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NAVARRO, NEPOMUCENO (ca. 1810–1877). Nepomuceno Navarro, a member of Juan N. Seguín's company of Tejanos who fought at the battle of San Jacinto, was a private in the Bexar Presidio in 1831. Apparently dissatisfied with military life, he deserted his post on two occasions. As a disciplinary measure, he was transferred to the Álamo de Parras Company, stationed at Fort Tenoxtitlán, a remote garrison near the Brazos River. When he arrived there he found the conditions no better and in many ways worse than at his previous post. This prompted a series of regular troop desertions from that location as well. The frequency of these and the small size of the garrison usually resulted in Navarro's being returned to duty with little more than a reprimand. After the company returned to Bexar in 1832, the political turmoil that ensued prompted Navarro's permanent departure from the Mexican army. On February 22, 1836, he enlisted in Juan N. Seguín's company of Tejanos. He served with Seguín at San Jacinto and remained in the army until July 15, 1836. By 1840 he had married María de Jesús Urón and become the father of at least one child. For his participation in the Texas Revolution he received donation and bounty land grants including 320 acres in 1852 for military service from February 22 to July 15, 1836, and a pension. He was a member of the Texas Veterans Association until his death, in San Antonio on April 8, 1877.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:Ruben Rendon Lozano, Viva Tejas: The Story of the Tejanos, the Mexican-born Patriots of the Texas Revolution (San Antonio: Southern Literary Institute, 1936; 2d ed., San Antonio: Alamo Press, 1985). Malcolm D. McLean, comp. and ed., Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas (19 vols., Arlington: University of Texas at Arlington Press, 1974–93). Malcolm D. McLean, "Tenoxtitlán, Dream Capitol of Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 70 (April 1967). Thomas L. Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas, 1835–1888 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967).
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