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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STEPHENSON, JOHN -- Came to Texas in 1830 as is shown in the Headright Certificate issued to him for a league and labor of land by the Jefferson County Board.

His name was omitted from the official San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836. Captain William M. Logan, however, in Service Record No. 992, certified that he served in his company from March 6 to June 6, 1836, and participated in the battle of San Jacinto. On March 30, 1839, he was issued Donation Certificate No. 844 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. He was living in Jefferson County October 25, 1848, when he sold the certificate to Henry B. Force for $50.00. He received Bounty Certificate No. 9025 for 320 acres of land March 30, 1839, for his services in the army from March 6 to June 6, 1836. This he sold in Jefferson County March 5, 1847, for $25.00. Mr. Stephenson and his wife, Sally, sold their Headright Certificate to William Armstrong for $20O.00 on November 27, 1846. Brothers of Mr. Stephenson residing in Jefferson County in 1838 were William, Gilbert and James Stephenson. A relative of his, John Stephenson, died in 1838 leaving a widow, Mrs. Lydia Stephenson, and the following minor children. George, Amanda, Louisa, Elijah, Ezra, Warren and James.

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 M. Logan

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: John Allen
  • Came to Texas: 1830? 1822 Mar.?
  • Bounty Certificate: 9025
  • Donation Certificate: 844
  • Wife: Sally