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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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DUFFEE, WILLIAM -- Listed on page 16 of the San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836 as Wm. Duffee, a member of Captain William M. Logan's Company. On page 43 of the army rolls in the General Land Office the name of Captain Logan's roll is shown as Wm. Daffie and following it is the notation. (Deserted after the battle) No one by the name of Duffie or Daffie received headright, bounty or Donation Certificates.

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 M. Logan

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Daffie; Defee; Daffee
  • Date of Birth: 1800 May 11
  • Birthplace: South Carolina, Abbeville County
  • Came to Texas: 1830
  • Date of Death: 1869, June 1
  • Burial Place: family cemetery in Shelby County, Texas
  • Comments: May have deserted after battle
  • Profession: Doctor, preacher
  • Children: Marthann; Elizabeth Sue Defee Bash; Delilah V. D. Cray; Mary Jane D. Adams; William Finie; Jasper Lafayette; Marthann Parlie; Permelia; Cred Calib; Evaline Smith; John Lyrcanus; William Ptolmey; Nancy Nina D. Churely; Tennessee D. Teal; Kizza Kitty Rebeka