Henry Thomas, Alamo defender, was born in Germany in 1811. He came to Texas by way of New Orleans as a member of Capt. Thomas H. Breece's company of New Orleans Greys in 1835. He took part in the siege of Bexar and later served in the Alamo garrison as a member of Capt. William Blazeby's infantry company. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.