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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HENSLEY, JOHN M. - Born in Tennessee, April 24, 1810. In Comptroller’s Military Service Record it is certified that he joined Captain Moseley Baker’s Company March 5, 1836 but when discharged on May 1, 1836 he was a member of Captian Peter B. Dexter’s company.

On March 13, 1850 Mr. Hensley was issued Donation Certificate No. 199 for 640 acres of land for having been detailed to guard the camp opposite Harrisburg.

Mr. Hensley was married to Sarah Lynch at Houston August 1, 1842. Mr. Hensley was a member of the Texas Veterans Association. He was living in Travis County in 1870; in Waller County in 1874 and he died in Center City, Hamilton County in 1884.

(Note: 1 League surveyed in Fayette County)

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: detailed to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1810 Apr 24
  • Birthplace: Tennessee
  • Came to Texas: 1823 Dec.
  • Comments: May have fought in the U.S.-Mexican War.
  • Donation Certificate: 199
  • Wife: Sarah Lynch