FLORES DE ABREGO, JOSÉ SALVADOR RAMON [SALVADOR FLORES]

Thomas Woods

FLORES DE ABREGO, JOSÉ SALVADOR RAMON [SALVADOR FLORES] (ca. 1806–1855). Salvador Flores, military figure of the Texas Revolution and Republic of Texas, son of José Antonio Flores de Abrego and María Antonia Rodríguez, was born José Salvador Ramon Flores de Abrego in San Fernando de Béxar (modern San Antonio) circa 1806. The Flores de Abrego family, which arrived in the region during the 1700s, grew to be a very important ranching family, and Flores was a direct descendant of early rancher José Flores, who provided cattle and horses to Gen. Bernardo de Gálvez for the American Revolutionary cause. Salvador Flores had three other brothers—Manuel, Nepomuceno, and José María—all of whom fought on the Texan side during the war for independence from Mexico. His sister, María Gertrudis, married Juan N. Seguín, one of the most influential Tejanos of the Texas Revolution.

During the earliest stages of the Texas Revolution, Salvador Flores served under his brother-in-law, Juan Seguín. While the Mexican army advanced towards Gonzales, Flores hosted a meeting at his ranch for Seguín to raise a force of volunteers from among local Tejano ranchers. Flores himself helped raise another company of approximately forty volunteers. He was involved in the battle of Concepción and served as second lieutenant of Seguín’s company at the siege of Béxar in late 1835. On November 14, 1835, Stephen F. Austin dispatched Flores and his riders to deny the Mexican cavalry supplies for their horses by burning off any forage throughout the countryside between the Nueces and Medina rivers. Flores also had additional orders to monitor the river crossings along the Rio Grande and report any Mexican advances towards Béxar. Early in 1836 Sam Houston ordered Flores, along with twenty-five men from Sequín’s company, to the ranches along the lower San Antonio River to protect the inhabitants from depredations perpetrated by American Indian groups. During April 1836 Flores again took command of part of Seguín’s company and protected the fleeing families during the Runaway Scrape. By December 31, 1836, he had been promoted to captain of Company C of Seguín’s regiment, and the following year Flores was captain of the First Regiment of Cavalry in the Regular Army of Texas. He also served in the 1839 campaign against the Comanches.

Salvador Flores was a firm believer in the federalist cause and a proponent of independence from Mexico. He was honored in a letter, dated November 24, 1835, to Seguín from Stephen F. Austin, who commended Flores’s patriotism. Seguín himself later praised Flores as a “great lover of the cause of Texas” in a letter to Sam Houston on June 25, 1838. 

On May 24, 1841, Flores married María Clara Elena Maximiliana Flores in San Antonio. Following her death, he married Concepción Rojo (or Roxo) Seguín on September 30, 1848. Flores had five children with his first wife and two with his second. He lived in the San Antonio area until his death on January 17, 1855. According to a descendant, he died at his home which was twenty-one miles from San Antonio. Following his death, Juan Seguín became executor of his estate and guardian of his family. In 1867 Flores’s niece, Josefa Agustina Flores de Abrego, donated 200 acres of land for the creation of Wilson County’s new county seat, which was named Floresville. A Texas Historical Marker was dedicated in honor of the Flores de Abrego family in 1986 in Floresville.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Jesús F. de la Teja, ed., A Revolution Remembered: The Memoirs and Selected Correspondence of Juan N. Seguín (Austin: State House Press, 1991). Steve Gibson, “Descendants of Juan Jose Flores de Abrego y Valdés,” Bexar Genealogy (bexargenealogy.com/archives/familyfiles/floresabrego.rtf), accessed April 11, 2015. Historical Marker Files, Texas Historical Commission, Austin (Flores de Abrego Family and Floresville). Gerald E. Poyo, ed., Tejano Journey, 1770–1850 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996). The Sons of the Republic of Texas (Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Co., 2001). 

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