John P. Borden was born 1812 in New York. He enrolled in Capt. George Collinsworth’s company on October 7, 1835, and participated in the taking of Goliad two days later. He helped write a resolution to Austin informing him that the Goliad men reserved the privilege of naming their own company commander. He then enrolled in Capt. Philip Dimmitt’s company and took part in the Siege of Béxar in December 1835. Borden was discharged on January 11, 1836, but reenlisted a few weeks later and served as first lieutenant in Moseley Baker’s company at the battle of San Jacinto. He was a member of the Somervell expedition in 1842 but did not go on to Mier. He died November 12, 1891.
Archives for November 2014
Franz Ferdinand Albrecht Ludwig von Roeder was born 1811 in Prussia. From November 3 to December 13, 1835, Roeder served in the Army of the Republic of Texas. He participated in the Siege of Béxar and after the fall of the Alamo, during the Runaway Scrape, helped the settlers rather than rejoin the army. Roeder and his brother-in-law were among forty volunteers ambushed by Comanche Indians near Yorktown on Escondido Creek east of the San Antonio River. They both survived, but many of the volunteers, including Capt. John York, were killed. Roeder died on June 11, 1857.
William Daniel Jackson was born 1807 in Ireland. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison, possibly as a lieutenant of Capt. William R. Carey’s artillery company. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
William Langenheim was born 1816 in Germany. He settled in the region of Aransas Bay, Texas, in 1833. He joined the Texas army, participated in the Siege of Béxar, and on February 27, 1836, was captured with Francis W. Johnson’s party at San Patricio. Langenheim was imprisoned at Matamoros, Tamaulipas, until January 1837. After his release he returned to the United States by way of New Orleans and joined the quartermaster department of the United States Army for service in the Seminole War. He died in Philadelphia in 1874.
Dr. Edward F. Mitchasson was born 1806 in Virginia. He entered the service of Texas on November 30, 1835, as a private in Captain Edwards’s company. It is not known if he served the Texan forces in the capacity of a physician. He was severely wounded in the Siege of Béxar. On January 1, 1836, he was listed as a member of Capt. John Chenoweth’s company. His wounds may have prevented him from playing an active role in the defense of the Alamo. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.