The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 20
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20 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
master U. S. A., with rank of captain on the staff of Gen. John A.
Quitman. He served as aid to that general in the battles of San
Augustine, Coyoacan Batteries, Chapultepec, and Mexico, and was
brevetted for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battles of Con-
treras and Cherubusco.
August 28th, 1847, General Quitman's division was the first to
enter the City of Mexico after its capture, and as the quartermas-
ter Major Daniels made all the public seizures, some of which
were of great value. H-e resigned at the close of the war and went
to San Francisco, California, where he died May 25th, 1886, at the
age of 76 years and 10 months.
Major Daniels left a widow and two children, having been mar-
ried October, 1839, to Ann Van Versel, of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The marriage took place in Houston, Texas, where the only sur-
viving daughter, Josephine F., was born. Three other children
died in infancy, and Sam Houston, named after his father's old
friend, was born after the removal to California.
The family history of Major Daniels is mingled with the begin-
nings of colonial independence in New England, and the strong
Southern character of his wife, together with their long residence
in Louisiana and Texas made them and their family representative
of the best of the old South, forming a part of a circle of Califor-
nia society at once distinctive and distinguished.
The son and daughter maintain a deep reverence and love for
the old ideals bequeathed to them. Josephine F. Daniels has been
a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas from the first
year of the society's organization, always testifying her zeal in the
furtherance of objects for which the association was formed. Sam
Houston Daniels has long held a highly responsible position in the
Bank of California. A business man of the first ability, he takes
an active interest in all questions of public importance, and is a
member of the patriotic associations, "Sons of Pioneers" and "Sons
of the Golden West," who commemorate the lives and services of
the California pioneers and important events of the history of the
Among the papers of Major Daniels were found a number of
army orders issued to him while captain of the Milam Guards,
which illustrate the nature of the service of this company in times
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