Cutting Cake with Sam Houston's Sword

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I am a native Texan by birth, born in Sinton, Texas, on January 20, 1949. My family has been in Texas since 1845 and was a part of the Peters Colony near the Red River. Little did I know, I would one day live in a county where my great-grandparents had lived in a tent on the Middle Concho River. 

My great-great-grandfather Elizure Webster brought his family from Missouri to Texas to start a new life in a new land full of promise. Never one to shirk his duty, he served as a county commissioner when Texas became a state and marched off to the Civil War to fight in the Texas Confederacy units. He was captured at Vicksburg, struck by lightning, and sent home on a parole. The family continued to live in Texas in various parts of the state, even traveling to Irion County to pick cotton. Little did I know, I would one day live in a county where my great-grandparents had lived in a tent on the Middle Concho River. 

As a proud Texan, my favorite moment was the day I represented the Daughters of the Republic of Texas at a centennial celebration and used Sam Houston’s sword to cut a cake for Governor George Bush and Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock. The cake was the size of a garage door, and the celebration was the anniversary of the annexation of Texas into the United States  I could almost feel the moment come alive when the Texas soldiers lowered the Texas flag and the American soldiers raised the United States flag over Texas on the front steps of the Capitol in Austin.

I am grateful to share my Texas story with others, especially children, as a Daughter of the Republic of Texas, descended from families that were a part of the Republic of Texas. 

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