Denmore W. Reaves

Denmore W. Reaves
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Denmore W. Reaves was a soldier in the Texas Army during the Texas Revolution, noted for a daring action during the Battle of San Jacinto that helped seal the decisive Texian victory.

Biography

Denmore W. Reaves arrived in Texas in June 1835. He enlisted in the Texas army and served in Captain Henry Wax Karnes' Company of Cavalry and was a member of the party that destroyed Vince's Bridge. The others who were with him on that mission were Deaf Smith, Young Perry Alsbury, John Coker, John T. Garner, Moses Lapham and Edwin R. Rainwater. For his service in the war he received one-third of a league of land in Nacogdoches County, Texas. On November 4, 1839, he married Elizabeth Jordan, the daughter of Alexander and Nancy Jordan. Alexander Jordan was a prominent land owner with a plantation of over one thousand acres (4 km²) in the southern part of Rusk County, Texas, where he also operated a twenty-saw cotton gin. After his father-in-law died on December 3, 1839, Denmore Reaves lived with his wife on the Jordan plantation and looked after the management of the farm until he died there in July 1847.

See also

Sources

  • ” Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986).
  • ” Joseph Milton Nance, Attack and Counterattack: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1842 (University of Texas Press, 1964).
  • ” The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863 (University of Texas Press, 1938)

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