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David “Davy” Crockett

  • Birth 17 Aug 1786 Greene County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 6 Mar 1836 San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
  • Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 2308

Folk Figure, Frontiersman, Soldier, US Congressman, and Defender of the Alamo. Commonly referred to as the "King of the Wild Frontier," his exploits as an American folk hero were popularized in films, stage plays, and books, which were often exaggerated. Born in present-day Greene County, Tennessee near Limestone, his father struggled to make ends meet. As a young boy, he had to work to help pay his father's debts and would often tend cattle for local farmers. In 1806 he married Polly Finley and they moved several times before he signed up as a scout and forager for the local militia in September 1813 during the Creek War. The following year he participated in a military expedition in Spanish Florida and returned home in December 1814. After relocating to Lawrence County, Tennessee, he first entered politics, serving as a county commissioner and justice of the peace. In 1818 he was elected as a lieutenant colonel of the 57th Tennessee Militia and was soon engaged in several local business ventures. In 1821 he resigned as commissioner and was elected to the Tennessee Legislature and was re-elected two years later. In 1825 he ran as a National Republican and lost for a seat for Tennessee's 9th district in the US House of Representatives but won the following year, serving for two terms from March 1827 until March 1831. He voted against President Andrew Jackson's 1830 Indian Removal Act which made him unpopular with his constituents and he lost his seat in the 1830 election. In 1832 he ran for the US House of Representatives from Tennessee's newly created 12th district and was elected, defeating his former opponent William Fitzgerald, serving one term from March 1833 until March 1835. During this last term, he had expressed a desire about moving to Texas, and in November 1835, he assembled a group of volunteers and led them to the Alamo mission in present-day San Antonio, Texas where, on February 8, 1836, he joined up with the legendary James Bowie and Alamo commander Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis. They encountered a force of about 1,800 Mexican soldiers under the command of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. With only about 185 to 260 men, the Alamo defenders managed to hold off the Mexican Army for 13 days until they were finally overrun on March 6, 1836 and Crockett died either in combat or was executed at the age of 49. Historians disagree on how he died, as there are several accounts of his death that cannot be accurately verified. Over the years, his character has been portrayed in numerous films and television programs, including Jack Perrin in "The Painted Stallion" (1937), Robert Barrat in "Man of Conquest" (1939), Arthur Hunnicutt in "The Last Command" (1955), Fess Parker in "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" (1955) and "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates" (1956), John Wayne in "The Alamo" (1960), Brian Keith in "The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory" (1987), Johnny Cash in "Davy Crockett: Rainbow in the Thunder" (1988), John Schneider in James A. Michener's ABC television miniseries "Texas" (1994), and Billy Bob Thornton in "The Alamo" (2004). The song "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" sung by Bill Hayes and written for the ABC television miniseries "Davy Crockett" that aired from 1954 to 1955, reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts from March to April 1955. In addition to his burial location at the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas, a cenotaph resides at his birthplace in Limestone Springs, Tennessee. A life-size statue in his honor resides at the Lawrenceburg Public Square in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

Bio by: William Bjornstad



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“Here Lie the Remains of Travis, Crockett, Bowie and Other Alamo Heroes Formerly buried in the sanctuary of the Old San Fernando Church. Exhumed July 28, 1936. Exposed to public view for a year. Entombed May 11, 1938 The Archdiocese of San Antonio erected this memorial May 11 A.D. 1938 R.I.P”


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2308
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David “Davy” Crockett (17 Aug 1786–6 Mar 1836), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2308, citing San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .