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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LAMAR, SHELLY W. -- Arrived at Velasco, January 28, 1836 on the Schooner Pennsylvania, having been recruited in New Orleans for the Army of Texas by Captain Amasa Turner. His name is on page 27 of the army rolls in the General Land Office as a member of Captain John Hart's Company at Velasco, January 30, 1836. Richard Roman succeeded Captain Hart in command of the Company February 13th and commanded it at San Jacinto. On June 30, 1836 Mr. Lamar enlisted in the new company organized by Captain Hart. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 9597 for 1280 acres of land for serving in the army from January 29, 1836 to May 13, 1837, when he was discharged for inability. Mr. Lamar sold his certificate to General M. B. Lamar. He did not receive a Donation Certificate for the land due him for having participated in the battle, evidently because such certificates could not be transferred and it was not his intention to remain in Texas. Neither did he apply for a Headright Certificate.

In the Lamar Papers there is a letter dated at Mount Vernon, Illinois, February 11, 1838 from Shelly W. Lamar to M. B. Lamar, Houston in which Mr. Lamar inquires about legislation on bounty lands and headrights.

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. Richard Roman

Personal Statistics

  • Origin: Louisiana
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 28
  • Bounty Certificate: 9597