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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REED, NATHANIEL -- Born in Tennessee, December 5, 1805. He came to Texas in 1836, as is shown in an unnumbered Headright Certificate issued to him February 1, 1838 for a league and labor of land by the Austin County Board. He was a member of Captain William J. E. Heard's Company at San Jacinto and on June 30, 1849 was issued Donation Certificate No. 163 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle.

Mr. Reed died near Hempstead, Waller County in 1887 while a member of the Texas Veterans Association.

In a news item in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 4, 1936 it was stated that Mr. Ray Bachman, Weatherford, Texas owns the gun used by Mr. Reed in the Battle of San Jacinto. The gun was made in Philadelphia in 1808 and he sold it to John Bencke Bachman, father of Ray Bachman.

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 J. E. Heard

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Reid; Nathan
  • Date of Birth: 1805 Dec 5
  • Birthplace: Tennessee
  • Came to Texas: 1836? 1835?
  • Date of Death: 1887
  • Donation Certificate: 163
  • Children: yes