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Sir Christopher Houston

Birthplace: Scotland, or, Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, Colonial America
Death: January 6, 1726
Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel 'John' Houston and Margaret Mary Houston
Husband of Martha Houston (Walker)
Father of Samuel L Houston, I; Ann Walker; Jonathan Houston; Robert Houston; Jean Houston and 5 others
Brother of Anne Todd; Sarah Potts; John Houston; Rev. Joseph Houston; William Houston and 2 others

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About Sir Christopher Houston

1. CHRISTOPHER1 HOUSTON was born before 1675 in Scotland.


  1. Name Unknown (JAMES) HOUSTON b. abt. 1698 d. bef 1726
  2. SAMUEL HOUSTON b. abt 1702 d. 1740
  3. MARGARET HOUSTON b. abt 1704 married HUGH LINN
  4. JENNETT "JEAN HOUSTON b. abt 1706
  5. MARTHA HOUSTON b. abt 1708
  6. ROBERT HOUSTON, b. Abt. 1712, Scotland; d. Probably Lancaster Co., Pa..
  7. ANN HOUSTON b. 1714 married on 20 March 1733 to JOHN WALKER (17 Mar 1704 - 17 Nov 1778)
  8. PLACEBO2 HOUSTON. (Name unproven. No document found to date lists this person. He is, however, listed in the book of Fiction, "Courageous Houstons").
  9. JONATHAN HOUSTON. (ficticious person taken from the Fiction novel "Courageous Houstons").



Children info from: &

DOB & DOD from:


For copy of will & other info, See:


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Will of Christopher Houston, 1726, Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle Co. DE [fide Jerry Penley, personal communication, 20 August 2000]

  • December the 6th 1726 Mill Creek Hundred In New Castle County (Delaware)

The last will and testament of Christopher HUSTON.

  • I leave my soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried where my friends think fitt.
    • I Bequeath and leave to my wife the little house which is now a shope to Dwell in and one third part of all my movables Excepting one horse out of the whole which I leave to my son Samuell.
    • I Leave to my son Robert two pounds ten shillings.
    • I Bequeath to my son Samuel the plantation and the horse before excepted with the plow and Takling and to enter to possess next March.
    • I apoint and order that Samuel shall pay to his sisters the sums of fifteen pounds current money of this government that is to say
      • Jean Four pounds
      • to Martha five pounds
      • and to Ann Six pounds
      • all to be paid within four years after the Date here of in Every year of the four one fourth part of the sd fifteen pounds I leave to my son-in-law Hugh LINN Ten Shillings which is owing to me of John Porter BAKER.
    • I do appoint and order that Samuell my son Shall maintain and keep one cow Summer and Winter for the use of his mother enduring her life time and shall give to his mother yearly six Bushell of wheat and Ry.
    • I do leave my son Samuell to pay to his Brother Robert the above sd two pounds ten shillings.
    • I do Leave to my grandchildren Christopher and James HUSTON a bond which I have of Charles SIMONS of three pounds.
    • I do Leave my wife and my son Samuell to be my executors of this my last will and testament being in the perfect use of my Reason as witness my hand and seal the Day and year above written.
  • Signed and sealed in the presence of William McDOWELL Hugh CLARK; Probated January 6, 1726/7. Christopher HUSTON (seal)


  • 'This will identifies Ann Houston as the daughter of Christopher Houston.
  • A Samuel Houston is identified as his son.
  • Samuel died and left a will identifying some of his immediate relations that are also identified in his father's will, showing that he is indeed the son of Christopher.
  • He identifies his sister Ann as "Ann Walker" indicating that she had married by the date of his death, and that her husbands last name was "Walker.

Will of Samuel Houston, 1739, From Wills of Chester County, PA, extracts:

  • Will of Samuel Houston Chester CO., Pa, E. Nottingham farmer
    • listing wife Esther, Mother Martha, with his personal estate later going to Robert, Christopher and James Houston, ANNE WALKER, Margaret Linn, Jennet Linn, and Martha Linn.
  • Commentary: This is from an extract of Chester County wills. [Check original, and add to references]. The Anne Walker mentioned is believed to be Anne Houston Walker, wife of John III. This seems to be the only record referring to any of the Wigton Walker line in this area.


  • Source: 1739, From Wills of Chester County, PA, extracts
    • Commentary:
      • This will identifies Ann as Christopher's daughter.
      • He identifies other daughters under their married names, but Ann is not so identified indicating that at the time of his will Ann was not married.
      • This is consistent with her marriage to John Walker III in 1734.

From: &

DOB: c1676 or earlier;

  • See Christopher Houston (c1676-c1726)/Child DOB Analysis
    • Overall, the available data suggests that Christopher would probably have been born no later than c1676. Loosening up some of the assumptions (ie, a 2 year interval between children, and marriage at 20 years of age) could result in slightly later DOB, but on the whole, c1676 seems plausible. This would have made Samuel 50 years of age at his death. While not unreasonable, an assumption of somewhat greater age would also not be unreasonable. This suggests that he might have been born well before 1676, perhaps as early as 1666. While an even earlier DOB is also possible, it would be somewhat harder to justify. The c1676 DOB seems to be the most justifiable based on present data.

DOD: after December the 6th 1726, but before January 6, 1726/7;

  • Date of Will, and probate date

POD: Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware


Based on Will:

  • Spouse: Martha -- Not named in Will, but identified as mother of son Samuel Houston in his will.
  • Child List:
    • Samuel Houston (c1699-c1736);
    • Robert Houston (c1701-?);
    • Jean Houston - Spouse: ? Linn aka Jeannette;
    • Martha Houston - Spouse: ? Linn;
    • Ann Houston (c1705-c1765) - Spouse: John Walker III (1705-c1776);
    • Margaret Houston (?-?) - Spouse: Hugh Linn (c1705-1785).

Christopher Houston, 1686 - 1726

  • Christopher Houston was born in 1686, at birth place, to John Samuel Houston and Margaret Houston (born McClung).
    • John was born in 1650, in Renfrewshire, Scotland.
    • Margaret was born circa 1668, in Ulster, Northern Ireland.
  • Christopher had 6 siblings: John McClung Houston, Robert Houston and 4 other siblings.
  • Christopher married Unknown.
  • They had 3 children: (John) Robert Houston and 2 other children.
  • Christopher passed away in 1726, at age 40 at death place, Delaware.


New Castle was originally settled by the Dutch West India Company in 1651, under the leadership of Peter Stuyvesant, on the site of a former aboriginal village, "Tomakonck" ("Place of the Beaver"), to assert their claim to the area based on a prior agreement with the aboriginal inhabitants of the area. The Dutch originally named the settlement Fort Casimir, but this was changed to Fort Trinity (Swedish: Trefaldighet) following its seizure by the colony of New Sweden on Trinity Sunday, 1654. The Dutch conquered the entire colony of New Sweden the following year and rechristened the fort Nieuw-Amstel ("New Amstel"). This marked the end of the Swedish colony in Delaware as an official entity, but it remained a semi-autonomous unit within the New Netherland colony and the cultural, social, and religious influence of the Swedish settlers remained strong. As the settlement grew, Dutch authorities laid out a grid of streets and established the town common (The "Green"), which continue to this day.


Mill Creek Hundred is that portion of New Castle County that lies north and east of White Clay Creek and west of Red Clay Creek. Its western boundary follows a portion of the 12 mile arc drawn around the town of New Castle. It was formed from Christiana Hundred in 1710 and was named for Mill Creek that flows through its center

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Sir Christopher Houston's Timeline

Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, Colonial America
Age 15
Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Colonial America
Age 17
Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, Colonial America
Age 18
Walker Creek, Colonial America
Age 18
Pennsylvania, Colonial America
Age 20
Pennsylvania, Colonial America
March 1705
Age 30
Newry, County Armagh and County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Age 35
Age 37