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MILLS, WILLIAM (1815–1836). William Mills, Alamo defender, son of John and Martha (Ewing) Mills, was born at Chattanooga, Tennessee, on October 6, 1815. He moved to Texas from Adamsville, Mississippi, in 1833 and settled in Stephen F. Austin's colony. On December 3, 1833, he married Martha Lee Adams. Mills may have accompanied either William B. Travis or James Bowieqqv to San Antonio de Béxar and the Alamo in early 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.


Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990).

Bill Groneman


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

Bill Groneman, "MILLS, WILLIAM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 31, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.