On this day in 1846 . . . the 19th day of February . . . the First Legislature of the state of Texas convened in Austin. The flag of the Republic of Texas was lowered, and the flag of the United States was raised. The Lone Star Republic had become the Lone Star State.
The Evolution of a State Or, Recollections of Old Texas Days
By Noah Smithwick, Nanna Smithwick Donaldson:
". . . The first legislature met on the 16th of February, 1846, and three days later the curtain fell on the last, and in many respects, the most touching scene in the brief drama of the republic, when Anson Jones, its last president, standing on the steps of the old capitol, lowered the old flag from the mast and reverently furling it, announced amidst breathless silence,
"The republic of Texas is no more."
Many a head was bowed, many a broad chest heaved, and many a manly cheek was wet with tears when that broad field of blue in the center of which, like a signal light, glowed the lone star, emblem of the sovereignty of Texas, was furled and laid away among the relics of the dead republic.
But we were most of us natives of the United States, and when the stars and stripes, the flag of our fathers, was run up and catching the breeze unrolled its heaven born colors to the light, cheer after cheer rent the air.
Methinks the star in the lower left hand corner should have been especially dedicated to Texas. . . ."
Assorted ancestors of ours who are known to have been in Texas during this time period include . . .
- Elizabeth Lemaire Beale nee Waring (1824-1870s), my 3rd great-grandma [born in Maryland]
- Mary Alexandrien "Nellie" Lemaire (1843-1876), daughter of Elizabeth & my 2nd great-grandma [born in Republic of Texas]
- Mahala Lee Sharp Hall nee Roberts (1816-1885), my 3rd great-grandma [born in Louisiana]
- Samuel Houston Sharp (1839-1885), son of Mahala, & future husband of Nellie, & my 2nd great-grandpa [born in Republic of Texas]
Also in 1846 . . .
- ICE CREAM FREEZER. New Jersey. Americans' love of ice cream should soon become an everyday affair thanks to a new hand-cranked ice cream freezer for home use. With some ice, rock salt and a little muscle, anyone can now make ice cream. The portable, hand-cranked ice cream freezer was invented here by Nancy Johnson.
- Washington, D.C., September 10th. Elias Howe granted patent for sewing machine with eye-pointed needle.
- Failure of potato crop sends thousands of poor Irish to America.
- Boston. October 16th. Surgery performed with use of ether. Dr. William T. G. Morton plans to patent the method.
- Washington, D.C., May 13th. The U.S. has declared war on Mexico.