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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JONES, KEETON McLEMORE - Born in Indiana, January 9, 1818, a son of Allen C. Jones. In Headright Certificate No. 87 issued to him January 19, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Montgomery Board of Land Commissioners it is stated that he arrived in Texas July 1, 1826. He settled in what is now Grimes County. He was a member of Captain Hayden Arnold’s Company, as is shown on an army roll in the General Land Office. On May 4, 1838 he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3183 for 640 acres of land for having served in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1836. On November 30, 1838 he received Donation Certificate No. 643 for 640 acres of land for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp oppoiste Harrisburg.

In 1839 Mr. Jones was married to Laura Ann Carter, daughter of Charles Carter, in Grimes County. After the Civil War he moved with his family to Bell County. Mrs. Jones, born in Alabama in 1822, died July 31, 1894. Mr. Jones died April 25, 1890, while a member of the Texas Veterans Association. Both are buried in marked graves in the Howard Cemetery five miles northeast of Temple, Bell County.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, all of whom are deceased except Allen C. Jones, were - John, Benjamin, James, Mary, Laura, Rebecca, Charles, William and Allen C. Jones. Mrs. Allen C. Jones resides at 101 South Sixth Street, Temple, Texas.

Living grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Jones are Mrs. S. J. Garner, 410 West Nugent Street, Temple; Mrs. Laura Carpenter, 413 l/2 Washington Street, Waco; Miss Sue Wayland, R. F. D. 5, Temple; Mrs. Mary Hudson, 410 West Nugent Street, Temple; W. F. Wayland, 804 North First Street, Temple; G. H. Wayland, Round Rock; Mrs. W. W. White, R. F. D., Hamilton; Mrs. Hill Bennett, Avenue A, Temple; James Plaster, Thomas Plaster and A. C. Plaster, Mrs. Mary Nichols, 31 Mintwood Place, Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Clara Smith, Roscoe; Mrs. Lena Slaton, Memphis, Tennessee; Mrs. Minnie Vaden, 718 E. Central, Temple; Mrs. W. B. Shaw, 1304 North Main Street, Temple and Johnie Jones, Ballinger, Texas; Jiles Jones, Ballinger; Mrs. G. A. Sheffield, Ballinger; Mrs. G. W. Brack, Ballinger; Mrs. Sam Hargrove, Austin; Mrs. A. C. Bailey, 796 North McNeal Street, Memphis, Tennessee; Dr. Ben. F. Jones, Austin; Ivan H. Jones, 914 Heights Blvd., Houston; Mrs. Kay Moore, Rogers; Rev. J. M. Jones, 718 East Central Street, Temple; Mrs. Will Cantrel, R. F. D., Temple and Mrs. Ella Haggard, Moody, Texas.


Keeton M. Jones of the town of Belton county of Bell in the State of Texas on this 3rd day of December One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy personally appeared before me, the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace for the county and State above mentioned, the said Keeton M. Jones, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Keeton M. Jones who was a member in Captain Hayden Arnolds Company of Col Sidney Serhmans Regiment of Infantry Volunteers that he enlisted on the 1st day of March A D 1836 for the term of three months and was discharged at Victoria Texas on or near the 1st day of June A D 1836 by reason of the Expiration of his term of service -- He drew 640 acres of land because he was one of the number detailed by special order of the Commanding General to guard the baggage of the Army near Harrisburg, for which he received a patent on the 21st September, A D 1846 Vol. 1 -- No. 36 -- signed by A. C. Horton Governor of the State of Texas and Thomas Wm Ward commissioner of the Gen Land Office all of which will appear from the Records of the land office. said 649 acres of land of land lies in Montgomery County Texas on Beadeys bayou.

K. M. Jones

Sworn to and subscribed before me,

at office in Belton Texas this 3rd day

of December 1870

J. B. B. Supple J. P. B. C.

I hereby certify that Keeton Jones has served in the Nacogdoches Volunteer Company Three months by the 6th day June next has done his duty as a private and soldier was in the action at San Jacinto and is this day honorably discharged

Head Quarters H Arnold

Victoria Captain

Thomas J Rusk May 30th 1836

Brig Genl Comt

(Source) Comptroller’s Military Service records, No. 7323.

Archives, Texas State Library

State of Texas )( Personally appeared before me W. S. Holman

County of Bell )( a Notary Public in and for said county personally appeared Keeton M. Jones to me well known who being duly sworn on oath says he is a resident citizen of Bell County Texas -- that he is the identical Keeton M. Jones who enlisted in Capt. Smith company in March 1836 in Col Sherman’s regiment—in the service of the Republic of Texas. Capt. Arnold afterwards commanded said company—that he participated in the battle of San Jacinto in April 1836, and he believes that he is entitled to a pension under an act of the legislature—granting pensions to the survivors of the veterans of the revolution which separated Texas from Mexico—that he has received bounty and Donation warrants for land for his services as a soldier in the Texas Army.

Keeton M. Jones

Sworn to and subscribed before me June 28th 1874 Witness my hand

and official Seal

W. S. Holman

(SEAL) Notary Public B. C.

( Source: ) Pension Papers, Archives, Texas State Library.

Guadalupe May 29th 1836

This is to certify that Keeton Jones has faithfully served the army of Texas as waggoner from the 14th of April 1836 to the 29th of May Int. and is hereby honorably discharged

Conrad Robinson

( Source: ) Comptroller’s Military Service Records,

Archives, Texas State Library.

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: [Capt. Hayden S. Arnold] detached to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1818 Jan 9
  • Birthplace: Indiana
  • Came to Texas: 1826 Jul 1
  • Date of Death: 1890 Apr 25
  • Burial Place: Howard Cemetery, Bell County, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 3183
  • Donation Certificate: 643
  • Wife: Laura Ann Carter
  • Children: John Jones; Mary Jones; Laura Jones; Rebecca Jones; Charles Jones; William Jones; Allen C. Jones