FISHBAUGH, WILLIAM (?-1836). William Fishbaugh (Fishback), Alamo defender, was a resident of Gonzales. He was mustered into the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers by Byrd Lockhart on February 23, 1836. He rode to the Alamo with this unit and arrived on March 1, 1836. Fishbaugh died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
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This just in from TED COLE....aka....Cole_blooded:
William Fishbaugh/Fitzbaugh/Fishbach/Fishbaigh was a rifleman in the Gonzales Ranging Company listed from AL on the Alamo Memorials. He was a member of Major Robert McAlpin ("Three-legged Willie") Williamson's Ranging Company while stationed in Gonzales and volunteered to join Travis' command on 24 Feb 1836. A William Fishbaugh was listed as a deserter as of 23 Nov 1834 from Co B, 3rd US Army Infantry.
He was a frequent customer of Joseph Martin's store between 19 Mar and 1 Oct 1835. Items purchased on credit and for which his estate paid off with interest in 1841 from the ledgers of Joseph Martin give a glimpse into his lifestyle. In Mar for $11.75, he bought a pair of pantaloons, roundabout coat, shoes, shirt, hat, two handkerchiefs, suspenders and a pound of tobacco. Early April he bought shoes and a vest for $1.12 and early May another pound of tobacco, 2 pairs of shoes, socks, side combs and four scains of thread for $5.37. In early June he bought one fourth pound of tea and an ounce of "allows." On the same day he bought on another visit to the store 2 pairs stirrup leathers, a butcher knife, looking glass, 2 saddle rings, pair of stirrups for $4.25. He bought more thread on 1 Jul and on the 25th of Jul bought a pair of boots, 6 yards brown lining, 2 pairs pantaloons and 1 pound tobacco for $16.50.
In apparent multiple visits through October, he bought three pounds more tobacco, borrowed $5.00 to pay off John McCoy, a pencil, bridle, three shirts, thread and needles, a blanket and more combs. Fishbaugh was a voter for the representative from Gonzales to the Consultation of 1835.