McCulloch County History, Vol. I
Deans, John, a native of Arkansas, b. 11 April 1851, came to Texas when about 21 years of age. He first settled in Llano County where he operated a grist mill, a gin and sawmill. On removing to McCulloch County he began construction in 1875 on a similar mill. The location for the mill was on the south side of the San Saba River about three miles west of the Los Creek settlement. It was completed the following year.
Mr. Deans was ionstrumental in giving the Voca post office its name - after
Avoca in Arkansas.
One of his vivid memories, inaddition to the 1899 flood on the San Saba, was that of a killing frost on 10 June 1877 when corn was in tassel.
John Deans m. (1) Olevia Miller on 6 December 1877. He m. (2) 20 Decemnber 1883 M. E. Baize, and (3) on 6 Feburary 1889, Belle Tomlinson. He was a charger member of Camp San Saba Lodge No. 555, A.F. and A.M. and a long-time member of Voca Church of Christ. He died 19 December 1937.
The one surviving child of John and Olevia (Miller) Deans was William Marion who m. Winnie Bradley.
Children of the Tomlinson marriage were: Myrtle, who m. L. L. Banta; John, who m. Lora Fitzgerald; Jot B., who m. Fannie Huckaby; Carl, who m. Cora Darley; O. L., who m. Grace Clevenger; Reef, who m. Edna Flemming.