Thomas Wilson Florer, MD
of Navarro County, Texas


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Thomas Wilson Florer, M.D.
Born near Waynesvile, Ohio, November 25, 1822
Died at Corsicana, Texas May 10, 1907
Aged 84 years 6 Months

At the age of ten years he removed with his mother and grandparents to Indiana, where he received his early education in the country schools of that state. He began the study of medicine under a private preceptor. He graduated from the Ohio Medical College, March 5, 1850. He began the practice of medicine in Alamo Ind. Later he practiced in Crawfordsville, Ind., till he enlisted as surgeon in the Twenty-six Indiana Regiment, serving both in field and hospital. He served on General Lew Wallace's staff, and the two were warm personal friends. He was transferred in 1862 to Vicksburg, Miss., for hospital work. He was mustered out of service at Vicksburg, January, 1866. He made his home near Meridian, Miss., till 1875, when he moved to Waxahachie, Texas, practicing medicine till 1905, with the exception of two presidential terms, when he served as postmaster at that place under Presidents Arthur and Harrison.
In 1849 he was married to Miss Harriet. E. Stone, of Connecticut, a daughter of Isaac Stone, a farmer by occupation. One daughter was born of this union, Harriet E. Parsons, of Red Oak, Texas. In 1850 Mrs. Florer died, and two years later Dr. Florer married Miss Sarah E. Aydelott, of Lindan, Montgomery county, Indiana. Six children were born to them, two of whom are living, Mrs. Emma Elder and Miss Annie Florer, of Sedalia, Missouri. The mother of these children died in 1866. Dr. Florer was married a third time to Miss Cornella Herbert, of Alabama, in 1869. Three children were born of this union, two of whom are living: Mrs. M. W. McAfee and Miss Neva Florer, of Corsicana, Texas. Mrs. Florer died in 1895.
In 1849 Dr. Florer was a delegate to assist in the organization of the Indiana State Medical Society at Indianapolis. He represented Montgomery County, Indiana, and was made one of the vice-presidents of the body. He kept a record of the proceedings of the association for eight years, and later had them bound in one volume, which volume he presented to the State Medical Association. In recognition of this gift he was elected an honorary member of the society.
In 1899 he attended the golden jubilee of the Indiana State Medical Society, held in Indianapolis, being one of four living charter members of the State Society. He was a member of the Methodist Church and also a Mason. He was buried in that order in Waxahachie, Texas, May 11, 1907
(Prepared by Dr. Florer's daughter, Miss Nena Florer, of Corsicana, Texas)

Transactions of the Indiana State Medical Association 1907
Fifty-Eighth Annual Session
Held At Indianapolis, Indiana
May 22-24 1907

Report on Necrology (p. 483)




May 10, 1907
Dr. T. W. Florer died at the home of his son-in-law, M. W. McAfee, today at he age of 84 years. His remains will be interred in Waxahachie tomorrow. Dr. Florer was at one time postmaster at Waxahachie.

Dallas Morning News - May 11, 1907
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