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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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JOHNSTON, THOMAS F. -- Arrived in Texas in January, 1836, as is shown in Headright Certificate No. 428 issued to him August 3, 1838, for one-third of a league of land by the Jasper County Board. Thomas F. Johnston was issued Bounty Certificate No. 9131 for 320 acres of land May 14, 1837, for having served in the army for a period of three months. This he sold to Stephen Richardson. The dates of his enlistment and discharge are not shown in the certificate. He was a member of Captain James Gillaspie's Company at San Jacinto and Donation Certificate No. 908 for 640 acres of land was issued in the name of Thomas F. Johnston, June 7, 1839 due him for having participated in the battle. This certificate was lost and a duplicate was issued January 3, 1873, to Thomas F. Johnston while he was living in Limestone County.

The land obtained on Mr. Thomas F. Johnston's Headright Certificate was surveyed on the headwaters of Gary's Creek, fourteen miles, south and thirty-five miles west of the present town of Meridian, and Mr. Johnston in 1876 while living at Meridian had it re-surveyed. He died in Navarro County in 1882. Charles H. Allyn, administrator of his estate, sold his land in Bosque County, October 20, 1882.

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

  • Alternate Names: Johnson
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan
  • Date of Death: 1882
  • Bounty Certificate: 9131
  • Donation Certificate: 908
  • Profession: Lawyer
  • Wife: Miss Calvert