Monday, October 24, 2005

Juan Ximenes, a Texas patriot

Juan Ximenes was my great-great-great grandfather who was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1810 and lived there all of his life. He fought for the Republic of Texas at the Storming of Bexar in 1835. The siege was a house-to-house gun battle that took place in early December when Mexican Gen. Martin Perfecto Cos came to San Antonio to set up his headquarters under orders from dictator Antonio López de Santa Ana. The Texian rebels under the command of Ben Milam heeded the call "who will go with ol´ Ben Milam into San Antonio?" Ximenes and about 300 others volunteered. It was a three-day bloody street battle that forced Cos and his men to flee the town when their supplies evaporated and the troops and animals were nearly starved.

Milam was killed a few weeks later in another skirmish. In March 1836, Gen. Santa Ana ambushed some 200 volunteers hold out at the Alamo. Ximenes was not among the valiant who perished. But his brother Damasio Ximenes lost his life fighting with the other defenders.

In April 1836, Juan N. Seguin, the town´s mayor who became dissatisfied with Santa Ana´s dictatorship, led a group of Mexican volunteers to San Jacinto to fight alongside with Gen. Sam Houston. Ximenes was one of them. The Battle of San Jacinto lasted less about 20 minutes and cost the Mexican dictator many of his men and his country´s northern territory which became the Republic of Texas.

You can read more about Juan Ximenes, as well as view early photos of his family, at


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At October 26, 2005 1:40 PM, Blogger Graham Jones said...

That brings back memories.

At August 14, 2009 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saludos! I'm related to Juan Ximenes as well. My mother's cousin, Irene, takes care of the Chapel of Miracles. Are you still in Spain? I'm working on getting more information on our ancestors. My email is

At June 15, 2011 3:49 PM, Blogger Maureen Dolan said...

This is really interesting - especially since you can trace your ancestry back to the man. I hadn´t heard of him despite doing Chicano Studies years ago. I´ll check out the link.

At October 13, 2014 5:18 PM, Blogger MAE said...

678Hey Madrid kid, Am just now seeing your post on Juan Antonio. He had a brother Juan Bassomero that is my great-great-great grandfather. In fact there were 4 childre. Juan Bassomero married Octavia Salcido. Anyway, was very interesting to find a jounalist across in Spain that is directly related. I'm registered Choctaw-Apache via this lineage. Glad to connect. Retired RN and paralegal. Into horses now. Hope your life is good. Please respond. Have lots more history if interested. Ximenes turned into Emanis. Our name was changed by my grandfather to Emmons. Am on FB under Mel Lowe.

At October 13, 2014 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooops, wrong Ximenes. Found with further investigation. Worth a shot researching though. Am researching Francisco Ximenes my great, great, great, great great, great grandfather from Spain. They may be related but don't know how at this point. Sorry for the false alarm. Further research!

At October 13, 2014 5:30 PM, Blogger MAE said...

Posted anonymously with second post, sorry. MAE


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