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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BURLESON, JONATHAN - Born in Tennessee in 1808 and came to Texas in 1832. He served under Captain Randall Jones. In 1835 he participated in the siege of Bexar. On page 42 of the army rolls in the General Land Office he is shown as a member of Company E, Captain Gibson Kuykendall, who was detailed to guard the camp opposite Harrisburg on April 21, 1836. Apparently he did not apply for a donation certificate. He was issued Bounty Certificate No 3000 for 320 acres of land, April 23, 1838 for having served in the army from March 1 to May 30, 1836. (Note: Texas unnumbered H. R. ¾ L and 1 labor Bastrop).

Mr. Burleson was married to Nancy B. Blakey in 1833. Miss Blakey was a sister of Lemuel S. Blakey, who was killed in the battle of San Jacinto. Mr. Burleson died in Bastrop County, December 3, 1879, while a member of the Texas Veterans Association. He was a member of Hopkinsville (Masonic) Lodge No. 183.

(1/4 L in __________Colony surveyed in Bastrop 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. Gibson Kuykendall

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1808
  • Birthplace: Tennessee
  • Came to Texas: 1832
  • Date of Death: 1879 Dec 3
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Bounty Certificate: 3000
  • Wife: Nancy B. Blakey
  • Family at San Jacinto: Wife the sister of Lemuel S. Blakey, at San Jacinto