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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MARRE, ACHELLE -- Emigrated to Texas in January, 1836. Enlisted January 20, 1836; Captain William Wood's Company at San Jacinto; among those who captured the cannon, Golden Standard. It is certified that he captured the Mexican Golden Standard. In Service Record No. 1836 it is certified that he served in the army of Texas from January 20 to June 6, 1836, when he was discharged at Velasco. He re-enlisted July 28, 1836 for the duration of the war; private in Captain Charles L. Durocher's Company at muster August 31, and October 31; private in Lieutenant Dugald McFarlane's Company at muster, December 31, 1836.

Discharged June 6, 1836. His military Records Nos. 1836 and 2158 were signed by Captain Woods and countersigned by J. Snively, acting Secretary of War; discharged June 7, 1836.

Velasco 6th June 1836

Know all men by these present that Achelle Marre, private in Company A 1st Regiment William Woods Capt. enrolled himself on the 30th Jan. 1836 for during the War between Mexico and Texas and he is hereby honorably discharged from the same having served faithfully during the War but more especially on the ever memorible 21st April on the plains of San Jacinto he being one among the few who took the cannon the Golden Standard and Santa Anna's person.

Appd. Capt. Wm. Wood

J. Snively

Commt.. Post Velasco

Acting Sec. of War

For value reserved I transfer all my right title and interest which I have to the within Three hundred and twenty acres of Land as well as all lands and emoluments which may be allowed persons of this description appoint to select locate survey and perfact title to said land in his own name or in my name if required by law at his own expense and according to Law this power and transfer is irrevocable from and after date. Done at Houston the 3 day of July 1837 in presence of Ach. Marr, J. W. Moody, J. Kettera Graham

For value received I transfer all my right title and interest of the within certificate to Anthy O'Donnell his heirs or assigns as fully as it is conveyed to me with all the powers and priviledges which I have by virtue of the above transfer and irrevocable in like manner done at Houston the 10th day of July 1837 in presence of his
Bernard X Cerahar

N.B. Giddings

J. Kettera Graham

War department

Houston June 9, 1837
This Is to certify that Achille Marrs enrolled in the service of Texas on July 28th 1836 and pay is due him from enrollment up 31st May 1837.

J. Snively
Acting Secy of War

Sworn to before
{Source:} Comptrollers Military Service Records no, 2158

In a statement of transfer made in "The Republic of Texas" he stated that he was discharged June 6, 1836 and that his certificate of discharge was signed by Captain William Wood, Commander of the Post of Velasco and countersigned by Jacob Snively, Secretary of War. Mr. Cerahar sold the certificate to Anthony O'Donnell and on April 12, 1838, Bernard B. Bee, Secretary of War issued Bounty Certificate No. 2792 for 320 acres of land to A. O'Donnell. In Service Record No. 2158 it is stated that Mr. Marre served in the army from July 28, 1836 to July 28, 1837. Mr. Marre probably left Texas shortly after September 25, 1837. On that date at Nacogdoches he sold his rights to land he was entitled to receive as a headright to Charles Chevallier.

Following is a copy of Headright Certificate No, 455 issued March 22,1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners of Nacogdoches County: "Charles Chevallier assignee of Achelle Marre has appeared before the Board of Land Commissioners for the County of Nacogdoches and proved according to law that the said Achelle Marre arrived in this Republic January A. D. Eighteen hundred and thirty six and that he is a single man.

And entitled to one third of a league of land, upon the condition of paying at the rate of seven dollars for each labor of irrigable land, five dollars for each labor of temporal or arable land and two dollars and forty cents for each labor of pasture land which may be contained in the survey secured to him by this certificate. Given under our hands the 22nd day of March, 1838. (Signed) James H. Starr, President William Hart, Assistant Commissioner." Attest: K.L. Muse, Clerk

In Margin: Came to Texas Jan. 1836 Oath of allegiance at Nacog. Jan 14, 1836 with Sherman's men

Re-enlisted July 28, 1836 for the duration of the war. A member of Lt. Dugald McFarlane's Company at muster Dec 31, 1836. Court of Claims Heirs Nov 27, 1860 applied to Court of Claims through an attorney for his bounty and donation lands. Names and addresses of heirs not shown. No evidence given. All Bounties

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: Marrs, Achills, Achille
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan
  • Bounty Certificate: 2772