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Capt Christopher Houston

Capt Christopher Houston

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 17 May 1837 (aged 93)
Marshall County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Marshall County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 6779539 · View Source
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Christopher Houston was born 18 February 1744 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Robert and Martha Houston. He was the fifth of eight children. Little is know of his early years but he was well educated and was raised in a devout Presbyterian home. He traveled with others of his family settling near the Clinch River in VA before moving to North Carolina.

Christopher Houston and Sarah Mitchell married on 23 April 1767. Christopher built their home on Hunting Creek about 14 miles north of Statesville. By the onset of the Revolutionary War they had four children, Martha, John, Lillias and James. Their sons Placebo and Christopher were born before the end of the war. Samuel and Sarah were born afterwards. Education was very important to Christopher and his wife Sarah but as this was not Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where excellent tutors could be easily hired for educating the children, he built an additional room to the house that was used specifically as a school. Fortunately a fine young schoolteacher, Moses Waddell, moved to their area and accepted the position of schoolteacher. Other local children attended classes here as well.

Christopher had become well respected in the area and by the onset of hostilities between the Colonies and England, he held the rank of Captain of the militia. He was a Captain in the North Carolina Rangers throughout the Revolutionary War. He wrote in one of his letters that his horse suffered an injury so he sent it home with another man and briefly rejoined another group of Patriots as a Private.

He was at the battle of Ramseur's Mill where his brother, James, was killed. There was another James Houston at Ramseur's Mill (believed to be a cousin) who was injured in the leg. Christopher is also reported to have been at the battle of Guilford Courthouse. Some accounts have Christopher Houston guarding captured Tories to prevent them from joining the troops gathered at Kings Mountain where the Patriots gained a great victory against Major Patrick Ferguson, which caused a turning point in the war. Christopher lost most of his hearing during the war.

In spite of his handicap, after the Revolutionary War, Christopher was prominent in the affairs of the area, both public and private. He was often called upon to help resolve disputes between others. He was instrumental in organizing the town and was first Postmaster of Houstonville. This was the second post office in Iredell County. Christopher and his descendants held this office for over 100 years.

Christopher Houston's son, James, had moved to Tennessee and urged his father to move there as well. By 1814 James had convinced him and at the age of 71, Christopher made the move from his long-time home on Hunting Creek, North Carolina to Tennessee where he purchased a piece of land from his son James. According to a letter written by Christopher and addressed to his son-in-law, Samuel Young, they settled on their new place, west of what is now Lewisburg in Marshall County, Tennessee on 17 April 1815.

Christopher lost his precious Sarah on 18 May 1821. Sarah disliked Tennessee and never ceased urging her husband to move back to their place on Hunting Creek. Christopher writes in a letter to his daughter, Sarah Young, that his wife's last words to him were urging him to give their land back to Jamey. Her illness was brief and she went quietly. She was 79.

Christopher remained a widower for a few years and did not feel people should marry in (his own words) "the eleventh hour" and had a "prejudice against old people's folly in marrying again." He admitted to receiving many "hints" to take another wife but not making "any attempt toward it, though the constitution of my affairs require a woman's care." He continues in his letter to ask for God's care and guidance in that and all matters.

In 1825, at the age of 81, Christopher married Elizabeth Simpson. She was in her 50's, well respected, "exceedingly well spoken of," and had never been married.

Christopher Houston died of a stroke at his home on 17 May 1837 and is buried in the Houston Cemetery, which is on James Houston's farm. He was 93 years old.
- written by his 6th great-grandson, Dan Woodruff

Husband of Sarah Mitchell -m- 23 April 1767

Son of Robert Houston and Martha Work.

Father of:
Martha "Patsy" Houston Duval London
John Houston
Lillias Houston Bills
James "Jamey" Houston
Placebo Houston
Christopher Houston
Samuel Houston
Sarah "Sally" Houston Young

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Original Stone:
In Memory of
BORN 18 FEB. 1744.
DIED 17 MAY 1837

Sarah Houston
who died May 18
A.D. 1821 in the 79th
year of her age.

Now the God of peace be with you.

New Stone:
FEB 18 1744
MAY 17 1837

Gravesite Details The original stone is wearing smooth and is difficult to read.

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  • Maintained by: Dan Woodruff
  • Originally Created by: James Houston
  • Added: 15 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6779539
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Christopher Houston (18 Feb 1744–17 May 1837), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6779539, citing Houston Cemetery, Marshall County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Dan Woodruff (contributor 46888449) .