The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 273
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Major General John A. VWharton
city did not have gas, etc. It contained eight or nine rooms, each
twenty feet square. Her father furnished it with the handsomest
mahogany, velvet carpets, etc. It was while this young couple
were in Nashville selecting the furnishings that their son, John
Austin Wharton, was born.
When this baby was old enough to take a sea voyage, they re-
turned to Texas, and here amid the scenes of the revolution,
patriotism and honor, General John A. Wharton spent his child-
hood. It was at Eagle Island that many a consultation took
place among the noble men who lived and died for Texas. It
was here that the weary travelers were always received with hos-
pitality. Here also were the scenes of many joyous occasions when
the young people gathered together for merry making. And there
is not a survivor of the old Texas band who will not remember
with love the woman who braved all the trials of the first "Three
Hundred," the liberal lady who for so many years dispensed to
all comers true Texas hospitality at "Eagle Island," the noble
mother of Major General John A. Wharton. He was but seven
years old, when his father, William H. Wharton, was sent with
Stephen F. Austin and Branch T. Archer, to the United States to
secure help for the colonists, and his uncle, John A. Wharton,
was at the time a member of the general council at San Felipe.
These were exciting and anxious times for the mother and little
son. One of the relics of this stirring period still in the pos-
session of the family is the original copy of Santa Anna's fare-
well to the Texan army, which John A. Wharton brought home
with him after the battle of San Jacinto. When eight years old,
he was sent to "Bernarlo," the home of his uncle, Leonard Groce,
to be under the instruction of Mr. Deans (a very brilliant man
from Boston), who had been recommended to my father as a tutor
for his eldest son. Mr. Deans afterwards founded a college in
Galveston, and John Wharton was under his instruction there,
until the age of fifteen, when he was sent to Columbia, South
Carolina, where he graduated at the age of twenty years.
His father, William H. Wharton, died at the residence of his
brother-in-law, Colonel Leonard Waller Groce, on March 14, 1839
-from an accidental wound received in his left hand and breast,
when drawing his pistol from the holster, to. examine it, on the
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