Mary Martin Elmore Scott Chapter
Huntsville, Texas

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WHO WAS MARY MARTIN ELMORE SCOTT?

Mary Martin Elmore was born in Autauga County, Alabama, November 23, 1823, to John Archer Elmore and his second wife, Nancy Martin Elmore. Mary Martin Elmore was the seventeenth of nineteen children of these two marriages. She was a real daughter of the American Revolution.

John Archer Elmore (1762-1834), served in the American Revolution from Virginia, entering at the age of sixteen. He was a witness to the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. He served in the War of 1812 as a Brigadier General of State Troops of Alabama. He was a member of the legislature of South Carolina, and later a member of the legislature of Alabama.

            Mary Martin Elmore married Hamlin Freeman Lewis, a native of Georgia, in Autauga County, Alabama, January 16, 1840. Hamlin was a well educated plantation owner and a very respected citizen. Mary and Hamlin had four children: William Edward, Lucy H., Mary Elmore and Rebecca Ann, all born in Alabama.

Hamlin and a group of plantation owners, including Rev. Dr. James Edward Scott, purchased land in the new state of Texas and began the trek to Texas in 1852. They had purchased hundreds of acres of land in the “big thicket” of Walker County, Texas. Along the way, about forty of the group contracted cholera and died. Hamlin Lewis was among those who died

Mary Martin Elmore Lewis had no choice but to come on to Texas with her children, since all her slaves and possessions were already in Texas. They settled in the community of Waverly, in southeast Walker County. Mary Martin Elmore Lewis along with several others established the Waverly Cemetery and reinterred many of those who had died along the way, including her husband Hamlin F. Lewis. Rev. Dr. Scott lost his wife soon after their arrival in the new state.  Dr. James Edward Scott and Mary Martin Elmore Lewis married June 6, 1859.

            Mary Martin Elmore Lewis Scott joined the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution February 5, 1901, through the George Washington Chapter, Galveston, Texas. Her National Number was 35001. She died February 20, 1916, and is buried in Willis Cemetery, Willis, Texas.

Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson, 2006

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