William Barrett Travis1,2

M, #580, b. 1 August 1809, d. 6 March 1836
Last Edited=20 May 2014
Maintained by: Find A Grave, Record added: Jan 01, 2001, Find A Grave Memorial# 2311.
     William Barrett Travis, son of Mark Travis and Jemima Stallworth, was born on 1 August 1809 at 4 miles from Red Bank Church, Edgefield County, South Carolina. William Barrett Travis was the son of Mark Travis and Jemima Stallworth.

William Barrett Travis married Rosannah Cato, daughter of William Cato and Sarah Massey, on 28 October 1828.

From Microsoft Encarta, Copyright 1994, Microsoft Corporation, Copyright 1994 Funk & Wagnalls Corporation: "Travis, William Barrett (1809-36), American soldier, born in Red Banks, Edgefield County, South Carolina. After studying law, he began practice in Claiborne, Alabama, but moved to Texas in about 1832. In 1835, upon the outbreak of the Texas Revolution against Mexico, Travis became a colonel in the revolutionary army. He was captured by the Mexicans but subsequently released. In 1836 Travis was in command of a small garrison at the Alamo, a fort on the outskirts of San Antonio that was besieged by the Mexican army under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The fort was held from February 23 until March 6, when Mexican troops finally breached the walls. Travis and all his men were killed in the ensuing hand-to-hand fighting."

Apparently he left his pregnant wife and young child to move to Texas in 1831. He registered himself as single, but just before the Texas Revolution broke out, his wife showed up with the two kids and demanded a resolution. She received the necessary papers to get a divorce, but Travis demanded custody of his son whom he boarded with a friend.3

William Barrett Travis died on 6 March 1836 at The Alamo, Bexar County, Texas, at age 26. and was buried at San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.4

Children of William Barrett Travis and Rosannah Cato


  1. [S25] William C. Davis, Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998). Hereinafter cited as Three Roads to the Alamo.
  2. [S393] Mark Barnett, "Correspondence with Mark Barnett Regarding the Travis Family," (author E-Mail address private) at unknown address, to this researcher, 16 Jan 2009. Hereinafter cited as "Coresondence - Mark Barnett."
  3. [S159] Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2003 Software (Redmond, Washington: Microsoft Corporation, 1993-2002). Hereinafter cited as Encarta.
  4. [S451] Headstone and Cemetery Collection, Maintained by: Find A Grave, Record added: Jan 01, 2001, Find A Grave Memorial# 2311., Findagrave.com.