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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MORTON, JOHN -- Only the surname of Mr. Morton is shown on the San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836. He was a member of Captain Henry Teal's Company of Regulars. After the promotion of Captain Teal the men of his company were transferred to other companies. On page 133 of the army rolls in the General Land Office John Morton is shown as a member of Captain Nicholas Lynch's Company June 30, 1836 and he is shown as having enlisted in the army February 29, 1836 for the duration of the war. His name likewise appears on page 153 as a member of Lieutenant Robert D. McCaskey's Company, December 31, 1836.

Many soldiers of the Regular Army returned to their homes in the United States shortly after receiving their discharge and this Mr. Morton likely did. He did not apply for the bounty or donation land due him for his military services and likewise did not apply for a Headright certificate.

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. Andrew Briscoe

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1805?
  • Birthplace: Tennessee, Nashville
  • Came to Texas: 1822
  • Date of Death: 1843 Feb 7
  • Comments: Killed by San Jacinto veteran George W. Pleasants
  • Wife: Elizabeth Shipman