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SEWELL, MARCUS L. (1805–1836). Marcus L. Sewell, Alamo defender, was born in England in 1805. He traveled to Texas by way of New Orleans and settled in Gonzales. He was a shoemaker by trade. On February 23, 1836, Sewell was mustered into the Gonzales Ranging Company by Capt. Byrd Lockhart. He rode to the relief of the Alamo with this group, which arrived on March 1, 1836. Sewell 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). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990). Walter Lord, A Time to Stand (New York: Harper, 1961; 2d ed., Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1978).

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

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