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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HERRON, JOHN HARVEY -- Born in North Carolina August 20, 1814. In the Headright Certificate issued to him February 5, 1838, for one-third of a league of land it is stated that he came to Texas in October 1835. He was a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company of "Mina (Bastrop) Volunteers" at San Jacinto and on May 22, 1838, he was issued Donation Certificate No. 173 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. On July 2, 1852, he received Bounty Certificate No. 1123 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from February 2 to June 1, 1836.

Mr. Herron was married to Martha E. Ware, who was born November 18, 1834, and died August 5, 1856. Mr. Herron died August 30, 1892, while a member of the Texas Veterans Association and was buried by the side of his wife in their family cemetery a few miles from McDade, Bastrop County. The graves of both are marked.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Herron were Mattie, who was married to W. S. Watson; Lizzie Herron, who married John Tinnin; and a baby who died at birth August 3, 1856.

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. Jesse Billingsley

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1814 Aug 20
  • Birthplace: North Carolina
  • Came to Texas: 1835 Oct
  • Date of Death: 1892 Aug 30
  • Burial Place: Herron family cemetery, Bastrop Co., Texas
  • Comments: May be same person as John Herring
  • Bounty Certificate: 1123
  • Donation Certificate: 173
  • Wife: Martha E. Ware
  • Children: Mattie Herron Watson; Lizzie Herron Tinnin; baby boy