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Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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CARPER, DR. WILLIAM M. -- As a single man he was issued a Headright Certificate for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Harrisburg County in 1838. Having married he was given Headright Certificate No. _____ for two-thirds of a league and one labor land by the Harrisburg Board, December 7, 1839. In this certificate it is stated that he came to Texas in 1835.

Dr. Carper was surgeon on the staff of the command at San Jacinto and on September 28, 1849 was issued Donation Certificate No. 175 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. He received Bounty Certificate No. 3776 for 1280 acres of land for serving in the army from March 9, 1836 to June 18, 1837. He sold the certificate to Henry Smith at Houston June 9, 1838 for $250.

Dr. Carper practiced medicine in Houston for several years. On April 8, 1846 he became one of the founders of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Texas. He was married to Sarah Ann Minerva Ward at Houston, May 27, 1839. Mrs. Carper died in Houston May 16, 1841, and was buried in Founders Memorial Park.

Dr. Carper was living in Galveston in 1859, and was nearly blind.

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: Surgeon, Regular Army

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1810?
  • Birthplace: Virginia
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Date of Death: 1859?
  • Bounty Certificate: 3776
  • Donation Certificate: 175
  • Profession: Doctor
  • Wife: Sarah Ann Minerva Ward