The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Sideligts ad Suppleavents oi the Perote
Prisoners
Edited by LLERENA B. FRIEND
[The following is a continuation of material on the Perote
Prisoners, the last section of which appeared in the July, 1965,
Quarterly.]
Concord, Paradise Post Office
Leacock Township Lancaster County Penna
April 9th, 1844
General Andrew Jackson
Dear Sir
I have been striving with the deepest emotion, incited by the
sighs and tears of the widowed mother, for the release of her son,
who was taken prisoner at the memorable battle at Mier, who is
now confined in the Prison in the city of Mexico. His name is
John H. Livergood.s His mother is my sister. She was raised in
Chester County, Penna and married Mr. John Livergood of Colum-
bia Lancaster County Penna. After their marriage they resided in
Columbia untill [sic] they had two sons, the young man I have
spoken of above is the younger of the two; They then moved to
Saint Louis County Missouri. About seven years ago Mr. Liver-
good the Father died. About five years ago the young man being
of an enterprising turn of mind, concluded to go to Texas. He
was then about seventeen years of age, and with the consent of his
widowed mother, he took his departure for Texas, where he ar-
rived safe. His purpose was to acquire a piece of land whereon to
make an improvement and a home for himself, and subsequently
for the emigration of his remaining parent, and sister and brothers,
where he anticipated the pleasure of settling them all handsomely.
He had his survey and location made when the difficulties arose
with Texas, and he was called to protect the country of his choice
and adoption. He was taken with others as prisoner at Mier, and
"'John Himes Livergood was born in Pennsylvania on September so, 1815. He
moved to Texas in 1837. For the Somervell Expedition he was enlisted in Company
E under Charles K. Reese. Livergood was discharged from Perote on September 16,
1844, and received payment for Mier service on June 28, 1850o. He moved from
Jackson County to Lavaca County in 1847 and died at Hallettsville on October 3,
1895. "Men of Mier," L. W. Kemp Collection (Archives, University of Texas
Library).

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