Margaret Lea Houston - Independence House

Independence House

Sam was re-elected to the United States Senate in 1853. In August, Sam bought a house in Independence near Baylor University. Nancy Lea had already moved to Independence the preceding year. Son Andrew Jackson Houston was born on June 21, 1854 in the new home. Margaret's sister Varilla and husband Robert Royston had moved to the area. When the Houstons moved to the Governor's mansion in Austin, their Independence house was converted to a parsonage leased to the Independence Baptist Church. Nancy Lea sold her own silver to purchase a bell for the local Baptist church. The bell is located at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 50 and Farm to Market Road 390.

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