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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McALLISTER, JOSEPH -- In Book B, page 73 of the list of applicants for land in Austin's Colonies it is shown that when Mr. McAllister applied for, but did not receive, land October 12, 1835 he stated that he was twenty-two years of age, single and was a carpenter by trade. He stated that he had arrived in Texas from Philadelphia in July, 1834. He was a member of Captain William S. Fisher's Company of VELASCO BLUES at San Jacinto and on February 4, 1848 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 95 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. On May 1, 1838 he received Bounty Certificate No. 3109 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1836. He did not receive a Headright Certificate.

Mr. McAllister made his home in Houston until April 16, 1849, when he and Louis B. Harris left for California. He died at Stewart's Point, Sonora County, in 1873.

Mrs. E.C. Merrett, of Santa Rosa, California wrote the compiler August 6, 1935 that she could find no record of McAllister's death.

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 S. Fisher

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1815
  • Origin: Pennsylvania
  • Came to Texas: 1834 July
  • Date of Death: 1873
  • Bounty Certificate: 3109
  • Donation Certificate: 95
  • Profession: Carpenter