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 Harriet Elizabeth “Bettie” <I>Palmer</I> Hutcheson

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Harriet Elizabeth “Bettie” Palmer Hutcheson

  • Birth 20 Mar 1851 Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Death 13 Jun 1927 Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Sec C-3, Lot 57
  • Memorial ID 72016455

"Bettie" was orphaned in Texas two months short of her 14th birthday. She and her siblings spent the next couple of years in Huntsville, TX with her aunt Amanda and uncle Anthony Martin Branch until they passed away in a yellow fever epidemic in 1867. She and her sister then moved in with relatives in Virginia. When she reached maturity she first married Edward Milby in 1872 and they returned to Texas. That marriage was without issue. After his death in Sept. 1881 in Philadelphia she married secondly on Aug. 11, 1886 Joseph Chappell Hutcheson. She moved into his newly built Victorian home, the foundation of which had been laid down in 1883. From this home she and her husband conducted social events which helped him in his successful bids first as Chairman of the Democratic Party in 1890 and then as a U.S. Congressman after Congressman Charles Stewart decided to not run for reelection for his sixth term in 1892. As the daughter of pioneers Judge Edward and Martha Winifred Palmer she saw Texas and the South pass through their transformative pre and post war years from the family homes in Texas & Virginia. In June 1908 she and Capt. Hutcheson traveled on the very new liner the "Lusitania" for the tour of Europe and so as to attend the wedding of Dr. Allen C. Hutcheson in August in London. She was a woman of considerable real property and did much of her own rent collection in Houston in a buggy. Later, while firmly established in the social life of Houston, she became active in & served as president of the local chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy.


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