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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LOUGHRIDGE, WILLIAM WALLACE -- Born in Laurens, South Carolina, November 21, 1816, the sixth child of James and Deborah Ann (McGill) Loughridge. The eleven other children in order of birth were Allen Eccles; Robert McGill; John; Elizabeth; James Franklin; Andrew Jackson; Thomas Lewers; James Rodgers; Samuel Gray; Maria Jane; and Joseph Loughridge.

Mr. Simon P. Ford who served with Mr. Loughridge in Captain William Wood's Company at San Jacinto made an affidavit September 3, 1836 that he, William Loughridge of Greene County, Alabama, Edward Miles and others had arrived at Matagorda, Texas, January 10, 1836, as members of Captain C.V. Vickery's Company.

Donation Certificate No. 1015 was issued to the heirs of Mr. Loughridge February 4, 1840 for 640 acres of land due Mr. Loughridge for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. This was in compliance with a joint resolution of Congress approved February 3, 1840 requiring the Secretary of War to issue to the legal representatives of William Loughridge, deceased, a certificate for donation land for services in the Battle of San Jacinto. Bounty Certificates for services in the army, if issued, are not of record in the General Land Office. His Headright Certificate was issued to Robert Henry, administrator of his estate, December 30, 1839. Mr. Henry was appointed Administrator in Robertson County, July 29, 1839.

Mr. Loughridge was never married. His nephew Mr. Jackson B. Loughridge, Johnson City, wrote to the compiler that his uncle died near Wheelock, Robertson County, but in Brazos County, January 24, 1838. His grave is lost. Colonel James R. Loughridge, brother of William W., was born in Laurens, South Carolina, November 12, 1821 and died in Navarro County, Texas, November 10, 1886. He was married to Mary Felicia Martin who was born at Corn Ridge, Arkansas and died at Corsicana, Texas.

Children of Colonel and Mrs. James Loughridge were: (1) Mary A., married Calvin Wilson, lived in Fort Worth and had one child Calvin, who married Fay Sargent and owned the AME Brick Company; (2) Ella, died unmarried; (3) Elizabeth, died in infancy; (4) Samuel L., married Emma Mitchell and lived in Athens Texas; (5) James, died in infancy; and (6) Jackson B. was unmarried and lived in Johnson City, Texas.

Following is a record and lineage of William Wallace Loughridge, participant in the Battle of San Jacinto, as compiled by J.B. Loughridge, Johnson City, Texas: He was never married, had no offspring. Born in Laurens, South Carolina November 21,1816. The 6th child of James and Deborah Ann(McGill) Loughridge. The other children in order of birth were: (1) Allen Eccles, borne Laurens, South Carolina June 26, 1808, died Altoona Springs Mississippi Sept. 22, 1846. (2) Robert McGill born, Laurens, S.C. Dec. 24, 1809, died Waco Tx. July 7, 1900. (3) John born, Laurens S.C. March 17, 1812, died Navarro County, Texas January 1865. (4) Elizabeth, born Nov. 13, 1813, died Giddings Tx. December 14, 1892. (5) James Franklin born September 8, died October 11, 1815. (7) Andrew Jackson born July 23, 1818, died Tanglewood Tx. Nov. 19, 1881. (8) Thomas Lewers born Dec. 27, 1819, died November 1829. (9) James Rodgers born at Laurens S. C. Nov. 12, 1821 died, Nov. 10, 1886, Navarro Co. Tx. (10) Samuel Gray born in Coosa Valley Ala. Feb. 19, 1824, died Garlandsville, Mississippi June 5, 1907. (11) Maria Jane born Coosa Valley Alabama, died Navarro Co. Tx. August 8, 1864. (12) Joseph was born in Mesopotamia, Alabama July 13, 1836, died Aug. 15, 1840. James Loughridge (father of William W.) was born at Dunagans Hill Antrim Co. Ireland Aug. 15, 1783, married Deborah Ann McGill in South Carolina, USA in 1806. Father and mother (Elizabeth Gray) were from Antrim County families in Ireland. James Loughridge, died at the hone of Mr. John Box in Nacogdoches County Texas, July 9, 1838, while on a trip to Texas in an effort to reach the bedside of his wounded son, William.

James was the son of Allen Loughridge born about 1757 who married Sarah Eccles, lived at Antrim Co. Ireland. This Loughridge line is said to be carried backward by a book of genealogy from Allen Loughridge to a King of Ireland who reigned over the "The Emerald Isle" before Christianity was introduced there.

The Compiler of this has never seen a copy of the book. Part of the above data supplied by Advisory Board of Texas Historians has been corrected and additional matter added thereto by J. B. Loughridge, nephew of William Wallace Loughridge.

The data concerning the estate of William Wallace Loughridge and the Companies with whom he served, is entirely supplied by the Board of Texas Historians, this compiler having no data at hand on those subjects.

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 Wood

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Lockridge, Loughbridge
  • Date of Birth: 1816 Nov 21
  • Birthplace: South Carolina, Laurensville (now Laurens)
  • Origin: Alabama
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 10
  • Date of Death: 1838 Jan 24
  • Bounty Certificate: 1599
  • Donation Certificate: 1015
  • Wife: none