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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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FERRELL, JOHN P. -- Born in Tennessee in 1819, as is shown on page 115 of the army muster rolls in the General Land Office. In the Headright Certificate issued to him June 7, 1838 by the Washington County Board for one-third of a league of land it is stated that he came to Texas in January, 1836. He was a member of Captain Isaac N. Moreland's Company at San Jacinto and on October 3, 1838 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 565 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. In Service Record No. 1156 it is stated that he served in the army from February 27 to June 4, 1836.

Mr. Ferrell was a member of the Texas Veterans Association and was living in McDade, Bastrop county in 1874. He died in Austin County in 1892 and was buried in the Thomas Chochran cemetery near Buckhorn.

Member Hubert Masonic Lodge No. 67
Chapel Hill, Texas 1855-56

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. Isaac N. Moreland

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Ferrill; Ferrel
  • Date of Birth: 1819
  • Birthplace: Tennessee
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan
  • Date of Death: 1892
  • Burial Place: Thomas Cochran Cemetery, Buckhorn, Texas
  • Donation Certificate: 565