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sam houston - his law office for Liberty across courthouse...
his law office for Liberty across courthouse square. Margaret established their first home at Cedar Point. The two-room, hewn log house and its bay location remained their favorite retreat. They had other homes — at Grand Cane, Independence and Huntsville — but Cedar Point was reported to have been their favorite. And it was the only home that they owned continuously throughout their marriage. The Houstons made their family home at Grand Cane from 1842 to 1846. Sam frequently left Margaret at the house with her relatives as he attended to his political duties as President of the Republic, representative to the Annexation Convention in 1845 and United States Senator, residing at the seats of government in Austin, Washington-on-the-Brazos and Washington, D.C. A description of the Grand Cane house by Rufe Emanuel, a resident of the area: "Double pine log house, with hall between two rooms, front and back porch, and a room adjoining the ' back porch. At the north end was the chimney." Baptist Church was founded on May 24,1845. Houston, often criticized and slandered for his life with the Indians and at times his nonreligious behavior, attended services at the church and probably assisted in its construction. While making his homes at Cedar Point and Grand Cane, Houston practiced law at the Liberty County Courthouse and maintained his office across from the courthouse square. Full documentation of his legal practice was lost in the 1874 courthouse fire, but surviving documents and oral tradition lead one to conclude that his practice centered around land, also, he made an occasional appearance as a defense attorney or prosecutor for the Republic or state of Texas. Houston continued his practice in Liberty until at least 1855. In 1833 he owned 28,784 acres in Liberty County. Two other counties eventually were carved out of Liberty County — Chambers and Jefferson — and Houston's land was located in all three counties. One must assume that Sam Houston and many of his men at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836 were instilled with vigor to fight to the death for their lands in Texas that they had toiled for so many years to possess. FIRST LIBERTY National Bank Parking Plaza at new marker on the site of Houston's law office. A the southwest corner of Main Street and Sam marker established in 1935 will be rededicated by .Houston Avenue will be the scene of a marker dedication ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26. Jean Daniel, a descendant of Sam Houston, will unveil a another descendant, Margie Sargent. (Sun staff photo by Jim Kyle) Houston visited often in the home of Amos Barber Sam Houston had many friends in Chambers and East Harris counties when he lived at Cedar Point in the vicinity of present-day Beach City. In his memoirs, Amos Barber talks about Houston visiting at their home in Barbers Hill. "Gen. Sam Houston was a great friend of my father," Barber wrote. "His home was about 18 miles south of us on the bay. Our home was about halfway between Houston's place and Dayton. "On his trips to Huntsville he always spent some time at our house, either for dinner on his way to Dayton, or spent the night if it was late. We always had from one to four people there for supper, spend the night there and breakfast. " Col. Gillet was often a guest. He lived down near Cedar Bayou and Goose Creek, but had an orphan's home near Goose Creek and always stayed with us on his trips back and forth." (Barber was referring to Henry Gillette, who was the superintendent of Bayland Orphanage.) "Col. Ashbel Smith, who was president of the medical college in Galveston, was often a guest at our house. He had a place near Goose Creek. marker at office iness ties and an active law practice. The official Texas Historical marker — Sam Houston in Liberty County — will be dedicated in a ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at the southwest corner of the intersection of Main and Sam Houston Avenue. That's across the street from the Liberty Courthouse. The main speaker will be Ray Miller, author of the "Eyes of Texas" books and other publications on Texas.. Now producer of "Ray Miller's Texas" on Channel 11, Miller originated the "Eyes of Texas" program on Channel 2. After the program, visitors will be invited to view the exhibit o-.i "Sam Houston in Liberty County" prepared by the Sam Hojaston Regional Library Center in honor of the marker dedication. The exhibit will be in the lobby of ' First Liberty National Bank. "After Gen. Houston moved back to Huntsville, his son-in- law, Sim Morrow, lived at his home on the bay, and when he moved away he brought a lot of Gen. Houston's things to our house and left them. "Among them, I remember a basket full of things, a powder horn, two pairs of shoes, a pair of moccasins and a pair of rubber shoes, some books and a carpet bag. Those things stayed at our house for years. In fact, he never came for them. Years later Ruf Barber took the powder horn and let a man have it who promised to get money for it. "Gen. Houston's room was upstairs over our main family room. It was there for him whenever he came." Another friend of Sam Houston's was Uncle Will Armstrong who lived to be 90-years- old. In his last years Armstrong lived in a one-room log cabin on the east bank of Cedar Bayou halfway between the Trinity Bay and Barbers Hill. His father, James Armstrong, notary public and stenographer, wrote letters for Sam Houston. He often ran errands for him and. carried messages to different parts of the countryside. The Armstrongs lived in a home near the mouth of Cedar Bayou, on the Chambers County side, until 1867. Their home was next to the Houston summer home, and Armstrong was a close friend of the Houston children and often visited in the Houston home at Cedar Point. Sam Houston's son, Andrew Jackson Houston, often visited him to swap tales of early Texas history. Few visitors called at his log cabin home, but those who did were rewarded with rich tales of Armstrong's youth. Choice guests were favored with stories of Sam Houston. The last time he saw the general was while he and his son were fishing in a small boat near the mouth of Cedar Bayou. "General Houston sat under a hackberry tree at the mouth of the bayou," Armstrong said, "and he stayed there all day, looking westward across the bay in the direction of the San Jacinto Battle ground." Houston at this time had been deposed as governor of Texas because of his views on secession from the Union during the Civil War. "That's the last time I ever got to see the general," Armstrong said. "He went to Huntsville and died a year later." Sun staff stories by Jim Kyle IN 1935 THIS marker was established in Liberty at the southwest corner of Main Street and Sain Houston Avenue at the Islte of Sam Houston's law office. CEDAR POINT, located off Tri-Clty Beach Road, was the only home Sam and Margaret Houston owned continuously throughout their marriage. A marker at the home site was established in honor of the Texas Centennial. "'- (Sun staff photo by Jim Kyle) TEXAS CENTENNIAL and Liberty Bicentennial markers are found in front of what was the Grand Cane home of Sam Houston. Grand Cane, located 22 miles north of Liberty, is on the east side of Highway 146.

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  1. The Baytown Sun,
  2. 20 Oct 1985, Sun,
  3. Page 28

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