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Added 12/15/2009

The portrait below is by Artist Mark Barnett

In 1975, at the age of 15, Texas artist Mark Barnett was commissioned by the Goose Creek ISD to paint a portrait of Alamo hero, James Bowie.  Barnett's painting would hang on the wall inside James Bowie Elementary School in Baytown Texas, where Barnett once attended school as a boy.  The Bowie painting hung in the old school for 33 years. The old school was torn down and in 2008, a new James Bowie school was built at the same location. Barnett decided to donate a brand new Bowie painting to the new school in Aug '08. Now, they have two Bowie paintings done by Barnett. They sometimes explain to their students that this is what a former student painted as a teen, and this is what he painted as an adult. It reads like a lesson learned about practicing and not giving up -- everyone is good at doing one thing well, you just need to figure out what it is.  Since 2008, and through 2009, Barnett has painted James Bowie, Davy Crockett, William B. Travis - his wife Rosanna Cato, and now Juan N. Seguin.  Sometimes Barnett gets requests by Texas history buffs as to who he should paint next.  When the requests came in for him to paint Seguin, he contacted the Seguin Descendants website for some assistance.  Soon after, it was decided that he would paint a version of the Wright - Seguin painting with a Texas flag in the background. The Barnett - Seguin painting was done in the months of Nov and Dec of 2009. Even though it might look the same, it's been changed a lot, said Barnett. The Wright painting is very good but I just wanted to redo it my own way.  Barnett is married with two kids and now lives in Friendswood, Texas. He has been drawing his entire life and is a self taught artist/painter. He can be contacted by e-mail: pyramid-cycle-stands@comcast.net

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Colonel Juan Nepomuceno Seguin

1806 - 1889

Colonel Seguin, a Patriot and Mason, held many positions throughout his life but as patriarch, he made his most outstanding contribution. And as his descendant, I believe that his most outstanding position was that of patriarch of the family. Through good and bad times he, like most of us, chose to put his family first, doing what he thought was right for all of his family. And we should each be grateful for examples like Seguin who wished only for us to live in peace and harmony. We should be thankful for our lives today for it was our forefathers, wishes to see us live in peace and harmony. The event of September 11, 2001 should be a reminder to keep our family close with love and caring for no one knows what lurks in the world's shadow. © SDHP 2002-2011

Colonel Juan Nepomuceno Seguin was born in 1806 in San Fernando de Bejar, New Spain, which is now San Antonio and died in 1889 at age eighty-three. His father, Don Erasmo De Jesus Seguin, and his mother, Josefa Augustina Becerra, as well as his wife, Maria Gertrudis Eusevia Flores, were all native born Tejanos. He was a son, husband, statesman, scholars, and veteran commander of many battles. History recalls that he was the savior of San Antonio, Texas, Hero at San Jacinto and namesake for the city of Seguin, Texas.

SENATOR JUAN N. SEGUIN: Statesman
Second Congress - Houston
Senator Juan Nepomuceno Seguin for District of Bexar September 25, 1837, to November 4, 1837

Called Session November 6, 1837 to December 19, 1837 -- Regular Session April 9, 1836 to May 24, 1838 -- Adjourned Session

Third Congress - Houston
Senator Juan Nepomuceno Seguin for District of Bexar November 6, 1838 to January 24, 1839

Fourth Congress - Austin
Senator Juan Nepomuceno Seguin for
District of Bexar November 11, 1839 to February 5, 1840

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

A True TexasHero

1834 - - Appointed Territorial Governor (Jefe Politico) of Texas.

1834 - - Being the first to organize opposition to Gen. Santa Anna by preparing a circular inviting citizens to take part in a Texas Constitutional Convention.

1835 - - Appointed to the rank of Captain in the Texas Army by Commander and Chief Stephen F. Austin: Captain Seguin recruited fighters to defend against the invasion of Santa Anna's army; Juan Seguin personally provide his own troops with horses, food and shelter.

1835 - - Battle of Gonzales erupted over possession of a cannon wanted returned by Mexican troops; Gonzales citizens challenged the troops to "Come an Take It." They then used it to fire the first shot of the Revolution.

1835 - - Juan Seguin fought alongside Jim Bowie in the Battle of Concepcion; then rushed to join the Grass Fight south of San Antonio in an effort to slow the pace of Santa Anna's invading Army.

1835 - - Siege of Bejar - Captain Seguin with his 160 Tejano ranchers and Texas volunteers attacked Gen. Cos troops then in control of San Antonio in a crucial battle that signaled no turning back by Texas freedom fighters.

1836 - - The advance guard of Santa Anna's troops was sighted near San Antonio which alerted the small detachment of defenders to quickly regroup on the grounds of the Alamo: Once there, the small unit of Texans immediately prepared their defense of the mission against the attacking troops of Gen. Cos that were soon to be dramatically increased by the much large forces of General Santa Anna.

1836 - - The Siege of the Alamo commenced; Captain Seguin defended the mission alongside Crocket, Travis and Bowie until ordered by Colonel Travis to break through The Mexican lines in search of additional Texas troops.

1836 - - The Fall of the Alamo occurred while Captain Seguin was following his orders to ride to Goliad in search of reinforcements from the troops of Colonel Fannin.

1836 - - He next rushed to warn and help defend Texas citizens fleeing from the path of the Mexican Army during the ensuing Runaway Scrape.

1836 - - Captain Seguin commanded Company (cavalry) of the 2nd Regiment during the Texas victory over Santa Anna Army at San Jacinto; soon after that brief struggle, he was ordered by General Sam Houston to enforce the orderly withdrawal of Santa Anna's troops from Texas.

1836 - - Captain Seguin with his army reentered San Antonio to accept the surrender of the Mexican forces there under the command of Lt. Francisco Castaneda, the same officer involved in the opening skirmish over the cannon at Gonzales.

1836 - - He was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel by Republic of Texas President David Burnet, who expressed special trust in the courage, patriotism and ability of Juan N. Seguin.

1837 - - He successfully appealed to his friend, Sam Houston, to rescind a prior military order to destroy San Antonio by fire, thus earning Colonel Seguin the respect for saving that city.

1837 - - Ordered by Sam Houston to bury the remains of the Alamo defenders, Colonel Seguin provided the martyrs with a Christian burial including full military honors.

1839 - - Senator Juan N. Seguin presented a bill that established a mail route from Austin to San Antonio.

1839 - - Colonel Seguin was honored by the citizens of Walnut Springs who voted to change the name of their community to Seguin because of his service to Texas during its heroic struggle for Independence.

1837 - 1840 - - The Biographical Directory of the Texas Conventions and Congresses states that Juan Seguin was an elected member of the Senate of the Republic of Texas 2nd, 3rd and 4th Congresses; Senator Seguin's legacy includes his strong leadership for adoption of a bill requiring all of the Laws of the Republic of Texas to be written in both English and Spanish. Senator Seguin held high his views that the Republic's law should protect all citizens and that there can be no doubt as to the rights an individual enjoys, and equally important what his responsibilities are, as a citizen of Texas.

January 19, 1840. Austin was selected as the official capital. Col. Seguin was on the joint Senate and House Committee to select the site for the Capitol of Texas which was named for his bosom friend Stephen F. Austin, It is related that the committee killed buffalo for their food while camped to locate the site for the capital of Texas.

1841 - - Juan Seguin is elected Mayor of San Antonio.

1852 - - Won election as Bexar County Justice of the Peace; re-elected for a second term two years later.

1869 - - Elected Wilson County Judge.

1874 - - Juan Seguin was declared a hero of the Texas War for Independence by the Texas Legislature and provided a lifetime pension by the state.

List of Prominent Tejano Families

Information for Educational use only

Source: Juan Nepomuceno Seguin, Personal Memoirs of John N. Seguin (San Antonio, TX: Ledger Book and Job Office, 1858), 18-27, 29-32.

Texas State Capitol Austin TX,

Constitution of the Republic of Texas 1836

Viva Tejas by Reuben Rendon Lozano written in 1936 at the Texas Centennial

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Juan Seguin to Captain Pratt, March 26, 1837

James W. Robinson to Sam Houston, April 23, 1837

Source: Juan Seguin to Captain Pratt, March 26, 1837, A.J. Houston Collection, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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