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Nowlan, James (1809–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

James Nowlan, Alamo defender, was born in either England or Ireland in 1809. He probably traveled to Texas as a member of Capt. William Gordon Cooke's company of New Orleans Greys. He was severely wounded in the siege of Bexar. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, but it is likely that his previous wounds prevented his playing an active role in the battle.

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).


  • Peoples
  • English
  • Military
  • Soldiers
  • Irish

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

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

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995