Tejanos in the Texas Revolution

 

taken from

 

Viva Tejas

 
The Story of the Tejanos,
the Mexican-born Patriots of the Texas Revolution

 

by Ruben Rendon Lozano
With new material added by Mary Ann Noonan Guerra

 

THE MEXICAN TEXANS AND THEIR ACTIVITIES
Chapter IV of Viva Tejas by Reuben Rendon Lozano written in 1936 at the Texas Centennial

 

SECOND REGIMENT OF TEXAS VOLUNTERS

NINTH COMPANY

 

 

José María Arocha

Born in Texas; enlisted with Captain Seguin on October 11, 1835; fought in the siege of Bexar; discharged November 4th, 1836.  His headright and labor of land was sold in San Antonio on February 2nd, 1836.  He died at San Antonio, Texas in 1841.

[Arocha Desendants Report]

 

 

Manuel Arocha

The Bexar County board issued to this soldier a headright and labor certificate for one third of a league of land.  On May 31, 1851, he was issued donation certificate for 640 acres of land for services at the battle of San Jacinto.  The Arocha descendants in Bexar County are many.

[Arocha Desendants Report]

 

 

Antonio Cruz Arocha

Born in Mexico, reared in Texas, served with Captain Seguin's Company.  Left the Alamo with Seguin the night of February 29th, 1836, to procure aid for the garrison of the Alamo.  He joined Houston's army at González immediately thereafter, and fought at San Jacinto. Bounty Warrant No. 927, for 1280 acres of land, for serving in the Texas army from January 1835 to December 1837.  On November 6th, enlisted as second sargeant in Lieutenant Manuel Flores' Company.  He was granted a labor and league by Bexar County Board March 6, 1838.  He is listed in Seguin's company as Antonio Cruz.

[Arocha Desendants Report]

 

 

Simon Arreola

Born in Bexar, Texas. According to Service Record No. 6669, Arreola, joined Captain Seguin's Company February 23, 1836 and was discharged at Nacogdoches, July 31, 1836.  The Bexar County Board of Land Commissioner's granted him a league and labor of land on February 2, 1838.  In 1842 he was still to be found in San Antonio, but on November 1850, according to a deed record in the County Clerk's record of Bexar County," he was either dead or out of the state."

 

 

Andres Barcines

Born in San Antonio de Bexar, Texas.  His services were recognized by the granting of a headright certificate of land.  He died in San Antonio in 1839, and Colonel Juan N. Seguin was appointed administrator of his estate May 27, 1839.

 

 

Cesario Curbiere

Native Texan, born in Bexar.  Enlisted in Lieutenant Manuel Flores' company November 5, 1836; served until February 3, 1838.  He was granted 1280 acres of land by the Bexar County Board.  Died in Bexar, 1841.

 

 

Matías Curbiere (Jose Matias Courbiere)

Native Texan, born in Bexar in the year 1814, enlisted in Captain Seguin's Company November 5, 1836 and served as third sergeant of the company.  He married Irulella Garza November 11, 1837.  He was a member of the Texas Veteran's Association.  Died in San Antonio in 1877.

 

 

Lucio Enriquez

Native Texan, born in San Antonio, Texas, service record No. 8760; served in Seguin's Company from March 5, 1836 to June 5, 1836.  (The dates of enlistment like the above show some of these men rallying to Houston's army just before the battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836.)  He later enlisted in Lieutenant Manuel Flores' Company and was Second Sergeant.  He was granted a third of a league of land by the Bexar County land board and received his allotted 640 acres for service at San Jacinto.  On April 21, 1852, he was given more land, consisting of 320 acres, for services in the Texan army from February 22, 1836, to July 15 of the same year.  On May 24, 1852 his widow sold 960 acres of land to one John James.

 

 

Manuel Flores (Jose Manuel Nepomunceno Paublino Flores)

Flores was born in Bexar, his service record No. 4220 shows him as serving in the Texan army from October 1st, 1935, to October 1st, 1836, as first sergeant under Captain Seguin; as First Lieutenant in Second Regiment of Cavalry, Company "B", and as Captain from March 1st to October 12, 1837.  He was credited with urging the Texans forward, after their first fire upon Santa Anna's men.  The Texans having fallen on their stomachs, waiting the reaction, he shouted: "Get up you cowards. Santa Anna's men are running."  This man was also disappointed by the fact that Texas was deciding to annexation, and while residing in Matagorda he attempted a revolution against the established Texan authorities.  General Canalizo of the Mexican army procured his services to incite the Indians in Texas to uprisings.  On May 14, 1839 Texas Rangers under Lieutenant James O. Rice discovered him and his band on the San Gabriel river in Williamson County, and in the encounter Flores was killed.  Much too sad an end for his splendid record.

 

[It is likely that both the Flores' above and below were the loyalist Hispanic Tejano patriot who participated in the Texas rebellion who died in 1868 and served with Seguin's company during and after the war for independence.  The incident referred to above happened at San Jacinto and was related by Ambrosio Rodriquez to his son who related it in his memoirs.  It is unclear if the centralist agent Flores served in early battles for Texas independence on the side of the Texians---W.L. McKeehan]

[flores Desendants Report]

 

 

Manuel María Flores

This man was granted a headright certificate for one third of a league of land, for serving in Captain Seguin's company from January 15, to June 10, 1836. Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1808.  Died at the same place on December 3, 1868.

 

 

Nepomuceno Flores (Jose Maria Victoriano Nepomunceno Flores)

Born at Bexar, Texas, in the year 1811.  Service record 4223.  Served as corporal in Juan N. Seguin's Company from January 1st, 1836 to October 11 of the same year, and as first lieutenant from October 14, 1836, to October 14, 1837.  He took part in the storming of Bexar in December 1835.  His father was José Flores de Abrego, and he was a brother of Captain Manuel Flores.  He served at San Jacinto.  He was a brother of Colonel Juan N. Seguin's wife.  Died December 2, 1878.

[flores Desendants Report]

 

 

Pedro Herrera

Born in Bexar; served in Captain Seguin's Company from February 23, to July 1836.  His service record is No. 565.  Re-enlisted November 5, 1836.  In Captain Manuel Flores' Cavalry Company on November 4, 1837.

[Herrera Desendants Report]

 

 

Tomas Maldonado (Listed as Maldonart)

Served in Captain Seguin's Company. This man is among the many Mexican-Texans whose records do not appear in many places. Having performed their duties as soldiers, they were never heard of again except, perhaps, through some friend, or kinfolks.

 

 

Antonio Menchaca (José Antonio Menchaca, 1800-1878)

Born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1800; served gallantly in the storming of Bexar, in December 1835; served under Captain Juan N. Seguin as second sergeant, and as such took part in the battle of San Jacinto, it being said about him that he was ordered by Sam Houston to cook a Mexican dinner for the prisoner of war, Santa Anna.  During Manuel Flores' uprising in Nacogdoches, President Lamar appointed a commission to deal with him, hoping to win Flores back to the Texan cause, and Antonio Menchaca was a member of the Commission, He made all possible efforts to convince Flores of his error, but was unsuccessful.  He made a full report of his mission to President Lamar.

 

He later was elected city alderman in San Antonio, and became mayor pro-tem July 20, 1838.  He was a member of Texas Veteran's Association.  He was a very close friend of Colonel James Bowie, with whom he had taken a trip to the United States, and had learned to admire Americans, and their customs.  The Congress of Texas, in recognition of his services and his injuries, for he had been wounded, granted him a house and lot at San Antonio, from properties confiscated from those who gave aid and comfort to the enemy.  However, the confiscation never took place and he got only the recognition.  He was wounded during the battle with General Woll at San Antonio.  Don Antonio was the father-in-law of the one time County Treasurer, J. B. Lacoste.  Died in San Antonio on November 1, 1879, and is buried in San Fernando Cemetery No. 1.

[MENCHACA DESENDANTS REPORT]

 

 

Nepomuceno Navarro  (Juan Nepomuceno Navarro, 1811-1877 )

Born in San Antonio in 1811. Another one of Captain Seguin's men; received land from the Bexar County Land Board in recognition of his services.  He also was a member of the Texas Veteran Association.  Died at San Antonio, April 8, 1877.

 

 

Jacinto Peña

Born in Mexico, reared in Texas, served in Captain Seguin's Company until June 10, 1836.  On December 31, 1836, he is again shown as second corporal in Captain Manuel Flores' Cavalry.  On January 29, 1838, he was granted a headright certificate for a third of a league of land by the Bexar County Land Board.  Fought at San Jacinto.

 

 

Ambrosio Rodriguez (c.a. 1806-1848)

Born in San Antonio, his father was Don Manuel Ignacio Rodriguez and his mother was Antonia Curbiere, of the early Canary Island families, which settled San Antonio; he was married to Miss Maria de Jesús Olivarri on January 16, 1828. He joined Captain Seguin's Company on the 23rd day of February, 1836.  The muster roll of Captain Seguin's Company, at Victoria, shows Rodriguez as a second lieutenant on May 29, 1836.  He was paid tribute by General Thomas J. Rusk who said that he deserved the kind treatment and friendship of all Texans.  At Houston Captain Seguin certified that a saddle, bridle, and mountings valued at sixty-five dollars had been pressed into service, being the property of Lieutenant Rodriguez, and General Houston endorsed the certificate of payment to him.  He served gallantly at the Battle of San Jacinto.  He enlisted November 5, 1836, for the duration of the war in Lieutenant Manuel Flores' Company.  He was promoted to second lieutenant of the company, the Texas Senate confirming his appointment on May 22, 1837.  He died in San Antonio in 1848.  His son Judge J. M. Rodriguez, of Laredo and San Antonio, carried on where his father had left off.  In 1858 he was elected assessor and tax collector in Bexar County, on the same ticket with General Houston, who was running for governor. He was later elected county clerk of Webb County and later county judge of the same county; an office which he held for thirty-five years, or until his death. 

[RODRIGUEZ DESENDANTS REPORT]

 

 

Manuel Tarin (Manuel Antonio Santiago Tarín, 1811-?)

According to his service record, No. 194, he was born in Mexico, served in Captain Seguin's Company from February 22 to July 15, 1836.  On January 25, 1838 the Bexar County Land Board granted him a headright certificate for one third of a league of land.  He lived in San Antonio.

[TARIN DESENDANTS REPORT]

 

 

Source:

Lozano, Ruben Rendon, Viva Tejas, The Story of the Tejanos, the Mexican-born Patriots of the Texas Revolution. With new material added by Mary Ann Noonan Guerra.  (San Antonio,Texas: Alamo Press, c.1936, 1985).  Pages 40-47.

 

 

 

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