Thomas B. Cox was born 1785 in Alabama. He served at the siege of Béxar and was mustered into the Texas army on January 24, 1836, as a private in Capt. John Chenoweth’s company. He was one of only four members of the company to escape death at the Goliad Massacre. He later served as a private in Capt. Thomas H. McIntire’s company of Col. Sidney Sherman’s Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, at the battle of San Jacinto.
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Joel Walter Robison was born 1815 in Georgia. With his father, John G. Robison, he served in Capt. Henry Stevenson Brown’s company at the battle of Velasco on June 26, 1832. Robison became a volunteer Indian fighter in the company of Capt. John Yorkqv. He served at the Siege of Béxar in 1835 and took part in the Grass Fight and the battle of Concepción. At the battle of San Jacinto, Robison was a private in Capt. William Jones Elliot Heard’s Company F of Col. Edward Burleson’s First Regiment, Texas Volunteers, and was one of the party that captured Antonio López de Santa Anna. The Mexican general is said to have entered the Texan camp riding double on Robison’s horse. On December 14, 1836, Sam Houston commissioned Robison a first lieutenant in the Texas Rangers. Joel died at his home in Warrenton on August 4, 1889.
John R. Johnson was born in Virginia. He served at the Siege of Béxar and on March 31, 1836, enlisted in Sam Houston’s army at Jared Groce’s plantation on the Brazos River. At the battle of San Jacinto he served as a private in Col. Sidney Sherman’s Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers. In 1838 Sam Houston used Johnson as a trusted courier. In August 1842 Johnson was a major in the Texas militia at Swartwout. During the Mexican War a John R. Johnson served as a private in Capt. Robert A. Gillespie’s Company I of Col. John Coffee Hays’s First Regiment, Texas Mounted Riflemen, and later in Capt. Walter P. Lane’s Company A of Maj. Michael H. Chevallie’s battalion of Texas Mounted Volunteers. In the latter company Johnson was elected second sergeant, promoted to first sergeant on September 1, 1847, and reduced to private on March 1, 1848. He served a third enlistment in Capt. Mirabeau B. Lamar’s company of Col. Peter H. Bell’s regiment of Texas Mounted Volunteers. John R. Johnson died in Travis County in 1852.
James Nowlan was born 1809 in either England or Ireland. He was severely wounded in the Siege of Béxar. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Richard Starr was born 1811 in England. He traveled to Texas as a member of Capt. Thomas H. Breece’s company of New Orleans Greys, took part in the Siege of Béxar, and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William Blazeby’s infantry company. Starr died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.