- Young Perry Alsbury
Young Perry Alsbury (1814ndash
November 19, 1877) was a soldier in the Texas Army during the Texas Revolution. "Young Perry Alsbury" San Jacinto Museum Biographies, San Jacinto State Park, Texas ] He was among the group of volunteers for the mission that was successful in burning the strategically important Vince's Bridgeduring the Battle of San Jacinto. "Y.P. Alsbury letter" Located in the Republic of Texas Archives ] "Battle of San Jacinto" A Texas Historical Commission historical marker. ] "Y. P. Alsbury" A Texas Historical Commission historical marker. ] Additionally Juana Navarro Alsburythe wife of his brother Horace Arlington Alsburywas one of the few survivors of the battle of the Alamo.
Alsbury was born in
Hopkinsville, Kentuckyin 1814. He was the youngest of his parents’ ten children. His father Thomas Perry Alsbury was a frontiersman and was one of the founders of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. In the spring of 1820 his family moved to Texas. Stephen F. Austinhad written a letter to his father Thomas Perry Alsbury, The letter had asked the Alsbury family and their ten children, including seven sons, to move to Texas. They settled in Brazoriaon the Brazos River. Land was what had enticed the family to move to the area. "Diary of Willam Fairfax Grey, Virginia to Texas 1835-1837" William Fairfax Grey ] Thomas P. Alsbury was given two leagues and 1½ labors somewhere between 9,000 and 10,000 acres (36 and 40 km²). (A league of land was 4428.4 acres, a labor 177.136 acres) The property was located on the west bank of the Brazos River. Three of the older sons of Thomas were also given land. It was located in the Indian country, along the Gulf Coast, a bit west of where the Dow Chemical Company is now located.
When he was 22, during the
Texas Revolution, Young Perry Alsbury fought on the Texianside in Captain Henry Wax Karnes’ Cavalry, better known as " Deaf Smith's spy company" "Young Perry Alsbury, Hero of San Jacinto" San Antonio Express newspaper,July 15, 1934, Sunday. ] . Prior to the pivotal Battle of San Jacintoon April 21, 1836, he joined a small company in passing close to enemy lines to burn the strategic Vince's Bridgeto prevent reinforcement and escape of Antonio López de Santa Anna. The others who were with him on that mission were Deaf Smith, John Coker, Denmore W. Reaves, John T. Garner, Moses Laphamand Edwin R. Rainwater.
May 28, 1838he was issued Donation Certificate No. 247 for convert|640|acre|km2|1 of land for having participated in the battle. "Coker Community Church Facts" By J. William Roten, Bulletin of Coker Community Church 1972. ] He received a Bounty Certificate No. 3599 for convert|320|acre|km2|1 of land for having served in the army from March 1to May 28, 1836. On March 5, 1839, he was issued a Headright Certificate for one-third of a league of land by the Brazoria County Board. Shortly after the Battle of San Jacinto, Young Perry Alsbury came to San Antonio, Texasand in 1845 during the U.S.-Mexican Warhe went into Mexico with General Scott. "Coker Community Has Experienced Scope of Area Development" By Susan Goodell ] He was wounded at the Battle of Palo Alto.
After the war was over he came back to San Antonio, and was married there in 1847 to Mary Rodriguez. Early in the spring of 1848 he moved to the East bank of the Salado Creek, just north of Dittmar road. His mother moved from Brazoria to live there with him. He raised four children, their names were Lea Jane, Thomas Jefferson, Young Perry the 3rd, and Mary Ann. Young Perry Alsbury died
November 19, 1877, and was buried only a few yards from the home on the Salado that he loved. A huge pecantree marked the head of his grave. To his right lies the body of his wife, and to his left is that of his mother.
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John T. Garner
Edwin R. Rainwater
Denmore W. Reaves
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Battle of San Jacinto
Henry Wax Karnes
Antonio López de Santa Anna
José de Urrea
Martín Perfecto de Cos
Timeline of the Texas Revolution
* [http://www.its-my-website.com/Texasdocs/Alsburyletter.htm Young Perry Alsbury Letter]
* [http://www.its-my-website.com/Texasdocs/santaanna.htm Santa Anna's Letter]
* [http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/santasanj.htm Santa Anna's Account of the Battle]
* [http://www.its-my-website.com/Texasdocs/Battle%20of%20San%20Jacinto%20by%20Creed%20Taylor.htm Account of the battle by Creed Taylor]
* [http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/batsanjacinto.htm San Jacinto]
* [http://www.themonitor.net/Archive/4-20-06/frontpage.htm Vince's Bridge]
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