Isaac Millsaps (Immortal 32 Gonzales Ranger)

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Issac Millsaps

Death: Died in The Alamo, Republic of Texas
Cause of death: Died defending the Alamo
Place of Burial: San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Madisin Millsaps and Bathsheba Millsaps
Brother of Thomas James Millsaps; Mary Millsap; Solomon Millsaps, I; Rachel Millsaps; Bathsheba Millsaps and 4 others

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About Isaac Millsaps (Immortal 32 Gonzales Ranger)

MILLSAPS, ISAAC (1795–1836). Isaac Millsaps, Alamo defender, son of Thomas and Bathsheba (Williams) Millsaps, was born in Tennessee in 1795. He entered the Tennessee militia on September 20, 1814, and served as a private. He married Mary Blackburn of Pike County, Mississippi. He and his blind wife had seven children. At the time of the Texas Revolution he was a resident of Gonzales. On February 23, 1836, Millsaps was mustered into the service of Texas as a member of the Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers. He rode to the relief of the Alamo with this unit and arrived on March 1, 1836. Millsaps died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. A letter once believed to have been written by Millsaps, in which details of the Alamo siege are described, has recently been proved a forgery.


Isaac Millsaps (also spelled Milsaps in some records), 41, was a resident of Gonzales and Private rifleman in the Gonzales Rangers. The record below from CockeCo, TN archives indicated that Isaac was a native of Tennessee and the son of Thomas and Bathsheba Millsaps.

A LETTER ATTACHED TO ISAAC MILLSAP 1812 WAR RECORD: (State of Tennessee) Personally appeared Thomas Milsaps Basshaba Milsaps (Cocke County ) James Milsaps before me William Lillard a Justice of the Peace for the county a foresaid and made oath in due form of law that Isaac Milsaps went into the service of the united states on about the 20 September 1814 and he was about nineteen years of age when he went into the service as a forsaid and that he the said Isaac Milsaps is and always passed for the Son of Thomas milsaps and Bashaba his wife sworn to and subscribed this 21st day of March 1817 Thomas T Milsaps (his X mark) Wm Lillard a Justice of the Peace Cocke County Bashaba Milsaps (her X mark) James Milsaps (his X mark) (Contributed by descendant Ben Dennis)

The record indicates that Isaac Millsaps was a veteran of the War of 1812 having served in the East Tennessee Militia. Popular records concerning Isaac's background may be in error that say he was born in Mississippi and was the son of William and Rebecca Webster Millsaps who settled in Mississippi in 1810. William Millsaps was from South Carolina and the son of William Millsaps who was born in Ireland. It is likely that William was Isaac's uncle who moved from East Tennessee and Isaac lived with the family in MS prior to marriage and coming to Texas. According to tax rolls, William Millsaps owned 80 acres of land on Five Mile Creek in Raymond, MS in 1829 to 1833. Isaac and wife Mary Blackburn Millsaps arrived in Texas 10 Mar 1835. On 1 Feb 1836, he and fellow Alamo defender Andrew Kent were election judges for the "Precinct of Upper Lavaca," which was designated for the purpose of electing two delegates to the Texas Independence Convention which convened on 1 Mar at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Alamo defender William E. Summers was also among the eight voters. Andrew Kent and Isaac Millsaps were neighbors in Lavaca County. Mary Millsaps was blind. In the confusion following the Alamo defeat, she and their seven small children were left on the homestead on the lower Lavaca River as the area was evacuated and settlers took flight along with Houston's army toward East Texas on the Runaway Scrape. David Boyd Kent from the neighboring Andrew Kent family noted their absence and informed General Houston who sent a squad of men which found blind Mrs. Millsaps and the children hiding in the brush near their home.

The heirs of Isaac Millsaps received Bounty Warrant 9163 for 960 acres in VictoriaCo which was patented to heirs on 23 Aug 1852 "for his having fallen at the Alamo." Heirs also received Donation Certificate for 640 acres in HamiltonC on 16 Jul 1846 which was patented on 4 Feb 1847. Mary Millsaps and the children apparently returned to the area where on 9 May she filed an appeal for aid to the Republic of Texas:

To the Honorable member of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Texas in Congress assembled. Your petitioner the under signed begs leave to represent that she is the widow of Isaac Millsaps who fell in the Alamo on the 6th of March 1836. While fighting under the command of the gallant Travis that in March 1835 he had made application for lands in Austin's Colony which will be seen by reference to the books of that colony now in the general land office that about that time he selected and settled upon a League of land on the head waters of Labaca where he with his family resided when he was called to the defense of his country and where they were when they heard of the retreat of Houston and the advance of the Mexican forces My self-blind and seven small children were not allowed one hour to prepare and no means of transportation we left all behind were thrown upon the world helpless and destitute in this situation. I have been struggling for 2 years and not able to return to the place we left. The prayer of your petitioner is that you pay an act to secure to me and my children land selected by my husband as I am informed that a man by the name of Jujac Roberson is making surveys that will interfere with my rights. Mary Millsaps (From The Texas State Archives)

Mary Millsaps was granted $100 and a pension of $200 a year for 10 years on 21 Nov 1838. Mary Millsaps had over 4000 acres in Jackson County on which she failed to pay taxes of $143.21. Despite her appeals for aid, her land was auctioned publicly and purchased by James A. Sylvester for $115. A last letter from Isaac Millsaps to his family when the Alamo was under siege is believed to be a forgery.


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Isaac Millsaps (Immortal 32 Gonzales Ranger)'s Timeline

March 6, 1836
Age 41
The Alamo, Republic of Texas
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, United States