, Texas: Wimberley Land Company, 1980).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Dorothy Wimberley Kerbow, “Wimberley, Pleasant,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 14, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/wimberley-pleasant.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 1, 1995