Your Role in Bexar County History
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
August 4, 2005

Some time ago a Precinct Four resident by the name of Bill Campbell called me and asked if I would like to meet with him to talk about Texas History. I said, "Sure, just tell me when." We set the time and I found that Bill Campbell, was I believe, the great, great grandson of Thomas Wigg Grayson.

It turns out that Thomas Wigg Grayson was the master of the steamship called the "Yellow Stone". This ship among other points of distinguished service is said to have ferried Sam Houston and Santa Anna just after San Jacinto. Mr. Campbell told me that Mr. Grayson settled at one time near Fort Sam Houston and hence the name, Grayson Street!

Since my visit with Mr. Campbell, he has passed away. God bless him! He alerted me to an ancestor of his that played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution and lived here in Bexar County. There are so many other points of history that should be preserved, but we must first make them known!

Other links to history in Precinct Four of Bexar County are the great, great nephew of Ignacio Zaragoza, the hero of the Battle of Puebla in 1872 (the fight against French Emperor Maximillian) and great, great nephew of Juan Seguin. Also, we have the great, great grandson of an Alamo defender by the name of Esparza. Many of the residents around the Spanish Missions are the sons and daughters of the original inhabitants of the Missions. The list of descendants from early Texas pioneers and heros is seemingly endless.

With all of this treasure trove of history surrounding us, I have attempted to learn all I can when I can, about our history. Some of it is found in my "History" hyperlink on my website. See www.bexar.org. Click Commissioner's Court, then Precinct Four and finally History.

We are very fortunate to have a dedicated group of people serving on the Bexar County Historical Commission. In a recent meeting with them, I have asked them to do some things I believe would be important to our collection and sharing of our unique place in Texas history.

Specifically I asked the Commission to consider doing the following:

  1. Create a Bexar County History Project Online patterned after State Handbook Online. See: http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook.
  2. Conduct and host an annual meeting with all historical associations and groups.
  3. Develop our African-American history!
  4. Participate and host one of the meetings of the South Texas Chapter of the Texas Historical Association.

You may have other thoughts about what we could do to enhance the preservation and sharing of our rich history in Bexar County. I am always interested in hearing from you. If I can be of any information, please do not hesitate to ask!

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