Andrew Nelson - Alamo defender

alamo small1Andrew Moses Nelson (1809–1836), Alamo defender, was the son of John and Elizabeth (Mansfield) Nelson, born in Tennessee in 1809. He was a single man. He enlisted in 1834 for three years military service and served in the Alamo garrison which he died defending in the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

Gray Hill was an old cemetery located on the Pine Grove-Roquemore road out of Pine Hill near Jasper, Texas. According to Records, Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 1980, of the East Texas Genealogical Society, markers were there as late as 1920, but then none were in evidence. Known to be buried there was was Elizabeth (Mansfield) Nelson, born about 1796 who married John Nelson born 1783 in Jefferson County, Tennessee 1 Mar 1808. They had moved to Bedford County, Tennessee by 1825 and John Nelson, a veteran of the War of 1812, died there 15 Aug 1830. The widow, Elizabeth came to Rusk County, Texas with three daughters Amanda, Nancy who married James Little, Mary Ann (Pollyanna) and youngest son John Campbell. She died after 1862, when she had signed a deed giving John Campbell her right to her oldest son, Andrew Nelson's bounty land earned as a reward for his service and death at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. 


There were two other Nelsons at the Alamo. Edward Nelson (1816–1836) son of William Nelson, was born in South Carolina in 1816. He joined the Texas army at San Antonio on November 26, 1835, and took part in the siege of Bexar as a member of Capt. John W. Peacock's artillery company. On January 1, 1836, Nelson became a member of Capt. John Chenoweth's company. Nelson may have been one of the volunteers who accompanied James Bowie to the Alamo in January 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, along with his older brother, George Nelson (1805–1836). He was born in South Carolina in 1805. He came to Texas by way of New Orleans as a member of Capt. Thomas Breece's company of New Orleans Greys. He was wounded in the siege of Bexar. He later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William Blazeby's infantry company.




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). Gifford E. White, ed., The Lost Book of Harris County (Austin, 1968).

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