Descendants of Republic of Texas Hero, Parker family member host reunion and program Saturday, October 1, in Mexia
Descendants of Republic of Texas hero Alphonso P. Steele will host their annual reunion beginning at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 1, at the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site located at 1738 FM 2705 in Mexia. Also the group will present a program at 1:00 pm. honoring the 175th anniversary of Texas Independence as well as in remembrance of the Steeles’ contributions to Texas. Steele served the Texas Declaration of Independence signers at Washington-on-the-Brazos, aided in the defense of the Alamo under siege, and after the Alamo fell before he could reach it, served at the Battle of San Jacinto and was the last living Texas soldier who served on the battlefield. His wife Mary Ann Powell Steele and her family came to Texas by covered wagon in 1833 along with her cousins the Parker family, who would establish Fort Parker near Mexia and Groesbeck, TX. In 1836 many of the Parker family were massacred or kidnapped by a band of Comanche, including Cynthia Ann Parker; Cynthia Ann spent most of her life with the Comanche, married Chief Peta Nocona, and was the mother of Quanah Parker, last chief of the Quahadi-band Comanche. Powell was also part of the Runaway Scrape, a mass exodus across Texas from the approaching Mexican army, and was part of the first settlers in Grimes County which later became part of Montgomery County.
The program will include an invocation by great-great-grandson Rev. Jimmy Steele, a minister in Trinidad, with the reading of an address written by Sam Houston, IV, great-grandson of Republic of Texas President and Texas Army General Sam Houston who is no longer able to travel for the event. Mexia Mayor Troy Miller will deliver a proclamation, and Chip Steele, a great-great-great-grandson who played several years with country artist Gene Watson as well as other artists and at the Grand Ole Opry will perform. The program will conclude with singing of “Texas, Our Texas”.
Descendants of Alphonso P. and Mary Ann Powell Steele have met annually on the first Saturday in October at the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site since the site was formed in the 1880’s. Steele’s sons helped found the campground: Alonzo, a General of the Trans-Mississippi Division of Confederate Veterans and Sargent; Alvarado, a Commander of the Joe Johnston Camp of the United Confederate Veterans and Sargent; and Hampton, a Limestone County historian who served in Sweet's Regiment at Old Springfield and also in the Rio Grande campaign. For more information on the Alphonso P. Steele family reunion or program, please contact Rocky Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org or Catherine Giles at 940-597-4757.
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