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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GOOSLEY, WILLIAM C. - Shown on page 41 of the army rolls in the General Land Office as a member of Captain Peyton R. Splane’s company. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 579 for 640 acres of land November 2, 1838 for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. On March 10, 1847 he received Bounty Certificate No. 232 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 5 to June 5, 1836.

Mr. Goosley came to Texas before May 2, 1835, as is stated in Headright Certificate No. 72 issued to him in 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Brazoria County. He sold the certificate to Hiram Riggs.

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

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Goosley
  • Came to Texas: Before May 2, 1835
  • Bounty Certificate: 232
  • Donation Certificate: 579