McKinney in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Birthplace of Rebekah Baines Johnson
Joseph Wilson Baines (1846-1906), son of Minister-Editor-Baylor University President George W. Baines, settled in Collin County in 1867. He taught school and in 1869 married Ruth Huffman, daughter of a physician of the Peters Colony. Baines read law under Ex-Governor James W. Throckmorton, began his practice, edited the McKinney "Advocate", and helped organize and build the city's first Baptist church. He and his wife lived at this site when their child Rebekah was born. Baines served 1883 to 1887 as Texas Secretary of State, later practiced law in Blanco and Fredericksburg, and was a legislator in 1903-1904.
Rebekah Baines (1881-1958) studied at Baylor College in Belton and became a teacher and journalist. In 1907 she married Sam Ealy Johnson, Jr. (1877-1937). A rancher and former schoolteacher who also served in the Texas Legislature from 1905 through 1908 and from 1917 through 1923. The couple continued to ranch in the Hill Country, published the Johnson City "Record-Courier", and were parents of five children. Their eldest, Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), after a long career in the National Congress, served as the
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6170.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 33° 11.604′ N, 96° 36.803′ W. Marker is in McKinney, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is at the intersection of South Chestnut Street and Bevoe Street, on the right when traveling north on South Chestnut Street. The marker is located in front of the house by the street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 South Chestnut Street, McKinney TX 75069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Johnson House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chapel at Chestnut Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Dulaney House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Dulaney Cottage (about 400 feet away); John Faires House (about 400 feet away); Taylor House (about 400 feet away); Collin County Prison (approx. ¼ mile away); Law Office of James W. Throckmorton (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McKinney.
Also see . . . Johnson, Rebekah Baines (1881–1958).
Rebekah Baines Johnson, mother of Lyndon Baines Johnson and(Submitted on July 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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