The Kemp Sketch
ARMOUR, WILLIAM L. -- The compiler is responsible for having the name William L. Armour inscribed on the bronze plaque in the San Jacinto memorial monument on which are listed the names of the men who participated in the battle of San Jacinto. He is firmly convinced, but cannot prove, that Mr. Armour was the name intended and that it was added, in its misspelled form, to the San Jacinto rolls by mistake. Mr. Armour was issued Bounty Certificate No. 1096 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from November 2, 1835 to February 3, 1836. On October 20, 1874 when he applied for a pension, however, he made no claim to having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.
The name W. S. Armot appears on page 12 of the San Jacinto rolls printed in a pamphlet in 1836 as a member of Captain William S. Fisher's company. On page 32 of the San Jacinto rolls in the General Land Office the name is shown as W. S. Arnott.
No one by the name of either Armot or Arnott received land from the Mexican Government or headright, bounty or donation land from the Republic of Texas and no references are made to either of them in the Comptroller's Military Service Records.
The following was extracted from the affidavit of William L. Armour:
"I, William L. Armor, do Solomly Swear upon My Oath that I was a Soldier in the war between Texas and Mexico and that I served upon the side of Texas- that I was a private in Capt. William S. Fisher' s Company (D); that I enlisted in said Company as I now remember about the month of November, A. D. 1835- and served in said Company for three months, the full time for which I enlisted and that I was honorably discharged.
And that I am the Identical Wm. L. Armor to whom Bounty warrant No. 1096 issued for 320 acres of Land- that I left the State of Texas in the year A. D. 1845- and went to the State of Arkansas- to Lawrence County & have lived there till within the last two years- and have been living most of my time since my return to Texas in Denison City, Texas- that under the Acts of the Legislature granting pension to the Veterans of Texas- I am entitled to a Pension and that I am the Identical William L. Armor- and person whom I represent myself to be."
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
- Rank: Private
- Company: Capt. William S. Fisher
- Alternate Names: Armor; Armour; Arnott; William L.
- Bounty Certificate: 1096