Nancy Elizabeth “Nannie” <I>Houston</I> Morrow

Nancy Elizabeth “Nannie” Houston Morrow

Texas, USA
Death 19 May 1920 (aged 73)
Williamson County, Texas, USA
Burial Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas, USA
Plot Division E.
Memorial ID 8281179 · View Source
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Wife of Capt. J.C.S. Morrow & Eldest dau. of General Sam Houston. Real daughter of War of 1812; Lt. Sam Houston, Soldier of 1812, Ancestor. (War of 1812 marker.)

As she wrote of another
Lift up the heavy hands
And clasp them in gratitude unspeakable
That this beloved daughter of a king
Hath gained at last
Her heavenly heritage.

The following was read at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (John Berry Chapter) memorial ceremony.

Nancy Elizabeth Houston

On September 8, 1846, seven months after the Republic of Texas became a state, Nancy Elizabeth Houston was born at Raven Hill plantation, fourteen miles east of Huntsville; she was the second child and the first daughter of Sam and Margaret Lea Houston.

Young "Nannie" received her early schooling from her mother, grandmother Lea and a private tutor. Soon her proud father was calling her his "genius".

The Houstons moved to Independence in 1853, and Nannie attended the academy operated in conjunction with Baylor University. She was a talented musician practicing her music on a fine Steinway piano that Sam Houston presented to her when she was sixteen.

When Nannie was nineteen, she became engaged to Joseph Stiles Morrow, the owner of a mercantile business in Georgetown. Sam had died three years earlier and money was scarce in the Houston home, but Margaret insisted that her daughter have a fine wedding. Friends provided the fabric and made her wedding gown. On the evening of August 1, 1866, Nannie and Joseph Morrow were married in the presence of some three hundred guests who had not seen such a beautiful wedding dress since before the Civil War.
For their honeymoon, the Morrows traveled to New York and visited Niagara Falls, and they were entertained at the White House by President Andrew Johnson before visiting the old Morrow home in Kentucky. Then the newlyweds settled down to married life in Georgetown. When Nannie's first child was due, she returned to Independence, and Margaret Houston Morrow was born at her grandmother's house on June 4, 1867.

Six months later Margaret Lea Houston died and five of the Houston siblings moved in with Nannie and her husband. The Morrows became parents of six children of their own and lived, first, just west of Brushy Street, (now Austin Avenue) at the corner of Tenth Street, later in a home near the corner of James Street and east 13th adjacent to where the water tower now stands.

The family had posession of Santa Anna's saddle on which the children of friends were allowed to play. When one of the children shared that information with her teacher and classmates, she was told she shouldn't make up stories. Nannie confirmed the report to the teacher's astonishment.

Nannie was a member of Georgetown's First Methodist Church where she taught a children's Sunday school class for many years. She was well educated and an expert on the Bible. She painted vivid word pictures of her fundamentalist beliefs of what happened to those who did not adhere to Biblical admonitions--lessons that came back to haunt those students if they strayed from the straight and narrow. She knew and loved Texas history, and shared that knowledge in her animated style. Her home, by then at about 905 College Street, was a showcase of her love of flowers, which she generously shared with passers-by. She was also known to share unsolicited advice to students on their way to school, scolding them about their manner of dress or behavior.

On May 19, 1920 while visiting daughter, Margaret and her husband Robert John in Houston, Nannie died and her body was returned to Georgetown for burial.

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  • Originally Created by: John Christeson
  • Added: 15 Jan 2004
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nancy Elizabeth “Nannie” Houston Morrow (6 Sep 1846–19 May 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8281179, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by J B Williams & T Slaydon Williams (contributor 47696685) .