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Claiborne and Pendleton Rector Papers
Manuscript Collection: MC006
Brothers Claiborne and Pendleton Rector migrated to Texas in 1830 and settled in what is now Brazoria County. Pendleton served in Captain John Austin's company in the Battle of Velasco in 1832 and participated in the siege of Bexar in 1835. Both Claiborne and Pendleton enlisted in Captain Patton's company on March 1, 1836, and fought in the Battle of San Jacinto. They continued to serve until September 1, 1836, in Captain Byrd Lockhardt's spy company.
Claiborne Rector married twice and had three children by his first wife. He died March 23, 1873, in Lavernia, Wilson County, Texas.
Pendleton Rector married Mary Jane Bridges in 1848, with whom he had two children. They lived in Prairie Lea, Caldwell County, Texas, where he died March 10, 1888.
This small collection of five items, two letters, a tax receipt, a certificate of military service, and a Texas Veterans Association membership certificate, constitute a brief glimpse into the lives of two San Jacinto veterans during and immediately following the Texas Colonial Period. Of particular interest are the two letters (1831 and 1832) which comment on the richness of the Texas land and the current political and military situations while urging relatives to join the Rectors in Texas. The 1832 letter refers to Santa Anna by name.
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[Identification of Item], Claiborne and Pendleton Rector Papers, MC006, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.
Mrs. John Banks, 1949.
Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.