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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BANCROFT, JETHRO RUSSELL --In the Headright Certificate issued to him March 15, 1838 by the Harrisburg County Board of Land Commissioners for one third of a league of land it is stated that Mr. Bancroft came to Texas in 1830. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3952 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army for three months, enlistment period not given. He received Donation Certificate No. 378 dated June 27, 1836, for 640 acres of land for having participated in the Storming and Capture of Bexar, December 5 to 10, 1835. At San Jacinto he was a member of Captain Thomas M. McIntire’s Company. On page _ of the army rolls in the General Land Office he is shown as having volunteered his services for the army at Lynchburg March 8, 1836. The following information concerning Mr. Bancroft is found in an unnumbered-numbered Service Record: "Headquarters May 10, 1836. I here-by certify that J. R. Bancroft of Capt. McIntire’s Co. Is at present unable to travel with the company and would recommend that he be left with the sick until he becomes better." This is to certify that J. B. Bancroft volunteered in my company on the 20th of March and has served up to this date. Thomas H. McIntire, May 9." He was discharged from the army June 8, 1836.

The Probate Records of Harris County show that Mr. Bancroft died in Harris County, January 7, 1848. His widow, Mrs. Mary Bancroft was appointed administratrix of his estate.

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. Thomas H. McIntire

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Bencroft
  • Came to Texas: 1830
  • Date of Death: 1848 Jan 7
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Bounty Certificate: 3952
  • Wife: Mary Bancroft