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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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JOHNSON, JOSEPH RANSON - The compiler is responsible for Mr. Johnson’s name being omitted from the bronze plaque in the San Jacinto memorial monument on which are inscribed the names of the Texans who were detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. The compiler now (March 28, 1941) believes that this is the man who is listed on page 227 of the army rolls in the General Land Office as J. Johnson, one of the men of company E Captain Gibson Kuykendall, who were detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg April 21, 1836.

Joseph Johnson was issued Bounty Certificate No. 400 for 1280 acres of land, November 18, 1837 for having served in the army from February 10, 1836 to November 16, 1837.

He emigrated to Texas in 1834, as is certified in Headright Certificate No. 352 for one-third of a league of land issued to him in 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners for San Augustine County. He was a member of Captain George English’s company in 1835.

Mr. Johnson died in Polk County in 1875 while a member of the Texas Veterans Association.

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. Gibson Kuykendall

Personal Statistics

  • Came to Texas: 1834
  • Date of Death: 1875
  • Bounty Certificate: 400