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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WHITLOCK, ROBERT - Born in Louisiana, January 10, 1815. With his brother William and sister Elizabeth and perhaps other relatives he came to Texas in 1823 and settled with the others at Lynchburg, later moving to Liberty.

At the outbreak of the campaign in 1836 Mr. Whitlock joined Captain Captain William M. Logan’s company. His name is not on eht San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836 or on the San Jacinto rolls in the General Land Office. On page 43 of the army rolls he is listed as one of the men of Captain Logan’s company who were left at the camp near Harrisburg. On May 23, 1838 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 3534 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1836. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 524 for 640 acres of land October 5, 1853 for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836.

At the outbreak of the War between the States Mr. Whitlock entered the Confederate Army. After the war he settled in West Texas when he remained for about thirty years before removing back to Devers, Liberty County.

Mr. Whitlock died September 15, 1894. The following account of his death was published in a paper:

“ROBERT WHITLOCK—Sinton, Texas, September 16.—Robert Whitlock, a veteran of the war of 1836, which resulted in the independence of Texas, and a hero of the battle of San Jacinto, died at the residence of his neice, Mrs. D. C. Rachel. He was 84 years old. This leaves but eighteen survivors of that memorable battle.”

Mr. Whitlock was married to Fredonia Whaley and two children were born of the union, Mary Frances and William Walter Whitlock. After his wife’s death Mr. Whitlock again married but the name of his second wife is unknown to the compiler. There were no children of this union.

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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. William M. Logan] detailed to guard hospital at Harrisburg

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1815 Jan 10
  • Birthplace: Louisiana
  • Came to Texas: 1823
  • Date of Death: 1894 Sep 15
  • Comments: Civil War, Confederate Army
  • Bounty Certificate: 3530
  • Donation Certificate: 524
  • Wife: 1. Fredonia Whaley; 2. unknown
  • Children: Mary Frances Whitlock; William Walter Whitlock