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Herndon, Patrick Henry (1802–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

Patrick Henry Herndon, Alamo defender, son of John and Judith (Hampton) Herndon, was born in Virginia in March 1802. His family moved to Lexington, Kentucky, in 1811. Patrick married Parmelia (or Pamela) Smith in Fayette County, Kentucky, on November 1, 1824; she died on February 5, 1825. He subsequently moved to Navidad, Texas. He joined the Texas army at Bexar on December 15, 1835. On January 14, 1836, he became attached to Capt. John Chenoweth's company. Herndon may have been one of the volunteers who accompanied James Bowie to Bexar and the Alamo on January 19, 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). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990). 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]).

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Herndon, Patrick Henry,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 25, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/herndon-patrick-henry.

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