Marker honors Avon native killed at Alamo

This historical marker was erected last week in Avon in memory of the Avon man killed at the Alamo. Photo by Josh Alcorn

Over the course of its relatively short but remarkable history, America has endured many battles for its preservation.

These battles, waged both in spirit and in flesh, have shaped the country into what it is today. One such battle was fought in Texas during its revolution in the years 1835 through 1836, and it has a special connection to the town of Avon.

Captain John Hubbard Forsyth, born on August 10, 1797 in Avon, New York, fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Not only was Forsyth a Captain in the Texan Calvary, but according to the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center “Due to the circumstances of (Jim) Bowie’s grave illness and (William) Travis being killed in the opening minutes, it is highly likely that the actual last stand at the Alamo was commanded by New Yorker John Hubbard Forsyth”.

In honor of Captain Forsyth’s achievements and special connection to Avon, a marker was placed at the corner of NY-15 (Lakeville Rd.) and Henty Rd on July 26.

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