Organizing and Honorary Regent:

Mrs. Alan John Apicella

 

On Sunday, October 16, 1988, Lady Houston Chapter installed its first officers. The members chose to bear the name of LADY HOUSTON in honor of Margaret Lea Houston, daughter of Temple and Nancy Moffette Lea. 

Margaret was born in Marion, Alabama, and in 1839, at the age of twenty-one, she became the wife of the much older and flamboyant Sam Houston. During their marriage, she served as First Lady of the Republic of Texas, United States Senator's wife, and First Lady of the State of Texas.

Margaret was the stabilizing force for her family. Her faithfulness to her husband and eight children, which was sustained by her Christian efforts, resulted in the baptism of Sam Houston. The site of the baptism was commemorated in her poem "Farewell to Independence."

In 1863, Margaret was at Sam's bedside when he died in Huntsville, thus hearing his famous last words, "Texas! Margaret! Margaret!" Shattered by her husband's death, Margaret moved her family back to Independence where she devoted the rest of her life to preserving many of Sam's important historical papers.

In the fall of 1867, Margaret Lea Houston fell victim to yellow fever. She was buried next to her mother in a simple grave near the Independence Baptist Church.

The chapter is honored to bear the name LADY HOUSTON.

 

 

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