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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DEADRICK, DR. FIELDING -- Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1811. With his brother George M. Deadrick he came to Texas in January, 1836. On October 30, 1858, Dr. Deadrick at Nashville, Tennessee applied to W. J. Hotchkiss, Commissioner of the Claims for the land due him and his deceased brother, George M. Deadrick, for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. Two of his comrades, Temple O. Harris and W. H. Clemons, who were living in Nashville, signed affidavits in support of the claims.

Mr. Deadrick in his affidavit stated that he and his brother George M. Deadrick joined the Army of Texas at Nashville, December 24, 1835, enrolling in the company raised by Lieutenant M. H. Denham. They arrived at Nacogdoches January 17, 1836. The brothers eventually were attached to Captain Henry W. Karnes' Company of Cavalry, but on April 21st Dr. Fielding was assigned to Captain James Gillaspie's Company. The brothers were discharged at Victoria, June 17th, and evidently shortly afterward returned to Tennessee. Dr. Deadrick stated that George M. Deadrick died in Nashville, May 2, 1846, leaving a widow and a daughter, Georgiana, as his heirs.

Following is an extract from Mr. Deadrick's affidavit:

"....and affiant further states that he himself was in the Skirmish of 20th April 1836 and in said skirmish lost his pistols and at the Battle on the 21st April 1836 he was attached for the day to Capt. Gillaspie's Company of infantry. That some time of toward, say in July or August of the same year at Nacogdoches Gen. Houston handed him a printed list of the participants in the Battle of San Jacinto in which affiant saw his name entered as Joel Denderick, to which he called the attention of Gen'l Houston as a mistake. Gen'l Houston then wrote down his (affiants) name in full and promised to have the same corrected at the War Department, which affiant always supposed was done."

Mr. Temple O. Harris in his affidavit stated that Dr. Fielding Deadrick was known to his friends as "Tub" Deadrick.

Dr. Deadrick was on February 13, 1860 issued Donation Certificate No. 139 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. He was an honorary member of the Texas Veterans Association when he died in Nashville, Tennessee, September 17, 1881. He was buried at Mt. Olivet. He died at his residence on College Street.

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. James Gillaspie

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Denderick, Joel; Tub; Dedrick
  • Date of Birth: 1811
  • Birthplace: Tennessee, Nashville
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 17
  • Date of Death: 1881 Sep 17
  • Burial Place: Mt. Olivet, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Donation Certificate: 139
  • Profession: Doctor