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Owen, James D.  ( 1811 Dec 7  -  1843 Aug 14 )

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OWEN, JAMES D. - Was issued Donation Certificate No. 276 for 640 acres of land on June 4, 1838, for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. In the Comptroller’s Military Service Record No. 5662, however, Captain Peyton R. Splane and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Somervell certified that Mr. Owen served in the Volunteer Army of Texas from March 6 to June 6, 1836, in Captain Splane’s Company. They stated that he was left with the sick at the camp opposite Harrisburg and did not participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

OWEN, JAMES D. - Born December 7, 1811 in Shelby County, Kentucky, A son of Colonel Abe M. Owen of Shelby County, Kentucky, who was killed at the battle of Tippecanoe, as is stated at the tombstone of James D. Owen’s grave. In the headright certificate issued to him March 20, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Harrisburg County Board it is simply stated that he came to Texas before March 2, 1836. His name does not appear on the official San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836 but it does appear on page 14 as a member of Captain Calder’s Co. S. J. on the rolls in the General Land Office of those left at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. He was a member of Captain Peyton R. Splane’s Company and in Comptroller’s Military Service Record No. 5662 Captain Splane’ certified that Mr. Owen served as a sergeant in the volunteer army of Texas from March 6 to June 6, 1836 and that he was left with the sick at Harrisburg and ddi not participated in the battle of San Jacinto. Mr. Owen, however, was on June 4, 1838 issued Donation Certificate No. 276 for “having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.” It was not unusual, however, for a soldier left at the Harrisburg camp to receive a certificate for having participated in the battle. The men in the two groups were entitled to receive the same amount of land. (Not on Harrisburg rolls)

Mr. Owen did not receive the 320 acres of land he was entitled to receive for his services in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1836, but on June 4, 1838 he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3686 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from June 20 to September 20, 1836.

The 640 acres of donation land granted to Mr. Owen was surveyed in De Witt County.

Mr. Owen was married to_____________________. Mr. Owen died August 14, 1843 and is buried in the Peach Creek Cemetery or Broches Cemetery about nine miles east of Gonzales in Gonzales County. Mrs. Owens was born______________ and died_____________ .

Some of the surviving descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Owen are: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.


Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: [Capt. Peyton R. Splane] sick at Harrisburg

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: T., D.
  • Date of Birth: 1811 Dec 7
  • Birthplace: Kentucky, Shelby
  • Date of Death: 1843 Aug 14
  • Burial Place: Gonzales County, Texas
  • Donation Certificate: 276

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