The Kemp Sketch
SEATON, GEORGE WASHINGTON - The compiler is responsible for having Mr. Seaton’s name inscribed on the bronze plague in the San Jacinto memorial monument on which are listed the name of the men who participated in the battle of San Jacinto. He is now (March 24, 1941) convinced that Mr. Seaton was among those who were detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. His name is not shown on the San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836 or on the San Jacinto rolls in the General Land Office.
Mr. Seaton was a member of Captain Isaac N. Moreland’s company of artillery. On June 26, 1847 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 79 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.
Mr. W. P. Zuber in a letter published in the Texas Almanac in 1860 stated that he, Mr. Seaton and others whom he named remained in the camp near Harrisburg. He stated that the reason Mr. Seaton was left at the camp was because he had been accidentally shot in one of his feet.
In applying for Headright Certificate No. 128 February 19, 1838, to the Montgomery County Board, Mr. Seaton stated that he had arrived in Texas January 18, 1836. He was issued a certificate for one-third of a league of land which was surveyed in Grimes county. He was living in Travis county March 14, 1848, when he sold his donation certificate to Herman Aiken of Milam county for $50.00.
On July 22, 1857, Mr. Seaton at Austin put in a claim for his service in the army. The correspondence concerning the claim is found in the Claims Papers, Archives, Texas State Library. Captain Hayden Arnold of the “Nacogdoches county” at Headquarters at La Bahia June 2, 1836, certified that Mr. Seaton joined his company March 20, 1836, and remained in it until April 14 when he was transferred to the artillery. Hugh M. Swift, by order of Captain George W. Poe, stated that Mr. Seaton was on June 5, 1836, discharged from the artillery company at Goliad. Accompanying the claim was the following letter from Mr. Seaton to Thomas Green:
‘July the 22, 1857.
Mr. Thomas Green Dear Sir You will doo mee a favvor for your frend G. W. Seaton to rite a few lines to mee informing mee Whether I can get Enny thing for those sirtificates ie Sent to you by Mr. Yancy you have opertunity of nowing I never have draw the first Dollar yet Mr. Green you will pleas attend to this for mee if you ples and write to mee By Mr. N. B. Yancy if you pleas Your Frend
You must excuse my riting G W Seaton
NB Mr. Green you I and Mr. Benjamon Maccoller was in the same Company in the Armey in the Artilary of Texas you can cetify that (illegible) Jackson”
SEATON, GEORGE WASHINGTON - The compiler is responsible for having Mr. Seaton’s name inscribed on the bronze plaque in the San Jacinto memorial monument on which are listed the Texans who participated in the battle of San Jacinto. He is now (March 24, 1941) convinced that Mr. Seaton was among those detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. See the sketch of Mr. Seaton in the Harrisburg books.
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.
- Died in Battle: No
- Wounded in Battle: Accidently shot in foot on April 20.
- Company: [Capt. Isaac N. Moreland] sick at Harrisburg
- Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 18
- Comments: At Harrisburg because accidentally shot in the foot
- Donation Certificate: 79