John Malone, a leading citizen in the Power and Hewetson colony who served in the General Council during the Texas Revolution, was born in Ireland about 1805. Apparently he lived in the United States before moving to Texas in December 1833 to become a member of the Power and Hewetson colony. He was living at Nuestra Señora del Refugio Mission several months before the arrival of the Irish colony. His headright, granted in September 1834, was a league of land at the head of what was then known as Treviño Creek, which was later renamed Malone Creek and subsequently became Melon Creek.
Malone was a member of the local committee of safety and correspondence and was elected a delegate to the Consultation in 1835. He joined Ira J. Westover and George M. Collinsworth in the capture of Goliad in October 1835 (see GOLIAD CAMPAIGN OF 1835). At Goliad he served under Philip Dimmitt and was a member of the Lipantitlán expedition. He did not attend the Consultation but, at the behest of Col. James Power, took his seat in the General Council on January 2, 1836; Malone was one of the few who attended the council until it went out of existence in March 1836. Therefore, he was not able to sign the Goliad Declaration of Independence, which, however, did bear the signature of his brother, Charles. Upon dissolution of the council Malone joined his family in Galveston, where they had fled in February 1836. The family lived in Galveston until about the time of the Civil War. Malone spent his last years in Hallettsville and died at the home of James Ballard near that city on December 9, 1870.