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From: "Linda Reno" <>
Subject: Re: [MDSTMARY] Alexander SOMERVELL
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 05:36:13 -0500
SOMERVELL, ALEXANDER http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/kemp/v761.html
SOMERVELL, ALEXANDER -- Born in Aquasco, Prince George's County, Maryland,
June 11, 1796, a son of James and Elizabeth (Magruder) Somervell. James
Somervell was born April 19, 1751 and died May 15, 1851 (should be 1815). He
was married twice, his second wife being Elizabeth Magruder. Alexander
Somervell moved to Louisiana in 1817 and there engaged in merchandising. He
arrived at Brazoria, April 30, 1833 on the Sabine, Captain Brown. George B.
Erath was a fellow passenger. He settled at San Felipe de Austin where he
continued his mercantile business, having as a partner James F. Perry.
The following is an extract from a letter from James F. Perry, Peach Point,
Texas, dated October 22, 1833, to Stephen F. Austin, Mexico City. It was
published in the Austin Papers:
"Since you left I wrote to Missouri for a Mr. Alex Somervell, a man I have
been acquainted with for many years and in whom I have full confidence. He
came in May and Austin (Bryan) and him have been in charge of the store,
since I gave him an interest as I thought it best."
At Gonzales on March 12, 1836, Mr. Somervell was elected Major of the First
Regiment of Texas Volunteers. On April 8th he was elected Lieutenant Colonel
of the First Regiment of Texas Volunteers, succeeding Sidney Sherman who was
ejected Colonel of the Second Regiment. He participated in the Battle of San
Jacinto and remained in the army until June 7, 1836, when he resigned to
accept the post of Secretary of War in President Burnett's Cabinet. On
November 10, 1838, he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 4414 for 320 acres
of land for having served in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1836. He
received Donation Certificate No. 230 for 640 acres of land May 26, 1838,
for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. In Headright
Certificate No. 2 for one-twelfth of a league of land issued to him January
11, 1838 by the Austin County Board it is stated that he came to Texas in
Colonel Somervell was elected Senator from the District composed of Colorado
and Austin Counties to the First and Second Congresses October 3, 1836, to
May 24, 1838. On November 18, 1839, he was elected Brigadier General of the
First Brigade. In 1842 he commanded the "Somervell Expedition." (See sketch
of Captain William M. Eastland in this volume.) On December 13, 1842, he was
appointed Collector of Customs for the Port of Calhoun. To this position he
was reappointed after Texas had entered the Union. In 1847 General
Somervell, James Power and John W. Rose were the owners of the town of
Saluria in Calhoun County.
Rev. Homer S. Thrall in his Pictorial History of Texas, page 622, tells of
the tragic death of General Somervell which occurred in February, 1854: "No
satisfactory statement of the manner of his death has ever been given to the
public. He started from Lavaca to Saluria in a small boat, carrying a
considerable amount of money. When found, the boat was bottom side up and
General Somervell was lashed to the timbers. Whether he was killed for
money, which was never found, or the boat capsized, will probably never be
The last will of General Somervell was signed at San Felipe, May 6, 1835.
His estate was opened for probate March 13, 1854, in Calhoun County and J.
A. Settle and Thomas Horrell were appointed administrators (Book A, page
233, Probate Journals of Calhoun County).
In his will General Somervell gave the names of his parents, who were at
that time dead, and furnished the name of his place of birth. He left
$2,000.00 to his brother-in-law, Rev. Thomas Horrell, and the rest of his
estate to his brother, James Somervell of Somervell of Aquasco, Prince
George County, Maryland.
Mrs. G. T. Williams, 1215 John Street, Baltimore, Maryland, is in possession
of the Somervell family Bible.
Children of James Somervell, father of Alexander Somervell, by his first
marriage were (1) Thomas Trueman, (2) Ann, and (3) Susan Somervell.
NOTE: The first wife of James Somervell, father of Alexander Somervell was
Colonial Families of the U.S. (genealogylibrary.com, 3/29/2001) which states
that James Somervell was b. 4/19/1751 and d. 5/15/1815; was an ensign and
later a Capt. in the Continental Army; lost an arm at the Battle of Camden,
SC on 8/16/1780. He m. first, Ann Trueman, dau. of Maj. Alexander Trueman
of the Continental Army by his wife, Rebecca Letchworth and secondly,
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Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2006 11:28 AM
Subject: [MDSTMARY] Alexander SOMERVELL
> According to a Texas source, Alexander SOMERVELL was born in Maryland on
> July 11, 1796.
> Can someone please tell me who his parents were.
> Thank you very much for this information.
> Mildred Greenstreet
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