A Biography of the Villarreal Compatriots

Eight Villarreal Tejanos accepted as Sons of the American Revolution

On December 20, 2008, eight members of the Villarreal Family of Texas were formally accepted and inducted into the Austin Patrick Henry Chapter No. 11, Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on the basis of the important roles of their Tejano ancestors in the winning of the American Revolution, from which our great nation gained the freedom and opportunity that we still enjoy—and defend—today. They all descend from Spanish Texas soldiers and/or ranchers who helped provide Texas Longhorn cattle that were trailed from the ranches in the San Antonio River Valley to the Spanish forces of General Bernardo de Gálvez in Louisiana, who defeated British forces in battles at Manchac, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Mobile, and Pensacola during the American Revolution.


Pictured above are the eight Villarreal family members and their SAR sponsor, Mr. Dan Stauffer. Left to right: Santos S. Villarreal; Mr. Dan Stauffer (SAR sponsor) ; Jesse O. Villarreal, Sr.; Rene Villarreal (son of Paul Villarreal) ; Orlando Mora (son of Janie Villarreal Mora) ; Leonard Brennan Rodriguez (son of Teresa Villarreal Rodriguez) ; Santos H. Villarreal (son of Santos S. Villarreal) ; Jesse O. Villarreal, Jr. (son of Jesse O. Villarreal, Sr.) ; and Dr. Ruben Mora (son of Janie Villarreal Mora).

This line of the Villarreal family descends from Francisco Hernández, an original settler of the Villa de San Antonio de Béxar in May 1718, whose son, Andrés Hernández, was given the first and oldest Spanish Royal Land Grant on record in the Spanish Province of Texas on April 12, 1758.  Called El Rancho de San Bartolo, it supplied a number of the cattle, trail drivers, and military escorts for the cattle drives from Texas to Louisiana, 1779-1782. By their acceptance and induction into the Sons of the American Revolution organization, the Villarreal family has opened further an important door of recognition through which many other people of Hispanic ancestry might follow if they but do their genealogical homework. For those not familiar with the vital role of Spain, including Texas, in the winning of the American Revolution, I suggest that they read my essays on the subject in .

Congratulations to the Villarreal Family of Texas!    y Viva Gálvez!

Robert H. Thonhoff  Karnes City, Texas





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