John Iiams, Jr., early settler, veteran of the battle of Concepción and siege of Bexar, son of Mary (Haslett) and John Iiams, was born in Ohio in 1808, and after a Louisiana sojourn moved to Texas with his father, brother, and stepmother, Tabitha (Kincade), in 1822. Until his father died he lived at Cedar Point and recorded details of Southeast Texas settlement. As a bachelor he applied in 1831 for a headright in one of Stephen F. Austin's colonies. For years Iiams lived with the Enoch Brinson family in Harris County, where he assisted with truck farming and helped milk thirty or forty cows. He took food by sea to Galveston. While living in Houston in 1874, he helped C. Anson Jones, son of Anson Jones, document the years of Texas settlement. He is chiefly known to history as one of the patriots who rowed to Galveston in April 1836 to report the victory at the battle of San Jacinto to the ad interim government.
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C. C. Cox, "Reminiscences of C. C. Cox," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 6 (October 1902, January 1903). C. Anson Jones, "Extracts from an Historical Sketch of Harris County," in James Burke, Jr., Burke's Texas Almanac and Immigrant's Handbook for 1879 (Houston, 1879; facsimile, Austin: Steck-Warlick, 1969). Adele B. Looscan, "Harris County, 1822–1845," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 18–19 (October 1914-July 1915).
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