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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ROBINSON, WILLIAM -- The compiler is responsible for the name "William Robertson" being put on the bronze plaque in the San Jacinto Memorial Monument on which are inscribed the names of the Texans who participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. He is now convinced (March 28, 1941) that the name should be William Robinson.

The name is listed on Page 31 of the San Jacinto Rolls printed in 1836 as "Wm. Robertson", a member of Captain William M. Logan's Company of "Liberty Volunteers". It also appears as "Wm. Robertson" on Page 37 of the San Jacinto Rolls in the General Land Office. On May 10, 1836, however, the soldier signed his name as "Wm. Robinson" on a statement signed by all of the members of Captain Logan's company in which it was stated that the members of the company had received of Captain Logan two hundred and twenty-three dollars in cash and one hundred and forty-two dollars and twelve cents in goods "it being only part of what was due the said Logan. Company of the spoils taken in the Battle of the 21st ult. at San Jacinto." The original document was in possession of Mr. R. W. Abbott of Orange, Texas in 1936.

In Headright Certificate No. 19, issued to Mr. Robinson February 15, 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners for Liberty County for one-third of a league of land, it is stated that he came to Texas in 1834. (The certificate is no longer in File No. 107, Liberty, First Class.) The land was surveyed in San. Jacinto County.

Mr. Robinson did not apply for the Bounty and. Donation land due him for his services in the army.

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 M. Logan

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1785 Sep 15
  • Birthplace: Virginia
  • Came to Texas: 1834
  • Burial Place: Olphin/Allphin Cemetery, Madisonville, Texas
  • Comments: May be confused with another William Robinson; see also William Robertson.