Virginia native William Demetris Lacey (1808-1848) grew up in Kentucky and in 1831 settled in what is now Columbus. He established a tanyard and saddle shop on this site and married Sarah Ann Sally Bright in 1832. Elected to several public offices while Texas was still a part of Mexico, Lacey was selected to attend the convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where he signed the Texas declaration of independence. After serving in the Texas army, he returned to Columbus with his family, only to discover their home in ruins. The family settled along the Tres Palacios River in Matagorda County on land Lacey received for his war service. They returned to Kentucky in 1848, where he died and is buried. (2001)
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