Northcross, James (1804–1836)

By: Bill Groneman

Type: Biography

Published: April 1, 1995

James Northcross, Methodist minister and Alamo defender, was born in Virginia in 1804 and moved to Texas as a widower in 1831. He married Sarah Parrent Jenkins, a widow with three children, in 1835, and the couple had one son. Northcross served in Capt. Robert M. Coleman's company during the Grass Fight, took part in the siege of Bexar, and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William R. Carey's artillery company. He 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). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990).
  • Religion
  • Methodist
Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Northcross, James,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 16, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995