John G. Johnson

MCCROCKLIN, JESSE LINDSAY (1805–1888). Jesse Lindsay McCrocklin, farmer and early Texas settler, was born on November 8, 1805 in Shelbyville, Kentucky, the son of John and Lydia (Lindsay) McCrocklin. He married Isabella Harris at Owensboro, Kentucky, on March 20, 1830. They had five children. They moved to Washington County, Texas, in 1833 and lived there until 1854. The area in which they settled later became Kendall County and still later Hays County. McCrocklin received a Mexican land grant of one league on June 18, 1835; his grant was one of only four granted by the Mexican government in what is now Blanco County.

Some sources state that McCrocklin was at the siege of Bexar; his name, however, is not on the list of those who received a bounty of 640 acres for their participation in this action, though he did receive 320 acres for service from October 8 to December 20, 1835. He subsequently enlisted in Company H, First Regiment of Texas volunteers, and was apparently left at Harrisburg due to illness during the battle of San Jacinto. On the recommendation of Dr. J. F. Davidson he was discharged on May 3, 1836, as ill and unfit for duty. For his services at San Jacinto he received 320 acres in Burleson County and 640 acres in Erath County in 1850.

McCrocklin was a member of the Somervell expedition in 1842 as colonel of the Second Regiment, First Brigade, Texas militia. For tax purposes in 1840 he declared four slaves and one stud but no land in Washington County. There is a folk tale that he lost his home gambling and then moved to Blanco County. He died on March 22, 1888.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). Thomas L. Miller, Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas, 1835–1888 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967). John Moursund, Blanco County Families for One Hundred Years (Austin, 1958). Joseph Milton Nance, Attack and Counterattack: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1842 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1964). Annie Doom Pickrell, Pioneer Women in Texas (Austin: Steck, 1929). Virginia H. Taylor, The Spanish Archives of the General Land Office of Texas (Austin: Lone Star, 1955). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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