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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DUNN, MATTHEW -- Shown twice on the San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836. On page 15 it appears as Matthew Dunn, a member of Captain William W. Hill's Company and on page 9 as Jacob Duncan of Captain Henry W. Karnes' company. On page 36 at the San Jacinto rolls the General Land Office the name on Captain Hill's roll is Matthew Duncan (Dann). No one by the name of Jacob Duncan received headright, bounty, or donation lands and the name is not found in any of the Comptroller's Military Service Records.

In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 4142 Captain William W. Hill certified that Mr. Dunn served in his company from March 1 to April 9, 1836, when he left it. He stated that Mr. Dunn rejoined his company May 20 and served until May 30 and that he enlisted in Captain John C. Hunt's company and remained in it until July 18, 1836 when he was discharged. For this reason Mr. Dunn's name is dropped by the compiler from Captain Hill's company and retained on Captain Karne's rolls after correcting the spelling of the name.

Several of the men of Captain Hill's company were transferred to Captain Karnes' cavalry company when it was formed and in two instances the names were retained on both rolls, the other being Daniel McKay, as on the other rolls many names on Captain Karnes' were badly misspelled. For instance Dr. Robert K. Gooloe is listed simply as Goodwin, given name and initials omitted. Even Captain Karnes name is spelled Carnes.

Mr. Dunn on February 18, 1842 was issued Donation Certificate No. 1200 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

On February 12, 1860 Mr. Dunn received Bounty Certificate No. 348 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 1 to July 18, 1836. This is additional evidence that after Mr. Dunn left Captain Hill's company on April 9th he did not leave the army. He was simply transferred to Captain Karnes' company.

Mr. Dunn came to Texas in 1834, as is stated in the Headright Certificate issued to him October 3, 1839 for two-thirds of a league and one labor of land by the Board of Land Commissioners of Washington County. In the Spanish Archives in the General Land Office it is shown that on December 8, 1834 as a single man ha had received one-fourth of a league of land in Robertson's colony situated in the present county of Milam. Having since married he was entitled to receive additional land.

Mr. Dunn resided for a number of years in Brazos County. His widow, Mrs. Christiana Dunn, received a Veterans' Donation Certificate for 640 acres of land November 15, 1879.

MATTHEW DUNN -- No. 4142 -- Oct. 8, 1837

This is to certify that Mathew Dunn enrolled himself in my Company on the first day of March and served untill [sic] the 9th of April left the company and joined it again on the 20th of May and served untill [sic] the present time. May the 30th 1836

W. W. Hill Captn Company N
1st Regt. T. V.

whole term 4 mo. 7 days


Army of Texas Head Quarters

Victorio July the 18th, 1836

I do certify that Mathew Dunn Joined my company on the 31st May and faithfully and honorably discharged his Duty as private up to the present Date. Said Dunn served one month and 28 days in Capt. Wm. W. Hill's Comp. and is hereby honorably discharged. The day and date above written.

John C. Hunt Capt. T. V

N. B. Said Dunn Volunteered for three months.


This day came Mathew Dunn and says the annexed instrument is just true and original that he owes the government nothing on his own account or on account of any other person excepting for 1 pr. of Brogans and 1 pr of socks nor had retained sold, or embizzled and arms or munitions of war or any property belonging to the Republic of Texas or caused the same to be done.

Matthew Dunn

Sworn to and subscribed before me
Robert Merritt County Clerk of the
County of Washington this 20th day
of May 1837.

Robert Merritt
C. C.

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. Henry Wax Karnes

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Dann; Duncan, Jacob
  • Came to Texas: 1834
  • Bounty Certificate: 348
  • Donation Certificate: 1200
  • Wife: Christiana Dunn