Alfred Henderson Wyly, soldier of the Texas Revolution, was born in Virginia in 1808, the son of Robert and Dorcas Balch Wyly. His arrival date in Texas is unknown, but he joined the Texas army at Groce's Retreat on the Brazos River in early April 1836, where he organized and was elected to command a small company from the "Redlands" region. The company was assigned to Col. Sidney Sherman's Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, and served at the battle of San Jacinto. Wyly was discharged on July 24, 1836. He married a widow named Josephine Louise Williams in Nacogdoches on February 4, 1857. By 1860, the family lived in Upshur County and had four children by Josephine’s first marriage and three by their own. Wyly gave his occupation as “professor.” At some point after 1860, Wyly moved to Hempstead in Waller County where he died on May 11, 1867. He is buried in the Hempstead Cemetery.