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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RODRIQUEZ, AMBROSIA -- Born in San Antonio, Texas. When Mr. Rodriquez appeared before the Board of Land Commissioners of Bexar County and applied for land, January 25, 1838, he stated that he was married prior to March 2, 1836. He was granted Headright Certificate No. 8 for a league and labor of land.

In Service Record No. 4475, it is certified that Mr. Rodriquez enrolled in Captain Juan N. Seguin's Company on February 23, 1836, participated in the Battle of San Jacinto, and was discharged at Gonzales, August 23, 1836. General Thomas J. Rusk wrote in the record that Mr. Rodriquez had served faithfully in the cause of Texas, had fought bravely and deserved the kind treatment and friendship of all Texians. General Houston wrote on the record "Pay him."

Mr. Rodriquez is shown on a roll in the Land Office as Second Lieutenant in Captain Seguin's Company at Muster at Victoria, May 29, 1836. In Service Record No. 4327, dated at Houston, October 17, 1837, Captain Seguin certified that a saddle, bridle and mountings valued at $65.00, the property of Lieutenant Rodriquez, had been pressed in-to service on the day previous to the Battle of San Jacinto and not returned to him.

Mr. Rodriquez was issued Donation Certificate No. 578 for 640 acres of land on November 7, 1838 for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. He re-enlisted in the army on November 5, 1837 in Lieutenant Manuel Flores' Company as Second Lieutenant. On November 6, 1838 he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 4401 for 1280 acres of land for having served in the army from November 5, 1836 to April 21, 1838.

Mr. Rodriquez died in San Antonio in 1848, as is shown in the probate records of Bexar County. His estate was offered for probate August 1, 1848.

RODRIGUEZ, AMBROSIO -- Son of Manuel Ignacio Rodriguez, who was born September 7, 1778 and was the son of Prudencio Rodriguez and Polonia Curbelo. Prudencio Rodriguez was the son of Antonio Rodriguez, oldest son of the widow, Maria Rodriguez Cabrera, to distinguish her from the widow Maria Rodriguez Granados whose maiden name was Maria Robaina Betancourt, a native of the Island of Lanzorote, and a lineal descendant of Jean de Bethencourt, discoverer of the Canary Island in 1402.

Polonia Curbelo was the daughter of Jose Curbelo, son of Juan Curbelo and Gracia Prudhomme y Unpierre, all natives of the Canary Islands.

Juan Curbelo was born in Lanzarote in 1684, and his wife, Gracia in 1685.

Jose Curbelo was born in 1706, and Polonia, his daughter was born in San Antonio de Bexar in 1749, and died August 25, 1802. Her son, Manuel Ignacio was married August 26, 1800 to Antonia Curbiere, no doubt a correct spelling of Curbelo.

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: Second Corporal
  • Company: Capt. Juan N. Seguin

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Rodriguez
  • Date of Birth: 1806
  • Birthplace: Texas, San Antonio
  • Origin: Texas
  • Came to Texas: n/a
  • Date of Death: 1848
  • Donation Certificate: 578
  • Wife: Maria de Jesus Olivarri
  • Children: Jose Maria Salome Rodriquez; Guadalupe Rodriquez Duran; Josefa; Romana de Jesus; Carolina Rodriquez Mason; Alice Rodriquez Bullis; Maria de Jesus Rodriguez; Susana Rodriguez Rodriguez; Manuel Ignacio Rodriguez; Belayda Rodriguez; Ambrocio Alberto