By David A. Williams
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James Fannin called for volunteers to form an army to go to Matamoros and face the Mexicans, Peter Allen, a free African American, answered the call. Allen came to Texas from Pennsylvania. He operated a blacksmith shop at Huntsville. Allen volunteered for Captain Wyatt's company at Huntsville in 1835 and was designated the company musician. The Mexicans were invading Texas in force, and Fannin decided to wait for them at Goliad instead of going on to Matamoros. The main forces of the Mexican army stormed the Alamo from February 23 to March 6; they finally took it in a final attack without quarter.
Abner gave money and supplies generously to the Texas army during the Texas Revolution. William contributed to the war effort and furnished both supplies and money; he also served in the Texas army during the summer after Santa Anna's sur- Page 22 render. Two other Ashworths, Luke and Tapter, enlisted in Captain Hargrove's army. There is no evidence of any of the Ashworths fighting with the army during the Texas Revolution; their participation at that time was limited to providing aid such as money and supplies.
In the winter of 1826, one of the families immigrating to Texas from Mississippi was the family of the matriarch Catherine Arnold. The Arnold family joined Austin's colony on the Brazos River at San Felipe. Accompanying Catherine was her son, Daniel Arnold, and his wife, Rachel. Daniel and Rachel had two sons, two daughters, and five slaves. One of Daniel's sons was a free black male named Hendrick Arnold. The Arnold boys' mother was a black woman. There was no need to conceal the Arnold boys' relationship to the Arnold family because under Mexican law there was no difference made in the treatment of persons due to their color or birth.
Bricks without straw: a comprehensive history of African Americans in Texas by David A. Williams