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RUTHERFORD, JOSEPH (1798–1836). Joseph Rutherford, Alamo defender, son of Julius and Rhoda Rutherford, was born in Kentucky in 1798. He lived in Texas as a married man with a small daughter, who was raised after the Texas Revolution by Joseph Durst. Rutherford took part in the siege of Bexar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member 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).

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Bill Groneman, "RUTHERFORD, JOSEPH," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.