Margaret Moffete Lea

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Margaret Moffete Lea was in Perry County, Alabama back in 1819 to Temple and Nancy.  Her father died in 1834, so she moved with her mother to Marion, Alabama to her brother’s home.  She attended Judson Female Institute.  She wrote poetry, read romantic novels, while also becoming accomplished on guitar, harp and piano.

Sam arrived in Mobile, Alabama in 1839, as a partner of the Sabine City Company seeking investors to develop a community that is today known as Sabine Pass.  Margaret’s mother was a potential investor, so he was invited to the home where he met Margaret.  The attraction was instantaneous.

The couple were married on May 9, 1840, the set-up house in Galveston.  Their first child was born in 1843.  Their second child was born in 1848, the third one arrived in 1850 the fourth one in 1852 and the last one in 1858.  Sam and Margaret moved in Independence, Texas in 1852.

If you haven’t figured it out by now Kathy Scribe, I’m writing about Margaret Lea Houston, the third and last wife of Sam Houston.  She died in 1867 from yellow fever.

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Comments (16)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. As,I have often had to say “and now I know”. Enjoy your day 

May 05, 2021 04:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - ah, just like Wayne Martin --- now, I know.  I wonder if Kathy Streib and other Houstonians would recognize where this story was headed before the big "reveal"?

May 05, 2021 05:03 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

It is always the Woman in the background that makes the man famous!

Make yourself an awesome day.

May 05, 2021 05:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Good morning James Dray . I would have to look all this up for it to make sense to me being I don't even know who Sam Houston was. 😉

May 05, 2021 05:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James.

Well, I had no idea about the wife of Sam Houston, and the question remains, will Kathy Streib know this?  A

May 05, 2021 05:28 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - got now but I would have never guessed Sam Houston.

May 05, 2021 05:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

James Dray good morning, got that right... I had no clue about whom you were writing this morning.

May 05, 2021 06:30 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! How lucky we are to have so few people die from things like yellow fever anymore.

May 05, 2021 06:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

May 05, 2021 07:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- well, I'm very familiar with Sabine Pass and of course Sam Houston. There is a wonderful statue of him on his horse near the zoo. But I did not know the name of his wife. 

May 05, 2021 11:38 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Well this was all news to me, but as I suspect Kathy Streib knew some of this.

May 05, 2021 11:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - A Texan knows their history well.  As a former student in the Houston area, this was a must!

May 05, 2021 05:48 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thank you for sharing this story.  Always good to learn a little more about our history.

May 05, 2021 09:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James love the history lesson and no I had no idea, but really enjoyed it, Endre

May 05, 2021 09:30 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Romantic novels lead to a romantic life. Interesting story.

May 21, 2021 06:44 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Very accomplished law maker.  I got dizzy what and where he was..,..

May 21, 2021 08:24 AM