|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1818|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 20, 1886|
RINALDO HOTCHKISS was born in Palmyra, New York, November 13, 1818. Texas land records state that he first came to Texas in 1835, although Masonic Lodge records show he arrived one year earlier, in 1834. As a young man of 17, Rinaldo joined the fight for Texas Independence from Mexico. He took part in the battle of Mission Conception, October 28, 1835, Battle of San Antonio, December 6, 1835, and finally on April 21, 1836 the Battle of San Jacinto . At San Jacinto, Mr. Hotchkiss fought with the 2nd Regiment Volunteers, 8th Infantry Company, under the command of Captain William Kimbro. He no doubt fought along side my 3rd great grand-father Sergeant Henry Reed.
Following the Texas war for independence, soldier Hotchkiss took part in fights with the Indians, such as the Kickapoo fight, October 16, 1838, and the fight with the Cherokee Nation on the 16th day of July, 1839. Rinaldo Hotchkiss was made a Master Mason in Milam Lodge, No. 2, in 1840, and in June, 1853, received the orders of Knighthood in Ruthven Commandery No. 2, Houston. On April 3, 1855 he was admitted to the Bar, and began practicing law. But this did not hinder his ability to help the Confederacy, as he also fought in the Civil War, with the Sabine Pass Guards, Texas Infantry.
Mr. Hotchkiss was married to Martha Pollitt at Nacogdoches, July 6, 1844. Mrs. Hotchkiss was born March 5, 1826 and died October 4, 1863. Veteran Hotchkiss died in Palestine, April 20, 1886 while a member of the Texas Veterans Association. He was buried in the city cemetery at Palestine, Texas.
Archibald Hotchkiss (1794 - 1882)
Charles Albert Hotchkiss (1846 - 1927)*
Rinaldo Hotchkiss (1818 - 1886)
Atala Hotchkiss Ochiltree (1820 - 1871)*
Palestine City Cemetery
Created by: Robert "Scott" Patrick
Record added: Feb 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33894480