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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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COCKRELL, JOHN R. - Came to Texas in the fall of 1835, as is shown in Headright Certificate No. 82 issued to him February 4, 1838 for one third of a league of land, by Milam County Board. The land was surveyed in Milam County in 1850.

Mr. Cockrell’s name appears on page 42 of the army rolls in the General Land Office as one of Captain Joseph B. Chance’s Washington Company, who was left at camp. He was issued Donation Certificate No. 216 for 640 acres of land, August 16, 1850 for having participated in the battle of San Jacinto. The land was surveyed in Williamson County.

Mr. Cockrell enlisted October 31, 1836 in Captain Thomas H. Barron’s Company.

Note: Not on S. J. Rolls printed in 1836.

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. Joseph Bell Chance

Personal Statistics

  • Came to Texas: 1835 Fall
  • Donation Certificate: 216