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SCURLOCK, MIAL (1809–1836). Mial Scurlock, Alamo defender, son of Joseph and Martha Jones (Glasgow) Scurlock, was born in Chatham County, North Carolina, on May 25, 1809. He lived for a time in Tennessee and Mississippi. In 1834 he and his brother William took their slaves through Louisiana to Texas and settled in San Augustine. Scurlock volunteered for service in the Texas army on October 17, 1835, and took part in the siege of Bexar. He subsequently served in the Alamo garrison and 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). Amelia W. Williams, A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo and of the Personnel of Its Defenders (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1931; rpt., Southwestern Historical Quarterly 36 (April 1933), 37 (July, October 1933, January, April 1934).

Bill Groneman


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

Bill Groneman, "SCURLOCK, MIAL," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.