James Taylor, Alamo defender, son of Anson and Elizabeth (Maley) Taylor, was born in Tennessee around 1814. He was the brother of Alamo defenders Edward and George Taylor. At the outbreak of the Texas Revolution he and his brothers were employed to pick cotton for a Captain Dorsett on his farm in Liberty, Texas. Upon finishing the job they left to join the revolutionary army. It is believed that they 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 rather than the Alamo battle. Their names were carried on a list of the Alamo casualties a week before the Goliad executions occurred.
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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). Thomas R. Lindley, "Davy Crockett: The Alamo's High Private," Alamo Journal 64 (December 1988). Andrew Jackson Sowell, Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of Southwest Texas (Austin: Ben C. Jones, 1900; rpt., Austin: State House Press, 1986).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
“Taylor, James [1814–36],”
Handbook of Texas Online,
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Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
July 1, 1995
Most Recent Revision Date:
August 4, 2020