Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Historical Society, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, the
Panola County Historical Society, the Texas Permian Historical
Society, the Rio Grande Valley Historical Society, the San An-
tonio Historical Association, the San Jacinto Museum of History
Association, the South Texas Historical Association, the Starr
County Historical Society, the Texas Gulf Coast Historical Asso-
ciation, the Walker County Historical Society, and the West Texas
Historical Association. If other historical societies have been over-
looked in this compilation, the Texas State Historical Association
will welcome information concerning them for it has constantly
promoted such organizations since its own founding in 1897.
Cooper K. Ragan, executive council member from Houston,
writes that the Texas State Historical Survey Commission and
the Texas Building Commission have recently erected a granite
marker at the grave of Major Josephus S. Irvine, who is buried
in the Old Wilson's Chapel Cemetery situated about five miles
southeast of Newton on the old road from Newton to Bon Weir,
Newton County. A daughter of Major Irvine, Mrs. Carrie Irvine
Lee of Driscoll, Texas, who was ninety-eight on October 2, 1962,
is believed to be the only surviving child of a veteran of San
The following sketch of Major Irvine was provided by his
grandson, Jesse J. Lee, of Houston.
Josephus S. Irvine was a soldier at the battle of San Jacinto in the
Texas revolution, and was a major in the Confederate Army in the
War Between the States.
He was born on August 25, 1819, in Lawrenceburg in Lawrence
County, Tennessee, the son of Josephus Irvine and Jane Patton Irvine,
and the grandson of Robert Irvine and Mary South Irvine.
He came to Texas in 183o with his mother, Jane Patton Irvine, his
father having died at Alexandria, Louisiana, on the way to Texas.
Irvine was a private in Captain Bryant's 7th Company, Colonel
Sidney Sherman's 2nd Regiment, at the battle of San Jacinto. Josephus
S. Irvine probably was the youngest soldier at the battle of San Jacinto.
He was sixteen years, seven months, and twenty-six days old when the
battle of San Jacinto was fought.
On February 13, 1838, he was issued Certificate No. 197 for 1/3
of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners of San
Augustine, General Land Office File 37, Travis County, First Class
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed May 28, 2015.