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Memorial Picnic all the Heroes of the Battle of San JacintoSecond AnnualCol. Juan N. Seguin
An open invitation To All:
Family, Friends, and Members
You are invited to attend the Second Annual Col. Juan N.Seguin Memorial Picnic
When: Sat. October 25, 2003
Where: 3523 San Jacinto Monument Take Battleground Rd / Hwy 134 to Juan N. Seguin Blvd and then straight to the monument In La Porte TX,
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join in the fun, fellowship, and music. Please bring a covered dish and sodas to share and help make this event an annual event for all the Descendants of the Battle of San Jacinto. It will be an exciting time to meet new and old friends alike and to remember not only Col. Juan N. Seguin but all the heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto.
SDHP is seeking the public's help
ATTENTION SAN JACINTO DESCENDANTS!
SDHP is looking for descendants who fought at the historic Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836. Please come and share family information at the Second Annual Col. Juan N. Seguin Memorial Picnic. The goal of this event is to bring families together to share their historical knowledge of the battle that changed Texas and United States history forever. Whether Mexicans, Texians, Tejanos, Americanos, or Europeanstheir part in the drama of Texas is greatly desired to help preserve the history of several diverse cultures and to educate present and future generations of Texans.
Anyone with information or wanting Information should contact us at
Webmasters E-mail: Tejano1836@seguindescendantshp.com
SDHP will be selling Raffle Tickets
Need not be present to win prizes
6 tickets for $ 5.00 or $ 1.00 ea.
Purchase your Tickets
for a Chance to win an authentically detailed bust that replicates the Likeness of
"Col. Juan Nepomuceno Seguin." The Bust is 9 1/2 inches high, weighing 4 pounds. And many other great prizes.
A big Thanks to
all our supporters & Sponsors your help keeps this event Free to the Public
Refining LP 12000 Lawndale Houston TX,
Tejano Association for Historical Preservation
Texas Park and Wildlife
Disabled American Veterans San Jacinto Chapter 1
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
November 3, 2002
San Jacinto Battle Ground Memorial Mass
Honors all those who fell at San Jacinto.
SDHP president Linda Seguin Garcia comment to Baytown Sun Reporter Jeff Scheldt
"Every one of these men who fought here on this ground were brave," said Linda Seguin Garcia, president of the Seguin Descendant Historical Preservation,
Garcia said she attended the mass and consecration to honor Seguin, her husband's ancestor, and every soldier who died at the battle.
"I don't care if it was a Mexican or Texan soldier, they all were brave," she said. "They all deserve to be honored and remembered. This is a time for peace."
September 16, 2002
Seguin Descendants Historical Preservation
Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month
By donating and presenting portraits of Colonel. Juan N. Seguin to the Temple Public Library and to the Hector P. Garcia Elementary School, we wish to commemorate our ancestor's history. This is just the beginning as there areendless possibilities for future generations of Texans/Tejanos to learn about Hispanic Heroes. Their accomplishments have helped make this state what it is today and what it could be in the future. SDHP would like to thank Mrs. Judy Duer, Library Director for the Temple Public Library, who took time to help commemorate Hispanic heritage month Arthur Resa. For inviting us to Temple TX to be the Keynote Speakers at the Hector P Garcia Elementary school . Special thanks to the Temple/Belton LULAC for their support and hospitality and we hope that they enjoy the portrait that was presented to them. On September 17, 2002 SDHP was Interviewed on the Hispanic Perspective show KNCT Public Television by Mr. Jose (Joe) Landez.
SDHP would Like to thank Mr.
We also would like to thank Mrs. Luna, Temple Council Woman ,for attending the presentation as we donated our ancestor's portrait to the library. We would like to thank the Temple/Belton LuLac Council for providing accommodations for SDHP as keynote speaker for the Beinvenidos event at Hector P. Garcia School where we also donated Seguin's portrait. As guests we were impressed with the positive and upbeat climate of the school. We sensed that the staff knows the importance of parent/child relationships and works daily for improvement in those areas.
The Central Texas After school Programs have tuned in to todays needs and we are sure that future scholars will be coming out of Hector P. Garcia Elementary. Keep up the good work! We salute the positive attitude coming from the staff and children of Hector P. Garcia school.
Fourth Great-Grandson of Col. Juan N. Seguin,
Angel Seguin Garcia. 09/16/02
September 17, 2002
SDHP Visits the Studio Of 46 KNCT Public Television
Promoting Hispanic Heritage Month on THE HISPANIC PERSPECTIVE SHOW hosted by Mr. Jose "Joe" Landez
We spoke about the Tejanos role in Texas history highlighting our ancestor Col. Juan N. Seguin's role in the Republic of Texas. We also were very happy to meet Mr. Arturo Reza of Belton, Texas who is a historian and collector of historical artifacts? May he continue his work of helping the Hispanic children of Texas gain a brighter future. We also want to thank General Manager Mr. Max Rudolph for his very keen knowledge of Texas History and Hispanic culture.
September 20, 2002
SDHP attends dedication of HISD's Juan N. Seguin Elementary School. We wereextremely happy to see so many family members in attendance for this great event. I would like to thank all SDHP members who attended:Mrs. Maldonado, Ms. Marta Barron, Ms. Marie Villarreal, Mr. Joel Christian Seguin Wittwer, Ms. Linda Loretta Seguin Garcia, Mrs. Loretta Martinez Williams. Let us move forward and remember as decendants to promote our ancestors wonderful history. SDHP presented to Ms. Rhelda Ball an original sculptured bust of Col. Juan N. Seguin by sculptor Ed Hankey. This bust donation marksanother original project of SDHP, one of several that we will continue to implement in thefuture. The goal of our organization seeks to place portraits inevery school and library in Texas. We are on our way to bigger and better things for our organization.
Hispanic Heritage Month Projects
On Setember 20, 2002 SDHP attended HISD J.P. Harris Elementary School to speak with the children of Mr.Thompson's fifth grade class about our patriotic ancestor ,Col. Juan N. Seguin. Mrs. Loretta Martinez Williams presented the story, "Remember the Alamo," and showed her ancestors' birth records to the students. With their awakened interest in our culture, they inquired about the Hispanic influence upon others.SDHP President Linda Seguin Garcia gave a presentation of Col. Juan N.Seguin's history and Primo Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza of Goliad , Texas, a later hero of promote awareness of Hispanics and the American Dream. SDHP strives to promote Hispanic Heritage to children and future generations of Texan/Tejanos.
Puebla,Mexico. Ms. Garcia donated Col. Juan N. Seguin's portrait to
First flag of Texas
In Memory of A fine Man and Writer
SDHP was informed that Mr. T.R. Stephenson, Past away on September 20, 2002 our heart felt sorrow go out to is Family and Friends our prayers are with you. We are truely going to miss his insite into Our Texas History.
by T.R.Stephenson, San Antonio,Texas
Most Texans are familiar with the 6 flags that flew over Texas during it's turbulent history. A mistaken idea is that the modern Lone Star flag was adopted right after the Declaration of Independence and flew until the Confederate flag was raised. In between,The Republic of Texas had it's own flag,one that flapped proudly in the breeze for several years,until The Lone Star flag was adopted. The flag of the Republic was a five pointed yellow star on a blue field. Legends says the yellow star commemorated the heroine of San Jacinto, the Yellow Rose of Texas. She was a comely young woman who kept General Santa Anna's mind on other things except the upcoming battle. No matter if the tale is true or not, it is an established fact that there were seven flags over our land. Ironically, it was this flag that decorated the headquarters of the ill-fated Republic of Texas in the Davis Mountains in modern times. It should bear no shame. Bigfoot Wallace fought under it's furls as did the Rangers who defeated Buffalo Hump at Plum Creek. It was carried into Mexico on several instances and only retired when the advocates of statehood gained the upper hand in the Texas legislature.
As submitted by Mrs.Loretta Martinez Williams
March 13, 2002
Juan Nepomuceno Seguin and Family
The family of Seguin is from Gevaudan, France. The first generation to come to the Americas was Guillaume or Guillermo de Seguin who came from Paris, France and died in 1714 at the age of 73 in Aguascalientes. He would have four sons, Jose, Bartolome, Jose Luis, and Jose Santiago.
In the second generation in the Americas, Jose Santiago would relocate to Bejar in 1803 from Saltillo. Jose Santiago would have seven children with Guadalupe Fuentes Fernandez. In 1778 Santiago would supply Texas beef and sheep to the Spanish Forces who were fighting with the American Forces for the their independence from England. In 1810 he was the owner of a ranch named La Mora in San Antonio de Bejar.
Juan Jose Maria Erasmo de Jesus Seguin, the third generation to be born in the Americas was born in San Fernando de Bejar, Nueva Espana (San Antonio) in May 26, 1782. After 1800 he married Maria Josefa Becerra, (Canary Islander Descendant, daughter of non commissioned La Bahia officer, Miguel Becerra) and they had three children together. Erasmo would serve as a postmaster from 1807 until 1835 with two interruptions. He was removed from his position twice, once after the Casas Revolt in 1811 because he helped to lead the counter revolt. The second removal was after the Gutierrez-Magee expedition, when he was accused of collaborating with revolutionaries and he would return to his post in 1822. Don Erasmo and Don Jose Antonio Saucedo also drew up the code of rules for the School's in regaurds to guide lines for their class size for the childrens educational advancement and fees. A rigidore would visit the school to ensure that the rules were followed. Don Erasmo next held the position of Alcalde (mayor) of San Antonio. In 1821 Governor Antonio Martinez would select Erasmo to inform Moses Austin that his petition to start a colony had been approved. In July of 1821 Erasmo Seguin, along with Bastrop and Martinez, prominent San Antonians received Stephen F. Austin in Natchitoches. This would mark the beginning of friendship between the Seguins and the Austin Family. Austin would stay at the Seguin home and his younger brother lived with Erasmo Seguin for more than a year from 1822-1823 while he was learning Spanish. In Dec. of 1823 until Sept. 1824 Seguin was a member of the colonization committee and worked for the interests of the Anglo American Settlers and the residents of San Antonio. Erasmo did not favor the union of Coahuila and Texas and worked to have a provision inserted that would allow for Texas to petition Mexico for separate state hood. He also worked against the complete abolition of slavery and for a loose interpretation of settlers to become Catholic. After Erasmo returned home he established Casa Blanca, a nine thousand acre ranch near Floresville. His family would entertain guests lavishly and their hospitality was renown. Erasmo would try to grow cotton and Stephen F. Austin would assist him in procuring a cotton gin. Davy Crockett and his fourteen men from Tennessee were greeted upon their arrival to San Antonio by William Barrett Travis and Antonio Menchaca. They would be housed at the home of Erasmo Seguin. After General Cos found out that Erasmo's son Juan had taken part in the revolution (Oct. 1835) he removed Seguin from his office and forced Erasmo to walk 33 miles to Casa Blanca. Erasmo would supply the Texas Army with beef, horses, mules and corn. He would also encourage the other Tejano ranchers to donate their livestock to the Texas army. In 1840 the Texas Congress compensated Seguin in the amount of $3004.00 for the supplies. After the revolution, Seguin would suffer losses of his livestock as cattle rustlers stole most of his cattle in 1842. That same year Thomas Jefferson Green would accuse Seguin of collaborating with Mexico, a charge that was never proved. Seguin died at his ranch on Oct. 30, 1857.
The fourth generation to be born in the Americas, (and the second to be born in Texas) was Juan Nepomuceno Seguin. He was born in San Fernando de Bejar, (San Antonio ), New Spain on Oct. 27, 1806. He would marry Maria Gertrudis Flores de Abrego (from a prominent San Antonio ranching family and a Canary Islander Descendant) on January 18, 1826 at the age of nineteen. In 1823 when Erasmo was serving in the Congress as a Texas Representative Juan N. Seguin was helping his mother run the father's post office. In Dec. of 1828 he was elected alderman. Sometime between 1829 and 1835 Juan N. Seguin organized the Mexican Rangers and patrolled the area throughout San Antonio and areas of South Texas. He would also serve on various electoral boards before being elected alcalde, (mayor) in Dec. 1833. In this same year Juan N. Seguin would obtain the headright to the land that later became the site for the City of Galveston. In 1834 he acted as political chief of the Department of Bexar. Juan N. Seguin was granted a captain's commission and organized a company of thirty seven men. His company would act as scouts, messengers and supply operations at five Texas battles, including the Alamo and San Jacinto. Juan N. Seguin would be sent out of the Alamo to seek help from Fannin at Goliad. Juan N. Seguin was spared his life when he was sent out with two of his men. The seven Tejanos who were killed at the Alamo had all been a part of his company. After the fall of the Alamo he warned and defended Texas Citizens fleeing from the Mexican Army during the Runaway Scrape. He organized the ninth company, the only Tejano regiment of volunteer forces that would serve as the rear guard of the Sam Houston's army. He fought bravely under General Sam Houston at San Jacinto and after the battle was assigned to observe the retreat of the Mexican Army On May 30, 1836, Juan N. Seguin was given the promotion of Lieutenant Colonel with orders to take San Antonio. He did take possession on June 4, 1836. Seguin buried the remains of the defenders of the Alamo, and gave them a proper Christian burial. Seguin, said in his eulogy, These remains which we have had the honor of carrying on our shoulders are the ones of the brave heroes who died at the Alamo. Yes, my friends, they preferred a thousand deaths rather than surrender or serve the yoke of a tyrant. In March 1837 Juan Seguin disobeyed a military order to destroy the city of San Antonio that caused him to have a bitter enemy,of General Felix Huston, and others. Seguin was elected to the Texas Senate from 1838-1840. He would resign to become mayor of San Antonio. Mayor Seguin had tried to defend the property rights of the Tejanos and rumors were started that Seguin was committing acts of treason with the Mexican Army. Finally, fearing for his families life and that of his parents he was driven out of Texas by assassins. They fled to Nuevo Laredo, where Seguin was arrested and thrown in jail. He was given a choice either remain in jail or join the Mexican Army. Seguin fought against the U.S. takeover of Texas in the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846, as did every other Tejano. Not one single Tejano fought for the U.S. against Mexico in that war, although they fought valiantly in all other Texas wars. Juan N. Seguin died on Aug. 27, 1889 in Nuevo Laredo Mexico, at 83 years of age where his son Santiago had served as Mayor. Juan N. Seguins' remains were returned to his namesake city of Seguin on July 4, 1976 by the Seguin Bicentennial Commission. Juan Seguin was the only Texan/Tejano to fight in both major battles of the Texas revolution, the Alamo and San Jacinto. He was one of the few Texans whose family had been in Texas under six flags. He and his father, Erasmo served as congressman, senator and Mayor Under Spain, Mexico and the Republic of Texas. They valued the same freedoms we value today. They were legitimate Texans with deep Texas roots.
Bibliography Chabot, C. Frederick. With the Makers of San Antonio:
Genealogies of Early San Antonio Families. San Antonio, Texas: Artes Graficas, 1938.
SEGUIN, JUAN NEPOMUCENO. The Handbook of Texas Online.
SEGUIN, JUAN JOSE MARIA ERASMO.The Handbook of Texas Online. De la Teja, Jesus F. ed.,A revolution Remembered: The Memoirs and Selected Correspondence of Juan N. Seguin Austin: State House Press, 1991
Tijerina, Andres. Tejanos and Texas Under the Mexican Flag, 1821-1836 College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 1998.
Working on Information from early Memorial week Gatherings at Col. Juan N. Seguin Burial Site that was started By Alphonso Rincon his Earlier Event Articles are going to be posted soon.Check out link on Index Page Titled Seguin Memorial Week.
Memorable Battle of San Jacinto
On this Historical and Symbolic day the ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS was Victorious over the mexican forces of El General Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna. The defender's will to pursue and achieve the rights of freedom from their newly declared REPUBLIC could not be denied.
ON THAT GLORIOUS DAY THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF NATIVE TEXANS(LOS TEJANOS*),TEXIAN OR TEXICAN AND SOME MEXICAN, WHO CHOSE TO FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE,CHARGED INTO BATTLE WILLING TO GIVE UP THEIR LIVES FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVED. Among General Sam Houston's valiant TEXAS ARMY were TEJANOS the likes of Pedro Herrera (Herera) CArlos De La Garza and Jose Antonio Menchaca. It was Sgt.Jose A. Menchaca's inspiring Spanish cries that the Texians soon Learned "Recuerden El Alamo Y Goliad" "Remember the Alamo and Goliad" These Brave Native Tejanos were men of the Second Regiment,Ninth Company Texas Army under the command of Captain Juan Nepomuceno Seguin.Among the determined distinguished Officers, who led the Calvary Charge at the BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO was JUAN N.SEGUIN the illustrious patriot from San Antonio Tejas. Seguin's,Military Service and countless sacrifices for his beloved Tejas/Texas was rewarded by his promotion to the rank of Colonel.
On that eventful day the boys and men of the Texas Army achieved an absolute Victory. History Mentions a number of reasons responsible for the success of the Victory, that gave birth to the REPUBLIC OF TEXAS. I would like to mention perhaps the least ever expressed. Fellow Tejanos/Texans our ultimate weapon was not our fire power or men our strength was our diversity. Excuse me... tears have clouded my vision momentarily. Surely you understand.
Texans/Tejanos everywhere in the world should acknowledge and commemorate this Significant day in Texas History.Today it's great to be Tejano/Texan.
*Tejanos were native to Texas. their Descendants and all those of Spanish and other cultures born in Texas should not be confused with Hispanic,Mexican,Latino,Chicano or Mexican American.
American,U.S.born, Tejano by the grace of God.
God Bless the U.S.A and the Lone Star State.Long live Texas...ViVa Tejas
Permission to post this information was given on Nov 3,01 by Rudy 'Tejano' Pena
Texan Independence from Mexico
The debate over Texas was at the heart of the U.S.-Mexican dispute. Seeing the trend of U.S. settlers immigrating to Texas, Mexican president Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna attempted to bring U.S. immigration to a halt. He abolished slavery and enforced customs duties on the settlers as deterrence. In response, the settlers revolted.
As a result of Mexicos actions, the Texans, under the command of General Sam Houston, officially declared their independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836, organizing a temporary government. The war between Texas and Mexico includes the famous battle of Goliad.
One of the central figures whose life was an example of the struggles between the two countries was Juan Seguin. He was a staunch critic of Mexican politics and an active player in the Texas Revolution. Born into a Tejano family, Seguin was at first venerated by Texans, but then became the target of racial discrimination. Shunned first by Texans, and then by Mexicans as he fled south, he was an outcast in both lands.
The Texan republic lasted almost a decade, until it became the 28th state of the Union in 1845. The new state was a mecca of adventurers, fortune seekers, and settlers. After a brief time of peace, Texas found itself in another war. It seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy 1861.
All information is for education purposes.
TEJANOS & TEJANAS IN TEXAS HISTORY
Part of this list has names of members of Col Juan N.Seguin company at the alamo which will have an astric.
* ABAMILLO, JUAN (?-1836)
ADAMS, LUCIAN ( ? - )
ALAVEZ, FRANCISCA (PANCHITA) (THE GOLIAD ANGEL)
ALDRETE, JOSÉ MIGUEL (?-?)
ALSBURY, JUANA GERTRUDIS NAVARRO (1812-1888)
*AROCHA, JOSE MARIA
AROCHA, SIMÓN DE (1731-1796)
* BADILLO, JUAN ANTONIO (?-1836)
BALLÍ, JOSÉ NICOLÁS (ca. 1770-1829)
BARKLEY, DAVID B. ( ? - 1918)
BECERRA, MANUEL (1762 - 1849?)
BENAVIDES, PLÁCIDO (?-1837)
BENAVIDEZ, ROY (1935 - 1998)
BUSTILLO Y CEBALLOS, JUAN ANTONIO (?-?)
CARBAJAL, JOSÉ MARÍA (?-1874)
CORTINA, JUAN NEPOMUCENO (1824-1894)
CRUZ, PABLO (1866-ca. 1910)
CRUZ Y AROCHA, ANTONIO (? - ?)
GONZALEZ, ALFREDO (1946 - 1968)
DE LEÓN, MARTÍN (1765-1833)
DE LEÓN, SILVESTRE (1802-1842)
DE ZAVALA, LORENZO (1789-1836)
DIAZ, RAFAELO (1883-1943)
ESCANDÓN, JOSÉ DE (1700-1770)
ESPALIER, CARLOS (1819-1836)
ESPARZA, JOSÉ MARÍA (1866-ca. 1910)
ESPARZA, CARLOS (1828-1885)
ESPARZA, ENRIQUE (1828-1917)
FLORES DE ABREGO, JOSÉ GASPAR MARÍA (1781-1836)
* FLORES, MANUEL (ca. 1801-1868)
FUENTES, ANTONIO (1813-1836)
GARCIA, MARCARIO (1920 - ?)
GARZA, ALEXANDRO DE LA (?-?)
GONZALEZ, ALFREDO (1946 - 1968)
GONZALEZ, HENRY B. (1916 - 2000)
GUERRERO, BRIGIDO (?-?)
HERRERA, BLAS MARÍA (1802-1878)
*HERRERA, PEDRO (1806-?)
HERRERA, SILVESTRE S. (?-?)
HINOJOSA DE BALLÍ, ROSA MARÍA (1752-1803)
*JIMÉNEZ, DAMACIO (?-1836)
JUAREZ, RICARDO "ROCKY" (1980 - )
KEITH, MIGUEL (1951 - 1970)
KENEDY, MIFFLIN (1818-1895)
KENEDY, PETRA VELA DE VIDAL (1825-1885)
KING, RICHARD (1824-1885)
LIRA, GREGORIO CORTEZ (1875-1916)
LOPEZ, JOSE M. ( ? - 1944)
LOPEZ, JOSE M. (?-?)
* LOSOYA, JOSÉ TORIBIO (1808-1836)
MANCHA, JOSE MARIA
MANCHOLA, RAFAEL ANTONIO (?-ca. 1833)
MARTINEZ, BENITO (1932-1952)
* MENCHACA, JOSÉ ANTONIO (1800-1879)
NAVA, ANDRÉS (1810-1836)
NAVARRO, JOSÉ ÁNGEL (1784-1836)
NAVARRO, JOSÉ ANTONIO (1795-1871)
NAVARRO, JOSÉ EUGENIO (1803-1838)
NAVARRO, JOSÉ LUCIANO (1800-1869)
NAVARRO, NEPOMUCENO (ca. 1810-1877)
PADILLA, JUAN ANTONIO (?-1839)
*RODRÍGUEZ, AMBROSIO (?-1848)
RODRIGUEZ, CLETO (? - ?)
RUIZ, FRANCISCO ANTONIO (ca. 1804-1876)
RUIZ, JOSE FRANCISCO (1783-1840)
SALAZAR DE ESPARZA, ANA (?-1847)
SALINAS, JOSÉ MARÍA DE JESUS (1797-1851)
SECOND FLYING COMPANY OF SAN CARLOS DE PARRAS.
STILLMAN, CHARLES (1810-1875)
SEGUÍN, JUAN NEPOMUCENO (1806-1889)
VALDEZ, JOSÉ ANTONIO (1787?-1846)
VIDAL, ADRIÁN J. (1840-1865)
VILLANUEVA, ANDREA CASTAÑÓN (MADAM CANDELARIA) (1785-1899)
VILLARREAL, ENRIQUE (1788-1846)
ZAMBRANO, JUAN JOSÉ MANUEL VICENTE (1772-1824)
ZARAGOZA, IGNACIO SEGUÍN (1829-1862)
ZAVALA, ADINA EMILIA DE (1861-1955)
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