Jane Wilkinson Long: Texas Pioneer

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Called the "Mother of Texas," Jane Wilkinson Long is brought to life in vivid detail in Jane Wilkinson Long: Texas Pioneer. One of the first Anglo women to settle in Texas, Jane possessed the intelligence, ingenuity, and inner strength to help her through the often-trying events of a settler's life.
Against the wishes of her family, Jane married Dr. James Long at the age of sixteen. Dr. Long dreamed of conquering "Tejas" and soon set off with an army. After Jane and her family ...
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Overview

Called the "Mother of Texas," Jane Wilkinson Long is brought to life in vivid detail in Jane Wilkinson Long: Texas Pioneer. One of the first Anglo women to settle in Texas, Jane possessed the intelligence, ingenuity, and inner strength to help her through the often-trying events of a settler's life.
Against the wishes of her family, Jane married Dr. James Long at the age of sixteen. Dr. Long dreamed of conquering "Tejas" and soon set off with an army. After Jane and her family rejoined him on the Bolivar Peninsula, Dr. Long left again, this time to conquer Mexico. After learning of her husband's death in Mexico City, Jane joined Stephen Austin and his settlers in the Austin colony, obtaining one of the few land grants given to women. She moved to Brazoria and opened an inn that became an important meeting place for the Texas Independence Movement. Stephen Austin, William Barret Travis, and Sam Houston all gathered at Jane's inn to discuss their plans for the revolution. Despite losing her inn during the Texas War for Independence, Jane rebuilt it and lived until the age of eighty-two.

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781589801479
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 11.52 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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An accomplished author, video writer, and producer, Petrick has won national and regional awards for her work,
including the silver medal at the New York Film Video Festival, the Associated Press Managing Editors Award for writing, and two Matrix awards. Petrick received her bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Texas in Dallas. She lives in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, Tom.

Joyce Haynes, a resident of Pineville, Missouri, has won numerous local, state, and national awards for her illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2004

    AN INSPIRING BIOGRAPHY

    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!

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