Juneteenth Heritage Program

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Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, William Demetrius Lacy

WILLIAM DEMETRIUS LACY by Kenneth R. Pybus, 3x great grandson William Demetrius Lacy spent most of his childhood at the South Union Shaker Village near Bowling Green, Kentucky, but he decided to depart the commune at the age of 20. Lacy eventually found his way to Texas, but not before returning to South Union to  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Robert M. Coleman

ROBERT M. COLEMAN by Artie Hope Parker Robert M. Coleman came to Texas in 1831 with his family and settled in Mina Municipality. In 1832 he wrote a letter to Empresarios Austin and Williams requesting permission to settle in their colony. In addition to being one of the 59 signers of the Texas Declaration of  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Samuel Augustus Maverick

SAMUEL AUGUSTUS MAVERICK by Ellen Maury Davis Cassidy Samuel Augustus Maverick survived the Battle of the Alamo because on February 1, 1836, the men of the Alamo elected Sam and Jesse Badgett to represent them at the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Sam and Jesse were at Washington-on-the-Brazos when the Alamo fell. Continuing  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Thomas J. Rusk

THOMAS J. RUSK by Beth Rusk Gathings The following is from Rip Ford’s Memoirs in a book entitled “Rip Ford’s Texas”, edited by John Salmon Ford. This quotation was written in approximately 1840. “Nacogdoches was the home of General Thomas J. Rusk, of Colonel James Reily, General James S. Mayfield, Dr. James H. Starr, Colonel  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Jose Antonio Navarro

JOSE ANTONIO NAVARRO by Carol Cieszinski, 6th generation descendant Hundreds even thousands of Navarro and Ruiz descendants not only live in San Antonio and other Texas Cities but in fact all around the world. Mr. Navarro is now noted in world history this way. In the insert for passports of persons who travel extensively there  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Jesse Grimes

JESSE GRIMES by Ben Grimes & Margaret Morrison We ran across an article from 1836. A man, Gwyn Morrison, grandson of John Morrison and Prudence Gwyn of Orange County, New York, was the county clerk of Montgomery, a part of Washington County, Texas. He went on to be a lawyer in Texas and participated in  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Sterling Clack Robertson

“Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine” STERLING CLACK ROBERTSON by Suzanne Turner Jensen Barber Sterling Clack Robertson, one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, was my great, great-grandfather. His uncle, James Robertson, was the founder of Nashville, Tenn. Sterling moved to Texas were he was the founder of the Robertson Colony, also known  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Martin Parmer

“Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine” MARTIN PARMER by Ric Frost, 5X great-grandson Western Water Law is a product of Martin Parmer’s legacy. Also known as a “Founding Father of Missouri”, he was very instrumental in Missouri obtaining statehood in 1821. His legal work and writings also have influences beyond the boundaries of that state. He  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Stephen H. Everitt

“Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine” STEPHEN H. EVERITT by Ron Smith I am a fifth-generation Texan and one descendant out of the 200-member descendant tree of Stephen H. Everitt. My mother divorced when I was 4 years old and remarried. My step-father, Robert Sheldon Smith, adopted me and legally changed my name from Ronald Dale  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Jesse Grimes

“Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine” JESSE GRIMES by Fred Averill Burns, Jr. My third great grandfather, Jesse Grimes, was born in Duplin County, North Carolina February 6, 1788. Jesse and my third great grandmother, Martha Smith, moved to Georgia and then to Alabama. Martha died in Alabama and Jesse remarried widow, Rosanna Ward Britton. In  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Collin McKinney

“Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine” COLLIN MCKINNEY by Ann Green Collin McKinney’s family came from Hunderton Co, New Jersey. His father was Daniel and his mother was Mercy Blachley McKinney. He was one of 10 children. As was with most people of the times they moved to Kentucky while making their way across the country.  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, Stephen William Blount

“The Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine” STEPHEN WILLIAM BLOUNT by Judy Hough-Goldstein. Stephen William Blount was born in Georgia in 1808 and moved to Texas in 1835. On August 7, 1843, eight years later, Stephen’s father wrote him a letter (which has been passed down in our family) hinting at the dark reason that Stephen  Read more


Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine, James Collinsworth

“Descendants of the Fearless Fifty-Nine” JAMES COLLINSWORTH by James B. Collinsworth, Jr. James Collinsworth was born to Revolutionary War Veteran, Edward Collinsworth who served at Valley Forge, Monmouth Courthouse, the Creek Indian War, and The Battle of New Orleans. In 1823, James Collinsworth was admitted to the bar in Tennessee and began practicing law with  Read more


University of North Texas

The University of North Texas was founded by Joshua C. Chilton as a private college in 1890. With the help of local civic leaders, Chilton established Texas Normal College and Teachers’ Training Institute to prepare teachers and educate business and professional men. The first classes were held in September 1890 on the second floor of  Read more


Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University, originally Polytehnic College, was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1890. Under the direction of Bishop Joseph S. Key, a committee searched out locations for a campus. They settled on 300 acres east of Fort Worth donated by area pioneers, A.S. Hall, W.D. Hall and George Tandy. Only 50 acres  Read more


Howard Payne College

Howard Payne College was founded by the Pecan Valley Baptist Association at Indian Creek in June of 1889. J.D. Robnett, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Brownwood, and Noah T. Byars, a blacksmith, are considered the founders of the college. Robnett became president of the first board of trustees and sought out the funds  Read more


University of Texas

The University of Texas opened in 1883 but the idea originated in 1839 when the Congress of the Republic of Texas ordered a site set aside for a university. That same year an act allocated fifty leagues of land to the establishment of the college or university. Nothing more was done until 1858 when the  Read more


University of the Incarnate Word

University of the Incarnate Word was founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The sisters originated in Lyons, France and was established in Galveston in 1866 by its founder Claude Marie Dubuis. Dubuis went back and forth to France recruiting priests and nuns to come to Texas. Bishop Dubuis made frequent trips  Read more


Southwestern University

Southwestern University was formed initially as Texas University by the five Methodist Episcopal Conferences of Texas in a convention of April 1870 that merged four earlier colleges – Rutersville College, Wesleyan College, McKenzie College and Soule University. Rev. Dr. Francis Asbury Mood was named president of Soule University in Washington County in 1868. After he  Read more


TCU

Texas Christian University was founded in 1873 in Thorp Spring, Texas as Add-Ran Male and Female College by brothers Addison and Randolph Clark. The school was taken over by the Christian Church in 1889 and named change to Add-Ran Christian University. Once the school moved to Waco in 1895, the name changed again to Texas  Read more


Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston Normal Institute was created in 1879 by an act of the Texas Legislature “to elevate the standard of education throughout the State, by giving through instruction and special training to as many as possible to our present and future teachers.” The law detailed that two students from each senatorial district and six from  Read more


St. Edwards University

St. Edwards was founded by the Rev. Edward Sorin of the Holy Cross Fathers and Brothers. The same congregation had established the University of Notre Dame in the 1840s. In the 1870s, Sorin learned that Mary Doyle of Austin wanted a Catholic school established in Austin and was willing to donate her 398-acre farm just  Read more


Texas A&M

Texas A&M was started by the passing of the Morrill Act in 1862 that allowed donation of public land to the states for the purpose of funding higher education whose “leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies, and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to  Read more


Trinity University

Trinity University was founded in 1869 after three small antebellum Presbyterian schools in Texas – Ewing College, Chapel Hill College and Larissa College all failed during the Civil War. Cumberland Presbyterians wanted to establish a single institution of higher learning in Texas. Trinity opened its doors in Tehuacana (near Waco) with around 100 co-ed students  Read more


St. Mary’s University

St. Mary’s Institute opened in 1852 above a livery stable with five faculty members and twelve boys enrolled. The institution continued to grow under the first director, Brother Andrew Edell, until 1866 when the Marianists’s resources in personnel were stretched to the limit and consideration was given to closing the Institute. The Rev. John N.  Read more


Austin College

Austin College was established by the Brazos Presbytery of the Old School Presbyterian Church as a men’s college and theological school in 1849. The presbytery appointed Daniel Baker, James Weston Miller and William Cochran Blair to find a site somewhere between the Brazos and Trinity rivers. Huntsville was chosen as the location because the citizens  Read more


Baylor University

Baylor University was founded in 1841 by Robert E.B. Baylor, James Huckins and William Milton Tryon who organized an education society, the Texas Union Baptist Association, with the purpose of establishing a Baptist university in Texas. Baylor was charted by the Republic of Texas on February 1, 1845 and was opened in Independence in 1846.  Read more


Eighth Capital, Austin

Austin was chosen as the eighth and final capital of Texas in 1839. The area impressed Mirabeau Lamar for its healthy climate and scenic beauty. Many protested that the site was in the middle of nowhere and would require constant defense from the Comanches. However, Congress still voted to approve the new location and named  Read more


Seventh Capital, Houston

Houston became the seventh capital of Texas when President Houston ordered the seat of government to Houston on December 15, 1836. Houston was formed when the Allen brothers acquired a tract of land on Buffalo Bayou near the former town of Harrisburg. The brothers named the town Houston after Sam Houston in hopes of him  Read more


Sixth Capital, West Columbia

Columbia (now West Columbia) became the sixth capital of Texas. It was founded by Josiah Hughes Bell in 1826. It was the first official capital of the new Republic. The newly elected Texas legislature met there for the first time on October 3, 1836. Sam Houston was inaugurated president on October 22, 1836. The House  Read more

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