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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WINN, WALTER -- Joined the army on the Brazos and was assigned to Captain William Wood's Company of KENTUCKY RIFLES. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 270 for 640 acres of land May 18, 1847 for having served in the army from March 15 to September 25, 1836. On January 26, 1839, he was issued Donation Certificate No. 817 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the Battle of San Jacinto.

Mr. Winn moved to Brazoria County and was on January 25, 1838, issued Headright Certificate No. 140 for one-third of a league of land by the Brazoria County Board of Land Commissioners. In the certificate it is simply stated that he came to Texas before March 2, 1836.

Mr. Winn in 1845 was Grand Treasurer of the Grand (Masonic) Lodge of Texas. He moved to Virginia City, Nevada and from there wrote the following letter which was published in the Texas Almanac in 1872: "I was born in Charlestown, Mass., September 5th, 1813, and entered Texas in May or June, 1835, with Major Sterling Robertson, who has charge of a company of immigrants, and was taking them to Veisca, (Falls of the Brazos). Then we all took the oath to support the Constitution of 1824, under Santa Anna, then President of Mexico. I was in Washington on 2 day of March, 1836; left there and joined Gen. Sam Houston on the Brazos, where I first met with Major Richard Roman. I was in Capt. Wood's Company of Volunteers, First Regiment, under General Burleson, at the Battle of San Jacinto, and now reside in this far western State."

Mr. Winn affiliated with Masonic Lodge of Virginia City. He died in 1884.

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 Wood

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1813 Sep 8
  • Birthplace: Massachusetts, Charlestown
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Date of Death: 1884
  • Bounty Certificate: 270
  • Donation Certificate: 817