Jane McManus: Texas’ only female colonizer

   Jane Cazneau [pseuds.: Montgomery, Cora Montgomery, Corrine Montgomery], journalist, author, promoter, and unofficial diplomat, daughter of William Telemachus and Catharina (Coons) McManus, was born in or near Troy, New York, on April 6, 1807. 
   Her father served in the United States Congress from 1825 to 1827. 
   She had three brothers, including Robert O.W.  
   She was apparently raised Lutheran, but seems to have become Catholic as a young woman. 
   She married William F. (or Allen B.) Storms in 1825 and had a son but was divorced in 1831. 
   Three years later she was named as Aaron Burr’s mistress in a divorce suit brought against the former United States vice president. 
   Jane McManus Storms (she used both surnames at different times after her divorce) first became active in Texas in 1832, when, to offset declining family fortunes, she investigated opportunities both to resettle her parents and to contract to bring immigrants to Stephen F. Austin’s colonies, in what was then the Mexican state of Coahuila and Texas. 
   With her brother Robert she traveled to Texas on the first of nine trips that she made there between 1832 and 1849.  
   She applied to Austin for a headright and a league of coastal land in 1834 and 1835, respectively. 

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