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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WERTZNER, CHRISTIAN GOTTHELF -- On page 1, Book B, list of applicants for land in Austin's colonies it is shown that when Mr. Wertzner applied for land November 24, 1832 he stated that he was 32 years of age. He did not get the land and in 1838 he received an unnumbered Headright Certificate for one-third of a league from the Board of Land Commissioners of Fayette County. In the certificate it is stated that he came to Texas in 1830. In his will filed in the County Clerk's Office in La Grange, Fayette County, Mr. Wertzner states that he was born in Welkenstein, near Menenburg, Kingdom of Saxony, Germany.

Mr. Wertzner received Bounty Certificate No. 4210 for 320 acres of land, August 18, 1838 for having served in the army from February 1, to May 10, 1836. He was a member of Captain William J. E. Heard's company of Citizen Soldiers at San Jacinto and on May 17, 1839 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 894 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. On August 18, 1838 he received Bounty Certificate No. 4211 for 320 acres for his services from July 20 to November 13, 1836.

Mr. Wertzner was married to Caroline Gosiken in Fayette County September 21, 1840. He signed his will May 27, 1852 and it was opened for probate June 28th of that year. He died in Fayette County.

The State of Texas had a monument erected at Mr. Wertzner's grave in 1936.

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

  • Alternate Names: Winner; Werzner
  • Date of Birth: 1800 Mar 7
  • Birthplace: Germany, Wolkenstein, Saxony
  • Came to Texas: 1830
  • Date of Death: 1852 Jun
  • Burial Place: Gay Hill Cemetery, Fayette County, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 4210
  • Donation Certificate: 894
  • Profession: Tailor
  • Wife: Caroline Gosiken