I have seen the information for the Bounties that were issued to the heirs of John Donaho in Coleman County in the book, "BOUNTY LAND AND DONATION LAND GRANTS OF TEXAS 1835-1888" Pg.230, Heirs of John Donaho received Bounty Warrant 322 for 1920 acres for his service from 23 DEC 1835 to 27 MAR 1836 and having fallen with Fannin, from AG on 13 SEP 1847.
1280 acres in Coleman County were patented to the heirs on 20 DEC 1849, Patent 483, Volume 5, Abstract 149, General Land Office File , Travis Bounty 137.
640 acres in Coleman County, were patented to the heirs on 21 FEB 1854, Patent 724, Volume 6 Abstracts 150, General Land Office File Travis Bounty 137.
A second reference in the same book is on page 759 Donaho, John (HEIRS) Received Donation Certificate 89 for 640 acres from AG on 13 SEP 1847 for his being in the Battle Of Coleto.
640 acres in Coleman County were patented to the heirs on 28 DEC 1849. Patent 137, Volume 2, Abstract 148, General Land Office, Travis Donation 136.
I have not been able to go on any further with this info. It is to bad that they do not name the (HEIRS)in this inforamtion. It would be great to find out the names of these heirs!!
In the Texas State Archives there is a "First Class Headright awarded to the heirs of John Donaho.
I hope I have this info correct, somebody who is more up on these things can correct me. John's heirs were eligible to land grants for three reasons. One grant also known as a "HEADRIGHT" was due to his status as an "immigrant" to the new territory of Texas, in a move to populate the area. The others were a "BOUNTY GRANT" for service to the Republic and "DONATION GRANT" for dieing in that service.
A First Class Headright of 1/3 league(1476 acres) was awarded by the Adjutant General of Texas on 29 July 1852 in Dewitt County, Texas. The actual hand drawn survey is in the files and describes the land as follows:
"On the west side of the Guadalupe River, 12 miles N/NW of the town of Clinton on the Clear Fork of the Sandies Creek, 540 acres of pasture land. This survey show the named spelled"JOHN DONAHOO"
This grant for 1476 acres includes some other surveys in other areas, Basically you could go to a site and locate land, have it surveyed and take the survey and the grant and have the land awarded to you(AS HIS HEIR) by the General Land Office of Texas and a patent would be issued for the land,given to the first person to "own" the land. The original patents are in the file with the gold seal and the handwritten signature from Edwin Davis, the Govenor of Texas at the time. The original patents are in the file placed in the archives around 1933 because nobody ever came to claim them. It might be possible your family might be able to claim these originals?I don't know for sure. I would be happy to copy the newspaper articles from the Bardstown Herald for you. You should write to me and send me your address so I can send the copies to you.
From the information I have I always assumed that John Donaho who died at Goliad had a reputation in Nelson County, Kentucky.In one article in the Bardstown Herald, 27 APR 1836 it states,
"it is probable, however that Col. Fannin and the other men under his command, (among whom were Capt. Burr H. Duval, W.J. Merrifield Esq.,Mr. Richard Brashears, Mr John Donohoo, and others from this place have left Goliad."
I have assumed that John Donohoo was well known in Bardstown and Nelson County, KY to be mentioned in a article like this. I have not been able to locate John or his family in Nelson County, KY. There are a lot of Donaho's located in Nelson County in the early 1800s, but I have never made a family connection for him. I did run a cross some info that states John might have had a brother named M. DONAHOO. I have never been able to identify M. DONAHOO either.????
Please write to me and I will send the newspaper copies to you.