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 Eva Catherine Rosine <I>Ruff</I> Sterne

Eva Catherine Rosine Ruff Sterne

Death 6 Mar 1897 (aged 86)
Burial Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 44067637 · View Source
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An article written by her son, C.A. Sterne.
He lists her name as Eva Catherine Rosine Ruff, daughter of John Everhardt Ruff from Germany. Eva born 23 July 1810.

"My mother was of medium height, black curly hair, blue eyes, and was considered a very handsome and attractive woman".

"Entertained such notables as; Governor Sam Houston, J. Pickney Henderson, David S. Kaufman, Kenneth L. Anderson, Thomas J. Rusk, David Crockett and many other distinguished Texans as well as Mexican officers were frequent visitors to our house coming and going from Texas to the United States, and those visiting Nacogdoches, in the state".

"My mother was Sam Houston's godmother. He could not take part as a citizen of Texas in the affairs of state without embracing the Catholic religion.

Sam Houston was baptized in our parlor, with my mother as his godmother in 1836. I don't remember the month. It was just before the declaration of independence of Texas. He was not eligible to be a delegate to the convention at Washington on the Brazos, until he embraced the state religion. He gave my mother a diamond ring as a christening present".

"My father died in 1852 and my mother lived on at Nacogdoches until 1860, when she went to Austin to live with her daughter Mrs. W.E. Cave, whose husband was then secretary of state under Sam Houston. She died in Houston--------, and is buried in Nacogdoches".

"He chose my mother for his godmother and Colonel John S. Roberts for his
godfather. General Rusk told him that it was customary on such occasions to
present the godmother with some memento of the event. The general approached
my mother, took her by the hand and said: "My dear godmother, allow me to
place on your hand this ring to remind you of this interesting event in the
history of my life, and in which you had an important part. You, for my
sake, are requested to wear this ring on the anniversary of my christening,
and on my birthday, which is March 2.' My mother was ever faithful to this
request. March 2, 1836, was the date of the declaration of independence of
Texas and made that anniversary doubly interesting. After the battle of San
Jacinto she added April 21 to the number.

The ring was a beautiful and valuable diamond, which was inherited by my
sister, Mrs. Rosine Ryan of Houston, and which she continues to wear on the
memorable days of the history of Texas."
(Submitted by Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick)

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Aged 87 years.





  • Created by: Michelle Woodham
  • Added: 8 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44067637
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eva Catherine Rosine Ruff Sterne (23 Jul 1810–6 Mar 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44067637, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Michelle Woodham (contributor 46636907) .