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Henry Warnell (1812 - 1836)

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Henry Warnell
Born in Arkansasmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Sevier, Arkansas, USAmap
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Died in Texas colonymap
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Henry Warnell was born 1812 in Arkansas. Henry has been described as a small young man he would have been ideal as a jockey and hunter for an occupation. Physical description: small, weight ~118 pounds, red hair, freckles, and chewed tobacco. [1][2]

He married Miss Ludie Ragsdale in Arkansas, 1830-1831. A son, John Warnell was born Nov., 1834. His wife died in childbirth[1]. The bereft Henry Warnell emigrated to Texas and left the son with friends. Texas census shws Henry in San Antonio, Texas. [3].

By Jan., 1835 Henry settled in Bastrop and filed for land grant as a single man as his wife had died. He worked for Edward Burleson while living with him. [4]

Henry enlisted in the military in time to serve in the siege of Bexar (Oct.- Dec., 1835) [1] Early in 1836 Henry was assigned to Capt William R Carey's artillery company and stationed in the Alamo garrison. The Mexican army arrived and began the siege of the Alamo.

Henry may have escaped, then died of wounds in June, 1836 in Port Lavaca. [5]Alamo defenders were all killed in the Battle of the Alamo, except for one, Louis Rose who the references say left the day before March 6, 1836.

Note:The Republic of Texas assigned Edward Burleson as administrator, (the man Henry Warnell had lived with) of Henry Warnell's estate for son, John.

Examples of Bounty awarded to heirs:

1) The Heir of Henry Warnell was awarded:[6]

2) Republic of Texas awarded John, the son two-thirds league and one labor of land, plus a donation grant of 640 acres. [1]

Certificate: 49, Patent Date: 1 May 1841, Bastrop County, File:415, Pat # 217
Acres: 1107.10
County: Bastrop
Class: Bas 1st

Henry Warnell Bastrop Bounty

3) The heir of Henry Warnell received[6]

Certificate: 269, Patent Date: 28 Sep 1869, File: 94, Patent #: 391, volume 13,
Patent Date: 28 Sep, 1869, Acres 919.5
Acres: 919.50, District: Bowie, County: Cass, Class: Bowie Bty.

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4) GLO Travis bounty:


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  2. LDS Alamo records
  3. Texas Census, 1820-90, Author: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp., Publisher, Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.Original data - Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses
  4. Bill Groneman, "WARNELL, HENRY," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed January 28, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Texas, Land Title Abstracts,1700-2008 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000, Original data: Texas General Land Office. Abstracts of all original Texas Land Titles comprising Grants and Locations. Austin, TX, USA.
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