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probably proved only that there was a William P. Johnson killed with Fannin, and since the Johnston named on King's muster roll seemed to almost fit this name, it was assumed that King's sergeant was the same man.

The supplemental certificate to Pettus' roll, in the General Land Office, shows that "William Johnston" was a member of Pettus' Company, and in Dr. Barnard's corrected list this name becomes W. P. Johnson, while on the corrected T&TR list preserved in the Adjutant General's Office it is written "Wm. P. Johnson." There is little doubt but that he was the young man sent by Travis, on Feb. 23d., with a message to Fannin advising him of the appearance of the enemy at Bexar. [See Miss Amelia J. Williams' account, and Dr. Sutherland's narrative, in Col. John S. Ford's Memoirs.]
 

JOHNSTON, WILLIAM R.Sergeant
AgeKing's Company

The Land Office muster rolls, Dr. Barnard's corrected roster of Fannin's Command, and the corrected T&TR list preserved in the office of the Adjutant General, all have William R. Johnston as a sergeant in King's Company. The Convention Memorial signature is plainly, W. R. Johnston.

William P. Johnston is otherwise accounted for as a private in Pettus' Company. There are some later AGO certificates that it appears from evidence on file that the Johnston in King's Company was "William P.", and not "William R.", but these are in error, and there can be no reasonable doubt but that King's sergeant, who was killed at Refugio, either in action on March 14th, or in the massacre of March 16th, was "William R. Johnston."
 


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© 1936 Harbert Davenport
NOTES FROM AN UNFINISHED STUDY OF FANNIN AND HIS MEN
H. David Maxey, Editor             Webpage of January 1, 2000