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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NEAL, JOHN C. -- Arrived in Texas in January, 1836 as is shown in Headright Certificate No. 278 for one-third of a league of land issued to him February 16, 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners for Washington County. The land was surveyed in the Bexar Land District in 1855.

In Comptroller's Military Service Record No. 826 signed at Camp Victoria, May 30, 1836 by William W. Hill, Captain of Company H and countersigned by Thomas J. Rusk, Brigadier General Commanding, it is stated that Mr. Neal served in Captain Henry W. Karnes' Company from February 30 to April 30 and in Captain Hill's Company from April 30 to May 30, 1836. On June 27, 1853 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 502 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the Battle or San Jacinto. The land was surveyed in the Bexar Land District in 1855.

Mr. Neal moved to Calloway County, Kentucky and there died. His widow, Mrs. Sarah C. Neal and her children, Kitty and Thomas L. Neal, appointed J. W. Robertson of Travis County as their agent to recover any lands belonging to Mr. Neal, May 24, 1883. [Book 32, page 233 Deed Records of Bexar County.]

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. Henry Wax Karnes

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Neil
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan
  • Date of Death: 1883?
  • Burial Place: Kentucky
  • Donation Certificate: 502
  • Wife: Sarah C. Neal
  • Children: Kitty Neal; Thomas L. Neal