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LIGHTFOOT, JOHN WILLIAM

Bill Groneman
Land Deed from Fort Bend County for John William Lightfoot
Fort Bend Land Documentation for John William Lightfoot. Courtesy of the Texas General Land Office. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
Land Deed of John William Lightfoot
Land Deed of John William Lightfoot. Courtesy of the Texas General Land Office. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
Tomb containing ashes of those killed at the Alamo
A tomb that purportedly holds the ashes of those killed at the Alamo, including John William Lightfoot. Courtesy of Vicki Louma. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107

LIGHTFOOT, JOHN WILLIAM (1805–1836). John William Lightfoot, also referred to as William John Lightfoot, an 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. Lightfoot received one-twelfth of a league of land in Fort Bend County, Texas, in August 1830 and lived 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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

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).

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Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on April 4, 2018. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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