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Jennings, Gordon C. (1780–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

Gordon C. Jennings, Alamo defender, son of Joseph and Ruth (Cartwright) Jennings, was born in Windham, Connecticut, in 1780. He married Catherine Cynthia Overton, and they had two sons and two daughters. Jennings, a farmer, immigrated to Texas from Missouri in 1835. He took part in the siege of Bexar as a corporal in Capt. William R. Carey's artillery company. Jennings was the Alamo's oldest defender at age fifty-six. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. His brother, Charles B. Jennings, died in the Goliad Massacre.

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).

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Jennings, Gordon C.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 24, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

February 1, 1995

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