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JONES, AUGUSTUS H.

JONES, AUGUSTUS H. (1813–1877). Augustus H. Jones, soldier, stockman, planter, and public official, was born in Georgia in 1813 and moved to Texas in 1835. On October 1, 1835, he joined Ira Westover's Matagorda Volunteers; he seems to have participated in the assault on Nuestra Señora de Loreto Presidio at La Bahía on October 9. From October 31 to November 12, 1835, Jones was a member of the Lipantitlán Expedition, and he fought at Nueces Crossing. In a letter to James W. Fannin, Jr., Jones bragged that forty Texans had opposed about seventy Mexican troops and had "flogged them like hell." In December of 1835 he participated in the siege of Bexar. After the victory at San Antonio, Jones returned to the United States; on January 15, 1836, he arrived in Cahaba, Alabama. After the Texas Revolution he returned to Texas to serve as a first lieutenant in the Army of the Republic of Texas; in 1846 he saw action in the Mexican War. Jones lived in Gonzales, where he was regarded as a prominent planter and stockman. The people of Gonzales County elected him to the House of the Ninth Congress; he served from 1844 to 1845. Little is known of his activities afterward. He died in his Gonzales home in October 1877.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

Stephen L. Hardin

Citation

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

Stephen L. Hardin, "JONES, AUGUSTUS H.," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fjo43), accessed December 21, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.