La Vernia, TX
La Vernia is a city in Wilson County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,034 at the 2010 census. It is part of the San AntonioMetropolitan Statistical Area. The area known as present-day La Vernia was first inhabited by indigenous American Indian tribes, primarily the Comanches and the Coahuiltecan. One of the earliest land claims was by Erastus Smith, also known as Deaf Smith. Deaf Smith was married to a Mexican citizen; and as such, received a Spanish land grant on the Cibolo River, near present-day La Vernia. This area remained primarily unsettled by Europeans until 1837, when Texas Republic veterans from the Mexican American War arrived. W. R. Wiseman of Mississippi, who organized a Presbyterian church at the site around 1851, is said to have named the place Live Oak Grove. Although, in 1853 William Claiborne Rector was the postmaster at the local post office and during this time the town was still called Post Oak. The town's current name came from the local Spanish vernacular for "green oaks", or "La Vernia. Hence, the Brahan Masonic lodge was first established at "La Vernia" in 1859. The building also served as a school and church.