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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McFARLANE, JOHN W.B. -- Came to Texas in January, 1836, as is stated in the Headright Certificate issued to him in 1838 by the Victoria County Board of Land Commissioners for one-third of a league of land. As a matter of fact, he arrived at Velasco, January, 28, 1836 on the schooner PENNSYLVANIA, having been recruited in New Orleans for the army of Texas by Captain Amasa Turner. He received Bounty Certificate No. 310 for 960 acres of land August 16, 1847 for having served in the army from January 29 to October 29, 1836. He was a member of Captain Richard Roman's Company at San Jacinto and on April 31 1841 was issued Donation Certificate No. 1140 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle.

Mr. McFarlane was clerk of the Probate Court in Refugio County in 1839 and at the time of his death in Refugio in December, 1851, was County Clerk. He was never married. John Cameron, his first cousin, inherited his estate. His grave is lost.

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. Richard Roman

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: McFarland
  • Origin: Louisiana
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 28
  • Date of Death: 1851 Dec
  • Bounty Certificate: 310
  • Donation Certificate: 1140
  • Wife: none