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Davis, John (1811–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

John Davis, Alamo defender, was born in Kentucky in 1811. He left his twin brother in Kentucky in his late teens and immigrated to Texas. On October 28, 1831, he received title to a quarter league of land on Lavaca Creek in DeWitt's colony, where he gained a reputation as an Indian fighter. On February 23, 1836, Davis was mustered into the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers. With this unit he arrived at the Alamo 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). Texas General Land Office, An Abstract of the Original Titles of Record in the General Land Office (Houston: Niles, 1838; rpt., Austin: Pemberton Press, 1964).


  • Peoples
  • Native American
  • Military
  • Soldiers

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Davis, John,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 24, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994

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