Williamson County
Historical Commission

 

 
 
Major Robert McNutt
Texas Revolution hero
Historical Marker - Grave site


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south side of Hwy 79/E. Palm Valley rd at McNutt Rd
1/8 mile east of CR110
in the McNutt-Allen Cemetery


 

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  GPS Coordinates
Latitude 30.5340- Longitude -97.5942
UTM 14 R - Easting: 634861 - Northing: 3378800
 

 

 
 

 

 

from the Handbook of Texas Online - MCNUTT, ROBERT - Major

MCNUTT, 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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Eugene C. Barker, "The San Jacinto Campaign," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 4 (April 1901). Seymour V. Connor et al., Battles of Texas (Waco: Texian Press, 1967; 3d ed. 1980). James M. Day et al., Soldiers of Texas (Waco: Texian Press, 1973).

Dorothy McNutt Humphreys


from the Daughters of Republic of Texas, Volume 1

A meeting was held under the auspices of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, with the Hon. George W. Hill, Executive Secretary of the Committee presiding, with the impressive assistance of the American Legion.
Among the relatives of Maj. McNutt present were Mrs. Dorothy McNutt Humphreys, a great-granddaughter, and her father, Mr. Hugh McNutt, a grandson.
Robert migrated to Texas in April 1834, and was granted a first class certificate calling for one league of land in Williamson County near Georgetown, and one labor of land in Austin County near Bellville., TX.
Robert McNutt was the organizer of the First Regiment of Texas and was, by Gen. Sam Houston appointed as major of the unit. For his military service, he received Certificate No. 1037 for 640 acres of land in Lee County near Giddings, and Certificate No. 2398 for 320 acres in Bastrop and Lee counties, near Giddings.
Judge Paine L. Bush, president of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, was one of several persons who accorded to Maj. Robert McNutt sincere and grateful praise of his service to Colonial Texas, the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas as pioneer, citizen, patriot and military commander and especially his energy, courage and devotion to duty exampled by his organizing a company of soldiers and bringing them to Houston's assistance in time to render invaluable service in the Battle of San Jacinto.
Today, this soldier-patriot Maj. Robert McNutt has a distinction and an honor the equal of which few men possess, his name appears upon the San Jacinto Monument in Houston, TX.
Dorothy M. Humphreys, 5786

ROBERT McNUTT- Major, a soldier, patriot of the Texas Revolution, was born May 1, 1795 supposedly in Tennessee. It is believed that his parents were William and Elizabeth McNuntt. The first authentic record of Robert McNutt is when he joined the American Army on Sept. 13, 1813 as a private under Col. Wear and Capt. Bowman in the Mounted Infantry in the War of 1812. Records in Nashville, TN, state that on Oct. 5, 1814 he was enlisted in the Tennessee state Militia as a lieutenant in the 27th Regiment in which capacity he served until the war's end. On Feb. 24, 1818 he was married in Columbia, Maury County, TN, to Mary (Polly) Jackson, daughter of Brice and Elizabeth Jackson of Bedford County, TN. To them 10 children were born. In April 183.4, the McNutt family immigrated to Texas and settled near a point later to be known as Piney Woods near San Felipe, Austin County. TX. Robert was a farmer and a surveyor of land for new settlers, and after the war a tax assessor and collector. At the outbreak of the war with Mexico, Robert enlisted in the First Regiment of Texas Volunteers on March 1, 1836. His assignment during the famous Battle of San Jacinto was the command of the "Upper Encampment" at Harrisburg as major by Gen. Sam Houston. He died at Hutto, TX, Aug. 3, 1853 and is buried in the McNutt-Allen Cemetery. A state historical marker honors the military service of Maj. Robert McNutt to Texas, located at his gravesite in Williamson County, TX.
Myrtle McNutt Rhodes, (GGD), 9925

 

Officers and Enlisted Men
Battle of San Jacinto 21st April 1836