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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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STEEL, MAXWELL -- In the Headright Certificate issued to his heirs for one third of a league of land by Colorado County Board November 1, 1838 it is stated that Mr. Steele arrived in Texas prior to May 2, 1835. He was a member of Captain William J. E. Heard's Company of "Citizen Soldiers" at San Jacinto.

Mr. Steele died in Colorado County prior to July 2, 1837, at which time Leander Beason was appointed administrator of his estate. (Book A, page 416 Probate Minutes of Colorado County.) His heirs received Bounty Certificate No. 9570 for 320 acres of land, September 2, 1840 for his services in the army from February 25 to May 25, 1836. They received a Donation Certificate No. 1064 at the same time for 640 acres of land due Mr. Steele for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

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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. William J. E. Heard

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Steele
  • Came to Texas: Prior to May 2, 1835
  • Date of Death: 1837
  • Bounty Certificate: 9570
  • Donation Certificate: 1064