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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ROCKWELL, CHESTER B. -- In the Headright Certificate issued to him by the San Augustine County Board, November 28, 1838 for one third of a league of land it was stated that Mr. Rockwell came to Texas prior to May 2, 1835. He was a member of Captain Benjamin F. Bryant's Company of "Sabine Volunteers", serving for a period of one month. He re-enlisted in the army and was issued Bounty Certificate No. 1336 for 1280 acres of land for his services from October 10, 1836 to November 7, 1837. At Houston, December 28, 1837 he sold the certificate to A. P. Thompson. He could not write. He received a Donation Certificate, dated February 11, 1840, for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

A duplicate Headright Certificate in Mr. Rockwell's name, was issued April 3, 1872. The land was surveyed in Leon County.

ROCKWELL, CHESTER -- According to the May 1, 1835 census of Bevil (Jasper) Municipality, Mr. Rockwell was twenty-three years of age, a hatter by trade and was single.

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: 1812
  • Came to Texas: 1835 May 1 or earlier
  • Comments: Could not write.
  • Profession: Hatter