The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 70
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1807. Sometime prior to Decem-
ber 18, 1835, he moved to Kentucky, where, on the date men-
tioned, he enlisted in a volunteer company being recruited by
Sidney Sherman for service in Texas. Preceding his company to
Texas, Sylvester was commissioned a captain in the Texas reserve
army in January, 1836. In March, 1836, he appeared as a second
sergeant and color bearer in the reorganized Texas army. He par-
ticipated in the battle of San Jacinto. Along with five other sol-
diers, he captured Santa Anna on April 22, 1836, for which exploit
he received, on August 3, 1836, a special tribute from Sam
Sylvester moved to Jackson County after the revolution and
served as deputy recorder of the county court. It was in this posi-
tion that he met John S. Menefee, who was county clerk of the
county. The two men seem to have become intimate friends.
The presence of Sylvester in Austin in the closing months of
1841 is unexplained. Whether he was employed at the time is not
known. The letter indicates that he was probably unemployed and
waiting for an opportunity for employment. He left Texas for
New Orleans in 1843 and took a position as printer with the
Picayune. There he remained until his death on April 9, 1882.
MENEFEE TO CLARK
Austin December ist 1839
As Mr. Fitzgerald leaves here tomorrow and expects to, pass through
your neighborhood I embrace the opportunity of Sending you a few
lines in relation to having a mail route through your neighborhood-
I have spoken to the Post master genl and he says if the people there
will send a petition he will have it so attired- So if you and your
neighbors feel interested in this matter you will please send a petition
as soon as practicable- Also determine among yourselves and recom-
mend ,where the Post office should be and who should be appointed
post Master and I will endeavor to pay some attention to this matter-
We are getting on slowly with business and it is likely we will be
here for some time to come unless we conclude to have an adjourned
session- there are several important bills under consideration which
requires due deliberations and should not be acted upon in haste-
I have not heard from you since I arrived here- I received a letter
from Angelina dated 12th She was well and informed me that Uncle
James had got home This place is very healthy and rapidly improving-
Here’s what’s next.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956, periodical, 1956; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101162/m1/82/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.