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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WILSON, THOMAS -- Arrived at Velasco January 28, 1836 on the schooner Pennsylvania, having been recruited in New Orleans for the army of Texas by Captain Amasa Turner. He was a member of Captain Turner's Company at San Jacinto.

At the promotion of Captain Turner to Lieutenant Colonel, the men of his company were transferred to Company A, First Regiment of Regular Infantry, commanded by Captain John Smith. On page 180 of the army muster rolls in the General Land Office, Austin, Mr. Wilson is shown as a member of Captain Smith's Company, February 28, 1837, stationed on Galveston Island. He is shown as having enlisted in the army February 13, 1836 for a period of two years. He was acting assistant commissary of the post. On page 171 he is shown as having been promoted to Corporal on March 17, 1837 and to have resigned May 17, 1837.

Mr. Wilson probably left Texas shortly after receiving his discharge, as did many of the men of the regular army. He did not apply for Headright, Bounty or Donation lands.

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: Corporal
  • Company: Capt. Amasa Turner

Personal Statistics

  • Origin: Louisiana
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 28