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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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JOHNSON, JAMES -- Born in Missouri in 1800. In the Headright Certificate issued to him February 1, 1833 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Brazoria County, it is stated that he came to Texas prior to May 2, 1835. (His granddaughter, Mrs. H. H. Andrews, stated that Mr. Johnson came to Texas from North Carolina in 1821.) In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 6424, it is certified that Mr. Johnson was a member of Captain Peyton R. Splane's company from March 5 to June 5, 1836. Most of the men of Captain Splane's company remained at camp at Harrisburg but Mr. Johnson fought at San Jacinto in Captain Robert J. Calder's Company. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 478 for 640 acres of land November 5, 1838 for having participated in the battle. His name is not on the San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836 and it is not on the rolls in the General Land Office, Austin, of those detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836.

Mr. Johnson was issued Bounty Certificate No. 2554 for 320 acres of land, February 5, 1838 for having served in the army from March 6 to June 5, 1836. He was living in Fort Bend County March 3, 1838 when he sold the certificate to James Craft.

Mr. Johnson was married to Mrs. Elizabeth (Kallart) Gause who was born in Germany February 25, 1823 and died in Ft. Bend County, Texas, April 3, 1904. Mr. Johnson died April 4, 1858 and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Johnson family cemetery five miles north-west of Missouri City, Ft. Bend County.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson were Mary who died in infancy; Elizabeth Jane, who married Gilles Hatti of France, and after his death, John Williamson of Virginia; Josephine, who married Conrad Pearl, and after his death, James Ruple; and Susan Ann Johnson, who married T. J. Packer.

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

  • Date of Birth: 1800
  • Birthplace: Missouri
  • Origin: North Carolina
  • Came to Texas: 1821
  • Date of Death: 1858 Apr 4
  • Burial Place: Johnson family cemetery, Missouri City, Ft. Bend County, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 2554
  • Donation Certificate: 478
  • Wife: Elizabeth Kallart Gause
  • Children: Mary Johnson; Elizabeth Jane Johnson Hatti Williamson; Josephine Johnson Pearl Ruple; Susan Ann Johnson Packer