support or government backing to force local
officials to hand over their land records or surrender their power. Lack,
Texas Revolutionary Experience, pp. 65-67.|
8. [p.87] Peter Ellis Bean was born June 8, 1783, in Tennessee, and joined the Philip Nolan filibustering expedition to Texas in 1800. Captured after a battle with Spanish troops on March 21, 1801, he and other survivors were held in various towns in Mexico. Released to fight with the Spaniards against revolutionaries, he changed sides during the battle for Acapulco in 1810. Bean returned to the U. S. to solicit aid for the independence movement in time to fight with Andrew Jackson's forces at the battle of New Orleans. Thereafter, he moved back and forth between the two countries, leaving his wife, Magdalena Falfán de los Godos, and marrying again in the U. S. to a Tennessee woman, Candace Midkiff. In East Texas after 1823, he served Mexico as an Indian agent and commanded a small force at Fort Terán. His frequent turncoating caused him to be distrusted by both sides in the quarrel between Texas and Mexico. In fact, discovery of his communications with Santa Anna led General Houston to attempt to place him under arrest in April, 1836, but the slippery Bean escaped. After Texas independence he returned to his wife in Mexico and died at Jalapa on October 3, 1846. Vertical Files, Revised Handbook; Lack, Texas Revolutionary Experience, p. 175.
9. [p.87] The name Lewis (Luis) Rueg (not Roeg as spelled by Gray) began to appear in connection with business matters in Nacogdoches in 1830; he was acting in the capacity of an attorney and judge by 1835. NA, vol. 40, pp. 337-39; vol. 54, p. 53; vol. 76, p. 46; vol. 82, p. 240.
10. [p.87] John Forbes (1797-1880) was born to Scottish parents in Cork, Ireland, on February 26, 1797. He immigrated to Cincinnati in 1817 and, with his wife Emily Sophia Sisson, to Nacogdoches in 1835. Forbes chaired the committee of vigilance and safety and was named judge of the municipality by the General Council on November 26, 1835. He was a member of a delegation that negotiated the treaty with the Cherokees in February, 1836. He became Houston's aide-de-camp and commissary general during the San Jacinto campaign. Forbes was accused but not convicted of murdering Mexican women and looting bodies after the battle. He returned to judicial duties after military discharge on November 17, 1836. In 1856 he became mayor of Nacogdoches. Vertical Files, Revised Handbook.
11. [p.87] Anna Raguet, nineteen years old at this time, was educated in Philadelphia and had acquired skills in several languages. She was being courted by Sam Houston but eventually married his friend, Dr. Robert Irion. Walraven, Magnificent Barbarians, pp. 137, 145.
12. [p.87] Mexican colonization law did not provide for sale of large tracts of empresario