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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CHEAIRS, JOHN F. -- He came to Texas in 1833, as is shown in the Headright Certificate issued to him March 15, 1838, for one-third of a league of land by the Houston County Board. In Service Record No. 1841 it is certified that Mr. Cheairs served in Captain Hayden Arnold's company from March 10 to June 6, 1836. On January 15, 1841, he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 9740 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army for the term stated above. Although a member of Captain Arnold's company, he was attached to Captain McIntire's company on April 21st.

Pursuant to an act of the Legislature approved August 15, 1856, a Donation Certificate for 640 acres of land was issued to the heirs of Mr. Cheairs for his having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

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. Thomas H. McIntire

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Chevis
  • Came to Texas: 1833
  • Date of Death: 1852 Dec 25
  • Burial Place: Johnson Cemetery, Angelina County, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 9740
  • Wife: Basheba Stanley