John Purdy Reynolds, Alamo defender, son of Judge David and Mary (Purdy) Reynolds, was born at Cedar Springs, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, on March 7, 1806. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1827 and practiced medicine in Mifflin County for seven years. Reynolds traveled to Texas in 1835 with William McDowell, and the two joined the Volunteer Auxiliary Corps of Texas on January 14, 1836, at Nacogdoches. They then went to San Antonio de Béxar as members of Capt. William B. Harrison's company, which included David Crockett. They arrived at Bexar on or about February 9, 1836. It is not known if Reynolds worked as a surgeon in the Alamo garrison. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.