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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PATTERSON, JAMES S.--Born in 1799. The compiler does not know where he was born or when he came to Texas. In compliance with an Act of the Legislature, approved January 24, 1850, he was issued a Headright Certificate for one-third of a league of land. In the certificate it is not stated when Mr. Patterson came to Texas. Mr. Patterson was a member of Captain William S. Fisher's Company of Velasco Blues at San Jacinto and on August 26, 1850 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 218 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. He was living in Milam County, October 6, 1851 when he sold the certificate to Nathan Halbert for $64.00. He could not write but affixed his mark to the deed of transfer. He received Bounty Certificate No. 723 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army for a period of three months in 1836, time of enlistment and discharge not shown.

Mr. Patterson was a member of the Texas Veterans Association and drew a pension. He died December 5, 1879. His grave in Oakwood Cemetery Austin, is marked.

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. William S. Fisher

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1800 May 10
  • Birthplace: Maryland
  • Origin: Louisiana
  • Date of Death: 1879 Dec 5? 1872 Nov 8?
  • Burial Place: Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 723
  • Donation Certificate: 218
  • Wife: Eugenia Trahan
  • Children: James W. Patterson; Elvira Patterson James