William Davis Durham was born 1815 in England. He enlisted in the New Orleans Greys on October 22, 1835, and landed at Velasco, Texas, three days later. As a member of that unit he participated in the Siege of Béxar. When the Texas army split, Durham marched to the east and fought at the battle of San Jacinto. His name is engraved (incorrectly, as William Daniel Durham) on the face of the San Jacinto Monument. He died, a victim of a yellow fever epidemic, in Houston on August 27, 1838, and was buried in Old Founders Memorial Park. In 1936 the state placed a monument over his grave.
Amasa Turner was born 1800 in Massachusetts. Turner joined the Texan forces defending Gonzales in September 1835 and accompanied them to San Antonio, where he fought as a lieutenant with Capt. Robert M. Coleman’s Bastrop Company in the Siege of Béxar. Turner was appointed recruiting officer for the revolutionary army and raised ninety-nine volunteers in New Orleans in January 1836. Upon arrival at Velasco some of these men were organized into a company of regular infantry under Turner’s command. This force joined Sam Houston’s army on its retreat from Gonzales and fought at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. After the battle Turner was assigned to the Texas garrison at Galveston Island and soon rose to command of the First Regular Infantry Regiment. In May 1837 he was promoted to colonel and assumed command of the Galveston post, where he remained until he retired from the army on August 5, 1837. During the Civil War he served as provost marshal of Lavaca County; his son, a member of the Eighth Texas Cavalry, was killed in the war. He died 1877 in Gonzales.
John Iiams, Jr. was born 1808 in Ohio in 1808. He was a veteran of the battle of Concepción and Siege of Béxar While living in Houston in 1874, he helped C. Anson Jones, son of Anson Jones, document the years of Texas settlement. He is chiefly known to history as one of the patriots who rowed to Galveston in April 1836 to report the victory at the battle of San Jacinto to the ad interim government.
Henry William Augustine was born 1806 in South Carolina. In 1832 he was appointed to a committee of fifteen to select the townsite of San Augustine, which was founded in 1834. At the battle of Nacogdoches on August 2, 1832, Augustine was battalion commander of the San Augustine regiment. On October 17, 1835, he raised a company in San Augustine to join the Texas volunteer army to march against the Mexican forces at San Antonio de Béxar; meanwhile, he became a delegate to the Consultation in San Felipe, after which George English succeeded him as company captain in the Siege of Béxar, December 5–10.He died 1874 in Polk County. A state plaque marks his gravesite in Magnolia Cemetery, Segno.
William Baxter Pendleton Gaines was born 1808 in South Carolina. By October 1835 Gaines was a wealthy man and he contributed money to the Texas Revolution and served as an officer in the volunteer force from Nacogdoches under Gen. Thomas Rusk that marched to reinforce the Siege of Béxar. Gaines acted as a commissary and quartermaster. After the army reorganized, Gaines returned to Nacogdoches to serve as the deputy paymaster general. After the battle of San Jacinto acting Commander in Chief General Rusk named him paymaster general of the Texas Army. In 1846 he joined the United States Army to fight in the Mexican War. He fought with distinction during the battle of Monterey and was awarded a sword for gallantry. When the Civil War broke out, he left his plantation to join the Confederate army. Despite his age he was elected colonel of the Second Regiment of the Sixteenth State Militia Brigade on August 31, 1861. William B. P. Gaines died in 1891.