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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BARKLEY, JOHN A. -- Born in South Carolina, the son of John A. and Mary Barkley. He came to Texas sometime between May 2, 1835 and March 2, 1836. In the Headright Certificate issued to him in 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners for Fort Bend County it is simply stated that he arrived in Texas prior to March 2, 1836. But had he arrived before May 2, 1835 this would have been stated in the certificate. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 6003 for 320 acres of land for serving in the army from April 15 to July 15, 1836. He was a member of Captain William H. Patton’s Columbia Company and on December 17, 1838 was issued Donation Certificate No. 609 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

Mr. Barkley died in Fort Bend County in 1844. David Randon was appointed administrator of his estate. On September 15, 1845, Mrs. Mary Barkley, his mother, living in Fayette County, Alabama, made affidavit that she was the sole heir of Mr. Barkley, her husband, John A. Barkley, Sr. Having died in South Carolina, were John A. Barkley, Jr. Was born.

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. David Murphree

Personal Statistics

  • Birthplace: South Carolina
  • Came to Texas: 1835/1836
  • Date of Death: 1844
  • Bounty Certificate: 6003
  • Donation Certificate: 609