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Casey, George M.

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CASEY, GEORGE M. - Name not found on the official San Jacinto rolls as printed in 1836 or on the San Jacinto rolls in the General Land Office. The compiler is responsible for his name being placed on the bronze plaque in the San Jacinto monument on which are listed the participants of the battle of San Jacinto. He now (March 26, 1941) is convinced that Captain Casey was among those detailed to guard the baggage at the Harrisburg Camp, April 21, 1836.

Captain Casey arrived at Velasco January 28, 1836 on the schooner Pennsylvania, having been recruited in New Orleans for the Army of Texas by Captain Amasa Turner. He was issued a headright certificate for one-third of a league of land April 23, 1838, by the Harrisburg county board. In the certificate it was stated that he came to Texas in January, 1836. He was elected First Lieutenant of Captain Richard Roman’s company February 13, 1836. Although he was detailed to guard the baggage camp he was on May 24, 1838, issued Donation Certificate No. 53 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto April 20 and 21, 1836.

Lieutenant Casey later in the year 1836 was made captain of a company of regular infantry. In 1841 he was First Lieutenant in Captain J. H. Strain’s company on the Santa Fe Expedition.

Captain Casey was living in Houston county October 29, 1849, when he sold his headright certificate to G. W. Jowers for $160.00.

CASEY, GEORGE M. – The compiler is responsible for having the name George M. Casey put on the bronze plaque in the San Jacinto memorial monument on which are inscribed the names of the Texans who participated in the battle of San Jacinto. He now (March 28, 1941) believes that Captain Casey was among those who were detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. See the sketch of Mr. Casey in this Harrisburg volume.

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
  • Company: [Capt. Richard Roman] sick or detailed to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Origin: Louisiana
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 28
  • Comments: Santa Fe Expedition
  • Bounty Certificate: 5090
  • Donation Certificate: 53

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