Nathaniel Robbins and Dr. Lewis R. Dayton protested to the Mexican government because United States authorities were taxing the inhabitants of Pecan Point. In 1835 Robbins attended the Consultation at San Felipe de Austin. During the Texas Revolution he served as a private in Capt. Thomas J. Rusk’s company at the Siege of Béxar and participated in the Grass Fight. With the honorary rank of colonel, Robbins was commissioned by Gen. Sam Houston to “seize all arms and guns, and such weapons of war as may be useful to the army” and to “arrest all deserters from the army.” On August 8, 1836, Robbins received Houston’s appointment as collector of public property, and on September 10 he enlisted as a private in Capt. Elisha Clapp’s company at Mustang Prairie. Robbins was discharged on December 10. He was said to have had great influence among the Indians of the region, and on November 8, 1836, he received Houston’s appointment and the Senate’s confirmation as commissioner to the Indians. He died sometime between December 1836 and April 1837.
Andrés Nava was born 1810 in Texas. He was one of a group of native Texans who enlisted for six months service under the command of Juan N. Seguín. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Seguín’s company. Nava died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Demasio de los Reyes, who had been ordered into the Alamo to remove bodies to be burned, recognized Nava’s body in the ruins and later swore to this fact. Nava’s half-brother, Carmel Gonzara, and his sister, Dorotea Muñís, swore in an application for a grant of land that Nava died at the Alamo. On March 25, 1861, a note was placed in their file stating that they were too poor to carry the claim any further.
Robert E. Cochran was born 1810 in New Hampshire. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William R. Carey’s artillery company. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Cochran County is named in his honor.
Joseph Rutherford was born 1798 in Kentucky. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William R. Carey’s artillery company. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Ezekiel Wimberly Cullen was born in 1814. In 1835 he joined the Texas revolutionary forces and participated in the Siege of Béxar. He died 1882 in Dallas. The Ezekiel Cullen Building on the University of Houston campus, constructed in 1950, was named in his honor.