John Crittenden Duval

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John Crittenden Duval

Death: 1897 (81)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Pope Duval, 1st Gov. of Florida Territory and Nancy Duval
Brother of Captain Burr H. Duval; Thomas Howard Duval; Marcia Pope Paschal; Florida G Everett and Laura Harrison Randolph

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About John Crittenden Duval

John Crittenden Duval (1816-1897) was an American writer of Texas literature. He has been noted as being the first Texas man of letters and was dubbed the "Father of Texas Literature" by J. Frank Dobie. His Early Times in Texas was initially published serially in 1867 in Burke's Weekly (Macon, Georgia) and was finally published in book form in 1892. The story, which became a Texas classic, recounted Duval's escape from the Goliad Massacre as well as other adventures.

Texas Independence Figure. He was a member of Colonel James Fannin's army during the War of Texas Independence. He was one of the few members of Colonel Fannin's force to escape it's massacre at the hands of Mexican soldiers under command of Colonel Jose Nicolas de la Portilla at Goliad, Texas on March 27, 1836, and was the last surviving member.

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Age 81