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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HALE, JOHN C. -- Born April 3, 1806 in Scott County, Virginia. He came to Texas in 1835 from Louisiana, as is stated in Headright Certificate No. 483 issued in his name March 31, 1838 for a league and labor of land by the Board of Land Commissioners of Nacogdoches County.

Mr. Hale was a member of Captain Benjamin F. Bryant's Company and was one of the nine men of the army of Texas who were killed or mortally wounded in the Battle of San Jacinto. He and seven of his companions were buried on the battlefield.

The ninth man, Olwyn J. Trask, died on Galveston Island on or about May 20, from the effects of the wound he received in the skirmish of April 20th.

On November 8, 1851, the heirs of Mr. Hale received Bounty Certificate No. 951 for 320 acres of land for Mr. Hale's services in the army and Donation Certificate No. 952 for 640 acres due him for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto.

Mr. Hale married Barshaba Miller, who was born January 10, 1810 in Scott County, Virginia. The date of her death is not recorded but it is known that she was buried in the Chumley Cemetery in San Augustine, Texas.

Children of John C. and Barshaba (Miller) Hale were James Randolph Hale born March 19, 1832; William Houston and Martha Jane Hale (twins) born March 30, 1834; and John C. Hale, Jr., born September 19, 1836 and died January 11, 1837.

John C. Hale's widow in time married Samuel H. Davis.

Martha Jane Hale married Drew Chumley.

When Hale County was created August 21, 1876, it was named in honor of Lieutenant J. C. Hale, who fell at San Jacinto (H. P. N. Gammel, The Laws of Texas. Vol. 8 page 1077.)

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: Yes
  • Wounded in Battle: Killed on battlefield.
  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Company: Capt. Benjamin F. Bryant

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1806 Apr 3
  • Birthplace: Virginia, Scott County
  • Origin: Louisiana
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Date of Death: 1836 Apr 21
  • Burial Place: San Jacinto Battleground, Texas
  • Comments: Buried on battlefield
  • Bounty Certificate: 951
  • Donation Certificate: 952
  • Wife: Barshaba Miller Hale Davis
  • Children: James Randolph Hale; William Houston Hale; Martha Jane Hale Chumley; John C. Hale