By Sherrie S. McLeroy
Her identify was once Rebecca Aston Brown, however the international knew her as omit Bettie. Artist, global visitor, and for the days such a lot stunning of all, a spinster to the top of her days, Bettie's existence has been the topic of conjecture and rumor.
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Mrs. Brown's especial forte was the New Year's Day reception, a favorite component of the city's social calendar, when most of the large homes were open for callers. S. B. . were the beautiful residences of Gen. E. B. Nichols, who lived on Broadway where the palatial Sealy house now stands [next door to Ashton Villa], and the magnificent home of Mrs. J. M. . where [guests] found everything as beautiful, lovely and entertaining as they could wish. " 17 Galvestonians were not the only ones impressed by Ashton Villa.
Courtesy of Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas) Page 19 humidity, and a separate brick structure behind the house contained the kitchen, laundry, and slaves/servants' quarters. A third building housed the stable. 2 To the left, as guests entered the front door of Ashton Villa, was a large parlour or reception room that extended the depth of the house. Across the hall was a small "ladies" parlour and, behind it, a dining room. The Browns chose the sophisticated and popular French Antique style to decorate these public rooms: antique reproduction furniture selected and purchased in New York, tall pier mirrors, and an ornate plaster cornice in a floral motif.
Soon after the war with Mexico, the town's size and population both accelerated as Texans began shipping their white Page 9 goldcottonthrough its port facilities. Cotton would make Galveston not only Texas' largest city in only a few years, but its cultural and commercial heart as well. Enter Mr. Brown Which is precisely what attracted a young New Yorker by the name of James Moreau Brown. Little is known of his ancestry. His obituary states that he was the son of Dutch immigrants, but histories of Orange County, New York, where Brown was born on September 22, 1821, describe his unnamed grandfather as an Englishman who settled in the Cornwall area of that county prior to the Revolutionary War.
Daughter of Fortune: The Bettie Brown Story (Women of the West Series) by Sherrie S. McLeroy