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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YARBOROUGH, SWANSON, Jr. -- Came to Texas in 1835 as is shown in Headright Certificate No. 50 issued to him March 1, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Houston County Board of Land Commissioners. He was living in Houston County October 26, 1842 when he appointed Isaac Parker his agent to locate his headright. On the muster rolls at the General Land Office Mr. Yarborough is shown as having enlisted in Captain Hayden Arnold's Nacogdoches Company March 6, 1836. He was a member of Captain Arnold's Company at San Jacinto and on November 26, 1850 received Donation Certificate No. 238 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle.

Mr. Yarborough was living in Nacogdoches County March 27, 1837 when he sold his rights to two-thirds of a league and labor of land, due him as a Headright to Isham Parmer. This is shown in Book A, page 19, Deed Records of Nacogdoches County. He could not write but affixed his mark to the deed. He was living in Harris County December 7, 1850 when he sold his San Jacinto Donation Certificate to C. Ennis.

A Rev. Swanson S. Yarborough was a pastor of the Methodist Church at Waxahachie in 1858.

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: John Swanson Yarbrough; Yarberry
  • Date of Birth: 1774 Dec 25? 1777 Dec 25?
  • Birthplace: North Carolina
  • Origin: Arkansas
  • Came to Texas: 1832
  • Date of Death: 1862 Oct 20
  • Burial Place: Hilltop Cemetery, Tilden, Texas
  • Other Battles: Siege of Bexar.
  • Comments: Could not write.
  • Donation Certificate: 238
  • Wife: 1. Elizabeth Gilbreath; 2. unknown [Cinthe? Cynthia? Sintha?] Coker; 3. Frances Coker Tope Moore
  • Children: Joseph Randolph; John Swanson; Lucinda Jane Yarbrough Box; Ervin W.; Mariah Yarbrough Skidmore; Alfred F.; Martha Yarbrough Callison; David; Elizabeth; Lorenzo Dow; Amanda Arminda Yarbrough Walker
  • Family at San Jacinto: Son Joseph R. Yarborough at Harrisburg; future son-in-law John Andrew Box at San Jacinto.