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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WILLIAMS, JESSE - Volunteered June 20, 1832 for military service in Austin’s Colony; Captain John Austin’s Company, battle of Velasco; Captain Peyton R. Splane’s Company in 1835; left with the sick at camp opposite Harrisburg and did not participate in the battle of San Jacinto. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 9115 for 320 acres of land May 13, 1839 for having served in the army from March 13 to June 13, 1836. The certificate had been assigned to Charles Leonard of Brazoria County.

Mr. Williams was issued a headright certificate for two-thirds of a league and one labor of land by the Brazoria County Board of Land Commissioners, March 1, 1838. In the certificate it is stated that he arrived in Texas before May 2, 1835. He was living in Brazoria County June 25, 1838 when he sold the certificate to Hiram Riggs. He could sign his name.

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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
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. Peyton R. Splane

Personal Statistics

  • Came to Texas: 1832?
  • Other Battles: Velasco
  • Comments: Could not sign his name.
  • Bounty Certificate: 9115