Stephen Richardson was born 1794 in Maine. In July 1826, in answer to a Mexican plea to relieve famine in Yucatán, Richardson chartered a vessel called the Little Zoe, loaded it with corn and lard, and sailed for Campeche. He was ordered away from Campeche by port authorities and was detained so long at Tampico that his cargo spoiled. In October 1827 he was in Saltillo petitioning the government for redress of his losses, but the matter remained unsettled in June 1828. In the fall of 1835 he joined the volunteer army under Francis W. Johnson and took part in the Grass Fight and the Siege of Béxar. He died in Houston on July 6, 1860.
Blaz Philipe Despallier was born 1809 in Texas and, along with his brothers, was involved in the Texas Revolution. He lived in Natchitoches, Louisiana and published a newspaper called the Frontier Reporter and Natchitoches & Claiborne Advertiser. He left Natchitoches and arrived in San Antonio de Béxar on November 26, 1835, the day of the Grass Fight. He participated in the Siege of Béxar and was listed as a soldier on the muster roll of John York’s men led by Capt. Thomas H. Breece, but he was called captain or was addressed in that way, according to some who fought with him. After the fall of Béxar, Blaz became a scout for William B. Travis but fell ill, was honorably discharged, and returned home to Rapides Parish.
William Jarvis Russell was born 1802 in North Carolina. In May 1832 Russell was among the citizens at Anahuac who demanded of John Davis Bradburn the release of William B. Travis and Patrick C. Jack, arrested by Mexican authorities. When their release was not forthcoming, Russell accompanied John Austin to Brazoria to secure a cannon to enforce their demands. On their return to Anahuac, Austin and Russell were stopped by the garrison at Velasco commanded by Domingo de Ugartechea, who refused to allow the gun to pass. On June 22, 1832, Russell was appointed lieutenant in command of the schooner Brazoria and ordered to bombard the Mexicans from the Brazos River. At the battle of Velasco Russell is said to have fired the first shot of the Texas Revolution, on June 26, 1832. On June 29 he and William H. Wharton received the surrender of Velasco. At Harrisburg on June 4, 1835, Russell signed a petition to the Mexican government protesting what the signers felt to be the arbitrary enforcement of the customs laws at Anahuac, and on June 23, 1835, he took an active role in the formulation of the Columbia Resolutions, which called for a meeting to adopt “measures to meet the present crisis” and pledged to support the decision of the majority on how to deal with growing troubles with Mexican officials. On September 26 Russell was elected chairman of the Committee of Safety of Matagorda County, which raised a company of volunteers for Texas defense and elected delegates to the Consultation at San Felipe de Austin. Russell joined Capt. James W. Fannin’s company of Brazoria Guards in October 1835 and took part in the capture of Goliad on October 9, 1835, and the Siege of Béxar. He was on detached duty at the time of the battle of San Jacinto and was discharged from the army in July 1836.
William Scott was born 1784 in Virginia. He was appointed second lieutenant in the colonial militia in August 1824. He bought a schooner in 1825, probably the same boat that Austin rented from him in June 1827. He commanded the schooner Stephen F. Austin at Anahuac in 1832 and in April 1836 offered the Texas government the use of his sloop, the Fourth of July, provided that his son assume command. He was elected captain of the Lynchburg Volunteers in September 1835 and contributed the blue silk used in making one of the first Lone Star flags for Texas. He was with the army in the Siege of Béxar in November of that year. He was scheduled to appear in court for attacking two neighbors thought to be Tories but died at Galveston Bay on October 9, 1837, before his trial.
Samuel Damon was born 1808 in Massachusetts. In 1831, when his ship arrived at the mouth of the Brazos, he was told that Mexican officials would not allow any more Americans to enter Texas. Damon swam ashore undetected, made his way inland, and eventually found shelter in the home of Abraham Darst, one of Stephen F. Austin’s colonists. He later traveled to San Felipe and obtained permission from Mexican authorities to operate a freight line between Columbia and San Antonio. In the fall of 1835 he was assigned the duty of transporting military supplies to the Texas forces commanded by Edward Burleson near San Antonio de Béxar. After delivering the supplies, Damon took part in the Siege of Béxar and the capture of Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos. As a soldier at the battle of San Jacinto he guarded the wagons, baggage, and wounded soldiers near Harrisburg. He died at Damon’s Mound, Brazoria County on October 3, 1882, and is buried in the Damon Cemetery.