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Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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TINDALL, WILLIAM P. -- Born in Alabama, March 4, 1818, a son of John L. Tindall who was born in Kentucky, lived in Alabama and later Aberdeen, Mississippi. William P. Tindall came to Texas from Mississippi. He is listed on page 10 of the San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836 as Tindall, given name or initials not being shown, a member of Captain Henry Teal's Company of Regulars. He came to Texas in January, 1836, as is stated in Headright Certificate No. 115 issued to him January 9, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Matagorda County. He was issued a donation Certificate for 640 acres of land in 1833 for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. This was lost and a duplicated was issued August 30, 1876.

On page 131 of the army rolls in the General Land Office Mr. Tindall's name appears as a member of Company A, Captain Teal, First Regiment of Infantry, June 30, 1836. He is shown as having enlisted January 15, 1836 and as having been made a sergeant June 25th. On page 143 he is shown Fourth Sergeant of Captain Teal's Company, August 31, 1836 but as being at that time on detached service at Linns Warehouse.

On September 30, 1859 Mr. Tindall received Comptroller's Certificate No. 45 for 640 acres of land for having served in the army from January 28 to July 28, 1836.

Shortly after helping to win her independence Mr. Tindall left Texas and returned to his home in Mississippi.

During 1854-58 he was County Judge of Pontotoc County, Mississippi and was also District Clerk of the County for four years.

Judge Tindall returned to Texas in about 1880 and lived with his son J. Lewis Tindall who had moved from Mississippi to Hamilton County, Texas. In about 1887 they moved to Eastland where Judge Tindall died November 25, 1901. He was active member of the Texas Veterans Association.

The name of Judge Tindall's wife has not been ascertained by the compiler.

J. Lewis Tindall, a son of Judge William P. Tindall, was born in Mississippi; January 14, 1846 and was married September 19, 1867 to Elizabeth Long, who was born September 2, 1848.

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

  • Alternate Names: William Pike
  • Date of Birth: 1818 Mar 4
  • Birthplace: Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • Origin: Mississippi
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan
  • Date of Death: 1901 Nov 25
  • Burial Place: Eastland, Tex.
  • Bounty Certificate: 34; duplicate 436
  • Donation Certificate: 13/59; duplicate 34/27
  • Wife: Virginia Caroline Barksdale
  • Children: John Lewis Tindall; William P. Tindall; Lucy C. Tindall; Richard Tindall; Blue B. Tindall?; Nathaniel R. Tindall; Robert M. Tindall