TEXAS REVOLUTION PENSION
The State of Texas
County of Gonzales
To the Hon. Comptroller of said
State of Texas You petitioner Winfield Alford,
now a citizen of the County of Gonzales said State, aged Sixty
Seven years, States that he was a private soldier in the revolution
which separated Texas from Mexico in A.D. 1835 & 1836
That in the fall of A.D. 1833, petitioner sent from his residence
then near San Phillippe, Austin County and joined a company near
San Antonio under command of Randal Jones Petitioner
says he entered service in said company as a soldier against
the Mexican troops in San Antonio under Genl Cos, till
the said company was disbanded whereupon petitioner without leaving
San Antonio or vicinity, joined a company commanded by Travis
at San Antonio in the campaign against the Mexican Genl.
Cos and entered services in said command in A.D. 1835 at
said San Antonio De Bexar
That afterwards prior to the battle
of San Jacinto, he was under command of Capt. H. N. Cleveland,
Capt. McNutt having been made a Major that he was
after the battle at San Jacinto, part of the garrison
stationed at Victoria Texas Wherefore he prays that after
due investigation of the facts here in stated, he may be ajudged
entitled to a certificate enabling him thereupon to draw a pension
annually for services in accordance with the Pension Act approved
13th day of Augt 1870 and do hereby appoint, Everett
Lewis my agent & attorney for me to receive the same.
Winfield (X) Alford
The State of Texas
County of Gonzales
Before me a Notary Public duly
commissioned & qualified in afore said County, personally
appeared this day, Dr. Thomas Polk to me known well as a truthful
respectable citizen of said County. Who after being sworn by
me on his oath says That he knew the applicant for a pension
under the act approved 13th day of August AD 1870 Winfield
Alford in the year AD 1833 That affiant and W. Alford
said then resided in Austin County and from there went together
and first joined a company at the Cibolo Creek near San Antonio
under command of Capt. Randall Jones in the fall of 1835
in the campaign against the Mexican forces at San Antonio under
command of Genl. Cos That after said Company disbanded
affiant joined the command of Travis, and he does not
know whether said Alford joined the same company or one under
a different Capt. but he knows that said Alford did join another
company after Capt. Jones was broken up and
was in said service at San Antonio in the fall of AD 1835
And affiant thinks that said Alford was in said company
commanded by said Travis. This affiant was in the said
campaighn till the capture of the said Mexican troops in San
Antonio in 1835 in which seige, B. R. Milam was
killed that said Winfield Alford may have continued in
the Revolutionary Army of Texas but affiant does not know this
fact of his own knowledge Affiant says that the applicant
W. Alford is the same person above mentioned, and now
resides in Gonzales County Texas And is Sixty five or
Seventy years of age. And that he believes said W. Alford justly
entitled to a pension for service, under the pension Act approved
August 13th AD 1870.
Sworn to & subscribed before
me this the 29th day of September 1870 to which I certify under
my hand & Notarial Seal
W. V. Collins J.P.
& Notary Public G.C.
State of Texas
County of Gonzales
Winfield Alford of said County and State personally appeared
before me the undersign authority who being duly sworn according
to Law declares that he is the identical Winfield Alford
who was a private in Capt. W. B. Travis Company of the
army of Texas in the year AD 1835 and that while in said Company
he participated in the battles at the Old Mill & at Conception
near San Antonio in the said year AD 1835 and affiant further
says he was born in the County of Franklin in State of North
Caroline that he is Seventy One years of age and that he imigrated
to the State of Texas in the year AD 1832. And affiant further
declares that he is the identical Winfield Alford who
received a Bounty Warrant of Land for Military service rendered
between January 1832 and the 15 day of October 1836
Winfield Alford (his X mark)
Subscribed & sworn to before
me to which as Clerk of the District Court of Gonzales County
I certify under my hand & official Seal June 22nd 1874
Other items included in this file
- Affidavit of Identity: Major
T. S. Lee Gonzales Co. also mentions that Alford was a
participant in the Battle of Conception in 1835. dtd: 8/13/1870
- Letter from Attorney, Everett
- Affidavit of Identity: John
Burleson of Travis Co. mentions that Alford was a fellow participant
under Jones at the Seige of Bexar in 1835.
- Notice of Suspension (not dated)
- Letter dated 5/29/1874 from
James F. Miller & Wm. B. Sayers, Attorneys in Gonzales, requesting
information as to why the pension for Alford has been suspended.
- Letter dated 6/22/1874 from
Miller & Sayers, Attorneys in Gonzales, requesting information
as to why the pension for Alford has been suspended.
- Affidavit of Identity: T. J.
Allcorn of Washington Co., Texas mentions that he served with
Alford under in the same company under W. B. Travis and was in
the same battles as Alford, Old Mill and Concepcion.
- Affidavit of Identity: Dr.
Thomas Polk, Gonzales Co., served with the applicant under
Jones and Travis.
- Affidavit of Identity: A.
F. Allbright, Newton Co., affirmed identity Jan 1872.
- Affidavit of residence and
the status of living, of Winfield Alford for the approval of
pension. dtd: 7/1/1874.
Pension Claim No. 1135 for Winfield
Alford of Gonzales County was approved August 5th, 1874 and was