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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CASTLEMAN, JACOB - Born in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee in 1815. He came to Texas in 1826, as is shown in the Headright Certificate No. 341 issued to him January 19, 1838 for one-third of a league of land by the Board of Land Commissioners for Washington County.

Mr. Castleman is shown on the original roll of Captain William W. Hill’s Company as having been born in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee in 1815. He was described as being five feet, four inches in height; dark complexion, black eyes and dark hair. He was recruited at the home of Asa Mitchell by Captain Lynch.

Mr. Castleman’s name is shown on the army rolls in the General Land Office as having participated in the battle of San Jacinto as a member of Captain William W. Hill’s Company. This was a mistake. Mr. Castleman was sick. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 560 for 640 acres of land, September 28, 1838 for having been detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. On May 9, 1838 he received Bounty Certificate No. 3276 for 320 acres of land for his services in the army from March 1 to June 1, 1836.

Mr. Castleman was living in Fayette County October 4, 1851 when he sold his donation certificate to J. H. Colett for $64.00.

Mr. Castleman died in 1870. His widow Mrs. Sophrania Castleman was appointed administratrix of his estate November 28, 1870.

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 W. Hill] sick or detailed to guard baggage

Personal Statistics

  • Date of Birth: 1815
  • Birthplace: Tennessee, Franklin
  • Came to Texas: 1826
  • Date of Death: 1870
  • Bounty Certificate: 3276
  • Donation Certificate: 560
  • Wife: Sophrania Castleman