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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COLLARD, JONATHAN – Mr. Jonathan Collard of Montgomery county, near Danville, was born in Missouri, came to Texas in 1834. He is the oldest son of Col. Elijah Collard, who was a member of the “Consultation or Provisional Government” that convened at “San Felipe de Austin”, in 1835. Mr. C. Served in both campaigns of 1835 – that prior, and that subsequent to the battle of San Jacinto – and was present in the latter engagement. Mr. C., I believe participated in other campaigns. He is about 60 years old. Texas almanac 1872 COLLARD, JONATHAN S. – Listed on page 44 of the army rolls in the General Land Office as a member of Captain William Ware’s Company and following his name is the notation: “Remained at camp without being detailed. A foot note adds: “See affidavit of Capt. Ware, Donation Voucher 395.” Mr. Collard’s Donation Certificate No. 395 is in Houston County Bounty File No. 156, but there is not now, if ever, an affidavit by Captain Ware in the file. COLLARD, JONATHAN S. – Born near Troy in Lincoln County, Missouri, in 1807. He was a brother of James Hillness, Job Starks, and Lemuel S. Collard, all of whom served in the army of the Republic of Texas. The Collards came to Texas in 1835 and settled in what is now Montgomery. In Service Record No. 7408, signed by the Paymaster of the army, May 3, 1838, it is certified that Mr. Collard served in the army from March 12 to May 12, 1836 in Captain William Ware’s company, and from August 18 to September 18, 1836 in Captain John Wade’s company. On May 29, 1838 he was issued Donation Certificate No. 257 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the Storming and Capture of Bexar, December 5 to 10, 1835. He was detailed to guard the baggage at the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836 and thus prevented from participating in the battle of San Jacinto. On May 12, 1842 Mr. Collard was married to Nancy Redding, daughter of John Redding. Mr. Collard died in Willis, Montgomery County, January 4, 1896 and is buried in a marked grave in the Danville Cemetery. He was a member of the Texas Veterans Association. After the death of his wife, Mr. Collard was married, in 1866, to Margaret Cochran. Two children of this union were born, Dr. John R. Collard, Spokane, Washington and Georgia Collard Tomlenson, Houston Children of Jonathan S. and Nancy (Redding) Collard were (1) Felix R., (2) Mattie, (3) James L., and (4) Josie Collard. (1) Dr. Felix R. Collard was married to Tennessee R. Love, daughter of David Hall Love, a San Jacinto Veteran. Mrs. Collard resides in Wichita Falls. Their surviving children are Clarence Benjamin Collard, 4519 Norma Street, Fort Worth and Felix Robert Collard, Jr., 2414 Ninth Street, Wichita Falls. (2) Mattie Collard was married to Jesse Robinson. Their surviving children are Miss Josie Robinson, 303 Ray Avenue, Houston; Cicero Robinson, 303 Ray Avenue, Houston and Ivan Robinson, Houston. (3) James L. Collard was married to Fannie Sandel. Their surviving children are Mrs. John Wyche, Waco; Mrs. Tommie Moberly, Waco. (4) Josie Collard was married to Joseph Frampton. They have no surviving children. (Note: Texas Jan. 1835 H R No. 41 Feb. 15, 1838 1 1/12 Montgomery. 1/4 :L in __________ Colony situated in Polk 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
  • Company: Capt. William Ware

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Jonathan Stark
  • Date of Birth: 1807 Aug 30
  • Birthplace: Kentucky, Christian County
  • Origin: Missouri, Lincoln County, Wood's Fort
  • Came to Texas: 1833
  • Date of Death: 1896, Jan 4
  • Burial Place: Old Danville (Shepherd Hill) Cemetery, Willis, Texas
  • Other Battles: Bexar
  • Bounty Certificate: 2298
  • Donation Certificate: 395
  • Wife: 1. Nancy Reding; 2.Margaret E. Cochran
  • Children: Felix Randall Collard; Martha Caroline Collard Robinson; James Lafayette Collard; Mary Emily Collard; Nancy Josephine Collard Frampton; Elijah Collard; Jonathan R. Collard; Ellen George Etta Collard Tomlinson
  • Family at San Jacinto: Brother Job Starks Collard at San Jacinto