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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CRITTENDEN, WILLIAM -- Name not shown on the San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836. Mr. Crittenden was a member of the Texas Veterans Association. In the Year Book published by that organization in 1875 he is shown as having been born in Virginia in 1811 and as having arrived in Texas in 1835.

On September 1, 1858 Mr. Crittenden, while living in Clarksville, Red River County, applied to the Commission of Claims for the land due him for his services in the army of the Republic. In his deposition in the files of the Court of Claims, General Land Office, Austin, he stated that he came to Texas from Alabama as a member of Captain Peyton S. Wyatt's company. He stated that he was shot at Washington-on-the-Brazos and for a time could not continue in the service. He stated, however, that he joined the main army at Gonzales and was assigned to Captain Thomas J. Rabb's Company. When Captain Karnes' company of cavalry was organized he was transferred to it. He swore that he was in the skirmish on the 20th but was sick the following day and as a consequence did not participate in the battle.

Mr. Crittenden was issued a Veterans Donation Certificate for 1280 acres of land March 31, 1881. His home at that time was in Gatesville, Coryell 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

  • Date of Birth: 1811
  • Birthplace: Virginia
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Comments: In skirmish on April 20. Ill/did not participate on the 21st. May have fought in the U.S.-Mexican War.