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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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GARWOOD, S. JOSEPH -- Came to Texas some time between May 2, 1835 and March 2, 1836. In the Headright Certificate issued to him February 15, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Colorado County it is stated that he came to Texas before March 2, 1836. Had he arrived before May 2, 1835 this would have been stated in the certificate

Mr. Garwood was a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company of MINA VOLUNTEERS but did not receive a donation of land for having participated in the battle. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3400 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from February 28, to June 1, 1836. This he sold October 3, 1838 to Colonel Edward Burleson for $100.00 while living in Bastrop County. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 4077 for 960 acres of land for his services in the army front June 30, 1836 to April 1, 1837.

The Probate Records of Colorado County show that Mr. Garwood died in that county in 1850. John Crier was appointed administrator of his estate February 25, 1850.

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. Jesse Billingsley

Personal Statistics

  • Came to Texas: Between May 2, 1835 and Mar 2, 1836
  • Date of Death: 1850
  • Bounty Certificate: 3400