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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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RICKS, GEORGE WASHINGTON - Born in 1814. He came to Texas in 1835, as is stated in the headright certificate for one-third of a league of land issued to him February 1, 1838 by the Bastrop County Board of Land Commissioners. He was a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley’s Company in 1836 but was detailed to guard the baggage at Harrisburg, April 21, 1836, as a member of Captain Gibson Kuykendall’s Company. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 984 for 640 acres of land, December 28, 1839 for having been detailed to guard the baggage. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 827 for 320 acres of land December 8, 1837 for having served in the army from February 20 to June 1, 1836. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 826 for 320 acres, December 8, 1837 for his services from July 1 to October 31, 1836.

Mr. Ricks was a member of the Texas Veterans Association and was living in Bastrop County in 1874.

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. Jesse Billingsley] detailed to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Recks
  • Date of Birth: 1814
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Comments: May have fought in the U.S.-Mexican War.
  • Bounty Certificate: 827
  • Donation Certificate: 984