b.1689 Antrim, Ireland
m. ABT 1685
Facts and Events
John Houston was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
From White, 1902, quoting a manuscript in the papers of the Rev. Samuel Rutherford Houston.
"John Houston, my grandfather, came from Ireland with his family when my father was about nine years old, about 1735, bringing with him his mother and wife, who was a Miss Cunningham, and all of his children, excepting the oldest son, James, who died soon after the family left him. 
John Houston's family consisted of the following children :
Grandfather John Houston remained in Pennsylvania until his three oldest children were married. He then removed to Virginia, and settled on 'Burden's Land,' and with his son-in-law (John Montgomery) , was a principal founder of the congregation of New Providence, to which he gave the name. In the cemetery of the same, his mother, aged ninety-seven, his wife and himself, with, several of his descendants, lie buried.
John Houston, my grandfather, was killed by a limb falling from a tree on fire, as he walked under it. My mother, her maiden name was Todd, died in 1795, and was buried near Maryville, Blount County. My father died in Kentucky, and was buried in a church yard near Whipperwill Creek, Logan County,.
Houston, 1882:10 continues:
His house stood near the place where "Old Providence Church" now stands. In its immediate vicinity the settlers erected a stockade fort, for their defense, in the case of invasion by the Indans. The father of the writer remembered having seen this fort when he was a boy (as early as 1760-1765), and having heard most thrilling accounts of the alarms and, not unfrequently (sic) of the curel massacres to which the early settlers were subjected from the inroads and assaults of the Indians.
John Houston's land (Borden Tract/SW, 228 acres, 1748) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. The tract of John Houston is located in the Borden Tract, just across the line from the Beverley Patent. Note that land of John Montgomery, son-in-law of John Houston is adjoining land to the north, in the Beverley Patent.
From "John and Esther Houston Montgomery", compiled and published by Beulah Henry Anderson, et al. pub. 1974 by Brazos Printing company, Maryville, Tennessee:
The Houston Family lines have been carefully traced; articles compiled by Professor S.G. Hwofield for the Monroe (North Carolina) Journal have been stidied along with "bold Legacy" by Cliburn Huston and other references. The parents of Esther Houston who married John Montgomery were John Houston (1) and Margaret Cunningham. John was born in Northern Ireland around 1690, came to the United States in 1730, having experienced a hectic encounter on the ship with piratical captain and crew. With him was his wife, Margaret Cunningham, four sons, two daughters and his widowed mother. The Elder Mrs. Houston must have been still spry, around 80 years of age; she died at age 97.
They landed at New Castle, Delaware, settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles inland from Philadelphia  John lived there for seventeen years but the urge of the pioneer was still in his blood, leading him to join the Scotch Irish settlers pushing southward and westward into western Virginia. This move of about 200 miles doubtless was made by wagon train across the Potomac and up the Shenandoah Rover. The reached Augusta County, Virginia, where the combined family (John plus son John, Samuel, Robert and Matthew) became the largest holders of land in Augusta County.
John Houston I helped to form the New Providence Church in the northern part of what is now Rockbridge County, Virginia, and later helped one of his sons and their neighbors to build Timber Ridge Church to the east of the New Providence where old Sam Houston was born. He also helped to fould Liberty (Augusta) Academy at Timber Ridge, which later became Washington and Lee University at Lexington, Virginia.
Augusta Co., Virginia Book of Records Vol. III Pg 34 Date: 24th April, 1748-49 John Huston's will- Wife (to act with advice of John Moore); sons, Samuel and Matthew(infant); rest of children; Mary Blair to have a share with the rest (of the children). Executors, wife and John Moore. Teste: James Eakin, Joseph Kennedy, Walter Eakin. Proved, 15th May, 1755, by the witnesses; wife Margaret and John Moore qualify, with sureties Matthew Lyle and Wm. Lockridge