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LIGHTFOOT, WILLIAM JOHN (1805–1836). William John Lightfoot, Alamo defender, son of Henry Taylor and Nancy (Webster) Lightfoot, was born in Mercer County, Kentucky on September 8, 1805. The family moved to Missouri Territory by 1816 and to Union County, Arkansas, by 1824. William John was living in Fort Bend County, Texas in 1830 and in Gonzales in 1836. He took part in the siege of Bexar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a third corporal of Capt. William R. Carey's artillery company. He 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). Bill Groneman, Alamo Defenders (Austin: Eakin, 1990).

Bill Groneman

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