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Carnal, Patrick

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CURNEAL, PATRICK J. -- The compiler is responsible for the name Patrick J. Curneal being placed on the bronze plaque in the San Jacinto monument as a participant in the Battle of San Jacinto. He now believes that the soldier's name was Patrick Carnal. See Sketch of Patrick Carnal in this volume.

CURNEAL, PATRICK -- Appeared before the Board of Land Commissioners of Milam County February 4, 1838, and was issued a Headright Certificate for one-third of a league of land. He proved by two witnesses that he had arrived in Texas in August 1835, and was single. He again appeared before the board September 4, 1838, and was issued a Headright Certificate for two-thirds of a league of land, he having married on August 23, 1838. The land was surveyed in McLennan County.

In Service Record No. 7261 Captain William M. Logan and Colonel Sidney Sherman certified that Mr. Curneal fought at San Jacinto in Captain Wm. Logan's Company. He enlisted March 6, 1836, as a substitute for Geraldus S. Thomas and was discharged June 6, 1836. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 2459 for 40 acres of land for his services from July 18 to October 20, 1836. President Lamar signed an act of Congress February 10, 1840, directing the Secretary of War to issue to Mr. Curneal a Bounty Certificate for twelve months service in Captain Thomas H. Barron's Company of the Battalion of Rangers under the command of Major William H. Smith from September 11, 1836, to September 11, 1837.



CARNAL, PATRICK -- The compiler is responsible for the name Patrick J. Curneal being placed on the bronze plaque in the San Jacinto Monument as a participant in the battle of San Jacinto. He believes that the name should be Patrick Carnal. Patrick J. Curneal served as a member of Captain Thomas H. Barron's company in the summer of 1836 and the compiler had confused his name with that of Mr. Carnal.

Patrick Carnal received title September 17, 1835 to one-fourth of a league of land in Vehlein's colony, situated in the present colony of Polk. (Spanish Archives, General Land Office, Vol. 21, p. 1095.) He did not apply for the one-twelfth of a league due him as a Headright Certificate from the Republic of Texas.

The name Patrick Carneal appears on page 16 of the pamphlet published in 1836 containing the names of the men who participated in the battle of San Jacinto. He is shown as a member of Captain William M. Logan's company of "Liberty Volunteers." On page 43 of the army rolls in the General Land Office the name appears as Patrick Carnell, Logan's company. In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 7261 Captain William M. Logan and Colonel Sidney Sherman certified that Mr. Carnal fought at San Jacinto in Captain Logan's company. He enlisted March 6, 1836, they said, as a substitute for Geraldus S. Thomas and was discharged June 6, 1836. He received no land for his services in the army.

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. William M. Logan

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Curneal; Carnel
  • Came to Texas: 1835

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