Edward Nelson was born 1816 in South Carolina. He joined the Texas army at San Antonio on November 26, 1835, and took part in the Siege of Béxar as a member of Capt. John W. Peacock’s artillery company. On January 1, 1836, Nelson became a member of Capt. John Chenoweth’s company. Nelson may have been one of the volunteers who accompanied James Bowie to the Alamo in January 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, along with his older brother, George Nelson.
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Allen Ingram, a combatant at the Siege of Béxar, enlisted in the Texas army on December 31, 1835. He was with Col. James W. Fannin, Jr., at Goliad, but he left Lt. Col. William Wardqv’s command on March 21, 1836, and so escaped the Goliad Massacre. After rejoining the main army in Capt. Moseley Baker’s company, he was badly wounded in the battle of San Jacinto. He was discharged on May 16, 1836. He died in Washington County in 1848.
Thomas Waters was born 1812 in England. He emigrated to Texas by way of New Orleans as a member of Capt. Thomas Breece’s company of New Orleans Greys. Waters took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison in Capt. William R. Carey’s artillery company. Waters died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Samuel Blair was born 1807 in Tennessee. He took part in the Siege of Béxar. He later served in the Alamo garrison as assistant to the ordnance chief, Robert Evans, with the rank of captain. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Pedro Herrera was born 1806 in the Villa de San Fernando. By 1830 he was a private in the Mexican cavalry company of Álamo de Parras under the command of Lt. Col. José Francisco Ruiz. That year the company built and occupied Fort Tenoxtitlán on the banks of the Brazos River. In August 1831 Herrera and his young son were reported missing from the fort and presumed dead. It was commonly believed that Herrera had fallen victim to hostile Indians, when in fact he had deserted. He remained undetected for several years. In December 1835 he aligned himself with the growing Texas forces and participated in the Siege of Béxar. By February 22, 1836, he enlisted as a private in Seguín’s company of Tejanos. He remained with Seguín until July of that year and served under his command at the battle of San Jacinto. Herrera reenlisted on November 5, 1836, into Capt. Manuel Flores’ cavalry company and was discharged on February 20, 1838, having attained the rank of fourth sergeant. Herrera died after 1853.