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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CRAIN, JOEL BURDITT -- Born in Tennessee, September 6, 1813, a son of Ambrose and Mary (Burditt) Crain, who came to Texas in October 1834 and settled in what is now Nacogdoches County. Mary Burditt was a sister of Jesse Burditt. In the Headright Certificate issued to him, February 1, 1838 for a league and a labor of land the fact that he arrived in Texas in 1834 is verified. He was a member of Captain William Kimbro's San Augustine Company, at San Jacinto and on May 17, 1851, was issued Donation Certificate No. 287 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. On December 12, 1850 he received Bounty Certificate No. 742 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 15 to June 12, 1836.

Mr. Crain settled first in what is now San Augustine County. Shortly after the battle of San Jacinto he moved to Nacogdoches County. In 1855 he removed to Rusk County and shortly afterward to McLennan County. He was a cousin to Roden T. Crain, who also fought at San Jacinto. He was married October 3, 1837 to Sarah E. Smith, daughter of General James and Hannah (Parker) Smith. Mr. Crain died at his farm on South Bosque in McLennan County, January 18, 1887 and is buried in the Harris Creek Cemetery fifteen miles from Waco. Mrs. Crain was born December 18, 1818 and died September 10, 1902. The graves of Mr. and Mrs. Crain are marked. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Crain were: William H., who married Frances F. Mitchell; James S., who married Miss Emma Brown; Patience A., who married James Black; Martha A., who married Joel Riley; Ambrose H., who married Miss Annie Jones; Joel N., who married Emma T. Cleveland; Francis M., who never married; and May I., who married James Watson.

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. William Kimbro

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Crane
  • Date of Birth: 1813 Sep 8
  • Birthplace: Tennessee
  • Came to Texas: 1834 Oct
  • Date of Death: 1887 Jan 18
  • Burial Place: Harris Creek Cemetery, McLennan Co., Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 742
  • Donation Certificate: 287
  • Wife: Sarah E. Smith
  • Children: William H. Crain; James S. Crain; Patience A. Crain Black; Martha A. Crain Riley; Ambrose H. Crain; Joel N. Crain; Francis M. Crain; May L. Crain Watson