GRANBURY – On the heels of the first-ever Texas Heroes Remembered festival held in Glen Rose, the Comanche Peak Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) held a marker dedication ceremony at the Granbury Cemetery to place a medallion on the grave of Olivia Elvira Hiner. Hiner, whose maiden name was Crockett, was the granddaughter of David & Elizabeth Crockett.
The ceremony began with Jacqueline Rich welcoming the crowd and Betty Gosdin introducing Carolyn Cotton, who delivered the biography of Olivia Crockett Hiner.
Born in 1863, Crockett became a Hiner in 1881 when she married Thomas Hiner. She lived all but the last 13 years of her life in the Granbury area and died in 1953. The couple’s home still stands one block off the downtown Granbury Square on W. Pearl St.
There were seven descendants of David & Elizabeth Crockett in attendances, which included Carolyn Cotton, a member of the Comanche Peak Chapter of DRT and who is the great granddaughter of Ollie Crockett Hiner. Cotton was also directly responsible for organizing the marker dedication. Also in attendance were Fran John, Winifred Elizabeth Reese, Sandra Deering Barner, Janna Deering Betsill, Errol Flanary, and Sandra Weaver.
The Color Guard – comprised of Jim Hanlon, commander; Gary Hubbard, Vick Smith, and Tom Rearden – included members of the Brazos Valley Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
Cory Moses of the Granbury United Methodist Church gave invocation, and after the unveiling of the marker Carolyn Cotton led the crowd in “Amazing Grace” to close the program.