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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WALLING, JOHN C. - Born in Tennessee in June, 1818 and came to Texas in 1834 with his father Jesse Walling. He and his father were members of Captain Hayden Arnold’s Company in 1836. His father participated in the battle of San Jacinto but John C. was sick at the time. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 369 for 640 acres of land June 26, 1838 for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. On June 25, 1838 he received Bounty Certificate No. 3929 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1838. On September 11, 1836 he enlisted for a period of three months in Captain Michael Costley’s Company.

Mr. Walling was married to Martha Ann Dorsett at Nacogdoches December 20, 1840. Mr. Walling died in Bosque County of smallpox prior to the year 1874. Mrs. Walling and her five children were living in Bosque 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
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: [Capt. Hayden S. Arnold] sick at Harrisburg

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Jonathan
  • Date of Birth: 1818 June
  • Came to Texas: 1834 Dec
  • Date of Death: 1873?
  • Comments: May have fought in the U.S.-Mexican War.
  • Bounty Certificate: 3929
  • Donation Certificate: 369
  • Wife: Martha Ann Dorsett
  • Children: Jesse Walling; Sarah (Sallie) Walling Tarter; Nancy Walling Johnson; John D. Walling; William Preston Walling
  • Family at San Jacinto: Father Jesse Walling fought at San Jacinto.