About thirty members and guests of the District 3, James Bowie Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas held a luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 18 at The Black Swan in Jefferson. The luncheon was a special meeting to present a posthumous award to a former decades-long chapter member, Dorothy Craver.
Mrs. Craver, who died on November 26, 2016 at nearly 105 years of age, attended one of her final meetings with the chapter when they visited Jefferson several years ago, honoring her at that time as a “Real Granddaughter” of the Republic of Texas. During this meeting, they introduced her daughter, Marcia Thomas, who gave a brief talk on her mother’s life and interest in history. Afterwards, the chapter presented the bronze Medallion to Ms. Thomas who plans to place it close to the current state historical marker.
Following a delicious lunch and social time, members were invited to tour the historic Graham-Brown-Craver Home, which her daughter now occupies. The house is identified with a THC Historical Medallion and a THC site marker for Capt. Charles G. Graham, a Confederate veteran, who was an early Jefferson merchant and District Clerk, who with his wife Texana, built the house in 1885. Since that time, the house has been continuously occupied by descendants of the Grahams. The home has only been open to the public for touring on two or three previous occasions since its restoration in the early 1970s.
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