Austin’s First Daughter

Sometimes it takes an outsider to discover information about your family. I hired Ann Gaines, a researcher recommended by the Austin History Center, as an independent contractor for genealogy research. Her assignment was to gather vital statistics (for an upcoming book) on the families that lived in Austin, Texas during the days of the Republic of Texas. She discovered my Great Great Grandparents Lorenzo Van Cleve and Margaret Smith were the third couple married in Austin, and that Great Grandmother Elnora Van Cleve, born April 14, 1841, was the first girl born in Austin; making her Austin’s First Daughter. The picture shown here of Elnora is ca 1858.

Elnora married Daniel Brown in 1859, gave birth to 15 children and died January 2, 1900. Her grave in the Collier-Gregg Cemetery has a tombstone that simply says Elnora, wife of Dan Brown, the date of death and 59 years old.

On Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 11 a.m., descendents, members of area Genealogical and Historical Societies will have a memorial dedication with “Citizen of the Republic of Texas” medallion presented by Virginia Van Cleave of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Color Guard from the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution in colonial uniforms, led by Marvin Morgan, Commander. The public is invited to attend – period dress contest and musket firing demonstration honoring Austin’s First Daughter Elnora (Van Cleve) Brown.

Collier-Gregg Cemetery, 504 Pace Bend Park Road North, Spicewood, Texas 78669

Directions: Hwy 71 to FM 2322, which is Pace Bend Park Road, continue 3 miles toward Park. The private cemetery, which has no sign, is behind a small building known as the Pedernales Property Owners Building at the Cat Hollow Entrance to Lake Travis.

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