The Kemp Sketch
EGGLESTON, HORACE -- Name not show on the San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836 or on the army rolls in the General Land Office on which are listed those who were detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 2l, 1836. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 1212 for 640 acres of land October 16, 1845 for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. The name of the company which he served has not been ascertained.
In applying for land in 1835 Mr. Eggleston stated that he was born in New York; was twenty-nine years of age; married, but had no children. On July 16, 1835 he received title to Milam's Colony situated in the present county of Blanco. In the Headright Certificate issued to him for one labor of land it is stated that he came to Texas in 1833.
Mr. Eggleston was engaged in the mercantile business in Gonzales at the resumption of the war in 1836 and he later claimed that his store was burned March 13, 1836 by order of General Houston.
In comptroller's Military Service Records in the Archives of the Texas State Library dated April 4, 1853, Edward Mallock and William H. Phillips certified that Captain Eggleston commanded a company in the Vasquez campaign in 1842 and Mr. Phillips and A. Jones certified that Captain Eggleston was a member of Captain J. C. Henry's Company in the Woll Campaign.
Captain Eggleston died in Gonzales County in 1853. His widow, Mrs. Sarah An Eggleston, was appointed administratrix of his estate April 5, 1853.
Following are copies of documents found in the Claim Papers, Archives, Texas State Library, Austin:
"The State of Texas
1836 March 13th.
The late Republic of Texas
To Horace Eggleston
To dwelling house, store-house & furniture, destroyed by the burning of the town of Gonzales on the 13th of March 1836, by order of the General of the Texas troops, upon their retreat from said Town, $2000.00
To amount of merchandise in said store house which was consumed in the store by the said burning of said town on the 13th of March 1836, as will also appear by reference to the accompanying bills from Texana $3000.00
17 head of cattle lost at Gonzales, on the 13th of March 1836 upon the retreat of the Texas army from said town $68.00
Total amount of loss-- $5068.00
"The State of Texas
We the undersigned citizens of Gonzales County on oath do say that Horace Eggleston, a citizen of Gonzales County & Republic of Texas, resided with his family in the town of Gonzales in said county on the 13th of March 1836, and was at that time and has ever since remained a citizen of Texas, discharging his duties as such, and that on said day the said Eggleston was merchandising in said town, and had a dwelling and store house in said town and had then on hand a stock of goods which he had received a few days previous to said date & some cattle, all of which were on said day destroyed by the burning of said town, on the retreat of the Texian forces from said town, and the foregoing account of the said Eggleston on it stands stated against the late Republic of Texas, is correct, from our knowledge of all the facts which fell within our personal observation, being at that time as at present citizens of said County and personally well acquainted with said Eggleston from that time to the present day--
William S. Matthews
Benjamin X Duncan
Witness: Benjn. B. Peck"
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.
- Died in Battle: No
- Rank: Private
- Company: Capt. William Wood
- Date of Birth: 1806
- Birthplace: New York
- Came to Texas: 1833
- Date of Death: 1853
- Donation Certificate: 1212
- Profession: Merchant
- Wife: Sarah Ann Eggleston