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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SHUPE, SAMUEL -- Born near Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1799. In an unnumbered Headright Certificate issued to him March 1, 1838, for one-twelfth of a league of land by the Jackson County Board, it is stated that he came to Texas in 1827. He arrived at Gonzales March 27, 1827, and secured one-fourth of a league of land situated near where Lockhart now stands in De Witt's Colony. He later moved to Jackson County.

Mr. Shupe was issued Bounty Certificate No. 5094 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from October 3 to December 14, 1835. In the Court of Claims files in the General Land Office it is stated that he participated in the Storming and Capture of Bexar December 5 to 10, 1835. He was a member of Captain Thomas H. McIntire's Company at San Jacinto and on November 24, 1838, was issued Donation Certificate No. 620 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. On May 4, 1840, he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 9518 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 18 to July 23, 1836.

Mr. Shupe was married to Mrs. Patience (Wells) Stapp July 20, 1838, at Texanna by Elijah Stapp. Mrs. Shupe was a first cousin of John Henry Brown, the historian. She was likewise a cousin of James Kerr, for whom Kerr County, Texas is named. Mr. Shupe died at sea in 1848 while on his way to New Orleans in search of medical attention. Mrs. Shupe died in Lockhart, Texas in 1883.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Shupe were (1) Zerilda and (2) Elizabeth.

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. Thomas H. McIntire

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Sharpe, Sam
  • Date of Birth: 1799
  • Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Reading
  • Came to Texas: 1827 Mar 27
  • Date of Death: 1848
  • Burial Place: At sea?
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Bounty Certificate: 9518
  • Donation Certificate: 620
  • Wife: Patience Wells Stapp
  • Children: Zerilda Shupe Dollahite; Elizabeth Shupe Ross