FLORES, VITAL (1791–1886). Vital Flores, early Nacogdoches official, was born on April 28, 1791, at Rancho Tortuga in Nacogdoches County, the son of José Flores and Anna María Gertrudis Mora. His father and grandfather had come with Antonio Gil Ibarvo in 1779 and rebuilt the town of Nacogdoches. Flores was considered well-educated. He was elected alcalde of Nacogdoches for 1834 and was acting political chief of the Department of Nacogdoches during the long period that Henry Rueg, the regular political chief, was absent. Flores died on January 23, 1886, at Rancho Tortuga.
Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University; Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; Texas State Archives, Austin; Houston Public Library, Houston. Carolyn Reeves Ericson, Nacogdoches, Gateway to Texas: A Biographical Directory (2 vols., Fort Worth: Arrow-Curtis Printing, 1974, 1987). Nacogdoches Archives, Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University; Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; Texas State Archives, Austin.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Robert Bruce Blake, "FLORES, VITAL," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffl18), accessed May 19, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.