HAWKINS, JOSEPH M. (1799-1836). Joseph M. Hawkins, Alamo defender, was born in Ireland in 1799 and traveled to Texas by way of Louisiana. He may have been one of the volunteers who accompanied James Bowieqv to San Antonio de Béxar and the Alamo. Before the Alamo siege he served as an express rider to Gen. Sam Houston.qv Hawkins was a strong supporter of Governor Henry Smithqv and an advocate of Texas independence. He died in the battle of the Alamoqv on March 6, 1836.
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