Joanna Elizabeth <I>Troutman</I> Pope Vinson

Joanna Elizabeth Troutman Pope Vinson

Baldwin County, Georgia, USA
Death 23 Jul 1879 (aged 59)
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 16454514 · View Source
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Designer of the first "Lone Star" Texas flag. In 1835, the Macon-based volunteer Georgia Battalion, under the command of Colonel William Ward, was preparing to travel to Texas to aid in the cause for Texas independence. After her brothers and cousins joined the group, Joanna designed and made a battle flag for them to carry into battle, described as being made of white silk, having a lone blue five-pointed star at the center with the words "Liberty or Death" underneath it, and the Latin words for "Where Liberty dwells there is my country" on the reverse. She presented the flag to the battalion as it prepared to leave and they marched under it until they arrived at Velasco on January 8, 1836, where they mounted the flag above the American Hotel. The next morning, the wind shredded it as it was being lowered; nevertheless, the flag was taken to Goliad where James Fannin raised it as the new national flag once he heard that the Texas Declaration of Independence had been signed the previous week, making the flag the first to fly over Texas after it had declared itself a free nation. It was carried by Fannin's army into the disastrous Battle of Goliad where the entire Texas force was wiped out and the flag was destroyed. Joanna married S.L. Pope in 1839 and moved to their plantation Elmwood near Knoxville, Georgia the following year; they were married until her husband's death in 1872 and had four children, all sons. In 1875, she married W.G. Vinson, a Georgia state legislator. Joanna Vinson died at her beloved Elmwood in 1879 and was buried alongside her first husband where her grave lay neglected until 1913 when she was re-interred in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin in recognition for her contributions to the Republic of Texas.
Born in Baldwin County, Georgia on 19 February
1818, Joanna Ellis Troutman was the daughter of Hiram Bainbridge (1797-1880) and Balsora N. Ellis Troutman (1803-1836). On 19 February 1839 she married Solomom L. Pope and moved to a plantation in Knoxville, Georgia called Elmwood.

The couple had four sons. Her husband died in 1872 and in 1875 she wed W. G. Vinson, who served in the Georgia state legislature. She died on 23 July 1879 at Elmwood was buried next to her first husband.
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