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WELLS, WILLIAM (1798–1836). William Wells, Alamo defender, son of Charles and Sarah (Lewis) Wells, was born at Hall County, Georgia, in 1789. He was the father of a son and daughter. He may have traveled to Bexar and the Alamo as a member of Capt. William H. Patton's company. Wells borrowed twenty dollars from Dr. John Sutherland to purchase a Yeager rifle, on his way to the Alamo. Wells died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.


Albert Curtis, Remember the Alamo Heroes (San Antonio: Clegg, 1961). Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alamo Heroes and Their Revolutionary Ancestors (San Antonio, 1976).

Bill Groneman


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

Bill Groneman, "WELLS, WILLIAM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.