Thursday, July 1, 2010
Thornhill Relatives at the Alamo
Edna (Edney?) Thornhill, born in Virginia circa 1769, the middle daughter of three girls of William (1735–1788) and Sarah Thornhill (1740–Sept 1802), married widower Henry Dearduff (Deardorf) in September of 1802. It was Henry’s and Edna’s son William, born c1811, who was killed at the Alamo along with his brother-in-law, James George, husband to Elizabeth Dearduff. William was probably named after his grandfather William Thornhill, and had followed his sister and her husband to south Texas. There the two men joined DeWitt's Rangers to go to the aid of the men at the Alamo. To me, the fact that their small unit of 32 men under the command of a Major Williamson chose almost certain death as they marched past the Mexican army of possibly 7,000 men to join about 150 Texians already inside the Alamo. That’s courage way beyond the call of duty.
You can get a more detailed account of the Dearduff and George families before and after the battle at these links:
DeWitt’s Colony, DeWitt's Rangers: http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/gonreliefframe.htm
William Dearduff: http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/gonzalesrangersa-e.htm
Elizabeth and James George: http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/gonzalesrangersf-k.htm