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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TIERWESTER, HENRY -- On page 67, Book A, containing a list of applicants for land in Austin's Colonies it is shown that in Mr. Tierwester's application made in 1828 he stated that he had arrived in Texas from Ohio in 1828. He was born in France. He received title October 19, 1832 to one-fourth of a league of land in Austin's Second Colony, situated in the present county of Harris. In Headright Certificate No. 391 issued to him February 3, 1838 for one-twelfth of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners of Harrisburg County it is stated that he came to Texas in 1829.

Mr. Tierwester was a member of Captain William S. Fisher's Company of Velasco Blues and on September 17, 1849 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 168 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. On June 24, 1850 he received Bounty Certificate No. 657 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 1 to June 7, 1836. This was a duplicate of Certificate No. 825.

The marriage records of Harris County disclose that Mr. Tierwester was married to Anne White, April 12, 1838. They were divorced July 23, 1842 and Mr. Tierwester later married Phillipine Pugh.

Mr. Tierwester was granted a pension previous to February 15, 1858 of one hundred dollars per year. He died in Houston in 1859. His widow signed her will July 25, 1860 and it was opened for probate December 8, 1860. In the will she requested that she be buried by the side of her deceased husband and left funds for a fence to be placed around their graves. She left $100. for the Lutheran Church of Houston. The graves of Mr. and Mrs. Tierwester are now lost.

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 S. Fisher

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Tewister
  • Birthplace: France
  • Origin: Ohio
  • Came to Texas: 1828
  • Date of Death: 1859
  • Bounty Certificate: 657
  • Donation Certificate: 168
  • Wife: 1. Anne White; 2. Phillipine Pugh