“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gonzales in Gonzales County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Andrew Ponton


—Texas Heroes Square —

Andrew Ponton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 12, 2010
1. Andrew Ponton Marker
Born in Virginia to William and Isabella (Mooreland) Ponton, Andrew Ponton came to Texas in December 1829 and settled in Green DeWitt's Colony, receiving a land grant near Hallettsville. He became active in area politics, and in 1834 he was named alcalde, or mayor, of the municipality of Gonzales.

The following year, after the community began to experience political unrest as a result of differences with the Mexican government, the community formed a Committee of Safety and appointed Ponton as a member. As the local leader, he was actively involved in what became known as the Battle of Gonzales, or the "Come and Take It" incident. His reluctance to turn over a cannon to Mexican forces, while the community gathered reinforcements, led to the incident, considered an opening event in the Texas Revolution. Ponton was also responsible for gathering Gonzales soldiers to answer the call by Col. William B. Travis for help in defending the Alamo. The men, known as the Immortal 32, went to aid Texan forces in San Antonio and lost their lives in the 1836 battle.

After the Revolution, Ponton served as the county's Chief Justice and was later elected to the Republic of Texas Congress. He wed Mary Berry in 1841 and in 1846 became Chief Justice for newly formed Lavaca County. The couple lived near Hallettsville, where they
Texas Heroes Square image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 12, 2010
2. Texas Heroes Square
Texas Heroes Monument
left background - the Andrew Ponton marker, visible in front of the trees, middle background. Plaza marker in middle foreground: "Gonzales town tract of 4 square leagues had 49 squares in inner city - 7 of these squares for public use. This one was for municipal building, but became plaza. Now called Texas Heroes Square, in honor of all Gonzales men who fought in the Texas Revolution."
reared four sons: William, briefly assigned to Whitfield's Legion during the Civil War; Andrew, who served in Terry's Texas Rangers; Thomas, an attorney for many years in Gonzales; and Samuel, who died as a child.

Ponton died in 1850 and is thought to be buried on a farm north of Hallettsville. A Centennial marker in Gonzales' Masonic Cemetery honors his contributions to the Republic of Texas.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3823.)
Location. 29° 30.05′ N, 97° 27.182′ W. Marker is in Gonzales, Texas, in Gonzales County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of N. St Joseph Street and St. Lawrence Street. Click for map. Marker is on the grass in the northeast quadrant of Texas Heroes Park, across N. St. Joseph from the old County Courthouse. It is north of St. Louis Street (TX 146 Spur) and three blocks east of Water Street (US 183). Marker is in this post office area: Gonzales TX 78629, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Town of Waelder (approx. 16.2 miles away); Zedler's Mills (approx. 16.6 miles away); Cuero I Archeological District (approx. 16.9 miles away).
Also see . . .  Battle of Gonzatles
<i>Texas Heroes Monument</i> - close-up of the nearby sculpture by Pompeo Coppini image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 12, 2010
3. Texas Heroes Monument - close-up of the nearby sculpture by Pompeo Coppini
Inscription on north side of pedestal:
“Erected by the State of Texas in grateful memory of those heroes who made this spot historic as the birth-place of Texas independence. Gonzales, Texas, 1910."
. "Come and Take It!" (Submitted on October 5, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
Additional keywords. Texas Heroes Park; Texians; "Birthplace of Texas Freedom"; Pompeo Coppini, sculptor.
Categories. Notable PersonsPoliticsSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,304 times since then and 149 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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