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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ROBERTS, DAVID -- Born in Knox County, Tennessee on December 15, 1808, came to Texas in 1835 and settled in what is now Sabine County. In Service Record No. 5927, it is certified that he served in the army from March 29 to April 29, 1836. He was a member of Captain Benjamin F. Bryant's Company at San Jacinto and, on December 26, 1843, he was issued Donation Certificate No. 144 for 640 acres of land-for having participated in the battle.

After the revolution, Mr. Roberts settled near the present town of Palestine in Anderson County, then in Houston County. On August 26, 1839, he was issued a Headright Certificate for one-third of a-league of land by the Houston County Board of Land Commissioners.

In 1843 Mr. Roberts was married to Elizabeth Marshall. In 1870 the family moved to Johnson County and there- Mr. Roberts died on November 4, 1875. He was a member of the Texas Veterans Association. He is buried in the Lus Academy Cemetery six miles east of Cleburne. His grave is marked. Mrs. Roberts was a daughter of William and Sarah Marshall. She was born on November 20, 1835 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and died in Johnson County, Texas. She is buried beside her husband.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Roberts were: John A. Roberts, who married Mary Beauchamp, Sarah Roberts, who married M. J. Davis, and Nettle Roberts, who married J. W. Carter.

Grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Roberts were Harvey Roberts, Mrs. Beaulah Roberts Delavan, Mrs. Aliah Roberts Powers, Mrs. Nettie Roberts Allen, Mrs. J. S. Newman, Mrs. Lura Davis, Mrs. J. E. Gresham, Lester Carter, Mrs. J. T. Roney, Mrs. Charles E. King, Mrs. P. L. White, and Mrs. Otis Moore.

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. Benjamin F. Bryant

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1808 Dec 15? 1804?
  • Birthplace: Tennessee, Knox County
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Date of Death: 1875 Nov 4
  • Burial Place: Lus Academy Cemetery, near Cleburne, Texas; or Buel Cemetery, near Keene, Texas
  • Donation Certificate: 144
  • Wife: Elizabeth Marshall
  • Children: John A. Roberts; Sarah Roberts Davis; Nettie Roberts Carter