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Samuel Davidson Houston (abt. 1745 - abt. 1806)

Maj. Samuel Davidson Houston
Born about in Timber Ridge, Rockbridge, Virginiamap
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Husband of — married 12 Feb 1781 in Rockbridge, Virginia, USAmap
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Died about at about age 61 in Timber Ridge, Rockbridge, Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Jan 2009
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Maj. Samuel Houston served Virginia during the American Revolution
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Father of General Sam Houston

He was born about 1745 and died 1807. While absent from home on an inspection tour, Samuel Houston died at Dennis Callighan's, a friendly tavern house, on the 'New Road' to Kentucky. He was buried in the High Bridge Church yard, near the elaborate mansion of his cousin Matthew Houston.

After his death, Elizabeth moved her family to Tennessee in the spring of 1807. Samuel was a Captain in Morgan's Rifle Brigade, Continental Army, Virginia. Continued in service and after the war as Brigadier Inspector in Virginia Militia and advanced to rank of Major. They lived on the Timber Ridge plantation, Rockbridge Co., Virginia, until the death of Samuel. Samuel was married in 1783 to Elizabeth Blair Paxton (daughter of John Paxton of Rockbridge Co., Virginia). She was born about 1765 and died August 1831. They had 9 children.[1]


  1. Paxton Houston (aft 1781-aft 1807)
  2. Robert Houston (1787-1813)
  3. James Houston (1788-1836)
  4. John P Houston (1790-1838)
  5. Samuel Houston (1793-1863)
  6. William Houston (1796-1872)
  7. Mary (Houston) Wallace (1797-1854)
  8. Isabella Houston (1798-1842)
  9. Eliza (Houston) Moore (1800-1850)

Samuel was born about 1750. He passed away about 1806.


  1. Sam Houston Museum

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Houston-2 and Houston-4008 appear to represent the same person because: same parents, wife, and family lineage, several duplicates to merge
posted by Robin Lee
While there are "family lore" about a son named Preston, after much research I have found no references to a son named Preston.
posted by Robin Lee
Houston-1541 and Houston-2 appear to represent the same person because: based on wife and mother's name, I believe these are intended to be the same person. Please provide the primary sources for the birth and death dates, as all of the resources at the Samuel Houston site have never indicated specific dates. I hope that you have data for specific dates and we can share with the museum...
posted by Robin Lee
Houston-2 and Houston-1396 appear to represent the same person because: the mother on -1396 is incorrect, I believe this profile is intended to be the same as -2
posted by Robin Lee

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