WILLIAMS, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
WILLIAMS, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (1809–1836). Napoleon Bonaparte Williams, soldier in the Texas Revolution, was born in 1809 to George F. and Lavinia (Hobbs) Williams. The family moved to Texas from Connecticut. George Williams, as a member of the Old Three Hundred, received a grant of a sitio of land on Tres Palacios Creek. In April 1835 Napoleon Williams applied to Stephen F. Austin for a grant of a league at the head of Bay Prairie in Wharton County. He stated that he had a wife, Levina, and one son, Jefferson Randolph. Williams was with George M. Collinsworth and the Bay Prairie men when they captured the fort at Goliad on October 9, 1835. The day before, he had signed the Pledge of Protection, an oath made by the Texans to protect the lives and property of the Goliad citizens. He stayed on at Goliad when Collinsworth and the Bay Prairie men returned home and served under Capt. Philip Dimmitt. When Austin relieved Dimmitt of his command in January 1836, Williams signed the Goliad Resolutions in protest against the action. Williams was still at Goliad when Col. James W. Fannin, Jr., took charge of the troops. At the battle of Coleto he was with Fannin's men and was captured by the Mexicans. He was marched back to La Bahía and, on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, died in the Goliad Massacre. (see GOLIAD CAMPAIGN OF 1835, GOLIAD CAMPAIGN OF 1836.)
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