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Richmond in Fort Bend County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Jane Long Boarding House

Jane Long Boarding House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, November 17, 2018
1. Jane Long Boarding House Marker
Inscription.  Born in Maryland in 1798, Jane H. Wilkinson moved to Mississippi (1811) and became the ward of her famous relative, Gen. James Wilkinson, field commander of the United States Army. Jane married Dr. James Long in 1815 and later followed him on a filibustering expedition to free Texas from Spain. In 1821 Long led his forces into battle, leaving Jane alone with their daughter Ann and slave girl Kian at Point Bolivar, near Galveston. On Dec. 21, 1821, with snow falling, their food supply gone, and Kian ill, Jane gave birth to a daughter, then rose and got food and firewood for her family. Her heroism earned her the name "Mother of Texas." Later she learned of her husband's death in Mexico.

During the period Texas was a colony and a republic, Jane Long operated two well-known boarding houses. She started the first in Brazoria in 1832; her guests included William B. Travis, Sam Houston, and Mirabeau B. Lamar. In 1837 Jane moved to Richmond and on this site opened another boarding house which became a center for social and political activities as well as lodging for prominent Texans and European visitors. Jane ran this hotel until her plantation
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near town became prosperous in the 1840s. She died in 1880 and is buried in Richmond's Morton Cemetery.
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9006.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, Texas IndependenceWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 29° 34.995′ N, 95° 45.713′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Texas, in Fort Bend County. Marker is on South 4th Street north of Morton Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 Morton Street, Richmond TX 77469, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Courthouse Square (within shouting distance of this marker); St. John's United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morton Lodge No. 72, A. F. & A. M. (about 400 feet away); The McFarlane House (about 500 feet away); Constantine W. Buckley (about 500 feet away); Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (about 500 feet away); Fort Bend County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Fort Bend War Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . .  Long, Jane Herbert Wilkinson - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on November 19, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.)
Jane Long Boarding House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, November 17, 2018
2. Jane Long Boarding House Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 538 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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