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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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KUYKENDALL, THORNTON S. - In Headright Certificate No. 51 issued to him January 17, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Austin County it is stated that Mr. Kuykendall came to Texas in 1825. He was a member of Captain Gibson Kuykendall’s company and on August 31, 1838 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 486 for 640 acres of land for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg April 21, 1836. The land was surveyed in Freestone County. On July 30, 1838 he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3971 for 320 acres of land for his services in the army from March 1 to May 30, 1836.

On page_____ of the Land Office army rolls Mr. Kuykendall is shown as a member of Captain H. N. Cleveland’s Company of Mill Creek Volunteers, at Muster July 1, 1836

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: 1825
  • Bounty Certificate: 3971
  • Donation Certificate: 486
  • Family at San Jacinto: Brother John, cousins/brothers-in-law Brazilla and Gibson Kuykendall at Harrisburg; second cousin once removed Matthew Kuykendall fought at San Jacinto.