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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McNELLY, BENNETT -- On page 95 of Book B list of applicants for land in Austin's Colonies, it is shown that when on February 1, 1836 Mr. McNelly applied for land he stated that he had arrived in Texas from Pennsylvania in 1835. He did not secure the land and was on March 29, 1838 issued Headright Certificate No. 533 for one third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Harrisburg County. In the certificate it is stated that he came to Texas in October, 1835. Mr. McNelly was Third Lieutenant in Captain Ira Westover's Company in 1835 and was absent as a courier to Gonzales when the battle of Coleto was fought. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 17 for 640 acres of land May 5, 1338 for having participated in the Storming of Bexar, December 5 to 10, 1835. He received Bounty Certificate No. 9051 for 960 acres of land, dated April 17, 1839, for having served in the army from October 16, 1835 to August 18, 1836. This he sold to S.L. Grayson. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 2924 for 1280 acres of Land, April 17, 1838 for his service from January 20, 1837 to April 16, 1838. At San Jacinto he was Sergeant Major of the Second Regiment of Texas Volunteers.

On the back of the Headright Certificate issued to him, Mr. McNelly transferred to Captain Hayden Arnold. He leased his Donation Certificate to Susan Farris of Montgomery County, June 20, 1838 for one dollar for a period of one hundred years and he agreed to renew it at the expiration of that time. He gave his address as The Republic of Texas.

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: Sergeant Major
  • Company: Second Regiment Texas Volunteers

Personal Statistics

  • Origin: Pennsylvania
  • Came to Texas: 1835 Oct
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Bounty Certificate: 9051