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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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IJAMS, BASIL -- Born in Roman County, North Carolina in 1804. In Book B, page 47 of the list of applicants for land in Austin's colonies it is shown that when he applied for land June 16, 1835 he stated that he had arrived in Texas from Alabama, February 8, 1835. He was not granted the land and on February 1, 1858 he received a Headright Certificate for a league of land from the Board of Land Commissioners of Brazoria County. In the certificate it is stated that he came to Texas before May 2, 1835.

On April 25, 1838, Captain Ijams was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3037 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from September 28 to November 23, 1835. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3036 for 320 acres of land for his services from March 12, to August 14, 1836. He was Second Lieutenant in Captain Thomas H. McIntire's Company at San Jacinto and on July 10, 1838, was issued Donation Certificate No. 435 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. In June 1836 he served as captain of a volunteer company.

Captain Ijams was elected Probate Judge of Colorado County July 13, 1846. He was married to Louisa C. Cunningham in Colorado County May 8, 1838. He died in Colorado County October 4, 1876, while a member of the Texas Veterans Association.

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. Thomas H. McIntire

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Gians, Ijames, Iiams Bazil
  • Date of Birth: 1804
  • Birthplace: North Carolina, Roman County
  • Origin: Alabama
  • Came to Texas: 1835 Feb 8
  • Date of Death: 1876 Oct 4? 1874 Oct 4?
  • Burial Place: Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Colorado County, Texas
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Bounty Certificate: 3036
  • Donation Certificate: 435
  • Wife: Louisa C. Hunt Cunningham
  • Children: Margaret Jennie Ijams Cone; Nancy Anna Ijams; William H. Ijams; two others