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After the battle for the Alamo, did any of the wives or children of Crockett, Bowie or Travis visit the site?

Dave Knapp
Wilmington, North Carolina

Bowie’s young wife, Ursula de Veramendi, and two small children died in a cholera epidemic a little over two years before the battle, in September 1833. Bowie was survived by three brothers and two sisters.

Crockett left a wife in Tennessee. It isn’t likely she visited the Alamo.

Travis abandoned his wife and children in Alabama in 1831; they were officially divorced just two months before he died. Retired Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal says Travis’s son, Charles, moved to Texas as an adult and visited the Alamo.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen; The History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or email him at

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