Person:Christopher Houston (1)

Capt. Christopher Houston, of Hunting Creek
m. 31 0ctober 1734
  1. Samuel Houstonest 1735-1743 -
  2. John Houstonest 1735 -
  3. Robert Houstonest 1736-1743 -
  4. Capt. Christopher Houston, of Hunting Creek1744/45 - 1837
  5. Prudence HoustonAbt 1746 -
  6. James Houston, Killed at Ramsours MillAbt 1746 -
  7. Rebecca HoustonAbt 1750 -
  8. Mary HoustonAbt 1752 -
  • HCapt. Christopher Houston, of Hunting Creek1744/45 - 1837
  • WSarah Mitchell1742 - 1821
m. 23 April 1767
  1. Lillias Houston1773 - 1850
  2. James Houston1775 - 1840
Facts and Events
Name Capt. Christopher Houston, of Hunting Creek
Gender Male
Birth[1] 18 February 1744/45 Prob. Old Chester County, Pennsylvania
Marriage 23 April 1767 to Sarah Mitchell
Death[1] 17 May 1837 Maury County, Tennessee[now Marshall County]

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Documentation

Ancestry, Statesman Newspaper, Oct 6, 1933

This work was originally placed on FamilyPedia. At that time its principle authors included WM Willis, and Dan Woodruff.

Overview

This article is about the Christopher Houston born c1744 in Old Chester County, PA. About 1765 he moved south settling on Reeder Creek of the Catawba River, a few miles south of Fort Dobbs in Iredell County. He would later move north to the Hunting Creek watershed, where he lived most of the remainder of his life. In old age he moved west to Maury Co, TN, where he died in 1825.

Christopher Houston was probably born in Old Chester Co, PA, or perhaps in Philadelphia, about 1744. Many of his letters to his family have been preserved, and are found in the Mary Cecilia Dalton (MCD) Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In one of those letters he identifies his father as Robert Houston, and his grandfather as Christopher Houston. Documents in the MCD Collection record that he left Lancaster Co, PA in 1765 at the close of the French and Indian War, crossing the Susquehanna and heading south to North Carolina.

Christopher initially settled near Fort Dobbs in Iredell County, where he met Sarah Mitchell whom he married on 23 April 1767. The couple made their initial home near the mouth of Reeder Creek, which discharges to the Catawba River. Their homesite is shown on the 1773 William Sharp map of the home locations of members of the Presbyterian Fourth Creek Congregation. Sometime after 1783 the couple relocated to the northeast of Statesville, settling on the south side of Hunting Creek, near what was later known as "Houstonsville".

Sarah bore Christopher eight children. Christopher's son, James, moved to Tennessee when an adult, and urged his father to move there as well. By 1814 James had convinced him and at the age of 71, Christopher made the move from his long-time home on Hunting Creek, North Carolina to Tennessee where he purchased a piece of land from James. The Hunting Creek property passed to a son-in-law, but remains in a descendants hands to this day.

According to a letter written by Christopher and addressed to his son-in-law, Samuel Young, they settled on their new place, west of what is now Lewisburg in Marshall County, Tennessee on 17 April 1815. Here Sarah died on 18 May 1821 at age 79. Christopher remained a widower for a few years, but In 1825 at the age of 81, he married Elizabeth Simpson. She was in her 50’s, well respected, “exceedingly well spoken of,” and had never been married. She became part of the family and was said to be "loved by all" [Need a source for these points].

Christopher Houston died of a stroke at his home on 17 May 1837 and is buried in the Houston Cemetery on James Houston’s farm. He was 93 years old.

Vita

EntrySource/Basis/Commentary
DOB: 18 FEB 1744/45 Original and Military gravestone markers show 18 Feb 1744
POB: Old Chester County, Pennsylvania left this area about 1764, going to NC; presumed to have been born somewhere near or within the boundaries of Old Chester County, PA
DOD: 17 MAY 1837 1) Original and Military gravestone markers show 17 May 1837

2) Letter from William London (son-in-law to Christopher) to Christopher's daughter, Sally, and her husband, Samuel Young. [Need data, Presumably this is in the MCD, and is cited by Enfield, 1957

POD: Maury County (now Marshall), TN
Burial: Houston Cemetery, West of Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee
Spouse (1): Sarah Mitchell 1742-18 May 1821 Sarah and Christopher share the same stone.
DOM (1): 23 APR 1767 Letter from Christopher to his son Placebo dated 23 April 1835 marking his 68th anniversary Enfield, XXXX:YY?
POM (1): Bethany Church, Rowan (now Iredell) Co. NC Bethany Church later became known as Fourth Creek Church
Spouse (2): Elizabeth Simpson b: ABT 1775
DOM (2): 1825 <Letter from Christopher to his son Placebo. Enfield, 1957:YY? [Need to identify the specific letter that shows this.
POM (2): Maury County, TN
Father: Robert Houston Letter from Christopher to his son Placebo. Enfield, 1957:YY? [Need to identify the specific letter that shows this.
Mother: Martha Work Sources: This is a commonly made assumption. Proof is needed. Letters in the MCD collection identify Christophers wife only as "Martha" letter from Christopher to his son Placebo. [Need to identify the specific letter that shows this.] A marriage record for a Robert Houston and Martha Work is commonly identified as the marriage record for Christopher's parents, but apart from the fact that the given names match, there seems to be no direct evidence that this particular Robert Houston and Martha are in fact Christopher's parents, or more particularly that Martha's last name was Work/Worke.

Children

Name DOB POB DOD POD Spouse DOM POM Notes
Martha "Patsy" Houston
5 AUG 1770 Rowan County, North Carolina 22 Feb 1837 Tennessee 1) Alvin Duval 2) William London Jr.
John Houston
ABT. 1772 Rowan County, North Carolina 1799 Tennessee
Lillias Houston
6 NOV 1774 Rowan County, North Carolina 26 Feb 1850 Marshall County, Tennessee Isaac Newton Bills 12 Sep 1797 Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina
James Houston
1775 Rowan County, North Carolina 26 May 1840 Marshall County, Tennessee Patience Bills 12 Sep 1797 Statesville, Iredell County North Carolina
Samuel Houston
JUN 1776 Rowan County, North Carolina 1807 North Carolina
Placebo Houston
28 MAR 1779 Rowan County, North Carolina 2 Jan 1809 Iredell County, North Carolina Elizabeth Ragsdale Young 17 Jan 1809 North Carolina
Christopher Houston
ABT. 1781 Rowan County, North Carolina
Sarah "Sally" Houston
28 JUL 1783 Rowan County, North Carolina 28 Dec 1853 Iredell County, North Carolina Samuel Young

Family history

The following Narrative was written by Dan Woodruff (a descendant). In-line references need to be added to support specific statements. Sources need to be made specific, pointing to the specific sources, rather than to a generalized statement. e.g., Marriage records need to cite the specific source used, not just "marriage records of XYZ County.

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Christopher Houston was born 18 February 1744 on the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Robert and Martha Houston. He was the fifth son of eight children. Little is know of his early years but it is said that he was well educated and raised in a devout Presbyterian home. Leaving behind his childhood he set off on his journey crossing the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on 5 October 1765. He traveled with others of his family arriving in Fort Dobbs, North Carolina in good time to settle in before winter.

Christopher’s father had a close friend and neighbor, John Mitchell, who had moved to Fort Dobbs a few years earlier. John Mitchell was a Presbyterian minister who organized and built churches in Pennsylvania and was the father of Christopher’s future wife Sarah. The families spent the next two years in Fort Dobbs, which was a highly defensible structure. The fierce and unpredictable attacks of the Cherokee’s living in the area kept the families within the walls. The men worked in the fields with their rifles or muskets lying close at hand. During attacks the men would retreat into the fort and continue the fight from within the solid Oak log structure, which had three floors where as many as 100 weapons could be fired from each floor at one time.

Christopher Houston and Sarah Mitchell married on 23 April 1767. Christopher built their home on Hunting Creek. By the onset of the Revolutionary war they had four children, Martha, John, Lillias and James. Their sons Placebo and Christopher were born before the end of the war and Samuel and Sarah were born after. Education was very important to Christopher and his wife Sarah but as this was not Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where excellent tutors could be easily hired for educating the children, he built an additional room that was used specifically as a school. Fortunately a fine young schoolteacher, Moses Waddell, moved to their area and accepted the position. Other local children attended school here as well.

Christopher had become well respected and by the onset of hostilities between the Colonies and England, he had the rank of Captain in the militia. He was a Captain in the North Carolina Rangers throughout the Revolutionary War. There is one report, which shows that he had lost his horse in one battle and briefly rejoined another group of Patriots as a Private.

He was at the battle of Ramseur’s Mill where his brother, James, was killed. There was another James Houston at Ramseur’s Mill (unrelated) who was injured in the leg. Christopher is also reported to have been at the battle of Guilford Courthouse. Some accounts have Christopher Houston guarding captured Tories to prevent them from joining the troops gathered at Kings Mountain where the Patriots gained a great victory against Major Patrick Ferguson, which caused the turning point in the war. Christopher lost most of his hearing during the war.

In spite of his handicap, after the Revolutionary War, Christopher was prominent in the affairs of the area, both public and private, and was often called upon to help resolve disputes between others. He was instrumental in organizing the town and was first Postmaster of Houstonville. This was the second post office in Iredell County. Christopher and his descendants held this office for over 100 years.

At Christmas in 1809 Christopher and his wife Sarah planned a large gathering of friends and family for a Christmas party. Among the guests were Andrew Carson and his family. Andrew’s brother Lindsay Carson and his wife Rebecca and their four boys had come to visit Andrew’s family for Christmas that year and, of course, were invited as well. Rebecca Carson was expecting her fifth child anytime. Sarah had been keeping an eye on her guests and noticed the look of pain in Rebecca’s expression and led her upstairs, suggesting she lie down and rest. Within a short time a newborn infant’s cry could be heard downstairs. Quickly the announcement was made that Lindsay and Rebecca had another son. Out of respect to her host, Rebecca Carson presented her newborn son as, “Christopher Houston Carson, but he’s so little, I guess we’ll call him Kit.” As small as he was at birth he became big as an adult and is the famous “Kit Carson” who became a legend of the West as a trapper, scout, soldier, and Indian Agent. Christopher Houston was his godfather.

Christopher Houston’s son, James, had moved to Tennessee and urged his father to move there as well. By 1814 James had convinced him and at the age of 71, Christopher made the move from his long-time home on Hunting Creek, North Carolina to Tennessee where he purchased a piece of land from his son James. According to a letter written by Christopher and addressed to his son-in-law, Samuel Young, they settled on their new place, west of what is now Lewisburg in Marshall County, Tennessee on 17 April 1815.

Christopher lost his precious Sarah on 18 May 1821. Sarah disliked Tennessee and never ceased urging her husband to move back to their place on Hunting Creek. Christopher writes in a letter to his daughter, Sarah Young, that his wife’s last words to him were urging him to give their land back to Jamey. Her illness was brief and she went quietly. She was 79.

Christopher remained a widower for a few years and did not feel people should marry in (his own words) “the eleventh hour” and had a “prejudice against old people’s folly in marrying again.” He admitted to receiving many “hints” to take another wife but not making “any attempt toward it, though the constitution of my affairs require a woman’s care.” He continues in his letter to ask for God’s care and guidance in that and all matters.

In 1825 Christopher was 81 years old and married Elizabeth Simpson. She was in her 50’s, well respected, “exceedingly well spoken of,” and had never been married. She became part of the family and was loved by all.

Christopher Houston died of a stroke at his home on 17 May 1837 and is buried in the Houston Cemetery, which is on James Houston’s farm. He was 93 years old. 35.4283, Longitude: -86.8744

Sources

Enfield, 1957
Headstones in the Houston Cemetery, near Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee;
U.S. Census records;
Land Records – Maury and Marshall Counties, Tennessee;
Land Records – Iredell County North Carolina;
Marriage Records - First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
Marriage Records - Rowan County, North Carolina;
Marriage Records – Iredell County, North Carolina;
Bible Record of James Houston and Patience Bills

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Sources

Source:Enfield, 1957

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Find A Grave.

    Capt. Christopher Houston
    Birth: Feb. 18, 1744
    Lancaster County
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Death: May 17, 1837
    Marshall County
    Tennessee, USA

    Christopher Houston was born 18 February 1744 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Robert and Martha Houston. He was the fifth of eight children. Little is know of his early years but he was well educated and was raised in a devout Presbyterian home. Leaving behind his childhood he set off on his life's journey crossing the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on 5 October 1765. He traveled with others of his family arriving at the settlement near Fort Dobbs, in good time to settle in before winter.

    Christopher Houston and Sarah Mitchell married on 23 April 1767. Christopher built their home on Hunting Creek about 14 miles north of Statesville. By the onset of the Revolutionary War they had four children, Martha, John, Lillias and James. Their sons Placebo and Christopher were born before the end of the war. Samuel and Sarah were born afterwards. Education was very important to Christopher and his wife Sarah but as this was not Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where excellent tutors could be easily hired for educating the children, he built an additional room to the house that was used specifically as a school. Fortunately a fine young schoolteacher, Moses Waddell, moved to their area and accepted the position of schoolteacher. Other local children attended classes here as well.

    Christopher had become well respected in the area and by the onset of hostilities between the Colonies and England, he held the rank of Captain of the militia. He was a Captain in the North Carolina Rangers throughout the Revolutionary War. He wrote in one of his letters that his horse suffered an injury so he sent it home with another man and briefly rejoined another group of Patriots as a Private.

    He was at the battle of Ramseur's Mill where his brother, James, was killed. There was another James Houston at Ramseur's Mill (believed to be a cousin) who was injured in the leg. Christopher is also reported to have been at the battle of Guilford Courthouse. Some accounts have Christopher Houston guarding captured Tories to prevent them from joining the troops gathered at Kings Mountain where the Patriots gained a great victory against Major Patrick Ferguson, which caused a turning point in the war. Christopher lost most of his hearing during the war.

    In spite of his handicap, after the Revolutionary War, Christopher was prominent in the affairs of the area, both public and private. He was often called upon to help resolve disputes between others. He was instrumental in organizing the town and was first Postmaster of Houstonville. This was the second post office in Iredell County. Christopher and his descendants held this office for over 100 years.

    Christopher Houston's son, James, had moved to Tennessee and urged his father to move there as well. By 1814 James had convinced him and at the age of 71, Christopher made the move from his long-time home on Hunting Creek, North Carolina to Tennessee where he purchased a piece of land from his son James. According to a letter written by Christopher and addressed to his son-in-law, Samuel Young, they settled on their new place, west of what is now Lewisburg in Marshall County, Tennessee on 17 April 1815.

    Christopher lost his precious Sarah on 18 May 1821. Sarah disliked Tennessee and never ceased urging her husband to move back to their place on Hunting Creek. Christopher writes in a letter to his daughter, Sarah Young, that his wife's last words to him were urging him to give their land back to Jamey. Her illness was brief and she went quietly. She was 79.

    Christopher remained a widower for a few years and did not feel people should marry in (his own words) "the eleventh hour" and had a "prejudice against old people's folly in marrying again." He admitted to receiving many "hints" to take another wife but not making "any attempt toward it, though the constitution of my affairs require a woman's care." He continues in his letter to ask for God's care and guidance in that and all matters.

    In 1825, at the age of 81, Christopher married Elizabeth Simpson. She was in her 50's, well respected, "exceedingly well spoken of," and had never been married.

    Christopher Houston died of a stroke at his home on 17 May 1837 and is buried in the Houston Cemetery, which is on James Houston's farm. He was 93 years old.
    - written by his 6th great-grandson, Dan Woodruff


    Husband of Sarah Mitchell -m- 23 April 1767

    Son of Robert Houston and Martha Work.

    Father of:
    Martha "Patsy" Houston Duval London
    John Houston
    Lillias Houston Bills
    James "Jamey" Houston
    Placebo Houston
    Christopher Houston
    Samuel Houston
    Sarah "Sally" Houston Young

    Family links:
    Spouse:
    Sarah Mitchell Houston (1742 - 1821)

    Children:
    Martha Houston London (1770 - 1837)*
    Lillias Houston Bills (1773 - 1850)*
    James Houston (1775 - 1840)*
    Placebo Houston (1779 - 1859)*
    Sarah Houston Young (1784 - 1853)*

    *Calculated relationship

    Inscription:
    Original Stone:
    In Memory of
    CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON
    BORN 18 FEB. 1744.
    DIED 17 MAY 1837

    Sarah Houston
    who died May 18
    A.D. 1821 in the 79th
    year of her age.

    Now the God of peace be with you.

    New Stone:
    Capt
    CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON
    NC RANGERS
    REV WAR
    FEB 18 1744
    MAY 17 1837

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6779539