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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LAMBERT, WALTER -- Born in Ireland in 1802. On November 27, 1834 he received title to a league of land in the Colony of Power and Hewetson surveyed in the present counties of Refugio and Bell. In the Headright Certificate issued to him July 26, 1838 by the Victoria County Board for one-twelfth or a league of land it is stated that he came to Texas in June, 1834. In 1835 he was a member for a time of Captain Philip Dimitt's Company. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 2945 for 320 acres of land April 18, 1838 for having served in the army from February 25 to May 27, 1836. He was a member of Captain Robert J. Calder's Company at San Jacinto and on November 27, 1838 received Donation Certificate No. 631 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 2946 for 640 acres of land for his services in the army from October 7, 1836 to April 11, 1837. On November 3, 1836 he enlisted in Lieutenant Manuel Flores' Company for a period of six months. (Margin note: Geo. M. C. Capture of Goliad Oct. 9, 1835.)

Mr. Lambert was a signer of the Goliad Declaration of Independence, December 20, 1835. (Margin note. Vol. 1 page 820 Gammel's Laws of Texas) He was sheriff of Refugio County from 1845 to 1848; Chief Justice from 1848 to 1852 and treasurer in 1856. He was a wealthy stockman. During the war between the states he served in the Confederate Army.

Mr. Lambert was married to Thomas Claire Power, daughter of James Power, Empressario of one of the Irish colonies.

Mr. Lambert died September 30, 1865 and is buried in a marked grave in the old cemetery near the site of the former town of Compano, Refugio County. Mrs. Lambert, born in Compano, Refugio County, died in the town of Refugio, May 8, 1932.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Lambert: James W., who married Rosemary O'Brien; Philip; Allie C.; and Lalla R. Lambert who were never married.

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: 1809
  • Birthplace: Ireland
  • Came to Texas: 1834 June
  • Date of Death: 1865 Sep 30? Dec. 31?
  • Burial Place: Copano, Refugio County, Texas
  • Comments: Civil War, Confederate Army; Horse Marine
  • Bounty Certificate: 2945
  • Donation Certificate: 631
  • Wife: Thomasita Claire Power
  • Children: James W. Lambert; Philip Lambert; Allie C. Lambert; Lalla R. Lambert