Details for The Flores de Abrego Family and Floresville (Atlas Number 5493005335)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5493005335

Data

Marker Number 5335
Atlas Number 5493005335
Marker Title The Flores de Abrego Family and Floresville
Index Entry Flores de Abrego Family and Floresville, The
Address 4th and B St.
City Floresville
County Wilson
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 581971
UTM Northing 3223001
Subject Codes cities and towns; counties; sheriffs; Spanish immigrants/immigration; Texas Revolution, Republic of Texas; women, women's history topics
Marker Year 1986
Designations
Marker Location Intersection of 4th and B Streets at steps of courthouse, Floresville.
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text The Flores de Abrego family came to the New World from northern Spain before the time of the American Revolution. During the 18th century, members of this family brought their cattle northward and established ranches along the San Antonio River. The head of this family was Francisco Antonio Flores de Abrego II (d. 1757), who married Rosa Hermenegilda Hernandez. Their son, Jose Joaquin Flores de Abrego (1742-c. 1800), grew up on the San Bartolo Ranch in present Karnes County. Jose Joaquin's grandsons Manuel, Salvador, Nepomuceno, and Jose Maria later fought on the side of the Texians during the revolution for independence from Mexico. In 1854 Josefa Agustina Flores de Abrego, daughter of Jose Maria Flores de Abrego, married Samuel William Barker, who became Wilson County's first sheriff in 1860. In 1867 Josefa's donation of 200 acres of land was accepted by the County Commissioners Court as the site for the new county seat. As she requested, the new town was named Floresville in honor of her ancestor, Francisco Antonio Flores de Abrego II. As prominent ranchers, with cattle brands registered in Floresville, the Flores de Abrego family played an important role in the colonization of this area. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986