There are spirits marked by luck and adventure, among them was Ellis Peter Bean. Born in Jonesboro, Tenn., He soon discovered that the world was large and that it was better for one to be finished by use than to rustle sitting idle. In 1800, when he was only 17 years old, he was found with a smuggler trapping wild horses in the North of New Spain. He was arrested and taken to the Chihuahua jail and then to the Acapulco jail.
In 1810 Ellis was a prisoner in the castle of San Diego when The Realists granted him his freedom in exchange for joining them to fight against the insurgents; However, soon deserted the Realists, to join the army of Morelos, one of the important Insurgent liberators. Ellis participated in many major campaigns, and gained the rank of Commander in the insurgent army. He took charge of buying weapons and organizing an expedition against the province of Texas.
Once the Independence movement in Mexico ended, Ellis received from President Guadalupe Victoria the ownership of one-league land in Texas and the military rank of Colonel. Then, after the Texas Independence of Mexico, he decided to return to Mexico, where he died in 1846 near his Mexican wife at the Hacienda de La Banderilla near Jalapa in the State of Veracruz.