He is married, has five children, runs a steam thresher, a steam cotton-gin, and a farm, and acts as Justice of the Peace during leisure hours. The earliest known paternal ancestor was Gabriel Gustave de Crocketagne, whose son Antoine de Saussure Peronette de Crocketagne was given a commission in the Household Troops under French King Louis XIV. She had two children, a daughter and a son. In 1836, newspapers published the now-famous quotation attributed to Crockett upon his return to his home state: I told the people of my district that I would serve them as faithfully as I had done; but if not, they might go to hell, and I would go to Texas.[124]. According to Dickinson, Crockett paused briefly in the chapel to say a prayer before running to his post. (The fur, meat, and fat were all valuable commodities on the American frontier in those days, and he had a family to support.) [132][133] The soldiers intended to use the huts as cover to establish another artillery position, although many Texians assumed that they actually were launching an assault on the fort. Several messengers were sent to James Fannin who commanded the group of Texian soldiers at Presidio La Bahia in Goliad, TX. The English publication caused a scandal within the United States, as it asserted that Crockett did not die in battle. King of the wild frontier, as the song goes. [134] Several men volunteered to burn the huts. David "Davy" Crockett, the son of John and Rebecca Crockett, was born on August 17, 1786, in East Tennessee. [125] His departure to Texas was delayed by a court appearance in the last week of October as co-executor of his deceased father-in-law's estate; he finally left his home near Rutherford in West Tennessee with three other men on November 1, 1835 to explore Texas. He lost that election to incumbent Adam Rankin Alexander. Children of David Davy Crockett and Mary Polly Finley were as follows: + 73 i John Wesley8 Crockett, born, 10 Jul 1807, in Winchester, Franklin, Tennessee. Most people consider his second marriage, to Elizabeth Patton, a marriage of convenience. It was the last time she would ever see her father. I voted against this Indian bill, and my conscience yet tells me that I gave a good honest vote, and one that I believe will not make me ashamed in the day of judgement. [150] The coffin is thought to have been buried in a peach tree grove, but the spot was not marked and can no longer be identified. [140] Historian Walter Lord speculates that the Texians were creating a diversion to allow their courier John Smith to evade Mexican pickets. [49] His wife died in March 1815,[50] and Crockett asked his brother John and his sister-in-law to move in with him to help care for the children. A local carpenter created a simple coffin, and ashes from the funeral pyres were placed inside. [36] Later, he worked off a $40 debt to John Canady. [e], When David was 12 years old, his father indentured him to Jacob Siler to help with the Crockett family indebtedness. He demanded the immediate execution of the survivors, but Castrillón and several other officers refused to do so. [111], —David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett[112], Crockett was re-elected for the 1829–31 session,[113] once again defeating Adam Rankin Alexander. [117] He opposed Jackson's 1830 Indian Removal Act and was the only member of the Tennessee delegation to vote against it. [136] There were limited stores of powder and shot inside the Alamo, and Alamo commander William Barret Travis ordered the artillery to stop returning fire on February 26 so as to conserve precious ammunition. [156] The translator of the English-publication, Carmen Perry, the former librarian of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, was harassed with anonymous letters and intimidating phone calls by Crockett-loyalists who considered the mere suggestion that Crockett had not died fighting blasphemous. [37] Once the debts were paid, John Crockett told his son that he was free to leave. The three men—including Crockett—were sent to find Fannin. [140] However, Alamo survivor Susannah Dickinson said in 1876 that Travis sent out three men shortly after dark on March 3, probably a response to the arrival of Mexican reinforcements. [184], A 2009 episode of MythBusters tested whether Crockett could split a bullet in half on an axe in a tree 40 yards away. Crockett's father put him to work driving cattle to Virginia when he was twelve years old. Staff officers who had not participated in the fighting drew their swords and killed the unarmed Texians. After his death, he continued to be credited with acts of mythical proportion. 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Mademoiselle de Saix of France, Antoine de Saussure Peronette de Crocketagne (changed name to Crockett) (1643–1735) m. Louise de Saix (1648-), Joseph Louis Crockett born in Ireland (1676–1749) m. Sarah Gilbert Stewart (1680–1776), William David Crockett (1709–1770) m. Elizabeth Boulay (1710-), David "the Elder" Crockett (1729–1777) m. Elizabeth Hedge (1730–1777), Margaret Finley (Polly) Crockett (1812–1860), Davy Crockett Loop, Prairies and Pineywoods Wildlife Trail – East, Crockett park north of downtown San Antonio. [74] The Fort Mims massacre occurred near Mobile, Mississippi Territory on August 30, 1813 and became a rallying cry for the Creek War. David returned to Canady's employment, where he stayed for four years. The battle was over within 90 minutes,[134] and the Mexican soldiers retreated. John Crockett’s siblings were Joseph, James, Alexander, Robert and William, as well as Davy Crockett's immediate namesake David Jr. Elizabeth Patton, Davy Crockett’s second wife, was a widow and had children from her previous marriage, Margaret Ann … The number of David's siblings is not fully known. [101] He served in the first session, which ran from September through the end of November 1823, and in the second session that ran September through the end of November 1824, championing the rights of the impoverished farmers. The Crocketts were of mostly French-Huguenot ancestry, although the family had settled in Ireland before migrating to the Americas. [34], In 1802, David journeyed by foot back to his father's tavern in Tennessee. "Davey Crockett" redirects here. David Stern Crockett. The author and retired firefighter, William Groneman III, posited that the journals were made up of several different types of paper from several different paper manufacturers, all cut down to fit. [41], He met Polly Finley and her mother Jean at a harvest festival. These led in the 20th century to television and movie portrayals, and he became one of the best-known American folk heroes.[5][6]. [12] He was away as a militia volunteer in 1777 when David and Elizabeth were killed at their home near today's Rogersville by Creeks and Chickamauga Cherokees led by war chief Dragging Canoe.