The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 109
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The town of Mexia is included in the original Pedro Varela eleven
league grant. The Mexican General Antonio Mexia married Carlotta
Walker and to this union were born two children: (1) Adelaide Ma-
tilda Mexia (who married George L. Hammeken) and (2) Enrique
Varela sold his lands to Carlotta Walker for use of her daughter,
Adelaide Matilda. Evidence was presented to the Supreme Court to
show that Carlotta was acting for her husband in his absence. There-
fore, General Mexia is given the credit for acquiring the land.
Adelaide Matilda Mexia married George L. Hammeken and to this
union were born two children: (1) unknown son died young and
(2) Jorge Hammeken y Mexia. E. A. Mexia purchased Adelaide's
remaining interest in Pedro Varela grant from Jorge Hammeken y
The Charlotte Mexia listed in the De Zavala papers is the same
as Carlotta. Carlotta appears in Supreme Court case; Charlotte in
M. R. Palacios title.
Mariano Riva Palacios received a grant from the government at an
early date. In January, 1832, Palacios (also appears as Palacious)
transferred his lands to Jose Antonio Mexia for his son, Enrique. At
the time of the transfer Palacios states he is the "Godfather" of
Enrique A. Guillermo Mexia. Enrique Antonio Mexia (signed doc-
uments while in county: Henry A. Mejia and Henry A. Mexia) con-
trolled many acres in the Pedro Varela, Andres Varela, and Mariano
Riva Palacios lands.
When the railroad was being projected, Enrique Antonio Mexia
was generous with land donations and the railroad officials named
the new townsite "Mexia" in honor of their benefactor.
Acknowledgment should be made to Mrs. Kathryn Gladbach of
Groesbeck who actually located much of this information.
Major Gerald D. Witt spoke to the San Antonio Historical As-
sociation on February 21, 1958, on the subject of "Early History
of San Antonio Telephone Exchanges."
Rowena Ferguson's book on Editing the Small Magazine was
published by Columbia University Press in March. There is one
undoubted gem of wisdom which ought to give pause and call for
thoughtful consideration from all readers of magazines: "It is
important to realize that going to press satisfactorily depends as
much on what you have done six months previously as upon what
you do on the day of the printer's deadline." Constructive editing
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