History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families

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He came to Texas during th3 exciting
times of the revolution, in 1835, and, still
inspired with the martial spirit of 1812, he
entered zealously into the cause of Texan
independence. He joined the immortal band
under General Houston and participated in
the heroic struggles which culminated in the
battle of San Jacinto, which was so glorious
a victory for the Texans, securing for them
what they had unanimously so long sought
for,-independence. Soon after this battle
Colonel Altord was sent by the provisional
government of the embryo republic to New
Orleans, for military supplies for the famishing
soldiery of Texas. Here he loaded two
vessels, and, returning on one of them, the
brig Julius Caesar, he was captured by the
Mexican blockading fleet, under command of
Captain Jose V. Matios of the Mexican brig
of war General Teran, off Galveston harbor;
the two vessels and cargoes were confiscated,
and the captives incarcerated in a loathsome
dungeon in Matamoras, Mexico; and Colonel
Alford and his brother, Major Johnson H.
Alford (who was returning to Texas with
him), were condemned to be shot; but they
were liberated, through the intercession of
Andrew Jackson, president of the United
States.
Colonel Alford returned to Missouri, settled
up his business, and in April, 1837,
moved his family and slaves to Texas, first
settling in the old Spanish pueblo of Nacogdoches,
and later in Crockett, the capital of
Houston county, and there he engaged in
planting, in mercantile pursuits and as judge,
until his death, April 1, 1847, his wife
having preceded him February 10, same
year. His death was deplored throughout
the young State, which he had served with
Spartan heroism.

JOHN HENRY BROWN, a well informed historian
of Dallas and prominent in the annals
of Texas as a pioneer, legislator, soldier and
citizen, was born in Pike, county, Missouri,
October 29, 1820, five months before that
Territory became a State. Both his parents
were natives of Kentucky, and in favorable
financial circumstances. The family is and
has been for many generations famous for
patriotism and historical worth. The originator
of the family in this country came across
the ocean in the time of Lord Baltimore.
John Henry was but four years old when
he heard, with all the intensity of earnest
childhood, of the charms of Texas. As he
grew up he learned the art of printing. His
first residence in Texas was with his uncle,
Major James Kerr, on the Lavaca river.
When Austin was laid out, in 1839, he
repaired thither in search of enmployinent as
a printer, and obtained a favorable introduce.
tion to the principal statesmen of the place,
who used their influence in his favor, aud he
obtained a good situation. The next year or
two he engaged in several expeditions again st
raiding Indians. In 1843 he returned to
Missouri and married Miss Mary Mitchel, of
Groton, Connecticut. The following winter
he suffered with "black-tongue," a fever
that brought him to death's door. Recovering
and returning to Texas, lie was engaged
on the Victoria Advocate. When the militia
of the new State was organized, in 1846, he
was appointed brigade major of the Southwest,
with the rank of colonel, which position
he held four years. In February, 1848, he
removed to the new town of Indianola, and
until 1854 was a zealous worker in various .
positions of trust, and also edited the Indianola
Bulletin. During this time he was
a contributor to De Bow's Review, on the
subject of "Early Life in the Southwest."

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RIlSTORY OF TEXAS.

Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed May 31, 2016.

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