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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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SMITH, LEANDER -- Name omitted from the official San Jacinto rolls as printed in 1836. In Headright Certificate No. 176 issued to his heirs, February 6, 1838 for a league and labor of land by the Nacogdoches County Board for a league and labor of land it is stated that he arrived in Texas in January, 1836. He was a son of William D. Smith.

Major Smith recruited men for the army of Texas, many of whom served in Captain A. H. Wyly's Company at San Jacinto. He helped to transport the cannon "Twin Sisters" from Harrisburg to the main army. His heirs were issued Donation Certificate No. 411 for 640 acres of land, July 3, 1838 due him for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. The certificate was erroneously issued to "Lysander Smith," as is explained in his Donation filed in the General Land Office. It has not been ascertained the name of the company in which he served. His heirs were on November 27, 1837 issued Bounty Certificate No. 559 for 1280 acres of land for having served in the army from March 13 to September 18, 1836. He died in Nacogdoches September 18, 1836 while still in the army, survived by his father, his widow, Mrs. Ann Smith, and at least one son, James L. Smith.

Mrs. Leander Smith was married prior to November 2, 1848 to John S. Thorn. Mrs. Thorn died in Nacogdoches May 30, 1855.

On page 65 of the Land Office army rolls the following names are listed under the caption: "Return of men raised for 3 months by Major L. Smith, April 5, 1836."

1. Daniel Sayers 2. Wm. O. Blanton 3. Robt. Hood 4. Henry M. Brewer 5. Thomas Byley 6. Henry Chapman 7. Zacaheriah M. 8. Wm. Gammell 9. F. Hickox 10. John Barker 11. Michael Short 12. ? Stebbins 13. Redd -- of Georgia 14. William Gould 15. J. Hunter 16. John Frederick Wiehl 17. Joseph Doan 18. Jas. T. White 19. Levi Howard 20. August Henderstrong 21. Ulysses Roberts 22. H. B. Balch 23. A. H. Wyler 24. Wm. Bernbeck 25. A. Vogel 26. Philip Straugh 27. _______ Miller 28. T. Dumbromer 29. James McCocklin 30. _____ a name unknown

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: Major
  • Company: Artillery

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Lysander
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan
  • Date of Death: 1836 Sep 18
  • Comments: Transported Twin Sisters from Harrisburg to the army.
  • Bounty Certificate: 559
  • Donation Certificate: 411
  • Wife: Ann Smith Thorn
  • Children: James L. Smith
  • Family at San Jacinto: Father William Smith at San Jacinto