Joel Walter Robison was born 1815 in Georgia. With his father, John G. Robison, he served in Capt. Henry Stevenson Brown’s company at the battle of Velasco on June 26, 1832. Robison became a volunteer Indian fighter in the company of Capt. John Yorkqv. He served at the Siege of Béxar in 1835 and took part in the Grass Fight and the battle of Concepción. At the battle of San Jacinto, Robison was a private in Capt. William Jones Elliot Heard’s Company F of Col. Edward Burleson’s First Regiment, Texas Volunteers, and was one of the party that captured Antonio López de Santa Anna. The Mexican general is said to have entered the Texan camp riding double on Robison’s horse. On December 14, 1836, Sam Houston commissioned Robison a first lieutenant in the Texas Rangers. Joel died at his home in Warrenton on August 4, 1889.
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