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    LOSOYA, TEXAS

    Bexar County, South Texas
    FM 1937
    18 Miles SE of San Antonio
    Population: 322 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Thought to be settled after the Civil War, it was originally called Lecomteville after Leon Lecomte, the town’s first postmaster. The office closed, reopened in 1890 and then closed for good in 1910.

    The name Losoya is thought to be a corruption of Laysawyer, the surname of local settlers. The 1878 population was given as 100, but fell to 89 by 1910. The proximity to San Antonio kept the population low and by 1940 it was a mere 75 people.

    The postwar boom of San Antonio reached Losoya and it finally gained residents reaching 322 for the 1990 Census. The number was also used for the 2,000 figure.

    Losoya, Texas Attractions/Landmarks

    Church, Cemetery & Historical Markers
    Losoya Texas, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church prayer tower
    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church prayer tower
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January, 2009
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    Losoya Texas,  El Carmen Cemetery
    Entrance to the El Carmen Cemetery next to the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church.
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    Losoya Texas,  El Carmen Cemetery  Statuary
    Statuary in front of the church
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    Losoya Texas,  El Carmen Cemetery  Historical Marker
    "Historical marker for the El Carmen Cemetery (Cementerio del Carmen) in Losoya at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. Many of the casualties of the Battle of Medina were buried here."
    - Terry Jeanson
    Historical Marker Text

    El Carmen Cemetery

    Numerous 19th-century journals and other written historical accounts trace the origin of this cemetery to the burial of casualties of the Battle of Medina. Fought on August 18, 1813, the battle was the result of a failed attempt by a Republican Army of the North, consisting of about 1200 to 1500 Mexicans, Anglo-Americans, and Indians, to free Mexico from Royalist Spanish Rule. The Royalist army was victorious, and hundreds of men who died on the battlefield later were interred at this site between 1813 and 1817. The church of Nuestra Senora del Carmen traces its origin to a chapel built over the soldiers' burial crypt.

    The burial site became a community cemetery as pioneer settlers established homes in this area. Among those interred in the graveyard are the families of Domingo Losoya and Dionicio Martinez, who received Mexican land grants surrounding the cemetery property. Also buried here are Enrique Esparza, who as a child survived the Battle of the Alamo, and French immigrant Gustave Toudouze, a prominent local naturalist and businessman. A cemetery association formed in 1927 maintains the historic site, which continues in use as a cemetery for the local community.
    Losoya Texas,  Battle of Medina  Centennial Marker

    The Battle of Medina Centennial Marker. The marker has been badly vandalized over the years.
    - Terry Jeanson
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    Alamo Survivor/witness Enrique Esparza historical marker
    "Enrique Esparza, one of the few survivors of the battle of the Alamo, is buried in the El Carmen Cemetery in Losoya."
    - Terry Jeanson
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    Historical Marker Text
    Enrique Esparza
    (September, 1824-December 20, 1917)
    Son of Alamo defender Gregorio Esparaza, 11-year old Enrique, his mother, two brothers, and sister were present at the seige by the Mexican Army (Feb. 23-Mar. 6, 1836). Hidden in a pile of hay, the youth saw his father fall and sitnessed the Heroic death of James Bowie on his sick bed. He then watched the bodies of the Texans burn in two huge pyres. Enrique Esparza's Eyewitness story later became Invaluable, for he was one of few survivors.
    Losoya, Texas Forum

    Subject: Losoya, and the Battle of the Medina
    With today's news, there is a gentleman claiming to have located the actual site of the Battle of the Medina--well away from Nuestra Senora Del Carmen and the cemetery (supposedly) originally populated with the casualties. The church is there because of the chapel constructed for burial site. Because of today's news, I read your page on Losoya. According to your site, the name Losoya has two attributions. The explicit (and perhaps less logical) is noted first, that "the name Losoya is thought to be a corruption of Laysawyer, the surname of local settlers." The next reference is not direct, but offers a more reasonable source for the name: "Among those interred in the graveyard are the families of Domingo Losoya and Dionicio Martinez, who received Mexican land grants surrounding the cemetery property." Martinez Losoya Road and Losoya Creek are found nearby. I can't think why the name of Losoya would come from an obscure "corruption" rather than a local land owner.

    Apart from the source of the name...If the findings of Robert P. Marshall are correct,
    [ http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Battle-of-Medina-site-found-geologist-says-3374995.php ] why would these men be buried so far away from the battle site? And if they aren't the dead from the battle--who are they?! Thanks for your time. Regards, Kerry McCollough, March 02, 2012

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