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C. B. Stewart ancestor visits county
to learn about her famous relative
During a recent trip to Montgomery County,
descendant of Dr. Charles B. Stewart of Montgomery, and her
fellow descendant of Charles B. Stewart, and the historians who
work and volunteer at the
Heritage Museum of
Pictured left to right at the Heritage Museum of Montgomery
County are: Larry Foerster (Montgomery County Historical
Commission); Sally Copley (Director of the Heritage Museum);
Sharon Mena (Administrative Assistant, Offices of the Dean of
Student Life at Texas A&M University); Sarah Armor (Descendant
of Charles B. Stewart and history teacher in Denton, Texas), Pat
Spackey (Descendant of Charles B. Stewart and local Texas
historical interpreter); Ann Jacobson (volunteer at the Heritage
Museum) and Jean Barnhill (volunteer at the Heritage Museum).
Armor came to Montgomery County to learn more about her famous
ancestor Dr. Charles B. Stewart.
Spackey shared stories of her great, great, great grandfather
who designed the Texas Flag and Seal in 1849, was the first
Secretary of State for Texas, served in three Texas Legislatures
(1846, 1850, and 1872), and was the first to sign the Texas
Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1836.
Spackey descends from Julia Shepperd Stewart, the first wife of
Charles B. Stewart and Sarah Armor descends by adoption from
Elizabeth Antoinette Boyd, the second wife of Stewart.
The ladies were on a
weekend “History Trip” to research and discover more information
about Armor’s ancestor who was so prominent in Texas history. In
addition to visiting the
Heritage Museum of Montgomery County, located at 1506 I-45 N
in Conroe, the women also toured the Lone Star Monument and
Historical Flag Park in Conroe where the bronze bust of
Charles B. Stewart, created by
artist Craig Campobella,
greets visitors to the historical park, located adjacent to the
Montgomery County Library at 212 I-45 North in Conroe. Any
individual or business that would like to help replace the flags
and keep them in pristine condition at The Lone Star Monument
and Historical Flag Park can make a donation to the Friends of
the Flag Foundation, Inc. To become a friend of the Flag Park,
go to www.texasflagpark.com.
They stayed in the town of Montgomery and visited all of the
local history and also visited Washington-on-the Brazos, where
the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. Dr. Charles B.
Stewart was a physician and pharmacist in the town of Montgomery
and, in addition to the numerous state positions he held, he
served as tax collector, District Clerk of Montgomery,
abstractor and surveyor, and Notary Public.
He represented Montgomery County at the Convention of 1845. W.
W. Shepperd, Charles B. Stewart’s father-in-law, who gave 100
acres of land for a new townsite which would become the town of
Montgomery, is credited as “The Founder of the Town of
Montgomery.” Of the many attractions in Montgomery, Charles B.
Stewart is known as a true founding father. A historical
monument, The “Pioneers of Montgomery” in Cedar Brake Park in
Montgomery, was dedicated in January 2014.
The bronze statue of Charles B. Stewart, the only “real-life”
founder is the first of five statues created by artist
Lynn Peverill. Next will be a The Pioneer Woman followed by
The Farmer, The Lumberman, and the Cattleman. It was Peverill’s
vision to create a historical monument to honor the founding
fathers and mothers of Montgomery. The project is sponsored by
the Patrons of Cedar Brake Park.
The women visited the new cemetery in Montgomery where Stewart
is buried and all of the sites where their ancestor was
highlighted: The Charles B. Stewart Library,
Fernland Park, the
Memory Park (a project of The Rotary Club of Lake Conroe);
the Nat Hart Davis Museum and all of the historical shops and
sites where Texas History comes alive. At
Washington-on-the-Brazos, the women toured the Visitors Center,
the Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall, and
researched Charles B. Stewart, who is highlighted in videos and
in the museums with photos and stories of the signers of the
Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico.
Dr. Charles B. Stewart
Charles B. Stewart raised his family of five children, a son and
four daughters in the town of Montgomery. Spackey descends from
Charles Waters Stewart, the only son of their union.
Following Julia Shepperd’s death in 1849, Charles married widow
Elizabeth Antoinette Boyd. Stewart adopted her two children and
they had a son and a daughter from that union.
Charles B. Stewart’s descendants are following in his footsteps
in honoring Texas history.
Armor is an active genealogist, volunteers in many organizations
and member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and teaches
history to students in Denton, Texas.
Mena is an active genealogist, community volunteer and works in
the offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University.
She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and
the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Czech organizations
and has her own business making Czech costumes.
The Woodlands resident, Pat Spackey, is involved in many
organizations that promote history: The Judge Nathaniel Hart
Davis chapter, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas; the
Heritage Trails DAR chapter, the U.S. Daughters of 1812, Thomas
Bay chapter; United Daughters of the Confederacy, Thomas
Jefferson Stubbs chapter; The Woodlands Order of the Rose; and
is a member of the Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park’s
“Friends of the Flag Foundation, Inc.” along with several other
She serves as DAR state chair for the Texas Flag Committee and
is a re-enactor on Texas history portraying her Republic of
Texas grandmother, Julia Shepperd Stewart.
She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 7, 2014
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