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Parks, William (1805–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

William Parks, Alamo defender, son of Jonathan and Catherine (Turner) Parks, was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1805. In 1836 he was a resident of Austin's colony, in Texas. He took part in the siege of Bexar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. Robert White's infantry company, the Bexar Guards. Parks died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.


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). John H. Jenkins, ed., The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835–1836 (10 vols., Austin: Presidial Press, 1973). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Parks, William,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 24, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/parks-william.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 1, 1995
April 25, 2019

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