John Jackson Humphries
Texas Mtd. Vols. (Mounted Volunteers)
He first came to Corpus Christi in 1838 with Carnes company of rangers in pursuit of hostile and cannibal Indians called the Caranchuas.
After camping here one night the march was taken up for the Lagoon Madre on the way to Padre Island. The red-skins were not encountered, so the rangers came back to Corpus Christi. At that time the first settler here had yet to pitch his tent.
In 1842 Mr. Humphreys and his ranger comrades, numbering 300, went to Mexico. At Matamoras fifty of the number were left behind to guard the property. Thus it will be seen that in the great fight with Santa Anna the rangers lost eighty men, while the enemy fell like so many sheep.
This enraged the Mexicans to such an extent that when they captured the rangers the death sentence was imposed on each and every one of them and the 170 were ordered to be shot. However, the sentence was not carried out because of unlooked for interference coming from cooler heads and wiser counsel.
However, the Mexicans were determined that the death sentence should be meted out to some of them, and true to their word, the order was executed. There were 170 rangers. Seventeen were to be shot. But to determine upon who should be the victims was the knottiest problem of all.
A jar containing 170 beans was placed above the heads of the man. Of the 170 beans, seventeen were black and the remainder white. Each and every man took a bean from the jar. Those who drew the white beans were permitted to leave; those who drew the black were shot, which numbered seventeen brave souls. On of the number who drew the white bean was Mr. Humphreys. And this was (how) he was permitted to live.
Old Bayview Cemetery
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