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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GORHAM, WILLIAM - Born in New Haven, Connecticut, March 17, 1798. He ran away from home at the age of fifteen and never returned. On November 21, 1832 he received title to one-fourth of a league of land in Austin’s Second Colony situated in the present county of Fayette. On February 2, 1838 he received Headright Certificate, unnumbered, for one-twelfth of a league of land from the Board of Land Commissioners for Bastrop County, and in the certificate it is certified that he came to Texas in 1831. The quanity of land he received, a total of one-third of a league, is proof that he was single February 2, 1838. It appears, however, that he was later twice married and that by his first marriage there were two children and none by the second marriage.

Mr. Gorham was a member of the Texas Veterans Association the records of which show that he claims to have participated in the campaign of 1835 and states that he was at Gonzales on October 2nd, and before Bexar December 5 to 10, 1835. He served for a time in Captain John J. Tumlinson’s company of rangers. In Comptroller’s Military was at Gonzales on October 2nd, and before Bexar December 5 to 10, 1835. He served Service Record No. 8548 it is certified that he served in Captain Jesse Billingsley’s Company of Mina Volunteers from February 29 to June 1, 1835; for this service he was, on March 6, 1838, issued Bounty Certificate No. 2564 for 320 acres of land. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 34 for 640 acres of land March 24, 1838 for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836.

On page 228 of the army rolls in the General Land Office there is an affidavit signed December 22, 1855 by Captain Jesse Billingsley in which he states that at the instructions of Colonel Edward Burleson Mr. Gorham, as a clerk in the War Department, made up the list of the men of the First Regiment of Texas Volunteers who participated in the Battle of San Jacinto.

In 1840 he participated in the Council House Fight San Antonio, George W. Tuttle being his messmate.

Mr. Gorham, according to the marriage records of Fayette County was married to Mrs. Lucinda (Kinner) Berry-O’Daniel, March 19, 1848, by Rev. Jonothan Burleson. This was the third Marriage of his wife. Born Lucinda Kinner she had first married Thomas O. Berry in Tennessee and came to Texas with him in 1832. Mr. Berry died and on November 7, 1839 his widow married Joshiah O’Daniel in Fayette County.

Mr. Gorham died at Black Jack Springs, Fayette County, subsequent to 1883, and is buried in a marked grave in Pin Oak cemetery, his wife is also buried there.


FAYETTE COUNTY} TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I, Lucinda Gorham, nee Lucinda Kenner, was born in Virginia, Scott county. My father moved to Tennessee when I was six months old. I was born the 8th day of August 1814. I came to Texas in 1832. I married Thomas O. Berry August 8, 1833. I married Josiah O’Daniel November 23, 1839. I married William Gorham March 19, 1848. I knew Noah Karnes and his wife Elizabeth Karnes: they came to Texas in 1833. We all lived close together on the Colorado river close to the J. D. Grove in Fayette County, Texas. Noah Karnes and Elizabeth Karnes were the grandparents of Mrs. George Willrich. I have been a close neighbor of Noah Karnes as long as he lived. The T. O. Berry and the Noah Karnes leagues of land in Fayette County, Texas, join. I now live on the T. O. Berry league. Noah Karnes was killed in (March) 1836, close to what is now known as the town of Round Top, not far from Cummins creek. At the time Noah Karnes was killed he was helping move his family and other families from the invading Mexican army. He was killed accidently by Wayne Barton. Noah Karnes was the first person I ever saw buried without a coffin. Noah Karnes and Elizabeth Karnes had six children. Mary Ann Karnes was the mother of Mrs. George Willrich. Mary Ann Karnes married George W. Tuttle, the father of Mrs. George Willrich. I don’t remember the first time I saw G. W. Tuttle; he was a regular soldier in the Republic of Texas. I was present when G. W. Tuttle and Mary Ann Karnes married; the same county Capt. Henry Karnes came from, the man who commanded the cavalry at San Jacinto, a connection of the Karnes family hereinbefore mentioned. While in the army of the Republic of Texas, G. W. Tuttle was in many engagements. Witness my hand this 21st day of June 1903.

Witness: T. O. Berry her

Geo. Willrich Lucinda Gorham


GORHAM, WILLIAM - The records of the Texas Veterans Association show that Mr. Gorham was living at Black Jack Springs in Fayette County in 1883. Descendants of Mr. Gorham are John Berry, La Grange and his (John’s) son Chris Franklin Berry, 4103 Woodleigh, Houston.

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: Orderly Sergeant
  • Company: Capt. Peyton R. Splane

Personal Statistics

  • Birthplace: Connecticut, New Haven
  • Came to Texas: 1831
  • Other Battles: Gonzales; Bexar
  • Bounty Certificate: 2564
  • Donation Certificate: 34
  • Wife: 1. unknown; 2. Lucinda Kinner Berry O'Daniel
  • Children: yes - two