Limestone in Washington County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
A Summary of the Life of Davy Crockett
• Raised in frontier poverty without any education until he is a teenager, David is often hired out to others for additional income while still a child; once held against his will until he escapes under the cover of a winter storm.
• To avoid punishment from his father for being absent from school, David runs away for almost three years (going as far as Baltimore) before he returns home in 1802.
• Following unsuccessful courtships, David finally meets and marries Mary “Polly” Finley in 1806; two sons, John Wesley and William, soon follow.
• The Crockett family moves to middle Tennessee in 1811, finally settling on Bean Creek. In 1812, a daughter is born (Mary). In 1813, David enters the Creek War and serves two enlistments in General Andrew Jackson’s army. His wife, Polly, dies in early 1815 and by summer of 1816, David courts and marries a local widow, Elizabeth Patton, who has two children from her previous marriage. They have three children between 1816 and 1822. Looking for a new home, Crockett explores N. Alabama and contracts Malaria and almost dies.
• Crockett excels at bear hunting and continues his rise in state politics. In 1825, he fails in his first attempt to win a seat in Congress. In early 1826, he is almost killed when his flatboats crash into an island on the Mississippi River. His rescuers bring him into Memphis where he wins the admiration of Mayor Marcus Winchester – who now supports him for his next bid for Congress. In 1827, Crockett wins the election and serves a total of three terms in Washington City (1827-29, 1829-31, 1833-35). He becomes a national celebrity because of his unique backwoods oratory and expression.
• During the height of his Congressional service, Crockett severs his ties with President Jackson and most of the Tennessee delegation over the issue of squatters rights and Jackson’s desire to remove Indians off their ancestral lands. He loses the 1831 election but his national reputation
• By 1834, Crockett has become fully aligned with the opposing Whig Party and publishes his own life story - A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee. By 1835, however, Crockett has become ineffective and barely loses his re-election bid to a pro-Jackson candidate. He tells his constituents “You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas!”
• Seeking a financial and political rebound in Texas, Crockett plans to explore North Texas along the Red River before he returns home. During the trip there, he is swept up by the recent tide for revolutionary change against Mexico and eventually joins the army as a volunteer. By February 1836, he arrives in San Antonio and joins up with a small Texian garrison. After a thirteen-day siege, the Mexicans storm the Alamo on March 6 and every defender, including Crockett, is killed.
“Be always sure you are right, then go ahead!”
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas IndependenceFormer U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1836.
Location. 36° 12.368′ N, 82° 39.554′ W. Marker is in Limestone, Tennessee, in Washington County. Marker is on Musket Lane, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on the grounds of the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1245 Davy Crockett Park Road, Limestone TN 37681, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park (here, next to this marker); The Real Likeness of David Crockett (here, next to this marker); Crockett’s Tennessee Westward Movement (here, next to this marker); Crockett (within shouting distance of this marker); Davy Crockett’s Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); Unionist Stronghold (approx. ¼ mile away); Eye-Witness to a Near Tragedy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edward Chalmers Huffaker (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Limestone.
More about this marker. An image of Davy Crockett’s Almanack of Wild Sports in the West from 1837 containing a picture of a Kentucky hunter appears on the lower right of the marker.
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Davy Crockett. (Submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. (Submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 697 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 6, 7. submitted on August 10, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.