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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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LAWRENCE, GEORGE WASHINGTON -- In the Headright Certificate issued to George W. Lawrence June 6, 1838, by the Montgomery County Board of Land Commissioners it is stated that he came to Texas in January 1835. The army roll in the General Land Office he is shown as having enlisted in the army March 12, 1836. He was a member of Captain William Ware's Company at San Jacinto and on January 2, 1839 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 729 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle, he did not apply for the land due him for his services in the army immediately prior to and after the battle. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 28 for 320 acres of land May 5, 1846 for having served in the army from June l, to September 19, 1836. This he sold to Peter Shamburger for $25.00. He could not write, affixing his "Mark" to the deed of transfer.

Mr. Lawrence died in Walker County. (Book D, page 418, Probate Minutes of Walker County.) His son, Charles Lawrence, was appointed administrator of his estate.

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. William Ware

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1811, Apr 6
  • Birthplace: Virginia, Lee County
  • Came to Texas: 1835 Jan
  • Date of Death: 1860 Mar 12
  • Donation Certificate: 729
  • Wife: Sarah Whitley
  • Children: Charles Lawrence; Mills Whitley Lawrence; John Lawrence; William B. Lawrence; George Washington Lawrence; Randolph Little Lawrence; Sarah Elizabeth Lawrence