Margaret Lea Houston - Washington-on-the-Brazos


The events with Mexico leading up to the Battle of Salado Creek in 1842 caused Sam to send Margaret back to Alabama for her own safety. When she returned to Sam in September, they lived with the John W. Lockhart family on Washington-on-the-Brazos. They eventually got a small home in Washington-on-the-Brazos, which Margaret decorated. The state treasury was unable to pay Sam's presidential salary. Nancy Lea joined the couple shortly after learning of the death of Margaret's brother Martin and helped out by managing the household. The couple's first child Sam Houston Jr. was born in this house on May 25, 1843.

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