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Elizabeth Coats Browder
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Birth: Oct. 10, 1830
Tennessee, USA
Death: May 16, 1878
Dallas County
Texas, USA

A descendant of a Revolutionary War patriot, Marmaduke Coats, and she claimed descendancy from Pocahontas. Apparently, other family members gave all daughters in the family "Pocahontas" as a middle name. Elizabeth didn't however, and her four daughters had more common middle names. Elizabeth was 18 when she married Edward in Dallas, Texas, by James A. Smith, M.G., on September 26, 1849. Elizabeth's father was Samuel C. Coats, born 16 September 1802 in South Carolina, died 27 September 1874 in Mesquite, Texas, a noted land holder. Elizabeth's mother was Nancy Jones born 25 December 1800 in South Carolina (a daughter of Joseph Jones, Jr., who married Mary Garner in 1823 or 1824 in Newberry County, South Carolina, from Newberry County records), died 25 March 1872 in Mesquite. Elizabeth & Edward's children were: Pleasant (a son), Edward, Annie, Emily, Fannie, and Jane. She and her husband, Edward, did name a street in their upscale housing developement (the first ever to Dallas) with Pocahontas. It is not called that today, however, but has been renamed Griffin.

She died only about seven weeks after her husband died. The approximately eight acres containing the springs were sold to a private water corporation, and in 1881 were sold to the city of Dallas. The adjoining ten-acre city park was added to the 8.8 acre water property, and the first city-owned water system became a reality. White Rock Lake was the first city water reservoir, but before it could be completed the drought of 1910 struck. Though Browder's Spring had been retired from active service by the completion of a dam on the Elm fork of the Trinity River, it was once again pressed into action and supplied 100,000 gallons of water daily to the parched city. White Rock Lake was ultimately completed and filled in 1911, and Browder's Spring was permanently diverted and covered over, lying now under R. L. Thornton Freeway.

Elizabeth, her husband, his mother, and his brother are all buried in the same cemetery.

Bibliography: Edward Cabell Browder and Elizabeth Coats Browder, by Jack Hillston, From Proud Heritage, Vol 1 by DCPA. 
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  Edward Cabell Browder (1825 - 1878)*
  Annie Browder Prickett (1858 - 1918)*
*Calculated relationship
Pioneer Cemetery
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: Browder family plot
Created by: L Pritchett
Record added: Aug 02, 2006
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