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During the Civil War, Robert Weakley Brahan accepted an appointment by the Governor of Texas to General of the Militia. In this position, he enforced Confederate States of America’s conscription laws in South Texas.
Robert Weakley Brahan was born on June 9, 1811 in Nashville at Lockeland, the estate of his maternal grandfather, Robert Locke Weakley. Robert was the son of Gen. John Brahan and Mary Weakley.
Robert studied medicine like his father, however he practiced medicine only for family
and friends; he preferred being a planter.
He was a friend of Andrew Jackson and spent time at the Hermitage, Jackson’s home near Nashville.
On May 1, 1832, he married Martha Edwards Haywood in Huntsville, Alabama. Martha was the daughter of Judge John Haywood, Jr. of North Carolina and a granddaughter of Judge John Haywood, a Tennessee Supreme Court Justice known as “the Father of Tennessee History.” Martha’s sister, Mary, married Robert W. Brahan’s brother, John Coffee Brahan in Lauderdale County, Alabama in 1841.
(portrait of R. W. Brahan courtesy of Brahan Lodge No. 226, A.F. & A.M., La Vernia, Texas)
From Alabama, Robert and Martha moved to Panola County, Mississippi in 1840.
Robert served as a major in the militia in Mississippi. He also served in the Legislature of Mississippi.
In 1852, Robert and Martha and their family moved to Bexar County, Texas. In 1855, Brahan purchased land in the Antonio Manchaca survey in Bexar County, near St. Hedwig
. The Brahans lived in their plantation home near St. Hedwig until three or four years before Robert’s death in 1885, when they moved into their son-in-law’s (E. H. Cunningham's) home in San Antonio.
In July of 1856, Brahan registered his cattle brand in Bexar County.
On May 1, 1859 Brahan’s oldest son, Robert W. Brahan, Jr. died
In January of 1861 Brahan represented Bexar County at the Secession Convention of Texas. On February 1, 1861 he voted in favor of the Ordinance of Secession of Texas.