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SUMMERS, WILLIAM E. (1812–1836). William E. Summers, Alamo defender, was born in Tennessee in 1812 and moved to Gonzales, Texas, where he was mustered into the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers on February 23, 1836. He rode to relieve the Alamo with this group and arrived on March 1. He died five days later in the battle of the Alamo.


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, "SUMMERS, WILLIAM E.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed July 03, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.