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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PETTUS, WILLIAM - Received title to 44,280 acres of land in Colony situated in the present counties of Hunt & Fannin.


PETTUS, WILLIAM (“BUCK”) - One of the “Old Three Hundred” of Austin’s colonists. He was married to Elizabeth Patrick. He was issued title to two leagues and one labor of land situated in the present counties of Wharton, Fort Bend and Waller Countries, July 10, 1824.

The General Council of the Provisional Government of November 15, 1835 ordered Thomas Gay, George M. Patrick and William Pettus to carry a dispatch to the army before Bexar. Gay declined to make the trip.

In Service Record No. 4520 Captain Moseley Baker certified that Mr. Pettus entered the service of Texas March 1, 1836 and was on detached service until a few days previous to the battle of San Jacinto, and was particularly detailed by Captain Baker as one of the guards for the camp near Harrisburg. He was discharged May 30, 1836.

He was issued Donation Certificate No. 397 for 640 acres of land June 31, 1838 for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the Harrisburg camp.

Mr. Pettus was living in San Felipe in 1828.

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. Moseley Baker] Detailed to guard baggage at Harrisburg

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Buck
  • Date of Birth: 1787
  • Birthplace: Virginia
  • Origin: Alabama
  • Came to Texas: 1822
  • Date of Death: 1844 July 27
  • Comments: Old Three Hundred; Archive War
  • Donation Certificate: 397
  • Family at San Jacinto: Son John Freeman Patrick at San Jacinto