Heritage Event


Last Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Spicewood, Texas, members of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution (SAR and DAR), Sons and Daughters of the Republic of Texas (SRT and DRT), and The Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) paid tribute to Austin’s First Daughter, Elnora Van Cleve Brown (1841-1900) and her husband, Daniel Brown (1833-1919) both Texas and Travis County Pioneers.

Family and guests watched as Nick Classen, the lone bagpiper, piped the color guard of the Texas State Society SAR down a winding path to the private cemetery off FM 2322 above Lake Travis. George Harcourt of the San Antonio Chapter SAR, Master of Ceremony, read a Proclamation from Lee Leffingwell, Mayor, City of Austin. He proclaimed Elnora was the first female child born in the fledgling City of Austin on April 14, 1841.

Virginia Van Cleave of the DRT presented a bronze medallion that marks her grave as “Citizen of the Republic of Texas”. Nancy Brennan, President, TSGS, was an honored guest. The TSGS had previously recognized the family as a “Texas First Family”.

Elnora’s eulogy was given by her Great Granddaughter, Bonnie Disney, DAR and DRT. The Marble Falls native lives in Sumter, SC and is on the SC Board of Education. Daniel’s eulogy was given by his Great Grandson David Bowles, SAR and SRT. The fifth generation Austinite is the author of the Westward Sagas, a 100 year odyssey of Elnora’s family coming to Texas.

The children in attendance laid bluebonnets on the graves as Frank Rohrbough presented a floral wreath from the San Antonio Chapter of the SAR. The ceremony concluded with a color guard musket salute from the SAR. Nick Classen piped the color guard back up the winding path to the tunes of Bonnie Dundee and a Hundred Pipers.

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