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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JOHNSON, BENJAMIN -- Arrived in Texas in November, 1835, as is shown in the Headright Certificate issued to him in 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Montgomery County Board. In 1835 he was a member of Captain W. H. Landrun's Company. He was a member of Captain James Gillaspie's Company at San Jacinto and on July 7, 1838, was issued Donation Certificate No. 455 for having participated in the battle. He received Bounty Certificate No. 1651 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 1 to May 30, 1836.

Mr. Johnson was living in Montgomery County August 8, 1839, when he sold his Headright Certificate.

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. James Gillaspie

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1815 Jun 8
  • Birthplace: Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish
  • Came to Texas: 1832
  • Date of Death: 1872 Oct 13
  • Burial Place: Sabine Pass Cemetery
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Bounty Certificate: 1651
  • Donation Certificate: 455
  • Profession: Farmer
  • Wife: 1. Rachel Garner; 2. Matilda Myers
  • Children: Wesley Johnson; Bradley Johnson; John Johnson; Joseph Johnson; Uriah Johnson; Benjamin Johnson; 5 other sons; Elizabeth Johnson Boals; Mrs. Frost Smith; 1 other daughter