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.