Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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AROCHA, JOSE MARIA -- Born in Texas, as is shown in the Headright Certificate issued to him February 2, 1839, for a league and labor of land by the Bexar County Board. In Service Record No. 4264, it is certified that he served in the army from October 11, 1835, to November 4, 1836. He was a member of Captain Juan N. Seguin's Company at the Storming and Capture of Bexar, December 5 to 10, 1835, and at the battle of San Jacinto. On August 13, 1855, his heirs were issued Donation Certificate No. 718 for 640 acres of land due Mr. Arocha for having participated in the storming of Bexar.

The following information concerning Mr. Arocha is to be found in the Court of Claims files, General Land Office, Austin: He was married to Jesusa Arrean~a who was born in San Antonio and died there in 1853, survived by two daughters, Gertrudes and Rita Arocha. Mr. Arocha and Pedro Herrera were killed by Indians in 1838, when Rita was only six months old. They were members of Captain Manuel Flores' Company and while on an expedition were attacked and killed between Calvillos Rancho and San Antonio.

Gertrudes Arocha, daughter of Jose Maria Arocha, was married to Simon Castillo and Rita, the other daughter, was married to Francisco Chapa. The two sisters were residing in San Antonio with their husbands, January 11, 1861.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. Juan N. Seguin

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Arrocha
  • Birthplace: Texas
  • Origin: Texas
  • Came to Texas: n/a
  • Date of Death: 1839
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Donation Certificate: 718
  • Wife: Jesusa Arreaña
  • Children: Gertrudes Arocha Castillo; Rita Arocha Chapa