San Patricio in San Patricio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
In August 1863, John Savage, a horse trader, roomed at the Rodríguez homestead. Soon afterwards, he was found dead in the Aransas River. Sheriff William B. Means arrested Rodríguez, believing she murdered savage for $600 in gold which he was carrying; Means also arrested Juan Silvera as an accomplice. A grand jury indicted the two, and although the missing gold was recovered prior to the trial, Rodríguez was found guilty of Murder. The jury recommended leniency, because of the circumstantial evidence, but Judge Benjamin Neal sentenced Rodríguez to hang. She was executed on November 13, 1863. Her age at the time was unknown, though she was likely
The trial's fairness was questioned because of the jurists' problematic personal histories, Rodríguez' weak defense counsel and the lack of a motion for retrial, among other issues. Most of the court records have been lost, and discrepancies exist in trial accounts. Rodríguez' hanging has contributed to local lore and has been the subject of numerous writings and other works. In 1985, the Texas Legislature absolved Josepha "Chipita" Rodríguez of murder in a resolution signed by the Governor.
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14201.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic Americans • Law Enforcement.
Location. 27° 57.112′ N, 97° 46.377′ W. Marker is in San Patricio, Texas, in San Patricio County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Farm to Market Road 666) and McGloin Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4615 Main St, Mathis TX 78368, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of San Patricio (here, next to this marker); San Patricio de Hibernia (a few steps from this marker); Saint Patrick's Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Education in San Patricio (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Dougherty House (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Cemetery on the Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); White Point / Rosita (approx. 11.6 miles away); Early Odem Area Schools (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Patricio.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on September 4, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.