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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USHER, PATRICK -- The birthplace of Judge Usher is given by John Henry Brown (History of Texas Vol. 2) as North Carolina and this is accepted by the compiler as being true. Thomas J. Green (Mier Expedition, page 442) shows him as being born in Ireland. In Headright Certificate No. 14 issued to him for one-third of a league of land by the Jackson County Board January 20, 1838 it is stated that he arrived in Texas in August 1835. In an unnumbered Comptroller's Service Record signed at Coleto August 6, 1836, it is stated that he served in the army from April 9, to May 28, 1836; enlisted in Captain George Sutherland's Company July 2, 1836, as First Sergeant and was discharged from further service in the army on account of being the only acting Judge in the Municipality of Jackson and had been requested to return home and order an election for members of congress. He was a member of Captain Moseley Baker's Company at San Jacinto. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 2306 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from April 9 to May 29, 1836. He did not apply for a Donation Certificate.

Judge Usher was elected December 16, 1836, by Joint session of Congress as the first Chief Justice of Jackson county. He was a member of the house from Jackson County in the Fifth and Sixth Congresses, November 2, 1840 to July 23, 1842. He was a member of the Somervill and Mier Expeditions and surrendered at Mier, Mexico, December 26, 1842, with the other Texans. He was thrown in prison in the dungeon of Castle Perote and there died in 1843.

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. Moseley Baker

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1801
  • Birthplace: Ireland
  • Origin: North Carolina
  • Came to Texas: 1835 Aug
  • Date of Death: 1843
  • Comments: Somervell Expedition, Mier Expedition; died in prison at Perote Castle.
  • Bounty Certificate: 2306
  • Wife: none