William Hester Patton was born 1808 in Kentucky. He moved to Brazoria County, Texas, in March 1832. As an early advocate of Texas independence, he served as a sergeant in Capt. John Austin’s company at the battle of Velasco in June 1832. He enlisted in the Texas army on September 28, 1835, at the beginning of the revolution; commanded a company at the Siege of Béxar, December 5 through 10, 1835 and was appointed to receive the weapons surrendered by Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos’s army. On December 21, 1835, Gen. Sam Houston appointed Patton acting assistant quartermaster with the rank of lieutenant and ordered him to Velasco to supply arriving volunteers and forward them to Houston’s army. Patton was still at San Antonio on February 5, however, when he and the other officers of the Alamo garrison signed a memorial requesting that the soldiers under their command be represented at Washington-on-the-Brazos by Samuel A. Maverick and Jesse B. Badgett. On March 13, 1836, Patton was elected captain of the Fourth Company of Col. Sidney Sherman’s Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, also known as the Columbia Company. Patton was attached to Houston’s staff as an aide-de-camp with the rank of major, and his company was led at the battle of San Jacinto by Lt. David Murphree. After the battle Patton was given custody of Antonio López de Santa Anna and was one of the commissioners selected to escort him to Washington, D.C. On July 14, 1836, Patton was one of eighteen officers who testified against President David G. Burnet on charges of usurpation and treason. In 1837 Houston appointed him quartermaster general of the Army of the Republic of Texas, and his nomination was confirmed on May 22. On August 26, 1837, Patton resigned from the army and settled in Béxar County. An energetic and aggressive Indian fighter, Patton was severely wounded in an Indian fight on Leon Creek near San Antonio on October 28, 1838. He was murdered at his home on the San Antonio River, some thirty miles below the city of San Antonio, by Mexican bandits on June 12, 1842. Patton’s West Columbia sugar plantation was purchased after his death by James Stephen Hogg and is now maintained by the state of Texas as the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Park.
Leonard Goyen Williams was born 1802 in Tennessee. Williams served in the revolutionary army at the Siege of Béxar, where he lost the sight in one eye. He was a sergeant in Benton’s Regiment of Regular Rangers and enrolled on March 31, 1836, for three months extra duty at Williams Crossing on the Neches River. He served with Thomas J. Rusk and William Goyens during the suppression of the Córdova Rebellion. On February 3, 1840, Williams was appointed as a commissioner to inspect the land office in Houston County. He was given the title of colonel by Sam Houston, who in 1842 appointed him one of four commissioners to deal or “treat” with the Indians. He participated in the Tehuacana Creek Councils and was an Indian agent at Torrey’s Trading Post No. 2. During a trade trip as Indian agent for Houston, Williams came across Cynthia Ann Parker, captive of the noted attack on Fort Parker by the Comanche Indians. He was later sent as United States agent to try and ransom her. Although Williams used an X to sign various documents, he was considered an intelligent man with knowledge of seven or eight Indian dialects. He died in April 1854. Williams was recognized for his service to Texas in the United States Congressional Record on April 8, 1965, and by the Texas legislature in May 1965.
Albert Calvin Grimes (listed incorrectly in some records as Alfred), Alamo defender, was born 1817 in Georgia. He probably joined the Texas Army outside Béxar in late 1835 and fought in the battle of Concepcion and the Siege of Béxar. On December 14, 1835, he volunteered for six months in the Corps of Artillery of the Army of Texas, serving as orderly sergeant in Capt. W. R. Carey’s company. While Grimes was besieged in the Alamo, his father signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, on March 2, 1836. Grimes died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
Andrew Duvalt, Alamo defender, was born 1804 in Ireland. Duvalt took part in the Siege of Béxar. Afterwards he remained in the town as a member of the Béxar Guards. Sometime after February 2, 1836, he returned to his home in Gonzales. He was mustered into the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers by Byrd Lockhart on February 23, 1836. Duvalt returned to the Alamo, probably as a member of the relief force from Gonzales, on March 1, 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6 of that year.
John J. Baugh, adjutant of the Alamo garrison, was born 1803 in Virginia. He traveled to Texas in 1835 as a first lieutenant of Thomas H. Breece’s company of New Orleans Greys and took part in the Siege of Béxar. After the battle he was promoted to captain and served as Lt. Col. James C. Neill’s adjutant with the Texan force left to garrison the town. Baugh entered the Alamo with the garrison under Lt. Col. William Barret Travis on February 23, 1836, when the Mexican army arrived. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.