HERRERA, PEDRO (1806–?). Pedro Herrera, a member of Juan N. Seguín's company of Tejanos who fought at San Jacinto, was born in the Villa de San Fernando on October 17, 1806, to Vicente de Herrera and Margarita Vargas. By 1830 he was a private in the Mexican cavalry company of Álamo de Parras (see SECOND FLYING COMPANY OF SAN CARLOS DE PARRAS) under the command of Lt. Col. José Francisco Ruiz. That year the company built and occupied Fort Tenoxtitlán on the banks of the Brazos River. In August 1831 Herrera and his young son were reported missing from the fort and presumed dead. It was commonly believed that Herrera had fallen victim to hostile Indians, when in fact he had deserted. He remained undetected for several years. In December 1835 he aligned himself with the growing Texas forces and participated in the siege of Bexar. By February 22, 1836, he enlisted as a private in Seguín's company of Tejanos. He remained with Seguín until July of that year and served under his command at the battle of San Jacinto. Herrera reenlisted on November 5, 1836, into Capt. Manuel Floresqv's cavalry company and was discharged on February 20, 1838, having attained the rank of fourth sergeant. For his participation in the Texas Revolution he received bounty warrants and donation grants for several hundred acres of land now in Angelina, Bandera, Kendall, and Medina counties. Herrera died after 1853.
Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). 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). Thomas L. Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas, 1835–1888 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967).
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