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Maj Robert McNutt

Maj Robert McNutt

Williamson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 31 Aug 1853 (aged 68)
Texas, USA
Burial Hutto, Williamson County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 25720086 · View Source
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from the Handbook of Texas Online - MCNUTT, ROBERT - MajorMCNUTT, ROBERT (1795–1853). Robert McNutt, pioneer farmer, Indian fighter, and officer in the Texas Revolution, was born on May 1, 1795, in Maury County in what later became Tennessee. In September 1813 he enlisted as a private to fight in the War of 1812. By October 1814 he was a lieutenant in the Twenty-seventh Regular Tennessee Militia, and by 1826 he was a first major in the Second Regiment of Maury County. While in Tennessee McNutt also engaged in land speculation and operated an inn. On February 26, 1818, he married Mary Jackson of Maury County. They had four sons and six daughters. McNutt's youngest son and daughter were born in Texas. The McNutt family moved to Texas in 1834 and, after receiving two headrights in Williamson and Austin counties, settled near Bellville, Austin County. On March 1, 1836, McNutt assumed the rank of captain and joined lieutenants Gibson Kuykendall and John Burleson in forming a company of Austin County volunteers to relieve the Alamo. After the fall of the Alamo, McNutt and his company, under the command of Gen. Sam Houston, joined in the retreat from Gonzales. During the battle of San Jacinto, McNutt, who had recently been promoted to major, was placed in command of the baggage guard and ammunition. He was also responsible for the wounded and sick, many of whom were suffering from measles. He was relieved from further military duties in 1836 and for his service received two grants totaling 960 acres in Bastrop and Lee counties. He later served as tax assessor and collector for Austin County until ill health forced him to resign. In 1851 he settled near Georgetown, where he lived until his death, on August 31, 1853. In 1963 a historical marker was erected at McNutt's gravesite in Williamson County honoring his military service at the battle of San Jacinto. His name is also engraved on the historical plaque honoring the heroes of the battle of San Jacinto at the San Jacinto Monument and Museum.

Added earlier by AKL: Commanded the Texas forces at the Harrisburg Camp during the Battle of San Jacinto; Soldier of the War of 1812; erected by the State of Texas 1963

ROBERT McNUTT was a soldier in the War of 1812 and he first came to Texas in April, 1834, and was issued a Headright Certificate in February 1838, for a league and labor of land in Austin County.

In April of 1836 Mr. McNutt was elected a Major in the First Regiment of Texas Volunteers. He was in command of the camp near Harrisburg, and on April 21, 1836, was detailed to guard the Baggage Train, hand out supplies, and tend to the wounded from the Battle of San Jacinto. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 2398 for 320 acres of land for serving in the army from March 1 to May 20, 1836. Then years later, on November 19, 1840, because of the duty performed at Harrisburg, he received Donation Certificate No. 1087 for 640 acres of land.

The Major was born on May 1, 1795 and according to D.W.C. Baker, in "A Texas Scrap Book", Major McNutt died in 1854, but his tombstone reads date of death, as August 31, 1853. He is buried next to his wife, Mary Jackson McNutt, in the McNutt-Allen Cemetery in Williamson County, Texas. The State of Texas erected a Monument at his grave, in 1964.

They had 10 children.
1. Eliza Mercy McNutt 1819-1849 (buried in the McNutt-Allen Cemetery)
2. Nancy McNutt 1821-1855 (buried in the McNutt-Allen Cemetery)
3. Martha E. McNutt 1823-1854 (buried in the McNutt-Allen Cemetery)
4. Robert Brice McNutt 1826-1860 (buried in the Montgomery Cemetery)
5. John Williams McNutt 1828-1842 (died of a disease "salivation")
6. Mary Elizabeth McNutt 1830-1858 (in Belton, Bell County, Texas)
7. Jane Catherine "Kate" McNutt 1832-1902 (in Mexia, Texas)
8. an unnamed son McNutt 1834 (probably was born while they were enroute to Texas)
9. Tabitha Tenessee McNutt 1835-1853 (in Hutto, Tx) unmarried; when she was born, Austin County was a part of Mexico. She died of the "bloody flux".
10. John Hamilton Money McNutt 1838-1932 (in Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas) Named after the Dr. who delivered him.

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Commanded the Texas forces at the Harrisburg Camp during the Battle of San Jacinto; Soldier of the War of 1812; erected by the State of Texas 1963




  • Maintained by: DeDe
  • Originally Created by: AKL
  • Added: 3 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25720086
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Robert McNutt (1 May 1785–31 Aug 1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25720086, citing Allen-McNutt Cemetery, Hutto, Williamson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by DeDe (contributor 46519357) .