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Robert Hancock Hunter

fighter in the Texas Revolution

Robert Hancock Hunter with his children
Robert Hancock Hunter with his children

Robert Hancock Hunter was born in Circleville, Ohio, on May 1, 1813. His family moved to Missouri when he was about four years old, to San Jacinto Bay, Texas, in 1822, and to Fort Bend County, Texas, in 1829. In Fort Bend, the sixteen-year-old Hunter received a grant of one-third league.

In October 1835, Hunter joined Captain James Franklin Perry's company of volunteers and participated in the Grass Fight and the Siege of Bexar. He and his brother then answered the call for men to help defend the Alamo, but the battle was over by the time they got to San Antonio. Hunter remained with the army through the San Jacinto campaign, and afterward was detailed to guard General Antonio López de Santa Anna.

After the Texas Revolution, Hunter returned to Fort Bend County, where he engaged in farming and stock raising. In 1841 he married Samirah M. Beard, with whom he had seven children.

In January 1845 the Hunters moved to Guadalupe County, where they established a farm and a saw and grist mill. In 1857 he sold the mill and moved to Victoria, where in 1860 he composed a memoir of his early days in Texas and his role in the Texas Revolution -- Narrative of Robert Hancock Hunter, 1813-1902. In 1880 Hunter moved his family to Fayette County, where his wife died in April 1888. Hunter himself died in 1902.

INTERNET SOURCES
Sons of Dewitt Colony Texas www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/hunternarrative.htm

SEE ALSO
Antonio López de Santa Anna

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