Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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ADAMS, THOMAS JEFFERSON -- In Book B, page 67 of the list of applicants for land in Austin’s Colonies it is shown that when Mr. Adams applied for land October 2, 1835, he stated that he was 24 years of age and had arrived in Texas in 1834 from Mississippi, single. He was not granted the land. In the Headright Certificate issued to him February 6, 1838, for one league and one labor of land by the board of Land Commissioners for Matagorda County it is stated that he came to Texas in 1835.

Mr. Adams was a member of Captain William J. E. Herd’s Company of Citizen Soldiers at San Jacinto but did not apply for the 640 acres of land due him for having participated in the battle. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 10071 for 320 acres of land January 26, 1846, for having served in the army from October 9 to December 18, 1835.

The Marriage records of Matagorda County show that Mr. Adams was married to Martha Bostwick January 28, 1838, by Peter De Moss. The Probate Records show that Mr. Adams died in Matagorda County prior to June 30, 1851, at which time John C. Perry was appointed administrator of his estate.

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 J. E. Heard

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1810, 1811
  • Origin: Mississippi
  • Came to Texas: 1834
  • Date of Death: 1851 June
  • Wife: Martha Bostwick