William Mills, Alamo defender, son of John and Martha (Ewing) Mills, was born at Chattanooga, Tennessee, on October 6, 1815. He moved to Texas from Adamsville, Mississippi, in 1833 and settled in Stephen F. Austin's colony. On December 3, 1833, he married Martha Lee Adams. Mills may have accompanied either William B. Travis or James Bowieqqv to San Antonio de Béxar and the Alamo in early 1836. He died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.