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, JESSE -- Born in Kentucky, February 11, 1800, a son of Charles Michael Robinson. His father was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

In the Headright Certificate issued to Mr. Robinson, January 13, 1838 for three-fourths of a league and one labor of land by the Colorado County Board, it is stated that he came to Texas in 1827, but had since married. On May 5, 1831 he received title to one-fourth of a league of land in De Witt's Colony situated in Gonzales County.

Mr. Robinson was a member of Captain William J. E. Heard's Company of "Citizen Soldiers" at San Jacinto and on June 24, 1839 he received Donation Certificate No. 915 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3086 for 320 acres of land, April 13, 1838 for having served in the army from March to June 1, 1836. He was discharged at Camp Victoria. He sold his certificate for $50 to Francis W. White, May 5, 1838, while living in Jackson County.

Mr. Robinson moved to the present Live Oak County before it was organized and settled on Ramirena Creek. There he died December 27, 1882, and was buried in the Latham Cemetery near his home. He was married March 31, 1838 in Colorado County to Sarah Jane Newman, who was born in Pennsylvania in about 1820 and was murdered in 1866.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were (1) Nancy, (2) Alfred Robinson, and (3) a child who died in infancy.

(1) Nancy Robinson was born January 10, 1834. She was married to Ben Barber. Their children were Mosley and Lauren Barber.

(2) Alfred Robinson was married to Sarah Ann Latham. Their surviving children were Albert Sidney Robinson; Miss Lucretia Robinson; George Claiborne Robinson; Mrs. F. C. Kendall; Clement Robinson; and Lemuel Harvey Robinson, who married Annice C. Bock.

Mr. Dudley R. Dobie, in an article published in the San Antonio Express November 18, 1934, had this to say about Mr. Robinson:

"Jesse Robinson was the first husband of Sally Scull, a woman who was as dexterous as any man in wielding a six-shooter, riding a horse and throwing the lasso. Her maiden name was Sarah Jane Newman. An excerpt from the Memoirs of Col. John S. Ford gives an accurate description of the woman --

'The last incident attracting the writer's attention occurred while he was at Kinney's Tank, wending his way homewards (from Corpus Christi Fair, 1852). He heard the report of a pistol, raised his eyes, saw a man falling to the ground and a woman not far from him in the act of lowering a six-shooter. She was a noted character named Sally Scull. She was famed as a rough fighter, and prudent men did not willingly provoke her into a row. It was understood that she was justifiable in what she did on this occasion, having acted in self defense.'

Two children, a son and a daughter, were born to Jesse and Sally Robinson. The son, Alfred Robinson, was a Texas Ranger and saw active service in the War Between the States."

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

  • Date of Birth: 1800 Feb 11
  • Birthplace: Kentucky
  • Came to Texas: 1827
  • Date of Death: 1882 Dec 27
  • Burial Place: Latham Cemetery, Live Oak County, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 3086
  • Donation Certificate: 915
  • Wife: Sarah Jane Newman (Sally Scull)
  • Children: Nancy Robinson Barber; Alfred Robinson
  • Family at San Jacinto: Brother-in-law William Newman