The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 348
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348 Texas Historical A ssociation Quarterly.
Annexation was a pet scheme of Dr. Jones's long before it became
a popular measure of government policy. As Secretary of State he
had fostered it, and finally it was under his administration as Pres-
ident of the Republic of Texas that the great measure was consum-
mated and also that our independence from Mexico was acknowl-
edged. Both measures, I claim, were successfully accomplished dur-
ing his short term as President of the Republic of Texas. Doctor
Anson Jones died in Houston, January 9, 1858, and is buried in
Glenwood Cemetery, near our son C. Anson Jones.
My parents were married in 1816 in Lawrence county, Arkansas
Territory. I was born July 24, 1819, in Arkansas Territory; came
to Texas with my parents in the fall of 1833, and have resided here
ever since. No one can ever know the vicissitudes I have passed
through, but in all the relations of life I have ever tried faithfully
and prayerfully to do my whole duty according to the light I have
Mrs. Mary J. Briscoe, 1st Vice-President, 620 Crawford St.,
Houston, Texas, wife of Judge Andrew Briscoe. Descendant,
namely, daughter of John R. Harris and Jane Birdsall, his wife.
John R. Harris was one of Austin's first 300 settlers, but I claim
admission by right of my husband's services, which were as follows:
Andrew Briscoe was born in Adams County, Mississippi, on the
25th day of November, 1810, and came to Texas in the winter of
1832 and 1833. In 1834 he brought a stock of goods to Anahuac
on Galveston Bay near the mouth of the Trinity river. There, in
June, 1835, in company with my brother, D. W. C. Harris, who
came from Harrisburg to purchase goods, he was arrested and put
in prison. An acquaintance, Win. Smith, who came towards them
as they were being marched off, was shot down, the ball penetrating
his right side. My husband, they said, would be infringing upon
the custom house laws if he moved any of his goods from Anahuac.
As they could make no charge against my brother, they released
him the next day and he returned to Harrisburg and made a report
of what had happened, which was sent to the authorities at San
Felipe. Wm. B. Travis, who was a warm friend of my husband,
lost no time in going to his rescue. The Mexicans had released my
husband before Travis and his company arrived, but that did not
prevent Travis from disarming Capt. Tenorio and his company and
marching them to Harrisburg, where they were kept several days,
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