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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COKER, JOHN -- On applying for land in Austin's colonies, as is shown in Book B, Page 103, Mr. Coker stated that he came to Texas from Alabama in 1834. He declared he was single and was a blacksmith by trade. In the Headright Certificate No. 234 for one-third of a league of land issued to him March 1, 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners at Montgomery County it is also stated that he arrived in Texas in 1834. In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 1475 it is certified that he served in the army from March 6 to September 5, 1836. He was a member of Captain Henry W. Karnes' Company at San Jacinto and on June 15, 1838 Donation Certificate No. 333 for 640 acres of land was issued to him for having participated in the battle. He was a member of Deaf Smith's party which destroyed Vince's Bridge (See the sketch of Young P. Alsbury.) In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 1090 it is stated that in the battle Mr. Coker lost a horse valued at $175.

The Probate Records of Bexar County, Book T, page 312, show that Mr. Coker died in San Antonio in November 1851. His only surviving brothers, James and Joseph, were his heirs, Mr. John Coker being single. He is buried in the Coker family lot in the cemetery in the Coker settlement of Bexar 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. Henry Wax Karnes

Personal Statistics

  • Birthplace: South Carolina
  • Origin: Alabama
  • Came to Texas: 1834
  • Date of Death: 1851 Nov
  • Burial Place: Coker Cemetery, Bexar Co., Texas
  • Comments: Destroyed Vince's Bridge
  • Donation Certificate: 333
  • Profession: Blacksmith