Battle of the Alamo Has Ties to Wessyngton Plantation

Joseph George "Alamo Joe" Washington 

The history of the Alamo is an important part of American history and American lore.  Joseph George Washington was a participant in the defense of the Alamo.

Joseph was the son of Andrew Washington, brother of Joseph Washington, who founded Wessyngton Plantation.  He was born in 1808 and lived in Robertson County, Tennessee.  Joseph was described as a striking, tall figure, about six feet high, tolerably stout build, tolerably dark complexion, dark eyes and dark hair.

In 1833, Joseph George sold his uncle a slave Joe.  In December of 1835, he sold three more slaves to his brother Richard Washington for $830, before he travelled west to Texas.  We do not know why Joseph joined in the fight for the Alamo.  It could have been that the Republic of Texas offered land to men who helped win its independence from Mexico.  Another reason could have been he was seeking an adventure as he went with other young men from Tennessee and nearby Kentucky.

In 1836, during the 12 day siege by Mexican troops under the command of Santa Anna, Joseph George Washington was killed.  Within the Washington family and Alamo lore he became known as “Alamo Joe.”

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2 Responses to “Battle of the Alamo Has Ties to Wessyngton Plantation”

  1. Gerald says:

    An interesting take, some information not usually published

  2. My mother’s father grew up on Glenraven which was part of the Wessynton Plantation. I have been told by my mother’s family that the Taylor’s worked as sharecroppers for the Washington’s for many generations. Last year I visited the Alamo and was suprised to see a Joseph George Washington from Robertson County was killed at the Alamo. I was was even more suprised to see three Taylor brothers from Robertson County Tennessee had also died at the Alamo. The ages of the men lead me to believe they must have all known each other and the Taylor’s have to be relatives from my grandfather’s family. Since Joseph was a nephew of Andrew Washington and lived in Robertson county he would have known the families living on the plantation. Young men all headed west to find their fortunes when Davy Crockett left Tennessee. I have no proof of any of this, but it does seem possible.
    I have lived in Robertson County all my life and was never taught in school that men from our community actually perished at the Alamo. What a shame, history could be so real if we only knew more.

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