Gonzales in Gonzales County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
—Texas Heroes Square —
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
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. Touch 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 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James W. Robinson (within shouting distance of this marker); Gonzales Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Plaza (about 400 feet away, measured in The Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); Gonzales County Jail (about 400 feet away); First Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church of Gonzales (about 600 feet away); The Old Eighteen (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gonzales.
Also see . . . Battle of Gonzatles. "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 Persons • Politics • Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence •
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