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30-JUN-2011 LynnH

#29

Richmond, Texas

Jane Long Cottage 1838.
Jane Long (1798-1880) is known as the "Mother of Texas"

Orphaned as a child, married at age 16, a mother at 18, and a widow at 23, Jane Long survived by pluck and perseverance as Texas emerged
onto the world stage. In 1819 her husband led a filibustering expedition from Mississippi with the goal of wresting Texas from Spain.
Pregnant Jane stayed behind until her baby was born, then set out to follow him with infant Rebecca, toddler Ann, and slave girl Kian.
Along the way Jane fell ill and reluctantly left her daughters with relatives in Louisiana. She finally caught up with her husband at
Nacogdoches, Texas, but baby Rebecca died before the couple could return to claim their children.
James soon departed on a mission to recruit the French pirate, Lafitte. Jane remained at Nacogdoches but fled in alarm at the sign
of approaching Spanish troops. For a brief time, the family reunited, then James resolved to seek more volunteers for his cause.
He left Jane, Ann, and Kian in a fort on Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston Island.
But, James was captured, sent to Mexico City and killed. Pregnant again and awaiting his return, Jane insisted on staying at
the fort through the winter even as other occupants drifted away because of lack of food. She was alone
except for Kian and Ann when she gave birth to her third daughter on December 21, 1821. An immigrant party passing nearby
rescued the starving refugees. Little Mary James Long only lived until age two.
Jane was granted land in Texas as part of Austinís colony. In 1832 she purchased an inn in Brazoria and ran it with the help of her
surviving daughter and Kian. Prominent leaders of the Texas Revolution met here to discuss politics.
Five years later Jane opened another inn and developed her land grant into a prosperous plantation. By 1861 she managed more than 2,000 acres.
An ardent Confederate supporter, Jane rejected products of Northern manufacture and wore cotton clothes made on her own plantation during the Civil War.
Jane was not, as sometimes claimed, the first English-speaking woman to give birth in Texas. Yet by her unwavering tenacity, she earned the title "Mother of Texas."
GALLERY OF GREAT TEXAS WOMEN ~ http://www.utexas.edu/gtw/directory.php

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Frank Brault04-Aug-2011 00:18
A captivating story and I like the composition. V
Graeme31-Jul-2011 21:59
Great composition and lighting, Lynn.Voted
Michael J. Parkinson30-Jul-2011 14:30
Interesting view point and fascinating story. She was the definition of tenacious.
Cindi Smith30-Jul-2011 02:53
Quaint little house and am so glad you posted the history of this place. Can learn so much through photographs. :)
Jola Dziubinska30-Jul-2011 00:42
Wonderful story of the brave Texas woman. Love the porch and light on it. Vote.
Guest 29-Jul-2011 17:08
Beautiful capture Lynn, I truly loved the story, what a woman!!!!! Thank you so much for the link too!! V
Walter Otto Koenig29-Jul-2011 15:27
Nice details shot. The lighting really adds depth to the siding and shutters. Fascinating story about Jane Long. What a strong and resilient woman.
J. Scott Coile29-Jul-2011 12:46
Cottage with a BIG front porch.
Yvonne29-Jul-2011 11:36
What a sad little story, good that Jane survived it all and succeeded in the end. A lovely little cottage and delightful image Lynn! v
Janice Dunn29-Jul-2011 10:49
What a hard life all our forebears had!!! I'm pleased I'm alive in this century.
It looks a very welcoming home
Stephanie29-Jul-2011 09:36
Fascinating information Lynn! I did not know about Jane.
Cute cottage!
Mieke WA Minkjan29-Jul-2011 08:03
Jane sounds like one of those great pioneer women!
Patricia Kay29-Jul-2011 07:12
Excellent image and Story Lynn...BV
Irene Wehrli29-Jul-2011 06:38
Fascinating story and nice, inviting house!
Irene
Guest 29-Jul-2011 06:11
I like the history!
larose forest photos29-Jul-2011 01:45
FASCINATING slice of history! I was unaware of this woman, but what a story!!! It certainly puts this wonderful historic house in context. What a woman! V
Guest 29-Jul-2011 01:41
Nice shot and great history lesson.... Bravo!