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Reynolds, John Purdy (1806–1836)

Bill Groneman Biography Entry

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.

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). Pat Ireland Nixon, The Medical Story of Early Texas, 1528–1853 (Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Lupe Memorial Fund, 1946). Phil Rosenthal and Bill Groneman, Roll Call at the Alamo (Fort Collins, Colorado: Old Army, 1985).

Time Periods:

  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Reynolds, John Purdy,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 24, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 1, 1995

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