The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 68
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gatherings, barbecues, balls and other festivities. It was no uncom-
mon thing for the women and girls to ride ten miles to a barbecue,
and then dance until daylight. As General Houston was making a
tour among all the Eastern settlements the citizens of Jasper re-
solved to give him such an enthusiastic reception as could be ten-
dered only by loyal hearts and hands. There was a grand barbecue
by day, patriotic speeches galore, and by night a ball in the court-
house. A moment of fluttering suspense among the assembled fair
as the General entered the room, and then,-he invited Mrs. Eliza-
beth Smith to accompany him in the opening dance,-an honor
always cherished with becoming modesty by the lady up to her
latest days. 'The friendship then begun lasted through life.
On May 15, 1839, Elizabeth Bullock Smith became the wife
of Thos. B. Huling, of Jasper county. They settled in the village
of Zavala, where they lived for many years in prosperous circum-
During the Texas Revolution Thos. B. Huling transported am-
munition and provisions for the army, using his keel boat in mak-
ing trips to and from New Orleans for that purpose. He served
in the Fifth Congress of the Republic of Texas, 1840-1841, repre-
senting the Jasper District.
The Huling home at Zavala was noted for its hospitality, where
the hardy pioneer and the herald of the cross alike found a hearty
welcome. In 1842 Mr. Huling and his wife joined the Metho-
dist Episcopal church at the old Williams Chapel, in Jasper
county. Fortune smiled upon them, and their home was blessed
with the laugh of merry children; but ,the ever-widening tide of
civilization bore them onward toward the setting sun, and, in
1855, they moved to the Lampasas country, settling on the east
prong of the Sulphur Fork of the Lampasas river. There, sur-
rounded by nature's own garden, they reared another home, where
the buffalo roamed at will and the savage red men were wont to
make their nocturnal visits, which boded ill to his white brothers
and their possessions. But the native courage which inspired the
orphan girl of fifteen to choose a pioneer life was now strengthened
by Christian faith; and, upborne by the fortitude which belongs to
women of heroic mould, she did not falter at danger. Mrs. Hu-
ling's frontier home was blessed by the many who shared its shelter,
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