The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 2
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
George L. Crocket. He remarked to Mr. Crocket that while he
did not want him to die that he would like to have his company
to Heaven's gate. He would knock on the gate, and when St.
Peter asked who was there he would reply that it was two, gentle-
men from San Augustine. He felt sure that when St. Peter saw
what good company he kept, he would not hesitate to let him in.
Thomas William Blount was the oldest son of Stephen William
Blount, a signer of the Declaration of the Independence of Texas
and an aide-de-camp of General Sam Houston, and of Mary
Landon Blount. Stephen and Mary Blount had returned to the
United States on a visit, and Thomas William was born in Alabama
not far from the old home in Georgia of his father. He was named
for two of his father's brothers. When the young couple and
their baby returned to, Texas they made their home in San
Augustine in a house of classic beauty newly finished for them
by an architect named Sweet. Young William and his brothers
and sisters were brought up in the town of San Augustine by
parents of means. San Augustine was then a place of importance
in East Texas, and as Captain Blount enjoyed quoting, "the center
of the surrounding country."
The mother of William Blount (he was usually called William
in the family) was a woman of great refinement, of some scholarly
attainment, and a strong character much loved in her family and
much admired in her community. Her wit and society were en-
joyed and admired by all the prominent men of Texas whom
Stephen W. Blount delighted to entertain in his home.
Although the family lived in town, they owned a plantation
east of San Augustine on Patroon Creek which was the "Prettiest
place in San Augustine County until 1860." There was a house
at the plantation for the overseer. Stephen W. Blount kept a
room and bed there for his own use on his visits to the plantation.
The lawn before the house was planted in magnolias, wild peach
trees, and English boxwood that had been brought from the home
place in Georgia. The plantation has gone back to forest now.
The levees are broken up, and the ditches have grown up in
willows. It is desolate looking. "The emancipation of slaves
was a terrible blow to southern civilization," Captain Blount said in
his description of the place.
Captain Blount was a member of Governor Throckmorton's
"Bloody Eleventh" Texas Legislature which was composed almost
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936, periodical, 1936; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101095/m1/10/: accessed October 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.