John Wesley Crockett

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About John Wesley Crockett

John (Wesley) Crockett b. abt 1753 d. unknown but think in East TN as it does not appear that he came with Rebecca to West TN where she appears to have lived with different children. Married Rebecca Hawkins b. abt 1756, Baltimore County, Maryland d. abt. 1834, Gibson County TN. Marked grave in yard of the Crockett Cabin in Rutherford, TN. John’s parents are David Crockett and Elizabeth ?, Rebecca’s parents are Nathan and Ruth Cole Hawkins.

According to court records, descendants of various children and applications for pensions for service in war., John Wesley Crockett and Rebecca Hawkins had the following nine children:

1. Margaret Catharine Crockett b. bef. 1778 d. ca 1792. There is paper proof that Margaret was a daughter and has descendants. She had a daughter, Catharine, by a General Taylor. This proof was produced at the 2008 Crockett Family Reunion and research continues for 2009) jnb

2. Nathan b. 1778 d. 1839 Weakley Co. TN m.1 unknown 2. Margaret


3. William b. 1780 d. bef. 1840, Lincoln Co. TN m. 3 Feb 1803, Jefferson Co. TN, Rebecca Elliot,

4. Aaron b. 7 Mar 1782, d. July 1835, Weakley Co. TN m. 25 Mar 1804, Sullivan Co. TN, Nancy Sampson

5. (James) Patterson b. 1784, d. 1834, Gibson Co. TN, m. 21 Mar 1809, Christian Co. KY Nancy Gray

6. David b. 17 Aug 1786, Greene Co TN, d. 6 Mar 1836, Bexar Co. TX, The Alamo m. Mary (Polly) Finley 14 Aug 1806, Jefferson Co. TN, 2. Elizabeth Patton, 1815, Lawrence Co. TN

7 John b. 1787 d. 1841 m. 24 Oct 1812, Jefferson Co. TN , Sarah Ann Thomas

8. Elizabeth b. 1788 d. ? m. 25 Nov 1805, Jefferson Co. TN, Yarnell Reese

9. Rebecca Jane b. 1796, TN, d. ?, m. 9 Jun 1819, Lawrence Co. TN, John Foster

Son David says in his autobiography that he is one of nine children although he doesn’t name his siblings.

Note that Sarah Goodgame (Crockett) is NOT one of the known children listed above, so she and other unproven siblings have been moved to the following location until we can figure out where they really belong:


REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN (South Carolina patriot militia)

John Crockett was one of the Overmountain Men who fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolutionary War.

The Overmountain Men were American frontiersmen from west of the Appalachian Mountains who took part in the American Revolutionary War. While they were present at multiple engagements in the war's Southern Campaign, they are best known for their role in the American victory at the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780.

The Battle of Kings Mountain, October 7, 1780, was a decisive Patriot victory in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War. Frontier militia loyal to the United States overwhelmed the Loyalist American militia led by British Major Patrick Ferguson of the 71st Foot. In "The Winning of the West", Theodore Roosevelt wrote of Kings Mountain, "This brilliant victory marked the turning point of the American Revolution."

John Crockett served under Col. Isaac Shelby in the Battle of King's Mountain, and was a magistrate presiding whrn Andrew Jackson received his license to practice law. Was also a commissioner of building roads. In 1783 he was a Frontier Ranger. His name appears on the Tax List of Green Co. NC, now TN, for 1783. In 1786 he lived at Limestone Creek, TN. A few years later the family moved to a place in the same country ten miles north of Greenville. John Crockett, who in 1792, lived two miles East of where Morristown, Tennessee, is now located, near Phelps Smith, Richard Thompson and Isaac Martin. John Crockett did not tarry long at the mouth of the Limestone River, after David was born. In fact, David Crockett in 1792, when his father lived two miles out on the Abington Road East of Morristown, was a barefoot six year old boy running around the house, probably one of the regular log cabin type of that day and time. The next move was to Cove Creek, where John and Mr. Thomas Galbraith built a mill in partnership. The mill and his house were destroyed by a flood, so he moved to Jefferson Co. TN and opened a tavern on the road from Abingdon to Knoxville, Davy was then eight years old and remained there until 12. Davy had left home to travel to Front Royal, VA on a cattle drive. From there he went on to Baltimore after being made an offer to drive cattle. He didn't retun home until he was 15, about 1801 and found John Crockett in debt in the amount of $86.00. Davy worked the debt off and returned to school working for a Quaker, John Kennedy. After Davy married Polly Finley he lived with John for several years and then decided to move into a new territory.

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John Wesley Crockett's Timeline

Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States
Age 21
Age 24
March 7, 1782
Age 28
Sullivan, Tennessee, United States
Age 28
Lincoln, Tennessee, United States
Age 29
Sullivan, TN, USA
Age 30
Sullivan, TN, USA
August 17, 1786
Age 32
(Present Limestone), Washington County (Present Greene County), Free Republic of Franklin (Present Tennessee), United States
Age 33
Rogersville, Tennessee, United States
Age 34