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Harris, John (1813–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

John Harris, Alamo defender, was born in Kentucky in 1813 and lived in 1836 in Gonzales, Texas. He took part in the siege of Bexar and later served in the Bexar garrison in Capt. Robert White's infantry company, the Bexar Guards. Sometime before the siege of the Alamo began, Harris returned to his home in Gonzales, where he was mustered into the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers on February 23, 1836. He returned to the Alamo with this group on March 1, 1836, and died in the battle of the Alamo five days later.

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). John H. Jenkins, ed., The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835–1836 (10 vols., Austin: Presidial Press, 1973).

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

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

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995
February 24, 2020