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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McLAUGHLIN, WILLIAM - Listed on page 43 of the army rolls in the General Land Office as a member of Captain William M. Logan’s Company who was left sick at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836.

Texas 1822

H R No. 153

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McMASTERS, WILLIAM - Born in Louisiana in 1819. Came to Texas sometime between May 2, 1835 and March 2, 1836. In Headright Certificate No. 194 issued to him January 25, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Brazoria County it is simply stated that he came to Texas before March 2, 1836. Had he arrived before May 2, 1835 this would have been stated.

Mr. McMasters was a member of Captain Peyton R. Splane’s Company. On January 21, 1837 (?) he was issued Donation Certificate No. 767 for 640 acres of land for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. On March 21, 1839 he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 9010 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 6 to July 6, 1836.

Mr. McMasters was a member of the Texas Veterans Association and was living in, or near, San Antonio in 1886.

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. Peyton R. Splane

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: McMasters
  • Came to Texas: 1835 July
  • Bounty Certificate: 9010
  • Donation Certificate: 767