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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De WITT, JAMES C. -- The compiler does not know when Mr. De Witt came to Texas. He did not receive a Headright Certificate. On December 1, 1835 he was granted title to a league and labor of land by the Mexican Government. The certificate was issued by Charles S. Taylor at Nacogdoches and the land was surveyed in what is now Walker County.

Mr. De Witt was a member of Captain William Ware's Company at San Jacinto and on June 13, 1838, he was issued Donation Certificate No. 327 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. One June 13, 1840 he received Bounty Certificate No. 3843 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from February 12 to May 12, 1836.

Mr. De Witt founded and owned the town of Cincinnati, Texas, in 1838, the site of which is now in Walker County. The Probate Records of Montgomery County show that he signed his will at Montgomery August 2, 1838, and that it was probated October 29th of that year. He left his property to his widow, Mrs. Srah Ann C. De Witt and their one Child, Georgina.

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. William Ware

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Deritt
  • Date of Death: 1838
  • Bounty Certificate: 3843
  • Donation Certificate: 327
  • Wife: Sarah Ann C. DeWitt
  • Children: Georgina DeWitt