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Did you know that General Sam Houston, the first and third president of the Republic of Texas, married an Alabama native?

General Samuel “Sam” Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was an American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state.


General Sam Houston was married two times before he married Margaret Lea of Alabama. He 1st married Eliza Allen in Tennessee. But she left him shortly after their marriages and returned to her family for unknown reasons. He was at the time governor of Tennessee, and partly due to the embarrassment of his separation from his wife, he resigned and went west with the Cherokee Indians to Arkansas Territory.

General Sam Houston

General Sam Houston

He was adopted as a citizen of the Cherokee nation and met Mrs Rogers Gentry, a part-Cherokee widow whom he later married under Cherokee law. She refused to accompany him to Texas in 1832 so he officially divorced her in 1837. Tiana died of pneumonia in 1838.

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Samuel Houston, head-and-shoulders portrait in oval medallion, facing right, in Cherokee dress

houston, SAm cherokee dress

In May of 1839, General Sam Houston was on a business trip to Mobile, Alabama, where he met Margaret Lea, daughter of Temple Lea and Nancy Moffett (Lea) at a garden party. In June, Gen. Houston proposed marriage and she said yes, despite her mother’s protests.

Margaret and Gen. Houston were married May 9, 1840 at her brother Henry Clinton Lea’s home on Green Street in Marion, Perry County, Alabama and they traveled to Galveston, Texas to reunite with her mother, who had been living there for eight months.

Henry Clinton Lea’s house Marion, Perry County, Alabama

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Gen. Houston became President of the new Republic of Texas and eight children were born to the couple.

 

Sam Houston died of pneumonia in 1863 at the Steamboat House in Huntsville, Texas. Margaret became a grandmother before her death of yellow fever in 1867 in Independence, Texas.

Mrs. Sam Houston’s house Independence, Washington County, Texas ca. 1940

Houston, Mrs. Sam house independence, TX

 

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15 comments

  1. Allison Whidby Harper

    Why yes I did! They are in my family tree!

  2. Gene Hocutt

    Did you know the Alamo was commanded by an Alabamian?

  3. Cassandra Nancy Kenfield-Lea

    Margaret Lea Houston would be my 3rd great-aunt! He brother, my great-great grandfather.

  4. Dana Thompson Dunn

    I know this house in Perry County, but I had always heard that they were married in Catherine. Does anyone know of a connection there?

  5. W K Boris Moran

    he wrote his name in the caves in northeast bama called sequoya caverns.

  6. Gary Todd

    YES MY GR,GR GRANDMOTHER WAS BORM IN PIKE ALABAMA 1858 DIED 1929 LAMAR TEXAS

  7. […] in honor of Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” hero of the American Revolution. Sam Houston, later of Texas fame, was married to a local girl in 1840 and Coretta Scott King, wife of Martion […]

  8. Sally Smith Shamblin

    The video was very interesting. However, it didn’t continue your lead-in about Houston’s marriages.

  9. Has the house in Marion been reconditioned. Aw it first hand in 1999 but was pretty run down.

  10. Elaine Hyre

    We have Gentry in our ancestry

  11. A.L. Marshall

    Luv Alabama history and these interesting posts!

  12. Alabama Weaver

    Did you know the Alamo was in Mobile County Alabama.

    Did you know Florida was in Mobile County Alabama.

    Did yup know Louisiana aka Orleans was in Mobile County Alabama.

    York and Washington are to the North.

    Philadelphia is nearby.

    Natchez is nearby too.

    Now re-read history and see how all that traveling actually happened on the real map back then.

    Otherwise they needed cars to get around these impenetrable swamps and forests.

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