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HOWELL, WILLIAM D. (1797–1836). William D. Howell, Alamo defender, was born in Massachusetts in 1797. He was a doctor and lived in New York before traveling to Texas by way of New Orleans in 1835 as a member of Capt. Thomas H. Breece'sqv company of New Orleans Greys. He took part in the siege of Bexarqv and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William Blazeby'sqv infantry company. Howell died in the battle of the Alamoqv on March 6, 1836.


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).

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Bill Groneman, "HOWELL, WILLIAM D.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 06, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.