Matagorda County Recorded
Texas Historic Landmark
751 Catalpa Street
RECORDED TEXAS HISTORIC LANDMARK-1964
A CULTURAL, SOCIAL, POLITICAL
CENTER. HOME OF: A. C. HORTON, 1ST
LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR OF TEXAS
AND GOVERNOR 7 MONTHS; REV.
CALEB IVES, 1ST RECTOR OF 1ST
EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN TEXAS; W.
L. SARTWELL, PARTNER IN IVES-
SARTWELL-ACADEMY; A LEADING
CHURCH WOMAN, MRS S. M. DALE; F. L.
RUGELEY, SON OF A CONFEDERATE
LEADER; ROBT. J. SISK, PIONEER IN
RICE, OIL AND LAND DEVELOPMENT.
|"The Rugeley home
was a large, comfortable, old house that had been built in
the 1830's by Ira Ingram, who was the first secretary of
Matagorda and the first Speaker of the House of
Representatives. From 1837 until 1841, Colonel Albert C.
Horton, who was to become the first Lieutenant Governor of
Texas, lived in the house. A Joshua Denest next lived in the
house for one year until 1842 when the Reverend Caleb S.
Ives, the first Episcopal minister in Texas who organized
the first Episcopal Church in the State at Matagorda, turned
the house into an academy. W. L. Sartwelle taught in the
Ives Academy before purchasing it in 1851. He lived there
until 1859. Mrs. S. M. Dale was the next owner of the house,
and it was her home from 1859 until 1887 when she sold it to
Francis L. Rugeley. His widow, Miss Carrie, sold the house
to Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Sisk in 1942, and it was owned in 1984
by Mrs. Allie Lee Sisk and Dr. and Mrs. William H. Parham.
In 1964, the distinguished old house received a Texas
Historical Medallion designation it as a historic building
in the State."
From the family history of Francis Lewis
and Sarah Caroline Robbins Rugeley