Jesse McCoy, Alamo defender, son of John and Martha McCoy, was born at Gyrosburg, Tennessee, in 1804. He immigrated to Texas from Missouri as an original settler of DeWitt's colony on March 9, 1827. He served as the town sheriff of Gonzales. He was mustered into the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers on February 23, 1836, and entered the Alamo with this unit on March 1, 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.