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.
Robert B. Moore born 1781 in Virginia. He came to Texas by way of New Orleans as a member of Thomas Breece’s company of New Orleans Greys in 1835. Moore took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William Blazeby’s infantry company. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Moore was a cousin of Alamo defender Willis A. Moore.
James Sanders Holman was born 1804 in Kentucky. He fought in the siege of Béxar. Holman succumbed to yellow fever near Bryan, Texas, on December 8, 1867.