Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Harrisburg

The Kemp Sketch

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BURDITT, WILLIAM BUCK - The compiler is responsible for Mr. Burditt’s name being omitted from the bronze plaque in the San Jacinto memorial monument on which are inscribed the names of the Texans who were detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg April 21, 1836. The name should be added to the list.

Mr. Burditt was born in Tennessee, a son of Jesse and Mildred (Crain) Burditt. He came to Texas in 1834. On April 28, 1835 he received title to one league of land in Vehlein’s colony, situated in the present county.

Mr. Burditt’s name is not listed on the San Jacinto rolls printed in 1836 or on the San Jacinto rolls in the General Land Office. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 463 for 640 acres of land November 19, 1840 for having been detailed by Captain William Kimbro to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. He received Bounty Certificate No. 2018 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from March 15 to June 15, 1836.

Mr. Burditt was married to Caroline Whitaker who died February 14, 1892. Mr. Burditt died August 1, 1894. The two are buried in marked graves in the cemetery at Leakey Real County. On the tombstone at Mr. Burditt’s grave it is inscribed that he participated in the battle of San Jacinto.

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Burditt were John W., who married Mary Ford; William, who married Mary Clark; Jesse, who was married three times: Ann, who married B. Dalton; Buck; Martha, who married Christian Kirchner; Belle, who married James Miller; and Anne Burditt.

Mr. J. J. Burditt, Leakey, Texas is a son of John W. and Mary (Ford) Burditt.

Mrs. W. M. Dodson, Woodsboro, Texas is a great-grandaughter of William Buck Burditt.

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
  • Company: [Capt. William Kimbro] detailed to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Birthplace: Tennessee
  • Came to Texas: 1834
  • Date of Death: 1894 Aug 1
  • Burial Place: Leakey, Real Co., Texas
  • Bounty Certificate: 2018
  • Donation Certificate: 463
  • Wife: Caroline Whitaker
  • Children: John W. Burditt; William Burditt; Jesse Burditt; Ann Burditt Dalton; Buck Burditt; Martha Burditt Kirchner; Belle Burditt Miller; Anne Burditt
  • Family at San Jacinto: Brother of Newell W. Burditt at Harrisburg