Jane Long is known as the "Mother of Texas." Why? Now that's a good question. According to the Online Handbook of Texas, Jane was given this title for giving birth to one of her children on Bolivar Peninsula, even though she wasn't the first English-speaking woman to give birth in Texas or on Bolivar Peninsula. So, how did she get this title? [Hm.] Could it be who she knew? Possibly. Her husband was Dr. James Long of the "Dr. James Long's Rebellion" fame. [This is one of the 3 failed rebellions that proceeded Texas' fight and win for independence.] Also, Jane was to have dined at one time with Jean Lafitte, the infamous pirate [but not the pirate from my family tree] on the Bolivar Peninsula. Also, years after her husband's accidental death in Mexico City in 1822, it's rumored that she was courted by the likes of Ben Milam, Sam Houston, and Mirabeau B. Lamar. [Wow. Not many can say that, if the rumor was true.]
1. Online Handbook of Texas
2. The Fort Bend Museum Association
3. All photos taken by Caroline Pointer.
4. All collages designed by Caroline Pointer.