The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 231
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Pre-Revolutionary Activity in Brazoria County 231
biographer concludes he was about five feet and five or six inches
tall and weighed around one hundred and thirty-five pounds.
He was just over forty-three years of age when he died on De-
cember 27, 1836.
After independence was won, William H. Wharton was elected
to the Texan Senate, a position he held until March 14, 1839,
when he accidentally shot himself in the breast with his own
pistol. At the time the accident occurred, he was preparing to
go to Eagle Island from his brother-in-law's home "Liendo," the
home given young Groce by his father. Wharton was thirty-seven
'Travis was the only one of the three described here to die in
battle. This dynamic man was about six feet tall and weighed
approximately one hundred and seventy-five pounds. He entered
the Texan army as a lieutenant on September 28, 1835, and was
commissioned lieutenant-colonel of cavalry on Christmas Eve,
1835.56 He was in command of the small garrison trapped in the
Alamo in March of 1836, whence he issued the dramatic, fight-
ing messages that will always remind Texans of their heritage.
After sending the appeals to Texas and the world, Travis' thoughts
turned back to his family; the last message he wrote was for
his friend David Ayres of Washington-on-the-Brazos, to take care
of his little boy. Seventy-two hours later, at the age of twenty-
seven, William Barret Travis was dead.5'
Country, honor, and liberty. These meant much to those men
who played important roles in pre-revolutionary activity in and
around present Brazoria County. They held meetings to improve
their status under Mexican law; they entered combat to oppose
that which they felt unjust. They quarreled among themselves
in deciding upon their ultimate course. In the end, when all
had failed, they fought for independence.
55Hale, The Groces and the Whartons in the Early History of Texas (Master's
thesis, University of Texas, 1942), 1oo.
56Mixon, William Barret Travis: His Life and Letters (Master's thesis, University
of Texas, 1930), 461.
57Ibid., 257. In the letter to Ayres, Travis wrote: "'Take care of my little boy.
If the country should be saved, I may make him a splendid fortune; but if the
country should be lost, and I should perish, he will have nothing but the proud
recollection that he is the son of a man who died for his country.' " See Travis to
---, March 3, 1836, printed in The Texas Monument (La Grange), March 31, 1852.
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