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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WATERS, WILLIAM -- On page 97, Book A, of the list of applicants for land in Austin's Colonies it is shown that when Mr. Waters applied for land June 2, 1831, and which he did not secure, he stated that he was forty-four years of age and had arrived in Texas from Virginia in April, 1831. In the Headright Certificate No. 70 issued to him February 21, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Colorado County it is stated that he came to Texas in 1830. The compiler accepts the date of April, 1831 as being correct.

Mr. Waters was issued Bounty Certificate No. 3950 for 320 acres of land, June 27, 1838 for having served in the army from February 29 to May 30, 1836. He was a member of Captain William J. E. Heard's Company of Citizen Soldiers at San Jacinto and on June 28, 1838 was issued Donation Certificate No. 387 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle.

In the Probate Minutes of Colorado County, Book B, page 41, it is shown that Mr. Waters died in Colorado County in 1842. George W. Thacklton was appointed administrator of his estate July 25, 1842.

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 J. E. Heard

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1787
  • Origin: Virginia
  • Came to Texas: 1831 Apr
  • Date of Death: 1842
  • Bounty Certificate: 3950
  • Donation Certificate: 387