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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LOWARY, JOHN L. -- Commonly known as Jack Lowary with the last name frequently misspelled LOWRY,LOWRIE, or LOWERY. His name appears on the San Jacinto army rolls printed in 1836 as JACK LOWRIE. On the Refugio Memorial it is JOHN LOWRIE but his signature to two affidavits of October 7, 1856 is clearly J. LOWARY. These and other affidavits pertaining to Mr. Lowary's services in the Army of Texas are in the Court of Claims Files in the General Land Office, Austin. In the file is also a clipping from the Gazette of September 27, 1856 in which it was stated that Jack LOWARY, of Captain McIntire's Company had lost his discharge for services in the Battle of San Jacinto.

In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 814 it is certified that Mr. Lowary came to Texas from New Orleans on the brig GOOD HOPE in 1835 as Second Lieutenant of Captain David Burke's Company of MOBILE GREYS. He enlisted November 12, 1835 and remained with the Greys until March 20, 1836 when he joined Captain Thomas H. McIntire's Company on the Colorado and remained with it until April, 28, 1836 when he was discharged. On January 3, 1851, John LOWRY was issued Donation Certificate No. 656 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the "Storming and Capture of Bexar", December 5 to 10, 1835.

In Service Record No. 1075 Captain John M. Bradley certified that Mr. Lowary joined his company of Cavalry April 29, 1836 and joined the main army on the Brazos May 15th. He was a substitute for William Jones and was discharged July, 22, 1836.

On October 7, 1856 Mr. Lowary, living in Mobile, Alabama applied to the court of Claims for 640 acres of land due him for participating in the Battle of San Jacinto. His petition was denied since he had received a donation of land for participating in the "Storming and Capture of Bexar".

The following was extracted from an affidavit made in Mobile, Alabama, October 7, 1856 by William F. George and is now in File No. 227 (Jack Lowary} in the Court of Claims file in the General Land Office.

Among other things he said that "in the year A.D. 1835 he knew one JOHN LOWRY who resided and boarded with his father in the City of Mobile and State of Alabama - that he knows that said John LOWRY left Mobile some time in said year for the Republic of Texas and from conversation with his mother and other circumstances believes said JOHN LOWRY enlisted as a volunteer in the Mobile Grays and served as a soldier in the Revolution of Texas. That the identical JOHN LOWRY who now applies for Bounty Land Script for said service. And the said William H. George further says that he is well acquainted with the said JOHN LOWRY and that from his statements, he believes him to be the identical JOHN LOWRY who served as a private in Captain Burke's Company of Mobile Grays in the Texas Revolution, A. D.1838 and 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. Thomas H. McIntire

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Lowry, Lowrie, Lowery, Jack
  • Origin: Alabama
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Other Battles: Bexar