James Nowlan, Alamo defender, was born in either England or Ireland in 1809. He probably traveled to Texas as a member of Capt. William Gordon Cooke's company of New Orleans Greys. He was severely wounded in the siege of Bexar. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, but it is likely that his previous wounds prevented his playing an active role in the battle.