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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KENYON, AMOS D. -- The "Telegraph and Texas Register" of January 16, 1836, announced the arrival of Mr. Kenyon and fourteen other volunteers in Texas, stating that they had embarked at New Orleans December 19, 1835 on the schooner "Santiago". While on the boat to Texas the volunteers passed among other resolutions the following:

"Resolved that we hereby declare that we have left every endearment at our respective places of obode in the United States of America, to maintain and defend our brethern, at the peril of our lives, liberties and fortunes."

Mr. Kenyon's home is shown as Mississippi.

In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 978 it is certified that Mr. Kenyon had enlisted in the army February 23, and had been discharged June 2, 1836, having served under Fannin and having participated in the battle of San Jacinto as a member of Captain William H. Patton's Company. He was Fourth Corporal in Captain William A. O. Wadsworth's Company at Coleto. He was marched out to be shot March 27, 1836, but managed to escape. He participated in the battle of San Jacinto, was discharged June 2nd; re-enlisted June 25 and was again discharged September 26, 1836.

Mr. Kenyon appeared before the Board of Land Commissioners for Colorado County, February 15, 1838 and was granted a Headright certificate for one-third of a league of land. He died prior to September 6, 1838 at which time Chief Justice William J. E. Heard appointed William Watts administrator of his estate. This is shown in his Headright file in the General Land Office. Bounty Certificate No. 4351 for 640 acres of land was issued in his name, due him for having served in the army from December 23, 1835 to June 2, 1836. Bounty Certificate No. 4354 for 320 acres was issued in his name October 16, 1838, due him for his services from June 25 to September 26, 1836. The certificate had been assigned to John Duncan.

In a "Donation" Book in the General Land Office it is shown that Comptroller's Certificate was issued in the name of Amos D. Kenyon.

On a muster roll in the General Land Office he is shown as having been discharged from Captain Washington H. Secrest's Company of "Washington Cavalry", October 23, 1836.

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. David Murphree

Personal Statistics

  • Birthplace: Mississippi
  • Origin: Louisiana
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 16
  • Date of Death: 1838?
  • Other Battles: Coleto
  • Bounty Certificate: 4351