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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MOORE, JOHN D. - In Headright Certificate No. 269 and 270 issued to Mr. Moore for a league and labor of land February 1, 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners for Brazoria County it is stated that he came to Texas prior to May 2, 1835. The land was surveyed in what is now Galveston County on Highland Bayan adjoining a tract owned by Stephen F. Austin and Mr. Moore sold it May 2, 1838 to William T. Austin.

On page 41 of the army rolls in the General land Office Mr. Moore’s name appears as one of Captain Peyton R. Splane’s men who were detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg April 21, 1836. He did not apply for the bounty and donation land due him.

Mr. Moore was a brother of Harriet A. Moore who was married to Soloman C. Page. While Mr. Page was in the army his wife and her father, Robert D. Moore, were among the refugees on Galveston Island. There she met Robert Potter, Secretary of the Texas Navy and he induced her to desert her husband and live with him. Mr. Page obtained a divorce from her May 11, 1840. Robert Potter was killed March 2, 1842 and Mrs. Page was later married to Charles Ames.

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

  • Came to Texas: 1835?
  • Family at San Jacinto: Sister married to Soloman C. Page, at Harrisburg