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COE, PHILIP HADDOX

COE, PHILIP HADDOX (1800–1852). Philip Haddox Coe, adventurer and soldier, was born in Georgia on January 10, 1800, and moved to Texas in December 1831 from Alabama. He settled in what is now Washington County. In 1834 he led a campaign against Indians from Fort Tenoxtitlán in Robertson's colony. In July 1835 he led one of four small companies that marched east to Fort Parker to relieve Capt. Robert M. Coleman. From there his company marched to Tehuacana Springs in what is now Limestone County in pursuit of a band of Tawakoni Indians that fled before his troops arrived. His company then spent several weeks in the field exhibiting a show of strength for the benefit of the Indians. Coe became a member of the General Council in 1835, represented Washington County in the Consultation, and was appointed a recruiter of volunteers for the Texas army. He assumed command of a ranger force under the direction of Col. John Henry Moore on July 9, 1835. He subsequently served as acting captain of the First Regiment of Volunteers from March 2 until April 10, 1836. He remained in the service of the Republic of Texas until June 2, 1836. During the battle of San Jacinto he was detailed to guard the baggage near Harrisburg. He received 640 acres of land as a result of his service. He also commanded a foray against an Indian raiding party at Tehuacana Springs in 1842, participated in an expedition against Rafael Vásquez, and served as a captain in the Somervell expedition in October 1842. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had five children, born in Washington County. He died on December 14, 1852, at Coe Valley in Gonzales County.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

James L. Hailey

Citation

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James L. Hailey, "COE, PHILIP HADDOX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fco11), accessed April 23, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.