volunteers, enrolled them in the Texas army, and transported
them to Natchitoches on a steamboat. There he became ill and had to stay behind
temporarily while the men marched on to Nacogdoches. The unit left for Gonzales
on the last day of February and was with Houston's troubled army for two
months in the spring of 1836. Sherman was colonel of the 2nd regiment at the
battle of San Jacinto. He brought his family to Texas in January of 1837. Sam
Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, Heroes
of San Jacinto, pp. 289-90.|
22. [p.76] Born in Culpeper County, Virginia, in 1776, James Gaines came west with his cousin, Edmund Pendleton Gaines, in 1803-04 as a surveyor of lands along the Natchez Trace. James operated a ferry on the Sabine beginning in 1812 and at the site at the termination of El Camino Real after 1819. A political and military activist, he participated in the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition and held local office under Mexican rule. He opposed the Fredonian Rebellion but signed the Declaration of Independence as a representative of the Sabine district. He remained active, holding the office of senator in the fourth through sixth Texas congresses. James Gaines emigrated to California during Gold Rush days and died in 1856. Vertical Files, Revised Handbook.
23. [p.77] Brown received one hundred and fifteen votes, three short of the third-place candidate (S. M. Blount), who along with E. O. LeGrand and Martin Parmer represented San Augustine in the Convention. Election certificate, San Augustine municipality, Republic of Texas Election Returns, Convention of 1836, TSA.
24. [p.77] San Augustine was a Spanish mission site first in 1716 and the location of a settlement of Anglo Texans during the 1820s under the name Ayish Bayou. In 1834 the name was changed to San Augustine. Webb, Handbook, vol. 2, p. 547.
25. [p.77] Captain Thomas S. McFarland, who emigrated to the San Augustine municipality in 1830, enrolled a company of troops on July 4, 1836, and served for three months. John C. Lawhon joined this company along with one other McFarland (S. P.), but the only soldier of that surname known to have served in the Béxar siege of 1835 was Dugald McFarland from the Matagorda area. Daughters of the Republic of Texas, (hereafter referred to as DRT) Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution, pp. 251-52; Gifford White, 1830 Citizens of Texas, p. 206; Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants, p. 453.
26. [p.78] Henry Millard was born in Mississippi in 1807 and moved to Liberty, Texas, in 1835, representing that district in the Consultation. He was made lt. col. of the first regiment of the Texas army by that body and served from December 5, 1835, to December 16, 1836. At the battle of San Jacinto, he commanded the right flank of the Texas forces. He was one of the army leaders who made an unsuccessful attempt to arrest Interim President David G. Burnet to prevent