John Freeman Pettus was born 1808 in Virginia. He participated in the Siege of Béxar in December 1835 and served as second lieutenant of Capt. Moseley Baker’s Company D of Col. Edward Burleson’s First Regiment, Texas Volunteers, at the battle of San Jacinto, where he lost a pack mule valued at $50. He was discharged on May 29, 1836, but reenlisted in Capt. John Yorkqv’s company on July 1 and served until November 20, 1836.
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