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Christopher Houston, Captain

Birthplace: Susquehanna River, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Colonial America
Death: Died in Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Houston and Martha Houston
Husband of Sarah Houston
Father of John Houston; Lillias Bills; Martha London; James Houston; Sarah "Sally" Young and 3 others
Brother of James Houston and Robert Houston

Occupation: Captain Revolutionary War / Farmer
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About Christopher Houston, Captain

irth: Feb. 18, 1744 Lancaster County Pennsylvania, USA Death: May 17, 1837 Marshall County Tennessee, USA

Christopher Houston was born 18 February 1744 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Robert and Martha Houston. He was the fifth of eight children. Little is know of his early years but he was well educated and was raised in a devout Presbyterian home. He traveled with others of his family settling near the Clinch River in VA before moving to North Carolina.

Christopher Houston and Sarah Mitchell married on 23 April 1767. Christopher built their home on Hunting Creek about 14 miles north of Statesville. By the onset of the Revolutionary War they had four children, Martha, John, Lillias and James. Their sons Placebo and Christopher were born before the end of the war. Samuel and Sarah were born afterwards. Education was very important to Christopher and his wife Sarah but as this was not Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where excellent tutors could be easily hired for educating the children, he built an additional room to the house that was used specifically as a school. Fortunately a fine young schoolteacher, Moses Waddell, moved to their area and accepted the position of schoolteacher. Other local children attended classes here as well.

Christopher had become well respected in the area and by the onset of hostilities between the Colonies and England, he held the rank of Captain of the militia. He was a Captain in the North Carolina Rangers throughout the Revolutionary War. He wrote in one of his letters that his horse suffered an injury so he sent it home with another man and briefly rejoined another group of Patriots as a Private.

He was at the battle of Ramseur's Mill where his brother, James, was killed. There was another James Houston at Ramseur's Mill (believed to be a cousin) who was injured in the leg. Christopher is also reported to have been at the battle of Guilford Courthouse. Some accounts have Christopher Houston guarding captured Tories to prevent them from joining the troops gathered at Kings Mountain where the Patriots gained a great victory against Major Patrick Ferguson, which caused a turning point in the war. Christopher lost most of his hearing during the war.

In spite of his handicap, after the Revolutionary War, Christopher was prominent in the affairs of the area, both public and private. He was often called upon to help resolve disputes between others. He was instrumental in organizing the town and was first Postmaster of Houstonville. This was the second post office in Iredell County. Christopher and his descendants held this office for over 100 years.

Christopher Houston's son, James, had moved to Tennessee and urged his father to move there as well. By 1814 James had convinced him and at the age of 71, Christopher made the move from his long-time home on Hunting Creek, North Carolina to Tennessee where he purchased a piece of land from his son James. According to a letter written by Christopher and addressed to his son-in-law, Samuel Young, they settled on their new place, west of what is now Lewisburg in Marshall County, Tennessee on 17 April 1815.

Christopher lost his precious Sarah on 18 May 1821. Sarah disliked Tennessee and never ceased urging her husband to move back to their place on Hunting Creek. Christopher writes in a letter to his daughter, Sarah Young, that his wife's last words to him were urging him to give their land back to Jamey. Her illness was brief and she went quietly. She was 79.

Christopher remained a widower for a few years and did not feel people should marry in (his own words) "the eleventh hour" and had a "prejudice against old people's folly in marrying again." He admitted to receiving many "hints" to take another wife but not making "any attempt toward it, though the constitution of my affairs require a woman's care." He continues in his letter to ask for God's care and guidance in that and all matters.

In 1825, at the age of 81, Christopher married Elizabeth Simpson. She was in her 50's, well respected, "exceedingly well spoken of," and had never been married.

Christopher Houston died of a stroke at his home on 17 May 1837 and is buried in the Houston Cemetery, which is on James Houston's farm. He was 93 years old. - written by his 6th great-grandson, Dan Woodruff

Husband of Sarah Mitchell -m- 23 April 1767

Son of Robert Houston and Martha Work.

Father of: Martha "Patsy" Houston Duval London John Houston Lillias Houston Bills James "Jamey" Houston Placebo Houston Christopher Houston Samuel Houston Sarah "Sally" Houston Young

Family links:

 Sarah Mitchell Houston (1742 - 1821)

 Martha Houston London (1770 - 1837)*
 Lillias Houston Bills (1773 - 1850)*
 James Houston (1775 - 1840)*
 Placebo Houston (1779 - 1859)*
 Sarah Houston Young (1784 - 1853)*
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Inscription: Original Stone: In Memory of CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON BORN 18 FEB. 1744. DIED 17 MAY 1837

Sarah Houston who died May 18 A.D. 1821 in the 79th year of her age.

Now the God of peace be with you.


Note: The original stone is wearing smooth and is difficult to read.

Burial: Houston Cemetery Marshall County Tennessee, USA

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Maintained by: Dan Woodruff Originally Created by: James Houston Record added: Sep 15, 2002 Find A Grave Memorial# 6779539

Parents: Robert Houston b 1712 and Martha Work b 1715

5. CHRISTOPHER3 HOUSTON (ROBERT2, CHRISTOPHER1) was born February 18, 1744/45 in Lancaster Co., Pa. (on the Susquehanna River), and died May 17, 1837 in Maury Co., Tenn.. He married (1) SARAH MITCHELL April 23, 1767 in Bethany Church, later Fourth Creek Church, Rowan, later Iredell Co., N.C., daughter of JOHN MITCHELL. She was born 1742, and died May 18, 1821 in Maury Co., Tenn..He married (2) ELIZABETH SIMPSON in 1825.

Notes for CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON: Christopher Houston manumitted his slaves at his death in 1837. He was said to be a strong Presbyterian, and a Whig in politics.

More About CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON: Burial: Houston Cemetery, Lewisburg, Marshall Co., Tenn. Census: 1790, Caswell Dist., Caswell Co., N.C. Census: 1790, Iredell Co., N.C. - 2-3-4-0-6 Migration: 1765, To Rowan Co., N.C., moved to Catawba River, Buffalo Shoals, about 1772

More About SARAH MITCHELL: Burial: Houston Cemetery, Lewisburg, Marshall Co., Tenn.


  1. MARTHA4 HOUSTON, b. August 15, 1770.

i# JOHN HOUSTON, b. Abt. 1772; d. 1798.

Lillias Houston b. 6 Nov 1774; d. 26 Feb 1850

James Houston b. 1775; d. 26 May 1840

Placebo Houston b. 28 Mar 1779; d. 2 Jan 1859

Christopher Houston b. 1781; d. bef. 1835

Samuel Houston b. abt. 1782; d. 1807

Sarah "Sally" Houston b. 28 Jul 1784; d. 28 Dec 1853


There is no evidence of this Christopher Houston ever having a middle name or initial. The "C." comes from an erroneous genealogy done by one of the descendants of his grandson, Dr. Christopher Columbus Houston. In Christopher Houston's own handwriting he says in a letter to one of his children that he feels that middle names are "fanciful" and indicates that he did not necessarily approve of the practice. None of his children had middle names.

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Christopher Houston, Captain's Timeline

February 18, 1744
Susquehanna River, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Colonial America
Age 19
Augusta, VA, USA
Age 25
Age 28
Age 30
Rowan County, North Carolina, Colonial America
July 28, 1784
Age 40
May 17, 1837
Age 93
Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee, United States
May 17, 1837
Age 93
Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee, United States