Sam Houston

Sam Houston

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General Samuel (Sam) Houston
Born in Timber Ridge, Rockbridge County, VA
Husband of — married to in TN
Husband of — married in Perry, Alabama
Died in Huntsville, Walker, Texas, United States
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Sam Houston was the son of Major Samuel Houston and Elizabeth Paxton. He was born on Timber Ridge in Rockbridge County, Virginia.

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.

Sam Houston was at the Convention which met at Washington on the Brazos in 1836 to declare independence from Mexico and he was a signatory of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It was there that Houston was elected commander-in-chief of the armies of Texas.

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.


On January 22, 1829, at the age of 35, Houston married 19-year-old Eliza Allen, the daughter of the well-connected planter Colonel John Allen (1776–1833) of Gallatin, Tennessee. Eliza left Houston shortly after their marriage. Houston married Tiana Rogers (d. 1838), daughter of Chief John Headman Hellfire Rogers (1740–1833) and Jennie Due (1764–1806), a sister of Chief John Jolly, in a ceremony according to Cherokee customs. Tiana was in her mid-30s, of mixed-race, and the widow of David Gentry, Jr. She had two children from her previous marriage: Gabriel, born 1819, and Joanna, born 1822. She and Houston lived together for several years. Under civil law, he was still legally married to Eliza Allen Houston. Tiana and Houston had one known child: Margaret Lewis Head Houston, born 1830.[8] After declining to accompany Houston to Texas in 1832, Tiana later married John McGrady. Houston officially divorced Eliza Allen Houston in 1837. (She remarried in 1840 to Dr. Elmore Douglass, becoming a stepmother to his ten children. She had four children with him and died in 1861. On May 9, 1840, Houston, aged 47, married for a third time. His bride was 21-year-old Margaret Moffette Lea of Marion, Alabama, the daughter of planters. They had eight children born between Houston's 51st and 68th years. Margaret acted as a tempering influence on her much older husband and convinced him to stop drinking. Although the Houstons had numerous houses, they kept only one continuously: Cedar Point (1840–1863) on Trinity Bay.

His health deteriorated in 1863 due to a persistent cough. In mid-July, Houston developed pneumonia. He died on July 26, 1863 at Steamboat House, with his wife Margaret by his side.

The inscription on his tomb reads:

A Brave Soldier. A Fearless Statesman.

A Great Orator—A Pure Patriot. A Faithful Friend, A Loyal Citizen. A Devoted Husband and Father. A Consistent Christian—An Honest Man.

Sam Houston was buried in Huntsville, where he had lived in retirement. After her death, Margaret was buried in Independence at her family's cemetery.


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On June 22, 2014 at 18:59GMT Robin Lee wrote:

As, it is the lineage I am involved in, I am going to work on adding Sam and Margaret's children, then I will add the connect to my family through Temple Lea Houston. Once I have the children added, anyone can take over a branch, just ask for trusted list.

On June 22, 2014 at 15:07GMT Buddy Toups wrote:

This was an orphan page with no manager. I've adopted this profile and see we need more updates the Sam Houston. I'll start updating his profile soon. Thank you guys in the comments for you input I'll definitely add the soon.

On January 17, 2014 at 18:53GMT Ed Poor wrote:

Houston died in Steamboat House Huntsville TX. It is now on the campus of Sam Houston State University

On May 21, 2013 at 06:04GMT Bev Anonymous wrote:

shsu.ed/~smm (Sam Houston Memorial)

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

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