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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DAVIS, MOSES H. -- Born in Pendleton District, South Carolina in 1814. In Headright Certificate No. 419 issued to him in 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners it is stated that he came to Texas in January 1836. On January 28, 1839 he was married to Elvira M. Mayfield in Washington County, as is shown in the Marriage Records of that County. On September 5, 1839 he received Headright Certificate No. 161 for two-thirds of one league and one labor of land from the Washington County Board.

Mr. Davis was a member of Captain William W. Hill's Company at San Jacinto and on October 26, 1859 Donation Certificate No. 50 for 640 acres of land was issued in his name, but delivered to his heirs, due him for having participated in the battle. On February 13, 1859 Bounty Certificate No. 109 for 640 acres of land was issued in his name due him for having served in the army from March 1 to September 1, 1836. In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 1428 it is certified that he served in Captain Hill's Company from March 1 to May 30, 1836. He evidently re-enlisted in Captain Hill's second company promptly after receiving his discharge.

On an original roll of Captain Hill's Company at muster April 11, 1836, a photostatic copy of which is in the Archives of the Texas State Library, the birth place and date of birth of Mr. Davis are shown. The following additional information concerning him is also given. He was recruited at the home of Asa Mitchell in Washington County by Captain Joseph P. Lynch. He was five feet, eight inches in height, of fair complexion, and had blue eyes and black hair.

Mr. Davis died in Burleson County prior to May 30, 1854, as is shown in the Court of Claims file in the General Land Office. His widow on that date applied to the Commissioner of Claims for the land due her for Mr. Davis' services in the army. Surviving children of Mr. Davis at that time were Andrew S., James S. H., and John H. Davis. His widow had married H. T. Harliss.

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: 1814
  • Birthplace: South Carolina, Pendleton County
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan
  • Bounty Certificate: 109
  • Donation Certificate: 50
  • Wife: Elvira M. Mayfield Davis Harliss
  • Children: Andrew S. Davis; James S. H. Davis; John H. Davis