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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HARNESS, WILLIAM -- Came to Texas before August 10, 1835. He was Second Lieutenant in Captain William H. Smith's Company at San Jacinto. The only record found of Mr. Harness by the compiler is contained in a deed recorded in the Deed Records of Nacogdoches County, Book D, page 20. Mr. Harness and Henry Teal on August 10, 1835 purchased the rights for $100.00 to a sito (league) of land that F. H. R. Day was entitled to receive as a colonist. The deed was witnessed by A. M. Langhlin, Jacob Snively, Hugh Henderson, E. N. Eubank and Robert Potter.

The records in the General Land Office do not show that Mr. Harness applied for the headright, bounty or donation land he was entitled to receive.

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: Second Lieutenant
  • Company: Capt. William H. Smith

Personal Statistics

  • Came to Texas: 1835