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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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GOODWIN, LEWIS -- The Headright Certificate issued in his name by the Bastrop County Board for a league and labor of land in 1838 shows that Mr. Goodwin arrived in Texas in 1834. He was a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley's "Mina (Bastrop) Volunteers" and on November 9, 1838, was issued Donation Certificate No. 539 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. In Service Record No. 417 it is certified that he served in the army from February 29, to June 1, 1836. No Bounty Certificate for land was issued to him for this service.

Part of the city of Austin in situated on land formerly belonging to Mr. Goodwin. On November 18, 1839, he petitioned the Congress of the Republic to pay him for that land.

The Probate Records of Grimes County show that Mr. Goodwin died in what is now Grimes County May 25, 1844, survived by his widow and the following children: Lewis, J.C., Alice G., And John K. Goodwin.

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: 1834
  • Date of Death: 1844 May 25
  • Donation Certificate: 589
  • Children: Lewis Goodwin; J. C. Goodwin; Alice Grey Goodwin Smith; John K. Goodwin