James Girard Garrett was born 1806 in Tennessee. He was a resident of Louisiana when he marched to Texas as a member of Capt. Thomas H. Breece’s company of New Orleans Greys in 1835. Garrett took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
William Green Hill was born 1801 in North Carolina. In 1835 he entered the Texas army as a private in Fannin’s Brazos Guards. He was a member of Capt. John Yorkqv’s company. He fought at the battle of Concepción on October 28, the Grass Fight on November 26, and the Siege of Béxar. He was elected a first lieutenant of cavalry in December 1835 and a captain of cavalry on January 1, 1836. He was the first signer of the Goliad Declaration of Independence on December 20, 1835, and was one of the six signers appointed as a delegation to present the declaration to the General Council at San Felipe. In January 1836 he was ordered by Travis to contract for uniforms and equipment and to collect recruits for the defense of San Antonio. From June to October 1836 he served in Capt. Washington H. Secrest’s company of Columbia (Washington) Cavalry. Hill died in Brazoria County on June 30, 1860.
George Menefee was born in Tennessee. He participated in the Siege of Béxar. He died in Edna in 1891.
John Porter Gill was born 1801 in Alabama. On August 9, 1835, he joined ninety-three other Brazoria residents in signing a call for a convention “to quiet the present excitement and promote the general interest of Texas”. Gill was elected first lieutenant of Capt. John York’s company of volunteers at the Siege of Béxar and on December 8 commanded a detachment that reinforced the beleaguered Texans occupying Zambrano Row opposite the town’s Main Plaza. Gill served as first lieutenant of Capt. Thomas H. McIntire’s Fifth Company of Col. Sidney Sherman’s Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, at the battle of San Jacinto, and afterward was elected first lieutenant of Capt. Washington H. Secrest’s company of Washington Cavalry. He served from June 1836 until his discharge on October 23, 1836. On January 21, 1837, Gill was elected captain of one of the two companies of Brazoria County militia in the battalion of Maj. Willis A. Faris.
William Stanhope Taylor was born 1819 in Ohio. William Taylor enlisted in the revolutionary army on October 17, 1835, and served with Capt. John M. Bradley (Volunteers from Tunahan District) at the Siege of Béxar, to include the Grass Fight, and was discharged on December 23, 1835. He re-enlisted on March 12, 1836, and served under Capt. William Ware (Second Company, Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers) and Capt. William Smith (Company J, Second Regiment, Volunteer Cavalry). On April 20, 1836, Taylor, who served as a scout/spy, volunteered to participate as part of Col. Sidney Sherman’s cavalry force in an attempt to capture the Mexican cannon at San Jacinto. On April 21 he was reassigned to Captain Smith’s Company J in the cavalry charge on the Mexican left flank, followed by the pursuit of General Santa Anna and his cavalry towards Vincent Bridge. William died of yellow fever on February 2, 1869, in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Texas.