Daniel Shipman was born 1801 in North Carolina. He served in Capt. Francis W. Johnson’s company in the Anahuac Disturbances of 1832 and in Capt. John Byrd’s company at the Siege of Béxar. He was with Lt. Thomas H. Borden, the company’s temporary commander, at the storming of the city in December 1835, and is said to have been at the side of Benjamin R. Milam when he was shot. On August 2, 1836, Shipman and his father enlisted in Byrd’s four-month volunteers; Shipman served until the company was disbanded on January 18, 1837. Shipman died near Goliad on March 4, 1881, at the home of his son Daniel, Jr. His younger brother John was killed on the Mier expedition.
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Robert Wilson was born 1793 in Maryland and he served with Maryland troops during the War of 1812. At some point he built two customhouses for the Mexican government, at Galveston and Velasco. In 1832 he joined fellow Texans in laying siege to the garrison at Anahuac. He subsequently provided two ships to transport the Mexican troops at Anahuac back to Mexico. In 1832 and 1833 he was elected a delegate to conventions in San Felipe that considered Texas grievances. Wilson volunteered for the army in 1835 and became a colonel. After participating in the Siege of Béxar in November, he left for New Orleans to raise money and volunteers. When he returned in May 1836, after the San Jacinto victory, he found that his entire livelihood at Harrisburg had been burned by the Mexican army. Robert Wilson died on May 25, 1856, and was buried in a family cemetery in Houston.
Samuel C.A. Rogers was born 1810 in Virginia. He participated in battles against the Lipan Apaches and Tonkawas and in the summer of 1832 fought in the battle of Sandy Creek. On July 17, 1835, he was elected secretary of the Lavaca-Navidad Meeting, which drew up a document protesting the Mexican government’s treatment of American colonists. Mexican officials later ordered the seizure of all participants of the meeting, but warned by his future mother-in-law of his impending arrest, Rogers escaped. In the fall of 1835 he was a member of the Texas Army of the People and participated in the Grass Fight and the Siege of Béxar. During this time he served in Capt. John Alley’s company. He was a member of Capt. John Sutherland’s company from June to September 1836. In August 1840 he was also involved in the battle of Plum Creek against the Comanches, and he was with Capt. Lafayette Ward’s company on the campaign against Rafael Vásquez in 1842. Rogers died on February 13, 1892.
William Kuykendall was born 1810 in Missouri (Arkansas). At age sixteen Kuykendall accompanied his father and brothers in patrol of the Old San Antonio Road during the Fredonian Rebellion. After that he participated in protective and retaliatory pursuits of Indians. He participated in the Siege of Béxar in 1835. He also provided both horses and corn to the Army of the Republic of Texas in 1836 and 1838. From July to November 1836 he served as a ranger under Col. Edward Burleson. He also served in the army against Rafael Vásquez in 1842. In the late 1840s Kuykendall settled his family near Mesquite Landing in Refugio County. He died at Hynes Bay on February 27, 1862.
Samuel Wolfenberger was born 1804 in Virginia. He fought under Lt. William Jarvis Russell’s command in the battle of Velasco in June 1832. In 1834 he was named alcalde of Mina Municipality and helped form the first Committee of Safety and Correspondence on May 8, 1835. On November 28, 1835, at San Felipe de Austin he was named one of the commissioners responsible for the organization of the Texas militia within the jurisdiction of Mina. Earlier that month, on November 17, he had enlisted in the Mina Volunteers for the campaign in San Antonio de Béxar and took part in the Siege of Béxar in early December 1835. He was discharged from the Texas army in San Antonio on December 13, 1835. He later served as second sergeant in Robert M. Coleman’s company of rangers (forerunner of the Texas Rangers) with headquarters at Coleman’s Fort on the Colorado. Samuel Wolfenberger died on April 10, 1860, and was buried ten miles southwest of Bastrop in the Wolfenberger cemetery.