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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COFFMAN, ELKIN G. -- Came to Texas sometime between May 2, 1835 and March 2, 1836. In the Headright Certificate issued to him March 1, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Brazoria County it is simply stated that he arrived in Texas prior to March 2, 1836. But had he arrived prior to May 2, 1835 it would have been so stated in the certificate.

In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 358 it is certified that Mr. Coffman served in the army from March 18 to September 18, 1836. For this service he was entitled to receive 64O acres of bounty land but the records in the General Land Office do not show that he applied for it. He was first Corporal in Captain Thomas H. McIntire's Company at San Jacinto and on July 27, 1841 he received Donation Certificate No. 1157 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. On page 233 of the army rolls in the Land Office it is stated that sometime after the battle of San Jacinto Mr. Coffman enlisted in Captain William H. Patton's Company.

The Probate Records of Bastrop County show that Mr. Coffman died in 1847. R. H. Grimes was appointed administrator of his estate January 30, 1849.

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: First Corporal
  • Company: Capt. Thomas H. McIntire

Personal Statistics

  • Came to Texas: 1835? 1836?
  • Date of Death: 1847
  • Donation Certificate: 1157