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An introduction to the life of Jane Wilkinson Long, a Texas pioneer who experienced the early days of that state and who was the mother of the first Anglo baby born there.
Posted June 9, 2004
As a child, Neila Skinner Petrick says that she loved hearing stories about the Southwest, especially Texas pioneers. Little wonder that she was enthralled by the life of Jane Wilkinson Long. Often called the 'Mother of Texas,' Jane Long was an orphan who lived with her aunt and uncle in Mississippi. At the age of 16 she married Dr. James Long who wanted to conquer a far off land ruled by Spain - Texas. To this end he gathered an army and set off. Four years later Jane saddled her mule, Agatha, and followed him. Accompanied by soldiers, her daughter, Ann, and a slave, Kiamatia, she made the long journey. After an arduous and sometimes perilous trek she met Dr. Long and his army at a fort near Galveston Island. It was there that Jane had their second child, Mary James. When she was widowed she joined Stephen Austin's colony, and later moved to Brazoria on the Brazos River where she opened an inn. Later, when Sam Houston ordered settlers to go east for safety, Jane and her family did so. Then, when Houston and his men defeated the Mexican army, Jane returned home only to find that her inn had been burned to the ground. Of course, she rebuilt it, and also helped to build a church and a school. She had seen the Battle of the Alamo; she had lived through dangerous times. What a woman! What a life!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.