Breeding, Napoleon Bonaparte (1815–1861)

By: Cari Thomas

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: November 1, 1994

Napoleon Bonaparte Breeding, early settler and soldier, one of six sons of Sarah (Davis) and David W. Breeding, was born in Kentucky in 1815. In February 1833 he came to Texas with his family and settled in Mina Municipality, which later became Fayette County. He served as a second sergeant and fought in Thomas Alley's company in the siege of Bexar in December 1835. From February to May 1836 he served in the Texas army. He was a member of Capt. William J. E. Heard's company with the baggage detail at Harrisburg during the battle of San Jacinto. In 1836 Breeding was a member of Stephen Townsend's company, and in 1843 he traveled with the Snively expedition. He married Charlotte O'Bar on January 19, 1838; theirs was the first marriage recorded in Fayette County. They had six children and lived in Fayette County until Breeding's death, on February 22, 1861.

Comptroller's Records, Texas State Archives, Austin. Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Founders and Patriots of the Republic of Texas (Austin, 1963-). Louis Wiltz Kemp Papers, Texas State Archives, Austin.
Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

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

Cari Thomas, “Breeding, Napoleon Bonaparte,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994