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JAQUES, WILLIAM BUDD (ca. 1799–1870). William Budd Jaques, merchant and San Antonio alderman, son of Richard Jaques, was born in New Jersey about 1799. He moved to Mexico, where he lived for a number of years and operated a stagecoach between Mexico City and Veracruz. He is said to have befriended Stephen F. Austin upon the latter's release from prison in 1835. In February 1838 Jaques brought merchandise to Texas for the firm of Jaques and Browning of Grand Gulf, Mississippi, and then with his wife, the former Catherine Louise Browne, and two daughters settled in San Antonio. His home was burned when Rafael Vásquez invaded in the spring of 1842, and he was captured by Adrián Woll's men and held prisoner until released at the instance of Mexican officers who had known him in Mexico. In 1843 Jaques joined other San Antonio citizens in petitioning the government of the Republic of Texas for more adequate protection of the frontier. In 1845 and again in 1865 he was alderman in San Antonio. During the 1860s he bought a ranch on the Medina River, where he lived until his death, on September 15, 1870. He was buried in San Fernando Cemetery.

Elizabeth Brooks, Prominent Women of Texas (Akron, Ohio: Werner, 1896). Frederick Charles Chabot, With the Makers of San Antonio (Yanaguana Society Publications 4, San Antonio, 1937). Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970).

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