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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CRUNK, NICHOLAS S. -- Born in Williamson, Williamson County, Tennessee in 1812. In Headright Certificate No. 334 issued to him February 8, 1838 for three-fourths of a league of land by the Washington County Board of Land Commissioners it is stated that he came to Texas in December, 1833. Later in the year 1838 he received Headright Certificate No. 346 from the Board for one-fourth of a league and one labor of land.

Mr. Crunk was a member of Captain William W. Hill's Company at San Jacinto and on December 13, 1848, he was issued Donation Certificate No. 139 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 1240 it is certified that he served in the army from March 1 to May 30, 1836. On a roll of Captain Hill's Company, a photostatic copy of which is in the archives of the State Library, the following information about Mr. Crunk was given: He was five feet, seven inches in height; of fair complexion; had grey eyes and dark brown hair. He was enlisted at the home of Asa Mitchell by Captain Joseph P. Lynch.

Mr. Crunk married to Emaline Rice, daughter of Laban Rice. Mr. Crunk died in Burleson County March 8, 1852. Mrs. Crunk was married to Edmund Ridgeway in 1855. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Crunk were John C., who married Sallie A. Johnston; Levine, who married R. G. Broadus of Caldwell, Texas; Ophelia, who married B. J. Evans of Alvin, Texas; Richard; and Virginia Crunk, who married James Shaffer.

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: Lieut. Robert Stevenson

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1812
  • Birthplace: Tennessee, Williamson County, Williamson
  • Came to Texas: 1833 Dec
  • Date of Death: 1852 Mar 8
  • Burial Place: Burleson County, Texas
  • Donation Certificate: 139
  • Wife: 1. Lavinia S. Pratt; 2. Emaline Rice Crunk Ridgeway
  • Children: John C. Crunk; Levine Crunk; Ophelia Crunk Evans; Richard Crunk; Virginia Crunk Shaffer