Jim, I couldn't place Johnny Ringo in Rusk Co. or Texas.James J Ringo (he maybe your James) shows up Capt. Becknell's Red River Minutemen: June 25, 1841 to June 25, 1842. His brother, I assume, Peter J. Ringo, 2nd Lieutenant, shows up in the same Roster.The company consisted of 56 men and not one was lost in battle.Red River Co. was one of the earliest Counties in Texas it doesn't exist now. James Smith was originally from South Carolina, He moved to Tennessee, then into Texas. He was the son of David Smith and Barsheba Harrington.Barsheba is my gr gr gr grandfather's (John A. Windle) mother in law through his second marriage to her daughter Permelia Lusk (I descend from his first marriage).Barsheba married Thomas Lusk after her first husband David died.James Smith is credited with giving Texas it's symbol, the lone star, when he used a button off of his military coat to seal a document.The button had a star on it. Smith Co is named after him. The information on Peter J. Ringo and James J. Ringo came from Savage Frontier Vol. III 1840 - 1841: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas pg 319, Stephen L. Moore, University North Texas Press.