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

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Harrisburg

The Kemp Sketch

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FINLEY, BENJAMIN C. - Shown on page 42 of the army rolls in the General Land Office as one of the men of Captain Joseph B. Chance’s Washington Company who was detailed to guard the baggage. His heirs were issued Bounty Certificate No. 260 for 320 acres of land February 7, 1860 for his services in the army from April 7 to July 7, 1836. It is stated on the certificate that he was furloughed to re-organize the court of Claims. The heirs were issued Donation Certificate No. 117 for 640 acres of land May 9, 1860, due Mr. Finley for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. The land was surveyed in the Nacogdoches Land District in what is now Van Zandt County.

Apparently the heirs of Mr. Finley did not apply for the headright land due him.

(Note: Not on 1836 printed S. J. rolls.)

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. Joseph Bell Chance

Personal Statistics

    • Bounty Certificate: 260
    • Donation Certificate: 117