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, ZION -- Appeared before the Board of Land Commissioners of Sabine County on February 1, 1838 and was granted Headright Certificate No. 52 for a league and labor of land. He stated that he came to Texas in 1833, single, but had married in 1837. He called as witnesses Jeremiah Latham and Major Smith. The land was surveyed in Nacogdoches County in 1846.

In Service Record No. 5191, it is certified that Mr. Roberts served in Captain Benjamin F Bryant's Company of "Sabine Volunteers" from March 31 to May 2, 1836. He re-enlisted in the army and served until October 12, 1837. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 258 on January 17, 1851 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. The land was surveyed in Anderson County in 1851.

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

  • Alternate Names: Sion, Sim
  • Came to Texas: 1833
  • Donation Certificate: 258
  • Wife: Yes