From the Annals of Masonry – In 1836, Texian soldier Lewis Ayers was captured by forces under the command of Mexican General Jose de Urrea. Ayers in action under Captain Amon King engaging Urrea’s rear guard when he was captured with 32 other soldiers. The prisoners were ordered to be executed as rebels. One of Urrea officers, Colonel J.J. Holzinger intervened to spare the German prisoners. Ayers was not German but was included in the group to be spared. Legend has it that he was later released after giving a Masonic sign that Gen. Urrea recognized.
Image of Gen. Urrea from tshaonline.org.
From the Annals of Fraternal Orders – The first Masonic lodge in Texas was chartered. The Masonic movement in Texas when six Masons met under an oak tree near the town of Brazoria. They applied to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana for a dispensation to form and open a Lodge. A dispensation was issued and later a charter. This first Texas lodge was called Holland Lodge No. 36. It was named after the Louisiana Grand Master of Masons John Henry Holland. Anson Jones was the first Worshipful Master of Holland Lodge No. 36, which is now Holland Lodge No. 1. The charter was brought by John M. Allen and given to Anson Jones just prior to the battle of San Jacinto.
Photo of the Masonic Oak from Texas Forest Service.