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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CHRISTIE, JOHN -- Arrived at Velasco December 20, 1835 as a member of Captain W. A. O. Wadsworth's Company of Columbus (Georgia) Volunteers. On page 5 of the army muster rolls in the General Land Office there is a notation after Mr. Christie's name stating that he was left at Velasco to attend the sick. He later joined Captain Amasa Turner's Company and in it participated in the battle of San Jacinto. In Service Record No. 4172 it is certified that he enlisted in Captain Turner's Company February 13, 1836 for a period to two years and was discharged from Captain Robert Oliver's Company October 7, 1837 by virtue of a certificate from the Surgeon General. For this service he was, on November 7, 1837, issued Bounty Certificate No. 132 for 1280 acres of land. He sold the certificate January 2, 1833 to John Belden of Houston. He named Harrisburg County as his home. He probably left Texas early since he did not apply for a headright or for the land due him for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

A petition from S. S. Christi, through Hollingsworth and Cook, attorneys, dated October 13, 1859 is in the Court of Claims file in the General Land Office. Application was made for the land due John Christie, deceased. It was recited that Mr. Christie came to Texas in 1835 and had participated in the battle of San Jacinto in Captain Turner's Company. The address of Mr. S. S. Christie was not given. He, however, had received Bounty Certificate No. 84 for 320 acres of land, October 15, 1859 for having served in the army from May 18 to August 18, 1836. He was a member of Captain Alonza B. Sweitzer's Company. His land was surveyed in Bell County.

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. Amasa Turner

Personal Statistics

  • Origin: Georgia?
  • Came to Texas: 1835 Dec 20
  • Bounty Certificate: 132