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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GRAY, JAMES -- Born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1808. He to Texas in 1835, as is shown in the Headright Certificate for one-third of a league of land issued to him February 1, 1838, by the Washington County Board. He was a member of Captain William W. Hill's Company and on March 25, 1854, was issued Donation Certificate No. 565 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto.

On an original roll of Captain Hill's Company at muster April 11, 1836, a photostatic copy of which is in the archives at the State Library, the following information concerning Mr. Gray is given: "He was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1808. He was five feet, nine inches in height and of dark complexion. He was enlisted at Washington March 6, 1836, by Gray.

Mr. Gray was issued Bounty Certificate No. 2167 for 320 acres of land January 29, 1838, for having served in the army from March 1 to May 30, 1836. He was living in Washington County, November 11, 1840, when he sold the Bounty Certificate to James T. Jenkins for $25.00.

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: Lieut. Robert Stevenson

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1808
  • Birthplace: Kentucky, Bourbon County
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Bounty Certificate: 2167
  • Donation Certificate: 565