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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SAYERS, JOHN. -- Born in Kentucky. In applying to Washington County, June 19, 1838, for a Headright Certificate for a third of a league of land, he stated that he came to Texas in February, 1836. He was a member of Captain James Gillaspie's Company and San Jacinto Donation Certificate No. 475 was issued to him, July 25, 1838.

The Deed Records of Washington County, Book C, page 357, show that Mr. Sayers died in that county before August 9, 1839. At that time Joseph B. Chance was administrator of his estate. The heirs of Mr. Sayers were engaged in a law suit in Washington County in November, 1849. Land on Donation Certificate No. 475 was surveyed in Eastland County in June, 1857.

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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. James Gillaspie

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Sayres
  • Birthplace: Kentucky
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Feb
  • Date of Death: 1839
  • Donation Certificate: 475