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    Joanna Troutman

    “Betsy Ross of Texas”

    by Luke Warm
    Born in Crawford County, Georgia in 1818, Joanna Troutman never set foot in Texas, yet she is interred at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. She died at her Georgia estate in 1879 but her remains were moved to the Texas State Cemetery in 1913, honoring a request from Texas Governor Colquitt.

    Her contribution to Texas history was in the sewing of a battle flag for the Georgia Battalion of volunteers in 1835. The flag was first flown at Velasco in January of 1836 and was taken to Goliad where it served as the National Flag of the Republic of Texas after the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed.

    Troutman’s design of a blue five-pointed star on a white background bore the words: “Texas and Liberty” on one side and the Latin inscription of "Where Liberty dwells there is my country" on the other.

    In addition to her statue, an oil portrait hangs in the State Capitol.
    TE Photo, November 2009

    Joanna Troutman Statue

    Texas State Cemetery
    Austin, Texas
    Sculptor - Pompeo Coppini
    1913

    Portrait of Joanna Troutman
    in the Texas State Capitol
    TE Photo, November 2009
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