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'FLANDERS, JOHN (1800–1836).
John Flanders, Alamo defender, son of Levi and Mary (Sargent) Flanders [SIC: not his parents, see comments] was born in Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1800.
He was in business with his father in Massachusetts until they argued over foreclosing on a mortgage held by a widow.
Flanders left for Texas and never communicated with his family again.
He settled in Gonzales and was part of the force from that town that rode to the relief of the Alamo.
He entered the Alamo on March 1, 1836, with this company and died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.
John Foster Flanders died in infancy in 1802, he was buried in Danbury New Hampshire. He could not possibly have fought at the Alamo. The author of this fantasy has been widely discredited. - The Flanders Family from Europe to America.....
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M x John Foster Flanders was born on 6 Nov 1801 in Danbury, NH..
He died on 13 Oct 1802 in Danbury, NH..
John Flanders/Flandres, 36, was born 1800 in NH (memorials say MA), arrived in Texas in 1832 and at one time a resident of the Austin Colony. He was a Private in the Gonzales Rangers. In 1839 his estate was certified to receive one third league in Harrisburg County on Carpenter's Bayou, a branch of Buffalo Bayou as bounty for service by the Republic of Texas, the tract was bought for $120 by a W.D.C. Harris of Houston from administrator of the Flanders estate, Allen Vince. In 1851, Flanders heirs received an additional 1920 acres of land "for having fallen with Travis in the Alamo,
'John Flanders (1800 - 1836)
Born 6 Nov 1800 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Son of Levi Flanders and Mary Sargent
Brother of Enos Flanders and Caleb Flanders
Died 6 Mar 1836 in The Alamo, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas
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Defenders in the Battle of the Alamo
Immortal 32 of Gonzales Colony
Gonzales Ranging Company, the "Immortal 32"
John Flanders was born in 1800 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA.
He was son of Levi Flanders and Mary Sargent Flanders (1761-1850).
b. Newton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  
John was working for his father, when they had an argument over a mortgage which John owned.
He wanted to foreclose on the mortgage of a widow, and father disagreed. This ended up causing a rift,
so that John left the business and left home.  
John Flanders immigrated to Texas.
He traveled by way of New Orleans, arriving there by 1832.
He never heard from or wrote to his family again.
No evidence is found of a marriage.
 First he was listed as resident of the Austin Colony. GLO records
also list this in the Old 300 Settlers.
When the settlers became agitated by the Mexican government's treatment of the settlers,
John enlisted also in the Gonzales Rangers as Private.
Gonzales lists him as a resident. John served in the Siege of Bexar.
When the letter arrived Feb 23 of 1836, John Flanders was one of the Immortal 32 who responded to Col. Travis letter calling for aid for the Defenders of the Alamo. The Immortal 32 (Gonzales Rangers) arrived at night, sneaked through the Mexican army lines, into the Alamo on March 1, 1836. 
John Flanders was in the garrison along with the other Immortal 32" and defenders. All were killed in the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.  A memorial is in San Fernando Cathedral. A Memorial can also be found be in Gonzales Memorial Museum in Gonzales, Gonzales County, Texas, USA.
1920Acres Bexar. :NOTE: The Estate of John Flanders in 1839 was certified by the Republic of Texas a bounty for his service to receive 1/3 (one third) league of land grant. This was located in Harrisburg County on Carpenter's Bayou, a branch of Buffalo Bayou. (Harrisburg -Eastern part of Harris County, had a sawmill for cutting lumber between 1825 -1836. Administrator of Estate Allen Vince sold this land grant to W D C Harris for $120. In 1851 the Flanders heirs received more land bounty (1920 acres), 1/3 league and another in Harris county "for having fallen with Travis in the Alamo" and the Defenders. Glo John Flanders
↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/gonreliefframe.htm ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Alamo_defenders ↑ 3.0 3.1 http://www.gonzaleschc.org/alamo-defenders.html ↑ "The Alamo Defenders: A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo and the Personnel of Its Defenders" (Google eBook) by Amelia W Williams, p 147 ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 http://www.thealamo.org/remember/history/defenders/index.html ↑ "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVVH-3ZWX : 13 December 2015), John Flanders, 1836; Burial, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States of America, The Alamo; citing record ID 8859662, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com. ↑ See also:
Source: Letter, H.G. Flanders of Chicago to Harriet Smither, Bexar 882- 890; I Harris 144; H.G. Flanders, Chicago to Harriet Smither, July 26, 1932. Letter is a genealogy on file with state of Texas GLO land grants, bounties search
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