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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SWAIN, WILLIAM L. -- It is not known when Mr. Swain came to Texas. His heirs did not apply for the Headright Certificate due him. He was a member of Captain Henry Teal's company and his heirs received Donation Certificate No. 1082 for 640 acres of land, November 7, 1840, due Mr. Swain for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. They were issued Bounty Certificate No. 9632 for 1920 acres of land November 7, 1840, for Mr. Swain's services in the army from January 12, 1836 to May 22, 1837, at which time Mr. Swain died. The heirs of all soldiers who died while in the army were entitled to receive 1920 acres of Bounty land in addition to the Donation land due the soldier.

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. Andrew Briscoe

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Death: 1837 May 22
  • Bounty Certificate: 9632
  • Donation Certificate: 1082