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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VIVEN, JOHN -- Shown in the Headright Certificate issued to Styles J. Fowler, March 12, 1849 as a member of the Board of Land Commissioners of Harris County.

VIVEN, JOHN -- Enlisted in Captain Sidney Sherman's Company in Kentucky, December 18, 1835. In the Headright Certificate issued to April 13, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Harrisburg County it is stated that he arrived in Texas in January, 1836. He was a member of Captain William Wood's Company at San Jacinto and received Donation Certificate No. 111 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. The certificate was lost and a duplicate was issued June 26, 1848. A duplicate Bounty Certificate for 1280 acres of land for having served in the army for a period of a year was issued to his heirs February 27, 1857.

Mr. Viven died in Houston, October 26, 1856 and his son Francis L. Viven was appointed administrator of his estate. (Book L, page 467, Probate Records of Harris County.) He was a merchant at the time of his death.

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 Wood

Personal Statistics

  • Origin: Kentucky
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan
  • Date of Death: 1856 Oct 26
  • Donation Certificate: 111
  • Profession: Merchant
  • Children: Francis L. Viven