Oil on canvas portrait of a man from head to waist. Man holds a cane and is dressed in white shirt, dark jabot and dark jacket with a watch chain spanning his front abdomen. Leonard Groce. Leonard Waller Groce (1806-1873) helped move his family to Texas in 1821-22 from Georgia (part of the "Old 300" in Stephen F. Austin's land grant in the Brazos River Valley). The land had previously been settled by a Mexican family. After finishing school, Groce took over the family business in 1825. Groce brought the first cotton gin to Texas from New Orleans. Groce married Courtney Ann Fulton (1816?-1868?) in 1831. Groce was a delegate to the Convention of 1833 and served with Capt. William Ware's company from June 4 to September 4, 1836. In 1853, the Groce's moved to Liendo Plantation. The plantation was the site of a Confederate recruiting station and prisoner of war camp. During Reconstruction, union troops under Custer occupied the land. Groce went bankrupt during Reconstruction.