- Get Involved
HARRINGTON, ARABELLA GRAY
HARRINGTON, ARABELLA GRAY (ca. 1790–1860). Arabella Gray Deaver (Dever) Harrington, pioneer settler, was born about 1790 in South Carolina, the daughter of Lydia and William Gray. Sometime in the early 1800s she married a Revolutionary War veteran, Nathaniel Deaver. He died in Randolph County, Illinois, in 1810, leaving his wife and several children. Arabella moved back to North Carolina, then to Missouri, Arkansas, and on to Texas. She married John William Harrington, who was killed in a sawmill accident in Arkansas as they moved toward Texas. Three children were born of Arabella's second marriage. She entered Texas in 1826 and made her home at Washington-on-the Brazos. She received a Mexican land grant on March 22, 1831. It consisted of one league on New Year's Creek in what later became Washington County. She is said to have practiced midwifery, tended the sick, and served meals in her home to support herself and her younger children. Both of her sons fought in the Texas revolution. Most of downtown Brenham is built on the Arabella Harrington league, for which purpose she sold 100 acres. She built her home on a hill south of Brenham. She was a charter member of the Brenham Methodist Church, founded in 1844. She died in 1860.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:D. L. Vest, Watterson Folk of Bastrop County (Waco: Texian Press, 1963).
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Joyce Martin Murray, "Harrington, Arabella Gray," accessed February 23, 2018, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhafv.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.