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HAYS, JOHN M. (1814–1836). John M. Hays, Alamo defender, was born in 1814 and moved to Texas from Nashville, Tennessee. He joined Capt. John Chenoweth's company on January 14, 1836. He ran unsuccessfully for one of the two positions for delegates to the Texas convention representing the garrison at Bexar. Hays died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.


Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). John H. Jenkins, ed., The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835–1836 (10 vols., Austin: Presidial Press, 1973).

Bill Groneman


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Bill Groneman, "HAYS, JOHN M.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.