XIII. TENNESSEE, SAM HOUSTON AND TEXAS INDEPENDENCE

The General Sam Houston family of Texas and the McCords were related and close from the days both families lived in Blount County and Franklin County, Tennessee in the early 1800's. Sam Houston and Campbell W. McCord's first wife were both great-grandchildren of the emigrant John Houston who came to America from Northern Ireland and Scotland as did the McCords.Campbell W. McCord contributed to an 1880's biography of Sam Houston. Sam Houston's private secretary William Miller was related to the McCords through his sister who married Campbell W.McCord. William Miller carried a vital message for Sam Houston to retired President Andrew Jackson seeking Jackson's support in bringing Texas into the Union which was successful.

General Sam Houston of Texas

Still other McCords intermarried into the Houston family from Blount County, Tennessee. One , Campbell W. McCord, contributed to the 1882 biography of General Sam Houston of Texas fame, written by Reverend Samuel McCord, General Sam Houston's uncle.

Campbell W. McCord was a friend of General Houston's, and Campbell's first wife, Caroline, was a brother of Sam Houston's personal secretary in Texas, William D. Miller.

This brother-in-law of Campbell W. McCord's, William D. Miller, who was General Sam Houston's personal secretary when Houston was President of Texas, served as a vital link and emissary to former President Andrew Jackson in Texas's fight to join the United States as a state.

In 1844, William D. Miller served as a personal emissary of General Sam Houston's, carrying a crucial personal letter for Houston in Texas to former U.S. President Andrew Jackson then living in Tennessee. The letter sought Jackson's assistance with the U.S. Congress in getting Texas into the Union.

Former U.S. President Andrew Jackson after meeting with Miller then called on his friends in Congress who voted to bring Texas into the Union. William Miller's mission for General Sam Houston was a success.

Up to that time, Texas' efforts to join the Union had been unsuccessful.

In addition to the above, the first wife of Campbell McCord was a great-granddaughter of John Houston, the first Houston emigrant to America. Sam Houston was a great-grandson of John Houston, so the McCord and Houston families are related that far back.

The emigrant John Houston came to America from Northern Ireland and earlier Scotland and first settled in Pennsylvania. Then he moved to Virginia and Sam Houston's mother moved to Blount County, Tennessee and then Sam Houston and the McCords moved from Blount County Tennessee to Franklin County Tennessee in the early 1800's. 

McCord relatives by marriage are also reported to have fought at the Texas Battle of Goliad earlier for Texas freedom from Mexico.

Several of the Texas defenders at The Battle of the Alamo in 1836 were from Tennessee, including John Blair. He and they were from the area immediately adjoining where James and David McCord and their families had lived in Washington County, Tennessee on the Big Limestone River and are believed to have been friends of the McCord family. Earlier, a John Blair had land adjoining that of James McCord there.

The colorful Davy Crockett of Alamo fame, and former U.S. Congressman, came from this same area of Tennessee as the McCords, and both lived on a branch of the Big Limestone River. Davy Crockett was born there in 1783 at the mouth of the Big Limestone.

Later both the McCords and Davy Crockett were in Franklin County Tennessee and both served in the War of 1812 from that county as did Sam Houston.

Davy Crockett's father, John Crockett from Ireland, settling in Pennsylvania. There were Crocketts who lived in Derry (now Hershey) Pennsylvania.

From there John Crockett went on to Lincoln County, North Carolina and from there moved to Tennessee (Washington County). There John Crockett fought at The Battle of Kings Mountain under Colonel John Sevier, as well as in some other engagements.

McCords have married into the Crockett family of various periods. Whether they were related to Davy Crockett's immediate family is not known. Further research may indicate whether they did so.It is true that the McCords and John and Davy Crockett lived at many of the same places: Pennsylvania; Lincoln County, North Carolina; Washington County Tennessee (then in North Carolina); and Franklin County, Tennessee.

DAVID CROCKETT OF TEXAS ALAMO FAME


MCCORDSVILLE, INDIANA

At the time Sam Houston was bringing the new Republic and then State of Texas into prominence as a state, other McCords were settling McCordsville, Indiana for whom the city was named. The McCordsville cemetery there is pictured below where a number of McCords are buried.

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