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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BARTON, ELDER B. -- Name not shown on the San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836. It appears, however, as E. Barton on page 34 of the San Jacinto rolls in the General Land Office as a member of Captain Robert J. Calder’s Brazoria Company. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 195 for 640 acres of land May 23, 1838, for having participated in the battle. He sold the certificate September 22, 1841, while living at Galveston. He received Bounty Certificate No. 124 for 640 acres of land August 1, 1856, for his services in the army from March 13 to October 10, 1836. Discharge Certificates found in the Pension Papers show that Mr. Barton served in Captain Robert J. Calder’s Company from March 13 to July 27, 1836, when he was discharged at Victoria. He again enlisted in the Brazoria Company July 3 and served until October 10, 1836. He was issued a Headright Certificate for one-third of a league of land by the Brazoria County Board August 17, 1847, but it is not stated in the certificate when he came to Texas.

In the Pension Papers in the Archives of the State Library Mr. Barton is shown as living with his family at Rancho Santa Rosa on the border of Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, November 17, 1870. His address July 21, 1874, was Corpus Christi, Texas.

Mr. Barton received Veteran’s Donation Certificate No. 964 for 1280 acres of land May 6, 1882. The Probate Records of Nueces County show that he died on his ranch, Los Indes, in Nueces County August 4, 1884. His son William B. Barton was appointed administrator of his estate. He was survived by his widow, Mrs. Santitos Barton and by at least three children other than William B. Barton. His son Albert was for a time a telegraph operator at Corpus Christi and Brownsville. Two other sons were Washington and Riley Barton.

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. Robert J. Calder

Personal Statistics

  • Came to Texas: 1836?
  • Date of Death: 1884 May 6
  • Bounty Certificate: 124
  • Donation Certificate: 195
  • Wife: Santitos Barton
  • Children: William B. Barton; Albert Barton; Washington Barton; Riley Barton