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Texas' Own Scarlett O'Hara
Her name was Sophia Suttenfield Auginbaugh Coffee Butt Porter and
her real life story reads like that of a fictional heroine in a historical
novel "for mature audiences only."
She had four husbands, uncounted lovers, and a supposed affair
with none other than Sam Houston. That dalliance led to the murder of
one husband; a quarrel caused the death of another. Through it all, for
more than half a century, she continued to preside over the grandest
house in all of North Texas where she hosted some of the most memo-
rable parties in the area. And it was there, at the gracious mansion she
called "Glen Eden," that she also played the role of a "Scarlett O'Hara"
to save a contingent of Confederate soldiers from capture.
Sophia was born in the frontier settlement of Fort Wayne, Indiana,
on December 3, 1815, the second of William and Laura Suttenfield's
seven children. Her father was the local saloon-keeper and had been a
foot soldier in the U.S. Army. Her humble birth never concerned
Sophia, however. As she did with so many biographical facts, later she
"promoted" her father to colonel and always claimed that he com-
manded the fort.
Apparently life in Fort Wayne held little appeal for Sophia, al-
though she had been popular with the soldiers there since she was
thirteen. When she was seventeen, one Jesse Augustine Auginbaugh
came through the town. When he left a few days later, Sophia accom-
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Abernethy, Francis Edward. Legendary Ladies of Texas, book, 1994; Denton, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38860/m1/87/?q=Grayson%20county: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.