A Guide to the Santiago Rabia Papers, 1836-1852 and undated
A sergeant in the Tampico Regiment of the Mexican Army, Santiago Rabia came to Texas in 1836, part of the force led by Antonio López de Santa Anna. Participating in the campaign at the Alamo, Rabia was also at the Battle of San Jacinto, where he was captured.
Upon his release, Rabia elected to stay in Texas. After serving for four months in the army of the Republic of Texas, he settled in the Nacogdoches area, where he served in local militia companies. In 1841, Rabia married Rebecca Carroll in Nacogdoches County. The couple had seven children.
Rabia received two land grants from the Republic of Texas: a bounty warrant for 640 acres for his army service, which was patented in 1849 in Victoria County, and a third class headright for 640 acres, patented in 1858 in Nacogdoches County.
Rabia was killed in 1852 or 1853. His widow married James Wyrick in 1853.
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Ericson, Carolyn Reeves, transcriber. 1847 Census: Nacogdoches County.
Ericson, Carolyn Reeves, compiler. Nacogdoches County: Abstract of all Original Texas Land Titles comprising Grants and Locations to August 31, 1941. St. Louis, 1981.
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Murrie, Pauline Shirlie, compiler. Marriage Records of Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1824-1881. Houston, 1968.
Santiago Rabia Papers, 1836-1852 and undated, Col 6070, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
White, Gifford. 1840 Citizens of Texas. 3 volumes. St. Louis: Ingmire Publications, 1983-1988.
The Santiago Rabia Papers contain a small selection of miscellaneous items reflecting military, business, and personal activities. The earliest items are three small notebooks which contain notes and lists of soldiers relating to the Mexican Army’s campaign in Texas in 1836. Included in the notebooks are itineraries of the army’s route from Mexico to Texas, very brief accounts of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, short lists of Mexican soldiers, an account of Antonio López de Santa Anna’s address to his troops upon his departure from Texas, and some personal notes on Rabia’s family.
Later items concern Rabia’s life in Texas and include military returns of militia companies in Nacogdoches, orders from the Republic of Texas government, legal documents, letters, and a photograph of Rabia’s daughter, Emily Rabia Wald. The government orders concern the provision of supplies to destitute families and the treatment of Mexican-American and Indian citizens, the latter signed by president Sam Houston.
Three items are associated with Joseph A. Carroll, probably a relative of Rabia’s wife.
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[Identification of item], Santiago Rabia Papers, 1836-1852 and undated, Col 6070, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Gift of Odell Myers, 1990 September.
Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997.
Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 August.
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