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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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RAINWATER, EDWIN R. -- Came to Texas at sometime between May 2, 1835 and March 2, 1836. In the Headright Certificate No. 160 issued in the name of E. R. Rainwater of Independence, January 25, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Brazoria County Board of Land Commissioners it is stated that he came to Texas before March 2, 1836. Had he arrived prior to May 2, 1835 it would have been so stated in the certificate.

Mr. Rainwater was a member of Captain Henry W. Karnes' Company of Cavalry and was one of the men who assisted Erastus (Deaf) Smith in destroying Vince's bridge. He evidently left Texas early. He did not apply for the Bounty and Donation land due him for his services in the army and he assigned his rights to his Headright to Samuel Fuller.

The Deed Records of Gonzales County, Book D, page 120, show that at the town of Velasco, Brazoria County, Edwin R. Rainwater on March 4, 1837 purchased one-fourth of a league of land situated on the Lavaca River in Gonzales County for $1,400 and sold it on the same day to Chester Newell for $1,400. The deed was witnessed by J. S. D. Byrom and J. B. Hoskins.

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: Edwin, Elisha, Rainewater
  • Date of Birth: 1813
  • Came to Texas: 1835 or 1836
  • Comments: Destroyed Vince's Bridge. Not clear if it was Edwin or Elisha who fought at San Jacinto. May have fought in the U.S.-Mexican War.