Samuel A. Maverick Moves To Texas

Samuel Augustus Maverick (July 23, 1803; September 2, 1870) came to Texas from South Carolina in time to have a part in the Texas Revolution. He eventually returned to the state to become a Texas land baron, his last name coming to mean independent minded or a bit of a rebel.

Some even called unbranded calves out on the range little mavericks because the man did not brand his cattle, and his cattle holdings were so large that the odds were the calf was indeed a Maverick.

Mary Ann Maverick in 1851 with five of her children

Samuel Augustus Maverick was also one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. However, today it is not to Mr. Maverick that my thoughts turn but rather, to the mother of his wife, Mary Ann Adams Maverick, who married the thirty-three-year-old Maverick when she was eighteen.

Nine months later, the couple’s first child was born, and seven months after that, the little Maverick family left for Texas.

I can’t even begin to imagine how those poor mothers managed to put their daughters in a wagon and watch them as they pulled out of sight and into the western horizon, knowing more than likely they were seeing their little girls all grown up for the last time.

Years later Mary Ann would write:

“December 7, 1837, we set off for Texas. With heavy hearts, we said goodbye to Mother, and my brothers and sister. Mother ran after us for one more embrace. She held me in her arms and wept aloud, and said: ‘Oh, Mary, I will never see you again on Earth.’ I felt heartbroken and often recalled that thrilling cry; and I have never beheld my dear Mother again.” Green, Rena Maverick (ed.). Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick. The Alamo Printing Co., San Antonio, 1921.

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One Response to Samuel A. Maverick Moves To Texas

  1. Missy Jones says:

    Samuel A. Maverick was at the Alamo. When the constitutional convention was to be held, and communities and settlements across Texas were to send voting delegates to Washington-On-the-Brazos, the soldiers at the Alamo voted on who they wanted to represent them. At the first voting, Samuel A. Maverick and Jesse Badgett received the most votes and were sent to the convention from the Alamo. Samuel A. Maverick stayed at the Alamo as long as he could, and finally left and arrived after the first signing on March 1, 1836. His name, along with several others, are added to the bottom of the list of signatures on the declaration. He signed his name: “Samuel A. Maverick, from Bexar”, the only person to list where he was from. The voting list is known as “the Alamo Muster roll”, and each man present at that time is written down and his voting choice recorded.
    The Alamo fell on March 6, 1836, 178 years ago.

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