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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BIRD, JAMES -- Received Headright Certificate January 30, 1838 for a league and labor of land from the Washington County Board. In the certificate it is stated that Mr. Bird came to Texas in 1832. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 1745 for 320 acres of land January 21, 1838 for having served in the army from October 6 to December 20, 1835. He received Donation Certificate No. 477 for 640 acres of land July 26, 1838 for having participated in the Storming and Capture of Bexar, December 5 to 10, 1835. At San Jacinto, Mr. Bird was a member of Captain William J. E. Heard's Company.

Mr. Bird was living in Gonzales County April 19, 1845 when he appointed Arthur Swift his agent to survey his Headright. His Donation land was surveyed in DeWitt County.

See James Bird, Heroes of San Jacinto

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: Byrd
  • Date of Birth: 1802 Apr 22
  • Birthplace: Georgia, Telfair Co.
  • Origin: Alabama
  • Came to Texas: 1832
  • Date of Death: 1848 Mar 10
  • Burial Place: Mexico City
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Comments: Plum Creek; Salado Creek; U.S.-Mexican War
  • Wife: Naom (Pinkey) Ford