Floresville water tower
Location of Floresville, Texas
Floresville is a city in Wilson County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,448 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wilson County. The city is also part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Floresville was the birthplace of former Texas Governor, United States Secretary of the Treasury, and Republican presidential contender John Bowden Connally, Jr. (1917–1993), and his seven siblings, including actorMerrill Connally (1921–2001) and Wayne Connally (1923–2000), a former member of both houses of the Texas State Legislature. The Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville is named for John, Merrill, and Wayne Connally.
Floresville was also the birthplace of Vicente T. Ximenes (born 1919), a former member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and acivil rights activist.
Historic settlers of the area were Native American Indians. After the Spanish discovery of the Americas, western settlement came in the form of Christian missions. Thus, in the mid 18th century Rancho de las Cabras, "the goat ranch," was established near Floresville as a mission ranching operation for Mission Espada. Indian and Spanish vaqueros would live and worship here, while caring for the herds of animals. This would be the precursor of the Texas ranching industry.
The land and name for this town would be given to honor the Flores de Abrego family, who were descendants of the former Canary Islanders. Don Francisco Flores de Abrego was early settler of this area, his ranch was six miles (10 km) northwest of the site of present Floresville. Four of his sons, Salvador, Manuel, Nepomuceno, and Jose Maria would serve Texas in the 1835-1836 Revolution. Don Erasmo Seguin also settled in this area in late 1824. His ranch "Casa Blanca" began as a 9,000-acre (36 km2) tract near present Floresville. His son, Texas military and political figure Juan Seguin, would also reside on the ranch.