Andrew  Briscoe

Portrait of Andrew  Briscoe Headstone Photograph

Capt. Andrew Briscoe

Born in Mississippi
November 25, 1810
Came to Texas in 1833
A Volunteer in the Army at
Anahuac, 1835
Commanded A Company
at the Capture of
San Antonio, 1835
Signed the Texas
Declaration of Independence
Commanded a Company at
San Jacinto
First Chief Justice of
Harrisburg Municipality, 1836
Died in New Orleans
October 4, 1849

Erected by the State of Texas
Full Name: Andrew  Briscoe
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:T  Number:3
Reason for Eligibility: Republic of Texas Veteran; Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence 
Birth Date: November 25, 1810 
Died: October 4, 1849 
Burial Date: Reinterred February 26, 1937 

BRISCOE, ANDREW (1810–1849). The following is a Handbook of Texas article on Andrew Briscoe, Republic of Texas veteran. Briscoe was reinterred at the Texas State Cemetery in 1937.

Andrew Briscoe, merchant, patriot, judge, and railroad promoter, was born on November 25, 1810, on the plantation of his father, Parmenas Briscoe, in Claiborne County, Mississippi. He made several trips on horseback between Mississippi and Texas before settling in Texas, where he registered in 1833 as a citizen of Coahuila and Texas. With a shipment of goods he opened a store in Anahuac in 1835. Briscoe opposed the irregular collection of customs dues by Mexican authorities at Anahuac and presented resolutions of protest at a mass meeting there and later at Harrisburg. When he attempted to trade to DeWitt Clinton Harris goods with unpaid duties, both he and Harris were arrested by Mexican officials.

They were released when William B. Travis and his volunteers came to drive Antonio Tenorio out of office (see ANAHUAC DISTURBANCES). In July Briscoe wrote to the editor of the Brazoria Texas Republican justifying the action taken. In August he received a congratulatory letter from Travis. Briscoe was captain of the Liberty Volunteers at the battle of Concepción and followed Benjamin R. Milam in the siege of Bexar. He was elected a delegate from his municipality with Lorenzo de Zavala and attended the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos, but evidently because of the urgency of reentering military service he did not remain until its close. At the battle of San Jacinto he was captain of Company A, Infantry Regulars.

In 1836 Briscoe was appointed chief justice of Harrisburg by Sam Houston. When his term ended in 1839, he began dealing in cattle and trying to promote a railroad. In 1839 he planned a road from Harrisburg to the Brazos River. In 1840, when the project was abandoned, about two miles had been graded and laid with ties. That year, in a paper entitled "California Railroad," he gave a complete plan for building a railroad from Harrisburg to San Diego via Richmond, Prairieville, Austin, and El Paso. In 1841 he secured a charter from the Republic of Texas for the Harrisburg Railroad and Trading Company, of which he was president. In the spring of 1849 Briscoe moved his family to New Orleans, where he engaged in banking and brokerage until his death, on October 4, 1849. He was survived by his wife, Mary Jane Harris Briscoe, and four children.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Adele B. Looscan, "Harris County, 1822–1845," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 18–19 (October 1914-July 1915).

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