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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RUDDER, NATHANIEL -- Arrived in Texas at sometime between May 2, 1835 and March 2, 1836. In the Headright certificate issued to him March 1, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Brazoria County Board of Land Commissioners it is stated that Mr. Rudder came to Texas before March 2, 1836. Had he arrived before March 2, 1835 it would have been so stated in the Certificate. He sold his certificate to Timothy Pillsbury, October 28, 1851 for $221.00. Mr. Rudder received Bounty Certificate No. 2884 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1836. He was a member of Captain Peyton R. Splane's Company but served in Captain William S. Fisher's Company at San Jacinto, and on January 29, 1839 was issued Donation Certificate No. 772 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle.

The Marriage Records of Brazoria County show that Mr. Rudder and Eliza M. O'Connor were married in Brazoria County November 24, 1842. The Deed Records of Brazoria County show Mr. Rudder living in that County April 22, 1856. He died prior to September 26, 1861, when his widow sold a tract of land situated in Polk County, as is disclosed in the Deed Records of Polk County.

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 S. Fisher

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Rudders
  • Came to Texas: Between May 2, 1835 and Mar 2, 1836
  • Bounty Certificate: 2884
  • Donation Certificate: 772
  • Wife: Eliza M. O'Connor