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Garnett, William (1812–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

William Garnett, Alamo defender and Baptist preacher, was born in Virginia in 1812. He immigrated to Texas and settled at Fall-on-the-Brazos, Robertson colony. Garnett may have been one of the men who accompanied William B. Travis to San Antonio de Béxar and the Alamo in February of 1836. Once there, he received a furlough, signed by Travis, and traveled to Velasco. He made Massillon Farley his agent, gave him his papers, and assured him that he would return in three months. He returned to Bexar in time for the battle of the Alamo. Garnett has been described as a man of unblemished character and a great admirer of Travis. He died in the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

Albert Curtis, Remember the Alamo Heroes (San Antonio: Clegg, 1961). Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). Amelia W. Williams, A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo and of the Personnel of Its Defenders (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1931; rpt., Southwestern Historical Quarterly 36–37 [April 1933-April 1934]).


  • Religion
  • Baptist

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Garnett, William,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 09, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995
November 6, 2019