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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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KERR, WILLIAM P. - Born in Pennsylvania in 1815 and came to Texas in 1831. He was issued a headright certificate for one-third of a league of land January 25, 1838 by the Washington County Board of Land Commissioners. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 4174 for having served in the army from March 1 to May 30, 1836. He was a member of Captain Gibson Kuykendall’s Company and on August 10, 1838 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 504 for 640 acres of land for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836.

Mr. Kerr was married to Susiana E. Hill in Fayette County, September 7, 1843.

Mr. Kerr was living in Karnes City, Karnes County in 1896.

He attended the convention of the Texas Veterans Association held in Galveston, April 20, 21, 1896 and was 82 years old at that time. He died _____________.

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

  • Date of Birth: 1815
  • Birthplace: Pennsylvania
  • Came to Texas: 1831
  • Bounty Certificate: 4174
  • Donation Certificate: 504
  • Wife: Susiana E. Hill