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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WILLIAMS, WILLIAM F.--Born in Tennessee, June 14, 1816. He came to Texas in February 1836, as is stated in Headright Certificate No. 42 issued to him February 1, 1838 for one third of a league of land by the Nacogdoches County Board of Land Commissioners. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 477 for 320 acres of land October 27, 1848 for having served in the army from March 7 to June 6, 1836. He was a member of Captain Hayden Arnold's Company at San Jacinto and received Donation Certificate No. 101, dated March 18, 1848, for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. Mr. Williams is shown on a muster roll in the General Land Office as a member of Deaf Smith's Company that engaged a force of Mexicans near Laredo, September 17, 1836. His home in 1849 was in Cherokee County.

Mr. Williams was a member of the Texas Veterans Association. He died April 27, 1878. His widow, Mrs. Amanda Williams, was born August 1, 1825 and died April 16, 1912. The two are buried in marked graves in a cemetery fronting the Kosse-Bremond Highway, two and one half miles from Kosse, Limestone County.

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

  • Alternate Names: William Floyd, Buck
  • Date of Birth: 1816 Jun 14
  • Birthplace: Tennessee
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Feb
  • Date of Death: 1878 Aug 27
  • Burial Place: Williams Family Cemetery, near Kosse, Limestone County, Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 477
  • Donation Certificate: 101
  • Profession: Farmer, rancher
  • Wife: Amanda Walling
  • Children: Nancy Ann Williams Ferguson; John Walling Williams; William Isaac; Amanda Cora Williams; Dora Elmina Williams Callen Pittman; Claude David; Rhoda Williams Ensley; Lutitia Josephine Williams Williams; Martha Ann Williams; Williamson Madison
  • Family at San Jacinto: Future uncle-in-law Jesse Walling fought at San Jacinto