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Dick the Drummer was a soldier in the Texas Army during the Texas Revolution. TAAHO Collections, Austin, Texas Dick the Drummer Several African Americans participated in the Battle of San Jacinto in various capacities. S. Army in the Mexican war at Monterrey and Buena Vista. " The article does not give the man's last name nor is it found elsewhere.  Travis, at the Alamo in 1836. TAAHO Collections, Austin, Texas At the Alamo When the Mexican army captured the Alamo and killed Col. William B. Travis and all of his soldiers, they spared his slave, Joe Travis, who was considered a combatant.

Allen came to Texas from Pennsylvania. He operated a blacksmith shop at Huntsville. Allen volunteered for Captain Wyatt's company at Huntsville in 1835 and was designated the company musician. The Mexicans were invading Texas in force, and Fannin decided to wait for them at Goliad instead of going on to Matamoros. The main forces of the Mexican army stormed the Alamo from February 23 to March 6; they finally took it in a final attack without quarter. About the middle of March, Fannin received orders from Houston to retreat to victoria; on March 19 he started to fall back.

He had the unique distinction in the county of having in his house a schoolmaster, a white man named John A. Woods, presumably employed to tutor his four children of school age, who certainly attended school during the year. Abner Ashworth, 41 years, born in Louisiana Sidney Jane Ashworth, 5 years, born in Texas Lydia Ann Ashworth, 2 years, born in Texas Page 31 Abner was a farmer with real estate valued at $400. His wife, Rosalia, aged thirty-six, a native of Louisiana, was white. , 57 years, born in South Carolina Clark Ashworth, 18 years, born in Texas Emily Ashworth, 14 years, born in Texas Nancy Ashworth, 13 years, born in Texas Melissa Ashworth, 9 years, born in Texas Jane Ashworth, 7 years, born in Texas Louisa Ashworth, 4 years, born in Texas David Ashworth, 2 years, born in Texas William's wife, Leide or Delaide, aged forty-six, a native of Louisiana, was white.

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