Thomas Clifton enlisted Oct. 28, 1835 and was discharged Dec. 5 that same year. He was in the 1st Infantry Regt, Army of the Republic of Texas and served with York’s volunteers. He commanded the 1st division during the siege and capture of San Antonio de Bexar for which he was awarded a land grant for 640 acres.
Found in The Battles and men of the Republic of Texas by Arthur Wyllie.
Also see Blanco County History : Land Grants Within the Restricted Area of Blanco County and Early Surveyors
Lost. — My Discharge for services rendered the Late Republic of Texas as a member of Capt. John York’s Company at the Storming of Bexar, December 1835. If not found within the time prescribed by law, I shall apply for a Duplicate of the land.
by Alexander Eans, agent.
Captain Richard B. Haley was born July 27, 1810 in Tennessee. A veteran of 1835 Texas armed resistance to Mexican forces, he participated in the Grass Fight (Nov. 26, 1835), and in the victory over General Cos’ forces at San Antonio on Dec. 10, 1835. He served in the Shelby County Mounted Milita 1838-1839. For his services as an early colonist and soldier, he was given six land grants. After 1850 he lived in Leon and Freestone counties. Twice married, he had three children. A friend of General Sam Houston, he was a farmer and had operated Haley’s Ferry on the Sabine River. He died July 19, 1877 in Freestone County and is buried in the Salem Cemetery there.
Juan Nepomuceno Seguín (1806–1890), political and military figure of the Texas Revolution and Republic of Texas, was born in San Antonio on October 27, 1806. He was elected alderman in 1828 and served as political chief of the Department of Bexar in 1834. In 1835 he led a militia company to Monclova. After the battle of Gonzales in October 1835, Stephen F. Austin granted a captain’s commission to Seguín, who raised a company of thirty-seven. His company was involved in the fall of 1835 in scouting and supply operations for the revolutionary army, and on December 5 it participated in the assault on Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos’ army at San Antonio. Seguín entered the Alamo with the other Texan military when Antonio López de Santa Anna’s army arrived, but was sent out as a courier. At Gonzales he organized a company that functioned as the rear guard of Sam Houston’s army, was the only Tejano unit to fight at the battle of San Jacinto, and afterward observed the Mexican army’s retreat. Seguín accepted the Mexican surrender of San Antonio on June 4, 1836, and served as the city’s military commander through the fall of 1837, during which time he directed burial services for the remains of the Alamo dead. He resigned his commission upon election to the Republic of Texas senate at the end of the year. He was the only Mexican Texan in the senate, serving in its second, third, and fourth congress.
William Harrison Magill was born 1813 in Kentucky. He and his father Samuel P. Magill fought in the battle of Plum Creek on August 12, 1840. William’s younger brother, James P. Magill, later came to Texas and served in the Texas Rangers and became a state legislator.
Magill signed up with a company of rangers in the summer of 1835, serving first under Robert Coleman and then under Robert McAlpine Williamson. Edward Burleson, a veteran of the War of 1812 and a colonel of militia since 1832, led the volunteers from Mina, and Magill grew to admire him greatly and responded frequently over the years when Burleson requested volunteers for militia or ranger duties. Magill’s service in the summer of 1835 saw both victory and tragedy. In June the rangers had captured a group of Caddo Indians suspected of stealing horses, and the men voted in favor of executing them on the spot, a decision that Coleman, among others, rushed to carry out. It was a divided vote, however, for Burleson and his followers had wanted to bring the Indians back to Mina for trial. Then, Coleman’s company, in which Magill served, attacked a Tawakoni village, and in fierce fighting, a handful of rangers were killed. The rest fell back to Fort Parker and awaited reinforcements arriving under Stephen Moore. In the subsequent regrouping, Magill joined a company under Robert M. Williamson that ranged during the summer as far north as present-day Dallas. When the company of rangers were returning to Mina in September 1835, several of the men chased two Indians. In the ensuring confusion, Magill accidentally shot fellow ranger Moses Smith Hornsby. The shot shattered Hornsby’s arm. Hornsby, who had already been wounded in the shoulder, refused to have his arm amputated and died several days later.
The company returned to Mina, and in October, Magill served in the militia that fought and defeated Mexican troops at Mission Conception, near San Antonio. He also volunteered to follow Ben Milam into the Siege of Béxar (San Antonio). In February 1836 he joined the Mina Volunteers when the militia was called up. He was elected second sergeant, under Capt. Jesse Billinglsley. The company hurriedly assembled first at Burleson’s house and went on to Gonzales, where they joined the troops under Gen. Sam Houston and began the long march eastward. Magill fought in the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
During the Civil War, Magill performed his final military duty as a captain in the Home Guard from Burnett County in 1864. He died on December 17, 1878 and is buried in the Magill Cemetery.