José Toribio Losoya was born 1805 in San Antonio de Bexar and he died March 6, 1836 defending the Alamo. He grew up with his family in an old Indian dwelling in the Alamo barrio near the southwest corner of the mission compound. By 1830, he was a Private in the Álamo de Parras military company, serving under Lieutenant Colonel José Francisco Ruiz. In September 1832, that company built and occupied Fort Tenoxtitlán. He was one of many Mexican soldiers who opposed Antonio López de Santa Anna’s despotic rule. By 1835 he had deserted the Mexican army to enlist as a Private in Captain Juan N. Seguín’s company of Tejanos and in December of that year he participated in the Siege of Bexar. As Santa Anna’s troops converged on San Antonio in February 1836, he entered the Alamo garrison with other Tejanos, his wife and three children. He died in the battle of the Alamo. His wife, son, and two daughters survived the siege.
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