Cain, John (1802–1836)


By: Bill Groneman

Type: Biography

Published: December 1, 1994


John Cain, Alamo defender, was born in Pennsylvania in 1802 and became a resident of Gonzales, Texas. He took part in the siege of Bexar and was issued a donation certificate for 640 acres of land for his service. After the battle he remained in Bexar as a member of Capt. William R. Carey's artillery company. He may have left Bexar before the siege of the Alamo began and returned with the relief force from Gonzales on March 1, 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990). Ethel Zivley Rather, "DeWitt's Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 8 (October 1904).
Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Bill Groneman, “Cain, John,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 17, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/cain-john.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994