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John Long, a doctor, left Pennsylvania for Texas before 1825 when it was still a part of Mexico.He appliedfor and was granted citizenship of Mexico on February 27, 1832 he thenbecame known as Juan.The preceding year on Jun 24, 1831, Juan was baptized in the Catholic Church.He married Carlotta Vidaurri, the daughter of a former governor of Bexar.
After Mexico lost the territory of Texas, John and his family fled to Mexico.There was a huge power struggle causing revolts and counter revolts.During this time John's father-in-lawVidaurri and another man by the name of Borego, were taken prisoners, by Rodrigues. There is a book titled "The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar" that gives an account of what happened during the kidnapping and rescue of Vidaurri.
This is a summary of the story told:Dr. Long hearing of the counter revolution, immediately left Candala where he resided, taking with him his family and 8 men to accompany him.On the way he learned about the kidnapping of his father-in-law and Borego and that they were about to shoot them.Dr. Long decided to go to Santa Rosa to rescue them, even though he had only 8 men with him.
Rodrigues knew thatDr Long was coming to Santa Rosa but the number of men he had with him was greatly exaggerated.News had gone ahead of Long that he was advancing with a large force.Rodrigues sent a messenger by the name of Miguel Musquiz to warn Dr Long not to advance or he and his men will die along with his father-in-law.Dr Long in his fury refusing to heed the warning, took Musquiz prisoner, who later escaped.Long feared that Musquiz would betray the weakness of his force so he knew that he had to move quickly.
Instead of telling Rodriques that Long had only 8 men, Musquiz announced that Long had several wagon loads of men concealed in those wagons and that he would not allow him to see their numbers.He told them that Long was breathing death and vengeance upon the town.
When Long arrived in town, Rodriques sent a messenger bearing a letter from Vidaurri requesting that Long take no hasty action, or he would die. Long informed the messengers that in Revolutionthousands may die, that he came for blood and that Rodriquez and his followers must pay for their crimes.
All through the night there were negotiations.Long was told that if he persisted, his father-in-law would surely die.He replied, "I come to save no lives, but to take life;I come for vengeance and nothing more."This bluff worked as Rodriques proposed a treaty whereby all would be forgiven, and that all would live as friends in the future, and that the prisoners would be released.
The treaty did not last however, and in one occasion upon learning that they would be arrested for their stand in politics, (26 were already arrested),Dr Long had to retreat to the mountains with his servant Alvarado.The two held off 26 armed solders from morning until sunset.They then retired further into the mountains during the night and remained there for eight more days, until there was a pardon that came through for the prisoners.Vidaurri had gone to San Antonio and was not among the 26 prisoners.
Juan's wife Carlotta died in 1849, and Juan remarried in 1850 to Maria Castellano.Juan was a very respected physician, and some of his descendants also went to medical school.