POOL, JONATHAN COCHRAN
POOL, JONATHAN COCHRAN (1806–1886). Jonathan Cochran Pool, early settler and fighter for Texas independence, son of Walter F. Pool, was born on Cherokee lands (now Newton County) in Georgia on August 6, 1806. With his parents and three brothers, he arrived at old Miller County, Arkansas (now Red River County, Texas), in 1815. After about seven years' hunting and trapping on the Red River, the family moved to Nacogdoches. There about 1830 Pool married Celia Emeline Pierson, daughter of John G. W. Pierson. They had six children before Cecilia died around 1850 in Houston County. Pool subsequently married Jemima Crownover and fathered one more child. In 1832 Pool was involved in the Anahuac Disturbances and the battle of Nacogdoches. He joined the army of Texas in 1835 and was at the siege of Bexar in October, November, and December of 1835; on November 26 he participated in the Grass Fight, an incident associated with the siege. Pool was one of 300 volunteers who assaulted San Antonio with Benjamin R. Milam on December 5. He was wounded on December 7, the day Milam was killed. Pool later joined Sam Houston's forces and was with him until shortly before the battle of San Jacinto, when he was dispatched by Houston to scout Indians and report their movements. He served in the Army of the Republic of Texas from September to December 1836. He was issued a bounty warrant in 1851 and in 1874 was granted an annual pension by the state of Texas for this service. After this military service Pool lived in Nacogdoches, Robertson, Walker, and Houston counties before settling in 1852 in Falls County. He was occupied primarily with farming and stock raising. On September 25, 1861, although fifty-five years old, he enlisted in Company A of the Eighth Texas Cavalry, Terry's Texas Rangers, for the duration of the Civil War. He died at his home in Falls County on February 21, 1886, and is buried in the small family cemetery four miles southeast of Lott, Texas.
Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.