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Municipal flags in Grimes County:
From the municipal records, vol. 39, p 263:
ResolutionDave Pawson, 10 December 2008
Whereas, Sarah Bradley Dodson was born in Kentucky in 1812 and as an eleven-year old Sarah Bradley and her parents arrived in Texas in 1823 with Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred Colonists, setting near Brazoria, Sarah married Archelaus Bynum Dodson of nearby Harrisburg on May 17, 1835; and
Whereas, tensions mounted between Mexico and the Texian Colonists, a call for military volunteers was circulated in September 1835, and Archelaus Dodson became First Lt. in Captain Andrew Robinson's Harrisburg Volunteers; and
Whereas, Sarah offered to design and make a flag for her husband's Company using blue, white and red calico. She fashioned a flag of three equal squares, with a five pointed star in the center of the blue square. Reportedly the first Lone Star flag, the banner was displayed in the town of Gonzales in October 1835 and, in December flew during the siege of Bexar; and
Whereas, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, two flags were seen flying over Convention Hall. One was described as a Lone Star flag and is believed to have been the one made by Sarah Dodson; and
Whereas, following the Texas victory at San Jacinto, the Dodson's lived in Fort Bend County, then moved in 1844 to Grimes County. They donated land for Bethel Cemetery where Sarah was buried in 1848; and
Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Commissioners' Court of Grimes County, Texas does hereby adopt the Sarah Bradley Dobson design as the official Grimes County banner for hanging and flag for flying with the star pointing up in each design and does permit the county flag to fly 24 hours a day in memory of Sarah Bradley Dodson at her grave site in the Bethel Cemetery and does encourage students studying Texas and United States history in Grimes County to visit the site and study her life and times in appreciation of her outstanding pioneer achievement and does order that a copy of this Resolution be sent to each teacher of Texas and United States history in Grimes County.
In Witness Thereof, we set our hands this 14th day of January 2002.
Ira E Haynie, Grimes County Judge
Larry Snook, Commissioner, Pct. 1
Frank Glass, Commissioner, Pct. 2
Zac H. Falkenbury, Commissioner, Pct. 3
Marcus H. Mallard, Commissioner, Pct. 4