Details for Abraham Roberts Homesite (Atlas Number 5201010747)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5201010747

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Marker Number 10747
Atlas Number 5201010747
Marker Title Abraham Roberts Homesite
Index Entry Roberts, Abraham, Homesite
Address
City Tomball
County Harris
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 233893
UTM Northing 3330783
Subject Codes Texas Revolution, Republic of Texas; military topics
Marker Year 1993
Designations
Marker Location New Kentucky Park off FM 2920, just east of intersection w/Roberts Cemetry Rd., about 10 mi. west of Tomball
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Texas Army Route - April 16, 1836. Abraham (Abram) Roberts (1773-1850), a native of Georgia, came to Texas as a widower n 1827 and settled at this site on Spring Creek about 1829. His home was located at a prominent crossroads in the sparsely populated community of New Kentucky about three miles east of his neighbor Samuel McCarley. On March 21, 1836, the interim government of the Republic of Texas stayed at Roberts' home overnight while enroute to Harrisburg to establish the Republic's new capital. On April 16, 1836, the Texas army under Sam Houston left McCarley's home and arrived here about midday. Houston's soldiers, aware that the Mexican army was advancing on Harrisburg, were concerned that Houston would continue to retreat east to the Trinity River. Still uncertain about Houston's chosen route, the Texas army paused upon reaching the crossroads. Soldiers in the army asked Roberts, who was standing on his gate, to show the way to Harrisburg. A great shout arose as Roberts pointed southeast. Houston took the Harrisburg Road and on April 21 his army defeated the Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto. The decision to take the Harrisburg Road became famous as a turning point in the campaign for Texas independence. (1993) Sam Houston Bicentennial 1793-1993 Incise on base: Project of Jeffrey D. Dunn and Edward W. Turley, Jr.