Sam Houston was the son of Major Samuel Houston and Elizabeth Paxton. He was born on Timber Ridge in Rockbridge County, VA.
After the death of his father, Sam's mother moved the family to Baker Creek, Tennessee. Sam ran away at the ago of 13 and was soon in the company of the Cherokee Tribe of Chief Oolooteka. The tribe adopted young Sam and bestowed upon him the name "Colonneh", which means "the raven".
When Sam was 19 years old, he returned to Maryville where he founded Tennessee's first school ever built in that state. Soon thereafter, Sam became an attorney and set up a practice in Lebanon, Tennessee. In 1818, he became Attorney General for the Nashville District.
In 1822, Sam was elected to the House of Representatives for the State of Tennessee and held that seat until 1827.
He is most famous as a key historical figure in the history of Texas. He was the first president of the Republic of Texas. He was a US Senator for Texas after it joined the United States, and later the governor.
JOHN 1 HOUSTON- Evidently lived and died in the north part of Ireland. Mrs. John Houston, (Margaret McClung) born in Ireland cir. 1650,-she came with son John, his wife MARGARET CUNNINGHAM, 4 sons, 2 dau and his widowed mother (Margaret McClung ) came to America in 1735. She died age 97 cir. 1747 Rockbridge County, VA. The family settled in LANCASTER CO PA -moved to Rockbridge Co VA abt 1742-50-John Houston d. 1754 when burning limb pierced his skull. There was another John Houston who was a cousin who stayed in Pequea Lancaster PA & died there-so it is confusing