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ALSBURY, YOUNG PERRY

ALSBURY, YOUNG PERRY (ca. 1814–1877). Young Perry Alsbury, veteran of the battle of San Jacinto and the Mexican War,qqv was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, around 1814, one of eleven children that included brother Horace Alsbury. He moved to Texas, probably in the mid-1820s, with his parents and settled in Brazoria County. Alsbury participated in the Battle of San Jacinto as a spy for Capt. Henry Wax Karnes's Cavalry, also known as Deaf Smith's spy company. He was one of six volunteers who accompanied Smith to destroy the bridge known as Vince's Bridge to prevent both the reinforcement and escape of Santa Anna's army. For his service in the Texas revolutionary army and participation in the battle, Alsbury received donation and bounty certificates for land. He later served in the Mexican War in 1845 and was wounded in the Battle of Palo Alto.

He was living in Bexar County, probably by the 1840s, and married Mary Rodriguez in 1847. They had four children. Early in the spring of 1848 he moved to the east bank of Salado Creek just north of the present Dittmar road, and his mother moved from Brazoria to live with them in 1849. The 1850 census lists Alsbury, age thirty-six, as a farmer and resident of Bexar County, and the household included his wife, mother, and first child. Alsbury wrote an account of the burning of Vince's Bridge in a letter dated January 14, 1858, to Jesse Grimes.

Y. P. Alsbury died in November 1877. Sources differ as to the exact date and list November 17, 19, or 20, but the Galveston Daily News reported on his death in their November 23, 1877, edition. He was buried on his farm on Salado Creek near San Antonio. In 1936, Alsbury's great grandson, E. F. "Tex" Alsbury petitioned the state of Texas to have a Texas Centennial Marker 1836–1936 placed on the graves of the Alsbury family on Salado Creek. In the summer of 1959 during construction of Interstate Highway 10, the Texas Department of Transportation picked up the marker, moved it to the south side of I-10 East, and placed it on private property. As near as can be determined, the graves are now located beneath the cemented embankment on the south side of the I-10 East bridge at Salado Creek. The body of one of San Jacinto's heroes lies in an unmarked grave beneath the highway frontage on the east bank of the Salado Creek near the present Dittmar road.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

San Antonio Express, July 15, 1934. San Jacinto Museum, "Alsbury, Young Perry" (http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/kemp/v8.html), accessed April 15, 2003. Gifford E. White, 1830 Citizens of Texas (Austin: Eakin Press, 1999).

Richard B. Autry

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Richard B. Autry, "ALSBURY, YOUNG PERRY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/falad), accessed July 28, 2014. Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.