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Alamo Defenders

This group is for descendants of or those interested in the history of the Battle of the Alamo.

The following website is not officially associated with this group but I feel it is a great resource for us.

Location: Texas
Members: 21
Latest Activity: Feb 9, 2016


There is an association called
however, I am not a member. Being a Texan, and noticing there were no groups yet formed for descendants of those freedom fighters, I have created this group and invited Linda K. Tart to be the Adminstrator.

Please join us in your research and celebrate the brave men who died so Texas could be free.

If you will post your queries in the "Discussion Forum" below, the replies will stay with the query, plus the RSS reader picks up on items from the forum.

Long Live the Republic of Texas

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Comment by Wendy Whiteman, DAR, DRT & ADDA on July 8, 2014 at 6:42pm

I descend from Gordon Cartwright Jennings, Oldest Alamo Defender.  He is my 3rd Great Grandfather, He and wife Catherine Cynthia Overton Jennings had four children, Abigail, Joseph, Catherine (Katy) and my  2nd great grandfather, and youngest child, Samuel K. Jennings.  My mother, Mary Jean Kelso and I wrote a book on the Jennings.  128 pages, that includes tin type and cabinet photo's of Gordon's Descendants thru Samuel, family photo's, stories, history and genealogy.  It can be found at or on Facebook by book  Title...A Visual History Record of Alamo Defender Gordon Cartwright Jennings' Familly by Mary Jean Kelso DRT and ADDA & Wendy Whiteman DRT & ADDA.  We are both members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association and The Alamo Society.  I am interested in connecting with others with same interests.

Comment by Russell Jordan on July 5, 2011 at 2:50pm
Have been trying for Simon Peter Ford(fought at San Jacinto)for wife named,but no luck !!??
Comment by Betty Vaughn on July 5, 2011 at 2:44pm
I have proven that Burk Trammell who died at the Alamo was brother to my 4th gr-grandmother. I wish that I could correct the list that has Burk Trammell as being 18 yrs old & born in Ireland. His brother, James, was granted land for Burke's death at the Alamo. Austin's registry has Burke was #630 on the list, 26 yrs old from Alabama. His brother, James, was #145 in registry.
Comment by Peter Stines on July 5, 2011 at 12:49pm
William A. Smith was a San Jac veteran. He was born in New York in 1804 and came to Texas in 1831 and settled in Anahuac. He married my great-great-great grandmother by 1844. Her first husband deserted her and their child. Smith was a member of Logan's Company and was originally assigned to the camp at Harrisburg but like several others, joined the battle while it was in progress. He received a share of the spoils as well as bounty and donation land grants. He sold those grants and applied for a 1/3rd of a league closer to home. He was issued 900 acres near East Bay Bayou in present day Chambers County. This land is now part of the Wildlife Refuge. Smith's step-daughter sold this land in 1876. Smith disappeared from the scene after 1850. We don't know exactly when or where he died. Family stories claim he went to the Gold Rush in California in 1850 and died of a fever along the way. His wiodw and daughter remained in Galveston.
Comment by Peter Stines on July 5, 2011 at 12:43pm
W.B. is the one I'm researching. I'm wondering if he was a nephew or other relations to W.H. Harrison.
Comment by Russell Jordan on July 5, 2011 at 10:33am   ---Peter according to Texas History Online the only 2 proven Harrison defenders at the Alamo was William B. Harrison and John Harrison.
Comment by Peter Stines on July 5, 2011 at 9:15am
I have two "I'm not sure if we're related" Alamo defenders. William B. Harrison of Ohio. If he is part of William Henry Harrison's line then we have a match. There was the Dr. Harrison of Goliad fame (or infamy) that is in the family tree. And according to W.T. Block  William A. Smith from Liberty may have been part of the Alamo garrison from December to Mid February. The name doesn't seem to match the January muster roll but middle names were often omitted. If any one can enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.
Comment by Richard Hill on July 28, 2010 at 11:23am
My biological father was a Richards. My great-great grandfather's brother was John Richards. John was among the Texas patriots executed by the Mexican Army at Goliad, just a few days after the fall of the Alamo.
Comment by Sherry Hightower on December 12, 2009 at 11:38pm

Comment by Russell Jordan on December 3, 2009 at 2:52pm
Forgot to add that Simon Peter Ford was my grt-grt-grt-grdfather.

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