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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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HYLAND, JOSEPH -- Born in New York City in February, 1804. He lived for a time in New Jersey and then moved to New Orleans. In applying for land in Austin's Colonies he stated that he had arrived in Texas in 1831. In 1838 he received a Headright Certificate for one-third of a league of land from the Colorado County Board. He was a member of Captain William J. E. Heard's Company of "Citizen Soldiers" at San Jacinto and on May 1, 1838, was issued Donation Certificate No. 13 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. In Service Record No. 7480 it is certified that he served in the army from February 29 to June l 1836, when he was discharged at Victoria. He reenlisted in the army July 23, and served until October 23, 1836, for which service he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3382 on May 15, 1838.

Mr. Hyland moved to Williamson County in 1848. He was first married to a Miss Berry. After her death he was married to Sarah Elizabeth Thompson. To this union were born several children, among them being W. T. Hyland, born March 9, 1851, and died January 20, 1897; J. T. Hyland, born May 16, 1856; Robert R. Hyland, and a daughter who married John C. McBride.

Mr. Hyland died January 19, 1898, while a member of the Texas Veterans Association. His grave in Bagdad Cemetery, one mile east of Leander, Williamson County, is marked.

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

  • Date of Birth: 1804 Feb
  • Birthplace: New York, New York
  • Origin: Louisiana
  • Came to Texas: 1831
  • Date of Death: 1898 Jan 19
  • Burial Place: Bagdad Cemetery, Leander, Williamson County, Texas
  • Donation Certificate: 13
  • Wife: 1. Miss Berry; 2. Sarah Elizabeth Thompson
  • Children: William T. Hyland; James T. Hyland; Robert R. Hyland; Avinia Ann Hyland; Nancy E. Hyland; Sarah S. Hyland; Mary J. Hyland; one daughter married McBride