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whether it means I’m in the minority or not. I stand my ground. I will stand my ground on what is right.
Among her ancestors: a horse thief, from a family of horse thieves, whose mother came and busted him out of jail with a gun.
Anderson said she can identify with that fiercely protective instinct.
She points to another facet of her lennings ancestry—the ride of one of Texas’ youngest folk legends, Katy lennings, the 10-year-old daughter of Gordon and Catherine Overton Jennings.
The ride of Katy Jennings became a big part of what became known as The Runaway scrape as settlers prepared to flee Santa Anna’s advancing troops.
When she heard the Alamo had fallen, the grieving Catherine Overton Jennings put her daughter on a bareback horse and told her to ride to Barton Springs to warn the settlers there. The Alamo was lost, Santa Anna would be coming to attack Sam Houston’s troops, and the Mexican general had given a stem edict of “no quarter.”
Katy made that ride, Anderson said.
“Who would do that—who would put their 11-year-old on a horse and say ‘Go!’” she said.
That’s where another Jennings descendant comes in.
Linda Sioux Henley is a renowned Texas sculptor, an Anderson cousin and a descendent of Katy Jennings.
Henley was commissioned to do a life-size bronze for the state capitol grounds. Her statue honoring early Texas pioneer women is the only sculpture of a woman on the grounds. She chose Catherine Overton Jennings in 1833 for her ideal.
“I tried to imagine my fourth-great-grandmother, getting to where the family’s land was, getting out of that big wagon, planting her feet firmly on the ground, her baby in her arms,” Henley said.
“I saw her on a cool, breezy morning, on the side of a hill, overlooking a field of bluebon-nets — that look of pride on her face that this is her land. She knew she and her husband would have hardships, but she knew it would be worth it for the little generation in her arms, that little generation that would later develop this great land we know to be Texas,’’ Henley said.
Henley’s statue stands on the northwest side of the Capitol, in front of the rose garden.
Urged by a mentor and sculpting instructor to sculpt something meaningful to her, Henley chose to sculpt the Ride of Katy Jennings.
“I knew it had been very cold at that time of year—1 put her with a flaring cape, she’s riding the horse fast. You can see it in her hair and the horse’s mane, how desperate they were to get to the other settlers.
“(Catherine Overton Jennings) putting her 10-year-old on a horse to ride quite a ways through the brush and things she had to endure — it’s quite amazing,” she said.
an hour and a half of hand-to-hand combat from an onslaught of thousands of Mexican troops, he lay dead, along with his fellow soldiers. Later that March, Jennings’ brother Charles died at the Goliad massacre.
A plaque on the inside of the ancient restored church commemorates (iordon Jennings' sacrifice. Accounts of the battles galvanized help for the Texans’ plight, and Texas eventual-ly gained her independence at the April 21,1836 Battle of San Jacinto, before joining the United States.
In the likes of Anderson, the Jennings legacy lives on.
‘A heritage you pass on’
“It is an unbelievable pride in where my family’s come from, what they’ve done. His blood is here on these grounds, where he fought for our independence,” she said. “This is my family’s sacred ground.”
She’s a member of the Ferdinand Lindheimer New Braunfels Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic ofTexas. Additionally, because of her place in the chain of Jennings’ descendants, Anderson is a member of the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association.
Every year, the March 6 weekend is special for Anderson, her mother Pat Jackson, and her children.
"It is an honor that will never be taken away from me and my children — to know that he stood for something, he fought for something — and he died for something," she said.
The Windham, Conn.-native Jennings’ footprint is large in central Texas. The 1,280 acres Jennings was granted for his military service extended down into Comal County, Anderson said. Many of Jennings’ descendants stayed in South Texas, in places like Pleasanton, Beeville and Bastrop.
It’s entirely possible that there are other Jennings descendants who have yet to discover their connection to one of Texas’ greatest heroes.
“There’s probably a bunch that don’t even know,” Anderson said, noting her branch of the family wasn’t even aware of the link until a relative did genealogy research and brought the kinship to her attention.
“It started a big old wildfire that led us to where we are today,” she said.
Anderson’s daughter Victoria read the closing quote at a ceremony at Austin State Cemetery, and she has been invited to appear in colonial dress in San Antonio’s Battle of the Flowers parade in April.
“They take such pride in the fact they're descendants,” she said of her children. “You can’t more native to Texas than that.”
“It’s a heritage you pass on," said her mother, Pat Jackson.
Family part of Texas history
Anderson said she feels the impact of the DNA of Texas history in her own life, noting she has something of a “pioneering spirit.”
“I stand up for what’s right,
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