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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CURBIERE, MATHIAS -- Born in Bexar, Texas, in 1814 as is stated in the Headright Certificate issued to him in 1838 for a league and labor of land. He was a member of Captain Juan N. Seguin's Company in 1835 and on November 20, 1851 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 387 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the Storming and Capture of Bexar, December 5 to 10, 1835. This he sold March 26, 1852 to John James for $50.00. He received Bounty Certificate No. 1096 for 640 acres of land, April 21, 1851 for having served in the army from February 22 to July 15, 1836. He was a member of Captain Seguin's Company at San Jacinto. On a roll at the General Land Office he is shown as having enlisted as Third Sergeant in Lieutenant Manuel Flores Company, November 5, 1836. On January 8, 1839 he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 6086 for 640 acres of land for having served in the army from November 5, 1836 to February 20, 1838. Mr. Curbiere could not write.

Mr. Curbiere was married at San Antonio November 11, 1837 to Irudella Garza. He was a member of the Texas Veterans Association and died in San Antonio in 1877.

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: Curbier; Mathias; Curvis; Curvier; Jose Matias Courbiere; Curbelo
  • Date of Birth: 1814? 1816 Feb 23?
  • Birthplace: Texas, Bexar
  • Origin: Texas
  • Came to Texas: n/a
  • Date of Death: 1877
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Bounty Certificate: 1096
  • Wife: 1. Jesusa de la Garza; 2. Chipita Chaves
  • Children: Fernando Courbiere; Catarina Courbiere; Catarina Courbiere; Feliciana Courbiere; Clemente Courvier; Jose Matias Courbiere; Antonia Courvielle
  • Family at San Jacinto: Brother Antonio Curbiere