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Kenny, James (1814–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

James Kenny, Alamo defender, son of James Kenny of Kentucky, was born in Virginia in 1814. He immigrated as a single man to Texas in 1834, enlisted in the service on September 28, 1835, and served in Capt. Robert M. Coleman's company until December 14, 1835. He then enlisted for another four months' service. Kenny served in the Alamo garrison and died in the battle of 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). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990).

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Kenny, James,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 24, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

February 1, 1995