The Kemp Sketch
ETHERIDGE, GODFREY - Arrived in Texas January 31, 1836, as is stated in Headright Certificate No.
365 for a league and labor of land issued to him in 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners of Red River County.
Mr. Etheridge name appears on none of the San Jacinto rolls and he did not receive a donation certificate for having participated in the battle. In Comptroller’s Military Service Record No. 693, however, signed by Dr. Branch T. Archer, Secretary of War, November 6, 1841, it is certified that Mr. Etheridge served in Captain William Kimbro’s Company from March 15 to June 15, 1836 and participated in the Battle of San Jacinto. By the year 1841 and later, the terms “having participated in the battle”, and “having been detailed to guard the baggage” were synonymous. The compiler believes that Mr. Etheridge was detailed to guard the baggage but he has no proof that he did.
The names of Godfrey and H. Etheridge appear on Captain William Scurlock’s Company as having served from July 4 to October 4, 1836. Bounty Certificate No. 9862 for 320 acres of land was issued in the name of Godfrey Etheridge November 6, 1941, due him for his service from March 15 to June 15, 1836. Mr. Etheridge was dead when the certificate was issued.
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.
- Died in Battle: No
- Company: [Capt. William Kimbro] detailed to guard baggage
- Alternate Names: Ethridge; Godfrey
- Came to Texas: 1836 Jan 31
- Comments: May have served in the U.S.-Mexican War
- Bounty Certificate: 9862