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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BISSETT, ROBERT B. -- Arrived at Velasco, January 28, 1836, on the schooner Pennsylvania, having been recruited for the army of Texas by Captain Amasa Turner in New Orleans. He was issued a Headright Certificate by the Harris County Board of Land Commissioners, November 2, 1849 for one-third of a league of land. In the certificate it is stated that Mr. Bissett came to Texas in January 1836. The land was surveyed in Williamson County in 1850 by Mathias Wilbarger.

In Service Record No. 445 it is certified that Mr. Bissett served in the army from February 13, 1836 to October 24, 1837. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 275 for 640 acres of land June 4, 1838 for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. He was a member of Captain Amasa Turner's Company at the battle and when discharged was a member of Captain John Smith's Company on Galveston Island. On October 6, 1851 Bounty Certificate No. 946 for 1280 acres of land was issued in Mr. Bissett's name, due him for having served in the army from February 13, 1836 to October 24, 1837. The certificate had been assigned to Henry N. Potter.

Mr. Bissett was a member of Captain William P. Lewis’ Company on the Santa Fe Expedition in 1841.

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. Amasa Turner

Personal Statistics

  • Origin: Louisiana
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 28
  • Comments: Santa Fe Expedition
  • Bounty Certificate: 946
  • Donation Certificate: 275