Taylor, Edward (ca. 1812–1836)

By: Bill Groneman

Type: Biography

Published: July 1, 1995

Updated: April 30, 2019

Edward Taylor, Alamo defender, son of Anson and Elizabeth (Maley) Taylor, was born in Tennessee about 1812. He was the older brother of Alamo defenders George and James Taylor. At the outbreak of the Texas Revolution, he and his brothers were employed picking cotton for a Captain Dorsett on a farm near Liberty, Texas. Upon finishing the job they left to join the revolutionary army. It is believed the brothers died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Though some evidence suggests that Taylor and his brothers were victims of the Goliad Massacre, their names were carried on a list of the Alamo casualties a week before the Goliad executions occurred.

Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). William Fairfax Gray, From Virginia to Texas, 1835 (Houston: Fletcher Young, 1909, 1965). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990). Andrew Jackson Sowell, Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of Southwest Texas (Austin: Ben C. Jones, 1900; rpt., Austin: State House Press, 1986).

Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

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

Bill Groneman, “Taylor, Edward,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 25, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/taylor-edward.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995
April 30, 2019