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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WALLING, JESSE -- Born in White County, Tennessee, June 17, 1794, oldest son of John and Anna Chism Walling. His mother was a daughter of John Chism. Other children of Mr. and Mrs. John Walling were James, Thomas Jefferson, John, Aldred, Cynthia Ann, Elizabeth, Nancy and Mary Walling, all of whom came to Texas prior to or during the Republic of Texas. The father, John Walling, came in December, 1833 and died March 6, 1841 in what is now Cherokee County.

Jesse Walling arrived in Texas in December, 1834, as is shown in Headright Certificate No. 49 issued to him February 1, 1838 for a league and a labor of land by the Nacogdoches County Board of Land Commissioners. He received Bounty Certificate No. 1206 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 22 to June 22, 1836. He was a member of Captain Hayden Arnold's Company at San Jacinto and on June 26, 1838 was issued Donation Certificate No. 375 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. He was a member of the House of Representatives from Nacogdoches County in the Seventh Congress. (H or R from Rusk Co. 2nd Leg. December 13, 1847 to November 5, 1849.)

Mr. Walling was first married to Sarah Parker. After Mrs. Walling's death Mr. Walling on March 26, 1838 married Ann Wheelock at Nacogdoches. Mr. Walling resides for a number of years at Millville, Rusk County, but eventually moved near Whitney, Hill County, Texas, where he died August 11, 1867. He was buried in the old Walling Bend cemetery in Bosque about six miles southwest of Whitney, Hill County. Mrs. Walling was born November 15, 1815 and died May 18, 1897, She is buried beside her husband.

Children of Jesse and Ann Wheelock Walling were (1) John C., (2) Preston, (3) Marthy, (4) Sarah and (5) Nancy Walling.

The State of Texas will erect a joint monument, costing $100 at the graves of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walling.

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. Hayden S. Arnold

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1794 Jun 17
  • Birthplace: Tennessee
  • Origin: Tennessee
  • Came to Texas: 1834 Dec
  • Date of Death: 1867 Aug 11
  • Burial Place: Walling Bend section, Whitney Cemetery, Whitney, Bosque County, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 1206
  • Donation Certificate: 375
  • Wife: 1. Sarah Parker; 2. Ann Chisum Wheelock
  • Children: John C. Walling; Preston M. Walling; Martha Ann Walling Todd; Synthia Walling Duncan; Isham C. Walling; Lewis Cass Walling; Andrew Jackson Walling; Amelia Ann Walling Wilson; Jesse T. Walling; Sam C. Walling; Sarah Walling; Nancy Walling Roberts
  • Family at San Jacinto: Son John C. Walling at Harrisburg; future nephew-in-law William F. Williams fought at San Jacinto.