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JOHNSON, JOSEPH SMITHPrivate
AgeLlewellyn's Company

The name of J. S. Johnson appears on muster roll of Captain Llewellyn's Company, "with Grant and Fannin," certified by First Sergeant H. M. Pittman, April 17, 1850. Pittman certified that notations opposite the soldier's name were correct to the best of his knowledge and belief; but there is no such notation for J. S. Johnson.

On Jan. 25, 1841, Branch T. Archer, Secretary of War, certified that Joseph Smith Johnson, deceased, was entitled to pay as private in Captain __________'s Company of Fannin's Command to March 27, 1836; that he entered the service of Texas October 20, 1836, and that W. G. Anderson, as attorney for James Taber, administrator, was entitled to collect his pay. [CMSR No. 259, State Library.]

There is no reasonable doubt that this soldier was killed with Grant at Agua Dulce, March 2, 1836.
 

JOHNSTON, WILLIAM P.Private
AgePettus' Company

On April 27, 1854 James S. Gillett, Adjutant General, certified that the name William R. Johnston appears as sergeant on the muster roll of the company commanded by Captain King, who fell with Fannin from the 25th of December, 1835 until the 27th March, 1836; and that evidence on file showed that the name should be William P. Johnston, in which name all the land warrants due his heirs had been issued.

Gillett does not say what the evidence was, and the signature of King's sergeant on the Convention Memorial is, plainly, William R. Johnson. Gillett's evidence


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NOTES FROM AN UNFINISHED STUDY OF FANNIN AND HIS MEN
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