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HYER, ABSALOM (?–ca. 1850). Absalom Hyer, pioneer settler, moved to Texas in 1831, possibly from Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, where he and his family were living in 1827. He represented the Sabine District in the Convention of 1832. He received a headright certificate for land on the East Fork of the Trinity River in Nacogdoches County on February 19, 1838. In 1840 he was living in Sabine County. His property that year included one slave, one workhorse, seventy cattle, and one wooden clock. Hyer apparently died sometime in the 1840s or early in 1850. The 1850 census listed his wife, Nancy (Vashery), his son, his daughter-in-law, and his grandchildren as still living in Sabine County.


Helen Gomer Schluter and Blanche Finley Toole, 1850 Sabine County Census (Westminster, Colorado, 1979). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941). Gifford E. White, ed., The 1840 Census of the Republic of Texas (Austin: Pemberton, 1966; 2d ed. Vol. 2 of 1840 Citizens of Texas, Austin, 1984).

Carolyn Hyman


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

Carolyn Hyman, "HYER, ABSALOM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.