While our physical offices are closed until further notice in accordance with Austin's COVID-19 "stay home-work safe" order, the Handbook of Texas will remain available at no-cost for you, your fellow history enthusiasts, and all Texas students currently mandated to study from home. If you have the capacity to help us maintain our online Texas history resources during these uncertain times, please consider making a 100% tax-deductible contribution today. Thank you for your support of TSHA and Texas history. Donate Today »


Stephen L. Hardin
Grave of Augustus H. Jones
Grave of Augustus H. Jones. Courtesy of Anne Hoffman. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

JONES, AUGUSTUS H. (1813–1877). Augustus H. Jones, soldier, stockman, planter, and public official, was born in Georgia in 1813 and moved to Texas in 1835. On October 1, 1835, he joined Ira Westover's Matagorda Volunteers; he seems to have participated in the assault on Nuestra Señora de Loreto Presidio at La Bahía on October 9. From October 31 to November 12, 1835, Jones was a member of the Lipantitlán Expedition, and he fought at Nueces Crossing. In a letter to James W. Fannin, Jr., Jones bragged that forty Texans had opposed about seventy Mexican troops and had "flogged them like hell." In December of 1835 he participated in the siege of Bexar. After the victory at San Antonio, Jones returned to the United States; on January 15, 1836, he arrived in Cahaba, Alabama. After the Texas Revolution he returned to Texas to serve as a first lieutenant in the Army of the Republic of Texas; in 1846 he saw action in the Mexican War. Jones lived in Gonzales, where he was regarded as a prominent planter and stockman. The people of Gonzales County elected him to the House of the Ninth Congress; he served from 1844 to 1845. Little is known of his activities afterward. He died in his Gonzales home in October 1877.


Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Stephen L. Hardin, "JONES, AUGUSTUS H.," accessed July 10, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fjo43.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on May 21, 2018. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...