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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FREELE, JAMES -- On page 93 of Book B of the list of applicants for land in Austin's Colonies it is shown that in the application of Mr. Freele he stated that he had arrived in Texas from Ireland in 1833. He stated that by trade he was a blacksmith.

Mr. Freele was a member of Captain Moseley Baker's San Felipe Company at San Jacinto but he did not apply for the land due him for his military services. He sold his rights at Houston, January 22, 1837, for a league and labor of land due him as a headright. He could not write but affixed his mark to the deed of transfer.

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: Second Corporal
  • Company: Capt. Moseley Baker

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Friel
  • Birthplace: Ireland
  • Came to Texas: 1833
  • Profession: Blacksmith