m. ABT 1717
Facts and Events
Robert Houston was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
From Houston, 1882:23
He was the son of John Houston and was born in Ireland about seventeen hundred and twenty (1720). He lived on "Timber Ridge," some five or six miles northeast of Lexington, the county-seat of Rockbridge County, VA., and owned the farm on which the "Timber Ridge Church" is located. The first, church called by this name, was a log building, situated about two miles from the present stone house, in the direction of New Providence Church. The building of stone was erected in the year seventeen hundred and fifty-six (1756), and the "Timber Ridge Church" was organised in the same year. Robert Houston married Margared DAVIDSON, daughter of Samuel and Ann Dunlap.
From Source:White, 1902
Robert Houston, the oldest of John's family, was born in Ireland about 1720; lived on Timber Ridge, some five or six miles northeast of Lexington, the county seat of Rockbridge County. He married Margaret Davidson, a daughter of Samuel and Ann Dunlap. Robert's second son, Samuel Houston, married Elizabeth Paxton, a daughter of John Paxton, and Samuel and Elizabeth were the parents of General Samuel Houston, he being their fifth son, the fourth son being Major John Houston.
There is considerable confusion over the identity of Roberts wife. Source:Houston, 1882:23 identifies her as Margaret Davidson daughter of Samuel and Ann Dunlap]], yet Roberts will identifies his wife as "Mary". Numerous family trees published on Ancestry (as of September 2012) identify her in various combinations of "Mary", "Margaret", "Davidson" and "Dunlap", with Mary Margaret Davidson" probably being the most common variant. Objectivelly Roberts identification of her as simply "Mary" is probably the best that we can justify based on original source documentation.
Taking Houston 1882 literally, the maiden name of Roberts wife would probably have been "Dunlap". "Davidson" might be her last name by a previous marriage. The disrepancy between Houston's identification of her as "Margaeret" and Roberts identification of her as "Mary" in his will, may indicate that "Mary was his second wife. Nonetheless, most genealogists give her maiden name as "Davidson". Clarification on this problem comes from a search of Chalkley's Chronicles which reveals a will for Robert Davidson, dated January 10. 1751, in which mention is made of wife. Ann, son John and daughter Mary Houston. It is possible that the "Mary Houston" identified by Robert Davidson in his will is the wife of a Houston other than Robert (1), it seems likely that Source:Houston, 1882 has incorporated a confusion in his work, misidentifying Robert's wife, and her parents.
Robert Houston's land (Borden Tract SE, 306 acres, 1742 & 200 acres, 1748 (1749 on Hildebrand Map)) 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.
From Clan Huston web page: (http://clanhuston.com)
Posted by Eugene Amos on July 23, 1999 at 10:59:16:
Robert Houston b 1720 Ireland d 1761 Rockbridge Co., VA m 1745 Mary Margaret dau of Samuel Davidson had 8 children including Gen. Sam Houston (s/b Maj. Samuel Houston, Robert was grandfather of Gen. Samuel Houston) and my direct ancestor, Elizabeth, m James McClung. Would like to know both Robert and Mary's ancestors