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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BARDWELL, SOLOMAN B. -- Born in Louisiana Territory in 1812. Came to Texas in 1835. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 849 for 320 acres of land for serving in the army from April 7 to July 12, 1836. He was a member of Captain Isaac N. Moreland’s Company at San Jacinto.

Mr. Bardwell on March 11, 1875 while living in Lawrence County Mississippi, applied for a pension to the State of Texas. The following parts of affidavits made are found in Pension Records.

"Solomon Bardwell a witness of lawful age sound mind and of due credit in any court or place after being first duly sworn according to law by and before me the undersigned authority upon his said oath states that he is now of the age of Sixty three years and that he was born on Wolf Creek in the Territory of Louisiana before being attached to the U. States in the County of ____ in the State of _______

Affiant further states that he was actually in the actual military service of Texas in the army of Texas in the war of the Texas in the war of the Revolution which separated Texas from Mexico and that he was in said service as a soldier in said army on behalf of Texas – And affiant avers that he rendered service in said army as aforesaid subsequent to the first day of January A D 1832 and prior to the 15th day of October A D 1836 and that said service was mainly rendered in said year 1836 & prior to October 1836

Affiant further states that he was in and was a member of the Artillery corps of said army in said service commanded by Lieutenant Col. J. C. Neill and affiant further states that he was in said corps at the Battle of San Jacinto in the year 1836 and this affiant was actually engaged in said Battle as a soldier of said army and member of said Artillery Corps

And affiant further states that there was issued to him by the Republic of Texas a Bounty warrant for three Hundred and Twenty acres of land for services rendered by this affiant in said army and service, for the period from April 7th 1836 to July 12th 1836.

And affiant further states that he has never received directly or indirectly from said Republic of Texas or from said State of Texas any amount of property or money whatever of any kind as a pension for such services rendered by him or any services rendered by him in said Army of Texas and that affiant considers himself entitled to a pension for said services in accordance with the provisions of an act of said State concerning pensions in such cases.

Affiant further states that he has caused the affidavits hereto attached to be made & and affiant left said county of Lawrence for the purpose of joining said army as charged in said affidavit & that affiant did go & join said army in pursuance of said purpose & after said services said affiant returned to said county of Lawrence as setforth in said affidavits.."

This is followed by an affidavit by Edward L. Bowen, Sr., and Perry Smith Sr. "Citizens of said county & State who severally on oath state that they are personally acquainted with one Solomon Bardwell now a citizen of same county and state and have known him for the past 42 years. Affiants further state that in the year 1835 the said Solomon Bardwell then a resident of Lawrence County and then known to affiants in said state left his home in said Lawrence County for the purpose (as he Bardwell said) of enlisting as a soldier in the army of the Republic of Texas then engaged in a War with the Republic of Mexico. That after an absence of one year or more said Solomon Bardwell returned to his home in said Lawrence County Mississippi and reported & said that he had enlisted and served as a soldier in the Texas Army, as contemplated by him the said Bardwell when he departed from said county of Lawrence as aforesaid in the said year 1835...."

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. Isaac N. Moreland

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Solomon
  • Date of Birth: 1812
  • Birthplace: Louisiana Territory
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Date of Death: 1872
  • Bounty Certificate: 849