The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 488
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Aunt Maria was the head cook, and Aunt Cassie was her as-
sistant, with the younger ones to take the food to the "big house"
and to wait on table. Aunt Matilda, the mother of ten, did the
general sewing. Two of this flock are now living in Houston,
Texas: Nannie, the older, now ninety-six, who furnished most
of the data for this sketch; and her sister, Martha, only a little
In 1860 the peace of the plantation was broken by the
rumbling of approaching conflict; the General went to Austin
as a member of the Secession Convention in 1861 and later
joined General John B. Hood's brigade in Virginia. When word
came by "grapevine telegraph" of plantations deserted by the
slaves, Mrs. Chambers went to the quarters and told the negroes
that they could go if they wanted to, but they clung to her and
begged not to be sent away.
In March, 1865, General Chambers, who had returned to his
home on a leave from the army, died at Chambersia. After his
death, Mrs. Chambers and her two daughters left the old home,
never to return.
The Centennial Committee in September, 1936, placed a mark-
er of gray granite in front of the old house. At the top of this
marker the state seal appears in bronze relief, and below, the
THOMAS JEFFERSON CHAMBERS
1802 - 1865
SURVEYOR GENERAL OF TEXAS, 1829
SOLE SUPERIOR JUDGE OF TEXAS BEFORE 1836
ACTIVE IN THE CAUSE OF INDEPENDENCE
MEMBER OF SECESSION CONVENTION, 1861
CHAMBERSIA, LATER ANAHUAC, AND A TEXAS
COUNTY WERE NAMED IN HIS HONOR
ERECTED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS, 1936
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