Maverick, Mary Elizabeth Vance (1855–1930)

By: Anne Leslie Fenstermaker

Type: Biography

Published: April 1, 1995

Updated: July 20, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Maverick, memoir writer and artist, the daughter of Rowena Felt (Baldwin) and John Vance, was born in Castroville, Texas, on November 14, 1855. Her father owned the Vance Mercantile Store and Hotel, now the Landmark Inn, and her mother moved from Vermont to establish a Presbyterian missionary school in San Antonio in the late 1840s. Mary was the third of six children. Her first schooling was in Castroville with Miss Lucy Noonan, and in 1870 she attended the convent school of the Sisters of Divine Providence, Castroville. For a short time in 1870 she attended St. Mary's Hall, San Antonio, taught by Mrs. Virginia Polk. In 1871 she finished her education at Red Wing Academy, Red Wing, Minnesota, where she graduated on June 25, 1871. She married George Madison Maverick of San Antonio, the next day in Redwing, and they moved to Sedalia, Missouri, where her new husband began a law practice. In the late 1870s they moved to St. Louis and lived there until their permanent return to San Antonio in 1896. The Mavericks had six children, including Mary Rowena Maverick Green and Lucy Madison Maverick. Mrs. Maverick wrote memoirs about such subjects as the United States Camel Corps (see CAMELS), Indians, early Castroville and San Antonio citizens, and the Civil War. Her memoir is unpublished. She designed and carved furniture, designed clothing, and was an accomplished cook, having attended cooking school in St. Louis. She was baptized a Presbyterian but often attended St. Mark's Episcopal Church. She was a Democrat. She was a founder of the San Antonio Conservation Society. She died in San Antonio on March 2, 1930.

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April 1, 1995
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