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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FARLEY, MASSILLON - Came to Texas in 1835. He is shown on page 43 of the army rolls in the General Land Office as a member of Captain Joseph B. Chance’s Washington Company who was detailed to guard the camp opposite Harrisburg, April 21, 1836. For this service he was on February 13, 1839 issued Donation Certificate No. 812 for 640 acres of land. He was elected by Congress December 16, 1836 as the first Chief Justice of Milam County. He was assistant Secretary to the Senate of the First Congress of the Republic. He was a member of the law firm of Farley and Jewett at Austin in 1843-44. His partner was Henry J. Jewett.

Judge Farley died in 1882. The State of Texas had a monument erected at his grave near Cameron, Milam County, in 1936.

FARLEY, MASSILLON - Received title to 4, 428 acres of land in Colony _____ situated in the present counties of Milam.

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
  • Date of Death: 1882
  • Burial Place: Cameron, Milam Co., Texas
  • Donation Certificate: 812
  • Profession: Lawyer, judge