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WILLIAMSON, HIRAM JAMES (1810–1836). Hiram James Williamson, Alamo defender, sergeant-major of the Alamo garrison, son of Hiram Williamson, Sr., was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1810. He emigrated to Texas and settled at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Williamson took part in the siege of Bexar. He later served the garrison at Bexar as sergeant-major, making him the highest ranking enlisted man in the Alamo. 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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