Antonio Cruz y Arocha, Alamo defender and courier, was one of a number of native Texans who joined Capt. Juan N. Seguín’s company for six months’ service during the Texas Revolution. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Seguín’s cavalry company. Cruz left the Alamo on February 25, 1836, along with Seguín, to rally reinforcements for the Alamo. He later served with Seguín in the battle of San Jacinto.
James Murry Brown was born 1800 in Pennsylvania. He moved to Texas in 1835 and registered in De León’s colony on April 17, 1835. He took part in the Siege of Béxar and later served in the Alamo garrison. Brown died in the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Aaron B. Burleson was born 1815 in Alabama. Aaron was raised on the frontier and was a frequent companion of his elder brother Edward Burleson on campaigns against Indians. Aaron served under his brother’s command during the Siege of Béxar and saw action at the battle of San Jacinto as a member of Capt. Jesse Billingsley’s Company C of Edward Burleson’s First Regiment, Texan Volunteers. He was one of the party that captured Antonio López de Santa Anna. On February 25, 1839, Burleson, again under his eldest brother’s command, took part in the battle of Brushy Creek, a decisive defeat of Comanche raiders in the upper Colorado settlements. In this fight Jacob Burleson was killed and his body badly mutilated. In 1842 Burleson again served under his brother Edward, then the vice president of the Republic of Texas, in repulsing the raid of Rafael Vásquez on San Antonio. In December 1860 Governor Sam Houston commissioned Burleson to raise a company of rangers for frontier defense. Burleson died near Govalle January 13, 1885.
George Pagan, Alamo defender, was born in 1810. He was a resident of Natchez, Mississippi. He took part in the Siege of Béxar as a member of Lt. Col. James C. Neill’s command and later served in the Alamo garrison. Pagan died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
James C. Gwynne was born 1804 in England. He moved to Texas from Mississippi, took part in the Siege of Béxar, and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William R. Carey’s artillery company. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.