Fannin unsuccessfully engaged the Mexican army at the Battle of Coleto Creek and was forced to surrender his entire command. As a member of the Texas volunteer army, Captain Fannin fought alongside the Brazos Guards in the first battle of the revolution against Mexico, held at Gonzales on October 2, 1835. Son of Dr Isham Saffold Fannin and Jane Fannin Childress County, Texas is named in his honor. He tried to institute regular army discipline, but his irregular volunteers would not accept it. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters and five brothers. A local boy managed to get away and alerted Fannin of the skirmish. Fannin had difficulty leading the volunteers in his charge. January Jan 1, 1804. He was a first cousin once removed to Andrew Pickens Butler. After being outnumbered and surrendering to Mexican forces at the Battle of Coleto Creek, Colonel Fannin and nearly all his 344 men were executed soon afterward at Goliad, Texas, under Santa Anna's orders for all rebels to be executed. They had two daughters together. Urrea wrote to Santa Anna to ask for clemency for the Texans. But facing overwhelming odds, Fannin and his troops surrendered the next day, at the Battle of Coleto. Please enable JavaScript in your browser's settings to use this part of Geni. James Fanning, a young man, was placed at the bar charged with the murder of a person unknown, in field outside the town of Clonmel. From Mr. Joseph H. Spohn's Story as published in the New York Evening Star, summer 1836, reprinted in part by a Pennsylvania Newspaper, Tuesday, 9 August 1836. Remembered as the Commander of the doomed garrison at the Presidio LaBahia at Goliad, James Walker Fannin, Jr., carried the heavy responsibility of the lives of his men with increasing anguish during the cold, gray days of March 1836. On December 7 he was commissioned a colonel in the Texas regular army. Colonel James Walker Fannin Jr. distinguished himself in a number of skirmishes during the Texas Revolution. Fannin's appeal for aid drew strong attention. An illegitimate son of a plantation owner, he was adopted by his mother’s father and raised near Marion, Georgia. On November 22, 1835, Fannin was honorably discharged from the volunteer army by Austin and began campaigning for a larger regular army for Texas. Memorial; Photos ; Flowers ; Family Members. Goliad Massacre-Index | Independence-Index. Here is James Fannin’s obituary. After a fierce battle, the Mexicans lost about 100-200 killed and wounded; Texan losses were 7-9 killed and 60 wounded. Birthplace. Born January 1, 1804, the son of Dr. Isham Fannin grew up on a plantation near Marion, Georgia. Other dispatches were intercepted by the Centralista forces, thus informing them of Fannin's plans. Plácido Benavides and six others escaped to notify Fannin of the situation. They were later replaced by James Collinsworth and Peter W. Grayson. He resigned from West Point due to poor grades, absences and tardiness. On 12 March, Fannin sent Captain Amon Butler King and about twenty-eight men to take wagons to Refugio to help evacuate the remaining families. James Robert "Bob" Fannin, 89, born January 19, 1924 in Palestine, Texas entered into eternal rest February 25, 2013. In August 1835 Fannin was appointed by the Committee of Public Safety and Correspondence, an assembly of prominent Texans seeking independence from Mexico, to solicit funds and supplies from sympathizers in Georgia, as well as to influence former colleagues at West Point to join him in Texas and lead volunteer and regular armies. On March 19, 1836, Fannin led the Texans on a retreat from Presidio La Bahia (which Fannin had renamed Fort Defiance) and destroyed everything which they did not take with them. The Texans thought they would likely be set free in a few weeks. At about 3:00pm, Mexican cavalry appeared. He made three requests: he asked for his personal possessions to be sent to his family, to be shot in his heart and not his face, and to be given a Christian burial. Made Lt. While in Columbus he also served as secretary of a temperance society and was division inspector for the Georgia militia. James passed away on January 3 1988, at age 81. James Fannin Commander at Goliad. On March 26, 1836, 19:00, Santa Anna ordered Portilla to execute the prisoners. James Fannin Obituary. After being outnumbered and surrendering to Mexican forces at the Battle of Coleto Creek, Colonel Fannin and nearly all his 344 men were executed soon afterward at Goliad, Texas, under Santa Anna's orders for all rebels to be … Bonham entere… He resigned in November 1821 after dueling with a fellow cadet. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences. James Walker Fannin Jr. On November 18 the Macon volunteers left for Texas, traveling by way of Columbus, where they were joined by another group of volunteers. Colonel James W. Fannin's Execution at Goliad. Col. James Fannin was a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point who brougt his family to Texas in 1834. The Texans immediately formed a hollow square with their wagons and cannons placed in each corner for defense as Gen. Urrea's forces attacked. His body was burned. James Fannin in U.S. Social Security Death Index (SSDI) James Fannin was born on February 10 1906. The Mexican forces under General José de Urrea were now rapidly approaching the Texian stronghold in Goliad. James Walker Fannin joined the United States Military Academy at West Point on July 1, 1819 under the name "James F. Walker". The palms of the hands were badly scarred and through the soles of both shoes holes were burned. He was adopted by his maternal grandfather, James W. Walker, and reared on a plantation near Marion, Georgia. 'JC' was a graduate of Boyd County High School. Visitation will be from 11:00am until 12:30pm at the Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home on Panola Street in Catlettsburg. Mexican reinforcements, under General Jose Urrea, arrived at Matamoros, complicating the Texan's plans to attack that city. However, just because someone believes wrongly … In 1821 James Fannin moved to Columbus, Georgia to become a merchant. Main article: Goliad massacre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliad_massacre. In numerous accounts of the Goliad Massacre, a Mexican woman, Francisca (Francita, Panchita or Pancheta) Alavez, sometimes referred to by other surnames (Alvarez or Alavesco), rescued about 20 Texan soldiers; she became known as "The Angel of Goliad." Fannin resided in Twiggs and Troup counties successively, and in 1828 he moved to Columbus. After some delay, Fannin and his men moved out on the 28th for the more than 90 miles to San Antonio. He was not very studious; academically he stood sixtieth in a class of eighty-six. During the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, Fannin's watch was discovered in the possession of a Mexican officer. In 1834, Fannin settled at Velasco in the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas (now Texas), where he owned a plantation. Horton's men would later form Fannin's advance guard when the retreating to Victoria. At the age of fourteen Fannin briefly attended the University of Georgia, but in 1819, as James F. Walker, he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York. He commanded the ill-fated group of Georgia volunteers and Texans massacred at Goliad, Texas, on March 27, 1836. Fannin County, Texas. Georgia. Dorothy Florence Pritchard (born Fannin), 1902 - 1979 Dorothy Florence Pritchard (born Fannin) 1902 1979. BAKER, CHARLEY Killed By a Live Wire Honey Grove, Texas, January 23 - Monday about 7 o'clock, while playing with some boys, Charley Baker, aged about 15 years, touched a live electric light wire and was killed instantly. In Goliad. He was born near Red Bank (now Saluda), South Carolina, a son of James and Sophia (Smith)(Sophia was his father's second wife) Bonham, who had moved to South Carolina from Maryland shortly after the American Revolution. Born January 1, 1804, Fannin was the illegitimate son of a Morgan County plantation owner, Dr. Isham Fannin. Jan 1 1804 - Twiggs, Georgia, United States, Isham Saffold Fannin, Margaret Jane Porter, Minerva J. Fannin, Sarah Ann Fannin, Missouri Pinckney Fannin, Jamie Fanin, Eliza Fanin, Isham Saffold Fannin, Unknown Fannin (born Walker), Missouri Pickney Fannin, Minerva J Fannin, Mar 27 1836 - Golidad, Texas, United States, Isham S Fannin, Jane Fannin (born Walker), Cause of death: Firearm - Mar 27 1836 - Texas, Goliad, Goliad County, Texas, United States, Military Notables other than U.S Revolution and Civil War, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Revolution, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Concepcion, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliad_Campaign, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Coleto, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliad_massacre. He dropped out after two years, however, and returned to Georgia. There he was a master of the local Masonic lodge and pursued a judgeship but was disqualified for dueling. We will remember him forever. Bruce Mejia & Adam Fannin wish for the deaths of James White & John MacArthur Joshua Lindsey September 28, 2019 9 Comments on Bruce Mejia & Adam Fannin wish for the deaths of James White & John MacArthur. We are sad to announce that on November 8, 2020, at the age of 57, James Fannin (Napa, California) passed away. Frank W. Johnson and four other Texans were captured but later managed to escape and rejoin James Fannin's command at Goliad. The Mexicans took the Texans back to Goliad, where they were held as prisoners at Fort Defiance. Age 32, he was taken by Mexican soldiers to the courtyard in front of the chapel, blindfolded, and seated in a chair (due to his leg wound from the battle). It appeared that the murder took place June, 1852, and the last assizes a lad named Rourke pleaded guilty to the offence, and was sentenced to death, but had punishment subsequently commuted transportation for life. Appeals from Travis at the Alamo (via James Bonham) prompted Fannin to launch a relief march of over 300 men and four pieces of artillery on 25 February 1836. Colonel of the First Artillery, Fannin began strengthening defenses at Goliad, and sent out his captains to recruit more men for the army. Get email updates about James Fannin delivered directly to your inbox. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Fannin, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgoliad/GovMilitary/TXGoliadFanninMnmtIndex_A-K.htm, http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/goliadmassacre.htm. James Walker Fannin, Jr. (January 1, 1804 (probably) – March 27, 1836) was a 19th-century U.S. military figure on the Texas Army and leader during the Texas Revolution of 1835–36. By February 12, 1836, Fannin had marched his regiment to Goliad, an old Spanish fort on the southwest bank of the San Antonio River about thirty miles from where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Transporting nine cannons and over 500 spare muskets, Fannin's forces were also heavily laden with supplies and baggage. He married Minerva Fort on July 17, 1829. James FANNIN passed away in Cincinnati, Ohio. As Fannin's regiment withdrew, it was surrounded by a Mexican force under General José de Urrea. He was adopted by his maternal grandfather, James W. Walker, and reared on a plantation near Marion. Fannin finally received the alert of King and Ward's defeat from, Hugh McDonald Frazer, on March 17. Many of his men thought he was aloof, and several historians believe that he was an ineffective commander because of it. The decision — his last, as fate would have it — was to accept Mexican General Urrea’s terms of surrender. By 1835, Fannin was becoming part of the growing Anglo-American resistance to the Mexican government in Texas. Born January 1, 1804, Fannin was the illegitimate son of a Morgan County plantation owner, Dr. Isham Fannin. Fannin sent Lieutenant Colonel William Ward and about 120 men to King's aid. On March 26, 1836, 19:00, Santa Anna ordered Portilla to execute the prison… He is preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Alpha Fannin; siblings: Archie L. Fannin, Richard Fannin, James L. Fannin, his twin, Elijah Doyal Fannin, Vivian Fannin, and Janet O'Neal. On March 14, 1836, Ward and King were attacked by Urrea and over 200 Mexican soldiers as they were about to leave. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Ward managed to drive the small Mexican forces away and decided to stay the night to rest his men. 110282432, citing Mount Olive Cemetery, Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Kathy Jennings Brown (contributor 47272624 ) . They had two daughters together. Bonham was a second cousin to Alamo commander William B. Travis and their families attended the same church in South Carolina. On March 14, 1836, Fannin was ordered by Texas president Sam Houston to withdraw to Victoria, but he delayed until the 19th. Lennie Fannin 1905 – 1981. He served his country honorably during the Vietnam War in the US Army. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences. Save to Suggest Edits. The Texans thought they would likely be set free in a few weeks. We are sad to announce that on January 15, 2021 we had to say goodbye to James McArdle of Deerfield Beach, Florida. Capricorn War Hero #8. At Victoria, he saved two German Texans captured among Capt. General Urrea left Goliad, leaving command to Colonel Jose Nicolas de la Portilla. He also went home to spend time with his family. This detachment was part of Urrea's larger force of nearly 1200 men. The officials who found it assumed the Mexican was responsible for Fannin's murder; he thus met death in a like manner as Fannin. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. Obituaries and Death Notices. He was a plantation owner and slave trader who, like so many Anglo settlers living in Mexican Texas, joined the fight for Texas independence. View Source: Share. He participated in the Battle of Gonzales on October 2 and urged Stephen F. Austin to send aid to Gonzales. Amon B. Geni requires JavaScript! At that time a female cousin described him as "gallant, handsome, and sensitive." He was later elected to command a regiment consisting of the Georgia Battalion and the Lafayette Battalion (composed of men from Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee). He commanded the ill-fated group of Georgia volunteers and Texans massacred at Goliad, Texas, on March 27, 1836. The obituary was featured in The Cincinnati Enquirer on April 14, 2011. James Walker Fannin, Jr. was a 19th-century U.S. military figure in the Texas Army and leader during the Texas Revolution of 1835–36.. Born January 1, 1804, Fannin was the illegitimate son of a Georgia plantation owner, Dr. Isham Fannin. "Enlist all you can.." ..." fill up your companies, and be ready for the field soon". James lived in Moses Lake, Washington 98837, USA. The Battle of Agua Dulce was fought on March 2. While some prisoners escaped the massacre, Fannin was kept inside the fort. Main article: Battle of Coleto http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Coleto. General Urrea departed Goliad, leaving command to Colonel Jose Nicolas de la Portilla. James Walker Fannin, Jr. (January 1, 1804 (probably) – March 27, 1836) was a 19th-century U.S. military figure on the Texas Army and leader during the Texas Revolution of 1835–36. San Antonio is where he met his angel, Jacqueline Kendrick Fannin. Pastor Danny Kelly will officiate. James Fannin surrendered (March 20, 1836, after the Battle of Coleto Creek) to superior Mexican forces under Gen. José Urrea. I am not a Calvinist, so I am no friend of James White, Jeff Durbin, or John MacArthur, among others who hold to that theology. They defeated Texian forces at the Battle of San Patricio on February 27, where 20 were killed and prisoners were taken. Under the command of Bowie, Fannin fought in the Battle of Concepción on 28 October 1835. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Concepcion. Urrea wrote to Santa Anna to ask for clemency for the Texans. Urrea wrote in his diary that he "... wished to elude these orders as far as possible without compromising my personal responsibility." Last Updated: March 21, 2016 In addition, Colonel Garay, Father Maloney (also referred as Molloy), Urrea's wife and an unnamed girl were credited with rescuing prisoners during the Goliad Campaign. Fannin joined the United States Military Academy at West Point on July 1, 1819 under the name "James F. Walker". Deaths, 1964 - 1998 his angel, Jacqueline Kendrick Fannin Military Academy at Point. 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