Kimbell, George C. (1803–1836)

By: Bill Groneman

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: July 18, 2014

George C. Kimbell, Alamo defender and officer of the Alamo garrison, was born in 1803. He traveled to Texas from New York in March 1825 and settled in Gonzales, where he owned and operated a hat factory on Water Street in partnership with Almeron Dickinson. He received title to one-quarter sitio of land on November 28, 1831. On June 26, 1832, he married Prudence Nash; they had two children. On February 23, 1836, Kimbell was mustered into the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers as a lieutenant and commander of the unit. On March 1, 1836, he entered the Alamo with his company and returning members of the Alamo garrison. He took with him fifty-two pounds of coffee from Stephen Smith. Kimbell died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Kimble County is named in his honor.

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). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990). Ethel Zivley Rather, "DeWitt's Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 8 (October 1904).

Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Kimbell, George C.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 18, 2014