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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DAVIDSON, DR. JOHN -- Arrived at Nacogdoches, Texas, January 8, 1836. In Service Record No. 2225 it is certified that he served in the army from "March 4 to June 15, 1836, 3 months and 15 days at $117.00 per month." For this he was on December 23, 1853, issued Bounty Certificate No. 1461 for 320 acres of land. At San Jacinto he was Surgeon of the First Regiment of Texas Volunteers, and on September 27, 1850, he was issued Donation Certificate No. 228 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. He was issued a Headright Certificate February 10, 1853, for one-third of a league of land in conformity with an act of the Legislature approved February 7, 1853.

Dr. Davidson was living in Rusk County, Texas, December 23, 1852. Following is a copy of an affidavit in the files of Memorials and Petitions, Archives, Texas State Library, signed by Dr. Davidson in Rusk County, December 23, 1852:

"Personally appeared before me the undersigned authority John F. Davidson, who after being duly sworn states that on or about the 8th day of January 1836 he arrived in Texas--That at the Town of Nacogdoches he took the oath of allegiance to the government of Texas--before one John Forbes, then an acting Alcalde--That in the month of March 1836 he joined the army at its organization at the Town of Gonzales, and them and there was attached to the Staff of the lamented Burleson, as regimental surgeon of said Edward Burleson's Regiment-That he served in the army of Texas in the capacity aforesaid, the date of the organization aforesaid at Gonzales--up to about the 10th day of June 1836--That he was in the Battle of San Jacinto on the 21st and 22nd of April 1836 and that he was Honorable discharged--on about the 10th of June 1836. And that at the time he was discharged it was his intention to have proceeded to the United States to raise an additional force to join the army Texas-

That at the time he left Texas in the year 1836--it was his intention to have returned but owing to circumstances he did not return until the year 1849--That in the year 1836 he was a single man. But that since that time to wit in the year 1845, he married and that he removed to Texas with his family in the year 1849; and that he is now and has been for the last 3 years a resident citizen of the County of Rusk.

That he has not received any lands of the State Texas or of the Republic of Texas or evidences of a right to come save and except a land warrant for 640 acres for his services in "the battle of San Jacinto""

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
  • Company: Surgeon, First Regiment Texas Volunteers

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: William
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 8
  • Bounty Certificate: 1461
  • Donation Certificate: 228
  • Profession: Doctor
  • Wife: Yes