Sam Houston’s third wife, Margaret Moffette Lea of Marion, Alabama, spent 14 years trying to convert Sam to the Baptist denomination. With the assistance of George Washington Baines, she was able to convince him. Word had spread about the upcoming Baptism, bringing spectators from neighboring communities into Independence, Texas, to witness the event. On November 19, 1854, Sam Houston was baptized in Little Rocky Creek, two miles south of Independence, and became a member of Independence Baptist Church. The baptismal site is marked by the Texas Historical Commission as located on Farm to Market Road 150 at Sam Houston Road.
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