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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HOLCOMBE, JAMES J. - Came to Texas in November 1835, as is stated in Headright Certificate No. 57 issued to him February 2, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Montgomery County. The land was surveyed in Waller County.

Mr. Holcombe joined the army February 29, 1836 as a member of Captain William M. Logan’s company was was transferred August 9, 1836 to Captain Benjamin F. Reavell’s company. On December 21, 1837 he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 1244 for 320 acres of land for his services from February 29 to May 30, 1836. On May 23, 1839 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 899 for 640 acres of land for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg. On July 3, 1838 he received Bounty Certificate No. 3990 for 320 acres for his services from July 10, to October 10, 1836. The land was surveyed in Falls County in 1839 by George B. Erath.

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 M. Logan] detailed to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Came to Texas: 1835 Nov
  • Bounty Certificate: 1244
  • Donation Certificate: 899