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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McCRABB, JOSEPH -- In Book B, page 27 of the list of applicants for land in Austin's Colonies it is shown that when in 1834 Mr. McCrabb applied for land he gave his age as 27 and stated that of his wife Joanah, formerly Mrs. Dunlavy, as 37. He stated that he had arrived in Texas in 1834 from Tennessee. He did not secure the land and on May 1, 1838 a Headright Certificate for a league and labor of land was issued in his name by the Board of Land Commissioners for Austin County. In the certificate it is stated that he had arrived in Texas in 1834.

Mr. McCrabb died in Austin County in 1837 and his widow, Mrs. Joanah McCrabb, was appointed administratrix of his estate August 28, 1837. Bounty Certificate No. 100018 for 320 acres of land was issued in his name for his service in the army from February 20 to May 20, 1836. Donation Certificate No. 1216 for 640 acres was issued November 6, 1885 due Mr. McCrabb for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. He was a member of Captain Moseley Baker's Company. McCrabb was a brother of John McCrabb.

Joanah McCrabb, widow of Joseph McCrabb, was married to a Mr. Tips. Joanah McCrabb, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McCrabb, was living in Harris County, February 9, 1855 when Mrs. Tips and Miss McCrabb sold Bounty Certificate No. 100018 for $55.00.

Mrs. McCrabb-Tips was probably married to Thomas Johnson Hunter, son of Dr. Johnson Calhoun Hunter.

Mrs. Joseph McCrabb, before marriage was Joahan McCombs Dunlavy. She had only one child by Mr. McCrabb but by other marriages had several.

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. Moseley Baker

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1807
  • Origin: Tennessee
  • Came to Texas: 1834
  • Date of Death: 1837
  • Bounty Certificate: 100018
  • Donation Certificate: 1216
  • Wife: Joannah McCombs Dunlavy McCrabb Tips
  • Children: Joanah McCrabb Hunter