Bostick, Sion Record (1819–1902)

By: Thomas W. Cutrer

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: July 19, 2012

Sion Record Bostick (Bostwick), soldier of the Republic of Texas and the Confederate States of America, son of Levi T. and Martha (Hill) Bostick, was born in Alabama on December 7, 1819. The Bostick family arrived in Texas in what is now Shelby County in the late 1820s. The family moved to San Felipe around 1829 and moved to the site of present-day Columbus in 1832. The elder Bostick died there in 1833.

Sion Bostick was present for the battle of Gonzales in the company of Capt. P. R. Splane and took part in the siege of Bexar. When Antonio López de Santa Anna marched into Texas, Bostick reenlisted, on March 21, 1836, as a private in Capt. Moseley Baker's company of Col. Edward Burleson's First Regiment, Texas Volunteers; he fought in the battle of San Jacinto. A Sion Bostick is also listed as a member of Capt. William H. Patton's Columbia Company at the time of the battle. With two other scouts, Joel Robison and James A. Sylvester, Bostick captured and brought in Santa Anna on April 22. After San Jacinto he reenlisted as a private in the army, first for the term from March 11 through May 25 and then from July 1 to October 1, in the company of Capt. B. F. Ravill.

In 1840 Bostick was living in Colorado County and owned two slaves. He took part in the battle of Plum Creek that year and later claimed to have served during the Mexican War in Capt. Claiborne C. Herbert's Company E of Col. John Coffee Hays's First Texas Mounted Rifles. This company was recruited in Columbus, but Bostick's name does not appear on its muster roll. On March 21, 1862, the forty-one-year-old Bostick enlisted in Capt. John C. Upton's Company B of Col. James J. Archer's Fifth Texas Infantry regiment of the famed Hood's Texas Brigade. He served for a time in Virginia but was discharged by the order of the Confederate secretary of war on September 22 as over age. "During the war with Spain I was very much troubled because I was too old to go," he later wrote.

Bostick married Susan Townsend in 1839; they had seven children. His wife died in 1856 and he later married Mary Indiana (Mollie) Rhodes. Bostick died of cancer at his home in San Saba on October 15, 1902 and is buried in the San Saba Cemetery. He was a member of the Texas Veterans Association. His memoir of the Texas Revolution, dictated when he was past eighty years of age, was published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in 1901. In 1973 a Texas historical marker was placed at his gravesite.

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Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

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

Thomas W. Cutrer, “Bostick, Sion Record,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 19, 2012