John S. Black was born in Tennessee in 1790. His father, Gavin Black, was a lieutenant in the American Revolutionary army. His grandfather, George Black, signed the Tryon Declaration of Independence in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1775. In 1835 Black served as a cavalryman under the command of Stephen F. Austin. He and his son Monroe took part in the Siege of Béxar on December 5–9, 1835, under the command of Gen. Edward Burleson. Black went on to participate in the battle of San Jacinto as a captain in the quartermaster’s corps. After independence, he remained in the service of the Republic of Texas in the quartermaster’s depot in Houston. After 1842 he was an Indian commissioner.
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