Andrew Briscoe was born 1810 in Mississippi. Briscoe opposed the irregular collection of customs dues by Mexican authorities at Anahuac and presented resolutions of protest at a mass meeting there and later at Harrisburg. When he attempted to trade to DeWitt Clinton Harris goods with unpaid duties, both he and Harris were arrested by Mexican officials. They were released when William B. Travis and his volunteers came to drive Antonio Tenorio out of office. In July Briscoe wrote to the editor of the Brazoria Texas Republican justifying the action taken. In August he received a congratulatory letter from Travis. Briscoe was captain of the Liberty Volunteers at the battle of Concepción and followed Benjamin R. Milam in the Siege of Béxar. He was elected a delegate from his municipality with Lorenzo de Zavala and attended the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos, but evidently because of the urgency of reentering military service he did not remain until its close. At the battle of San Jacinto he was captain of Company A, Infantry Regulars. He died October 4, 1849.
Basil G. Ijams (Ijames) was born 1804 in North Carolin. He joined Stephen F. Austin’s army at Gonzales in October 1835 and participated in the siege of Bexar. At the battle of San Jacinto he was second lieutenant of the Second Regiment, Fifth Infantry, Texas Volunteers, under Capt. Thomas H. McIntire. He died in Colorado County on October 4, 1874.
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.
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 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.