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.
NW Arkansas, come for a visit, stay for a lifetime.