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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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PREWETT, ELISHA - The records of the Texas Veterans Association show that Mr. Prewett was born in Louisiana in about 1818. He died in Merced County, California in 1894.

Mr. Prewett came to Texas in 1820, as is stated in Headright Certificate unnumbered issued to him January 22, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Bastrop County.

On page 41 of the army rolls in the General Land Office Mr. Prewett is listed as a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley’s company. He received Donation Certificate No. 866 for 640 acres of land May 4, 1839 for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 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. Jesse Bilingsley] detailed to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Prewett, Elisha; Pruett
  • Date of Birth: 1818
  • Came to Texas: 1820
  • Date of Death: 1894
  • Comments: May have fought in the U.S.-Mexican War.
  • Donation Certificate: 866