Leo Roark, soldier, the son of Cynthia (Fisher) and Elijah Andrew Roark, was born in Missouri on January 9, 1813. The family trekked from Illinois in 1824 and settled at Stafford’s Point (now Stafford) in Fort Bend County, Texas. Roark was conversant with the Spanish language and occasionally served as a translator for his neighbors and Mexican officials. On December 24, 1829, he survived the Indian fight near San Antonio in which his father was killed. He served in the Texas army at the Siege of Bexar, the Grass Fight, and the battle of Concepción. Illness sent him home from San Antonio before Antonio López de Santa Anna’s siege of the Alamo. Roark is said to have fought at the battle of San Jacinto, but his name appears on none of the surviving muster rolls. Roark died in Jack County on October 31, 1892.
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