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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HARDEMAN, THOMAS MONROE -- Born in Bolivar, Tennessee, in 1814, a son of Thomas Jones and Mary (Polk) Hardeman. In the Headright Certificate issued to him January 5, 1838, for one-third of a league of land by the Matagorda County Board it was stated that he came to Texas in 1835.

Mr. Hardeman participated in the first battle of the revolution at Gonzales October 2, 1835. At San Jacinto he was a member of Captain William J. E. Heard's Company of "Citizen Soldiers" and on December 13, 1838, he was issued Donation Certificate No. 686 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. On December 15, 1837, he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 884 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from February 29 to May 30, 1836.

Mr. Hardeman was elected major of volunteers and as such under General Felix Huston led a company at the battle of Plum Creek August 12, 1840. In 1842 he participated in the Vasquez Campaign. He joined the Confederate Army and died September 14, 1862, at Knoxville, Tennessee while enroute to Virginia. He is buried in the Polk Cemetery at Bolivar, Tennessee. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge and the Episcopal Church.

Major Hardeman was married to Susan Burleson, who was born in 1812, a daughter of Joseph and Lizzie Burleson and great niece of General Edward Burleson. They moved to Caldwell County and founded a settlement named by them Prairie Lea and there Mrs. Hardeman died March 4, 1860.

Children of Major and Mrs. Hardeman were William Fawcett, Monroe, Cora, and Lizzie Hardeman

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. William J. E. Heard

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Hardiman
  • Date of Birth: 1814 Dec
  • Birthplace: Tennessee, Bolivar
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Date of Death: 1862 Sep 14
  • Burial Place: Polk Cemetery, Bolivar, Tennessee
  • Other Battles: Gonzales
  • Comments: Civil War, Confederate Army
  • Bounty Certificate: 884
  • Donation Certificate: 686
  • Wife: Susan Burleson
  • Children: William Fawcett Hardeman; Monroe Hardeman; Cora Hardeman; Lizzie Hardeman