John M. Wade – Montgomery, Texas

This Historical Marker is located at SH 105 and Pond St. in the Town of Montgomery It is at the corner across from the The Old Methodist Churchyard – Montgomery, Texas and still walking distance from the last 4 historical markers I’ve collected.

At first I thought the marker was about the donut shop on the property but I was very wrong. HaHa. Sorry Montgomery!

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It was really interesting to learn that John Wade was the founder of the weekly paper here in Montgomery called the “Montgomery Patriot”.  I also enjoyed reading his bio written by him for the 1872 Texas Almanac. It’s really amazing to know these words were specifically from Mr. John Wade himself.

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“According to the 1872 Texas Almanac”, John M. Wade gave the following account of himself:

I came to Texas in 1835 from the Western Creek Nation, being advised so to do by Gen. Houston. I came when he made his second trip to Texas, on the 11th of October, 1835. I joined troops going from Nacogdoches to Bexar, (Rusk’s company,) was taken sick and remained in San Felipe, and the present site of Montgomery, until the meeting of the Convention at Washington, when I joined Capt. Ware’s company; heard of the fall of the Alamo and hastened to the Colorado; was under Sherman at the upper encampment until the retreat; Gen. Sherman will remember me. At Groce’s I was detailed, by Gen. Houston, with Dick Scurry, Ben McCulloch, Tom Green, T. O. Harris and others, to man the Twin Sisters, which the lamented J. N. Moreland was appointed to command; staid with the Twin Sisters till after the battle of San Jacinto; rejoined Ware’s company, and was discharged on the 11th of June, 1836.

Gen. Rusk hearing the Mexicans were rallying on the Rio Grande, called for men. I was elected captain of a company on the 4th of July, 1836; reported to Rusk at Victoria; was assigned to duty with my company in the regiment of Col. Ed. Morehouse; served three months, the term of enrollment, and discharged my company. I then went to Columbia and worked as a compositor on the Telegraph; came round to Houston with Cruger & Moore, after their purchase of the Bordens, and was foreman for them until the opening of the Land Office in 1838. I then returned to Montgomery and was appointed to the office of Deputy Surveyor; elected County Surveyor when that office became elective by the people, and was elected Colonel of Militia at its first organization. I started the Montgomery Patriot in 1845, moved it to Huntsville, and with the assistance of George Robinson, published it one year and sold out. I returned again to Montgomery in 1854, and have been Surveyor until displaced by Gov. Davis. Matthew Cartright, R. Martin and myself, are the only survivors of the battle of San Jacinto, in this county. I am a native of the city of New York, and 56 years old; have set type beside Greeley and Kendall when a mere boy.

J. M. WADE

PRETTY COOL HUH?

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Historical Marker Reads:

John M. Wade

(1815-1879) Born in New York City, John Marshall Wade left his home as a youth. On the advice of Sam Houston, he came to Texas in 1835 from the Western Creek Nation in present-day Oklahoma. He joined the Texas army during the War for Independence. At the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836, he was among the men detailed to fire the “Twin Sisters,” a pair of cannons given to the Texas forces by citizens of Cincinnati, Ohio. After the war, he served briefly as assistant secretary to the Senate of the Republic of Texas. A printer by profession, Wade became a typesetter for Gail Borden’s newspaper, the “Telegraph and Texas Register.” In 1838 he moved to the community of Montgomery and was appointed deputy surveyor for Montgomery county. He participated in the Somervell Expedition against Mexico in 1842. In 1845 he founded a weekly paper, the “Montgomery Patriot,” which he later transferred to Huntsville. Returning to Montgomery in 1854, he again became deputy surveyor. He served in the Confederate army during the Civil War (1861-65). From his marriage to Ruth Boston and his later marriage to Virginia Tinsley, Wade had five children. He spent his last years at the home of a daughter in Austin, where he died and was buried in 1879.

Recorded Marker Year 1977

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