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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NAVARRO, JUAN NEPOMUCENO -- Born on Flores Street, San Antonio de Bexar, Texas, in 1811. He was a member of Captain Juan N. Seguin's Company at San Jacinto and received Donation Certificate No. 405 dates January, 5, 1852, far 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. A bounty Certificate for 320 acres of land was issued to him for three months service in the army but the dates of his enlistment and discharge are not shown on it. On May 12, 1852, Mr. Navarro sold his Bounty and Donation Certificate for 960 acres of land to John James at San Antonio for $50.00. He could not write but affixed his mark to the dead of transfer. Mr. Navarro was single while in the army but had married prior to January 23, 1838, when he was issued a Headright Certificate far a league and labor of land by the Bexar County Board of Land Commissioners.

Mr. Navarro died April 3, 1877 at San Antonio while a member of the Texas Veterans Association.

On May 9, 1860, Mr. Navarro applied for the additional land due him for his services in the army of Texas. His original application is in the files of the Court of Claims, General land Office, Austin. The following is a copy of it:

"Your petitioner Juan Nepomuceno Navarro, a native and resident citizen of Bexar County, would respectfully represent unto your Honor that he was in the military service of Texas from about the middle of the month of January, 1836, when he enlisted in the troops raised by Dr. James Grant and entered the company commanded by Captain Leandro Arriola, with which he started from San Antonio de Bexar, that petitioner being out of camp on a Scout, when the little expedition was surprised and destroyed, he had the good fortune of escaping the general destruction and joined without any delay the main Army of Texas that was gathered at Gonzales, where he entered the company of Texas Mounted Volunteers commanded by J. N. Seguin; petitioner was a member of said Company at the battle of San Jacinto and continued in said service up to the organization of. the Regiment of Regulars by the then Lt. Colonel J. N. Seguin, which took place in the month of October, 1836; Petitioner entered the regular army in the Company of Capt. Don Manuel Flores, and served in it up to the month of April, 1838, When he was honorably discharged."

Captain Don Manuel Flores, in whose company Mr. Navarro served, in his deposition of August 4, 1860, said that he had known Mr. Navarro from his birth. He said he was born on Flores Street in San Antonio and was in 1860 living at San Jose Mission.

Eduardo Hernandez said he formerly lived with Mr. Navarro's uncle El. Governador Don Juan Martin Veramendi. He stated that Mr. Navarro was first discharged from the army November 1, 1836, but immediately rejoined it.

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: Vararro
  • Date of Birth: 1811
  • Birthplace: Texas, San Antonio
  • Origin: Texas
  • Came to Texas: n/a
  • Date of Death: 1877 Apr 8
  • Comments: Nephew of Gov. Juan Martin Veramendi
  • Bounty Certificate: 1093
  • Donation Certificate: 405
  • Wife: María de Jesús Urón
  • Children: Juan Navarro; Maria Teodora de los Angeles Navarro Escalera