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John David Crockett, The Elder

Also Known As: "Robert", "Archibald"
Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 19, 1777 (50)
Rogersville, Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States (Scalped by Native Americans)
Immediate Family:

Son of William David Crockett, III and Elizabeth Crockett
Husband of Elizabeth Crockett
Father of William John Crockett; Ernestine Crockett; John Wesley Crockett; Robert Crockett; John Alexander Crockett and 6 others
Brother of William Crockett; James Crockett; Mary Crockett and Lt.-Col. Joseph Louis Crockett
Half brother of George Crockett; David Crockett; Hamilton Crockett; Robert Crockett; Sarah Crockett and 4 others

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About John David Crockett, The Elder

There is a patriot David Crockett, who, with William Crockett, were part of the original signatories of the Wautauga Association petition to annex Washington District to the Provincial Congress at Halifax, North Carolina. North Carolina failed to return an answer, yet John Carter, John Sevier, Charles Robertson, and John Hall appeared as delegates at Halifax and were accorded Seats. All the men signing the petition were frontier soldiers, and nearly all fought at King's Mountain." The original list, in the state archives at Raleigh, bears this indorsement: "Received August 22, 1776" (From 'King's Mountain Men,')

David Crockett was killed in 1777 at his home near today's Rogersville, Tennessee, by Indians led by Dragging Canoe who was principal chief of the Chickamauga, or Lower Cherokee, from 1777 until his death in 1792.

David Crockett was Davy Crockett's grandfather. Birth: 1729 Cumberland County Pennsylvania, USA Death: Aug., 1777 Rogersville Hawkins County Tennessee, USA

On the marker place at this spot by the State of Tennessee in 1927; "Here lie David Crockett, and his wife (Elizabeth Hedge), the grandparents of Davy Crockett who were massacred near this spot by Indians in 1777".

This cemetery is also known as "Rogers Cemetery", located on Rogan Road at Crockett Park in Rogersville. GPS N36 24.238 W83 00.525

Davy Crockett was named after his paternal grandfather, David, who was killed in 1777, at his home, near today's Rogersville, Hawkins County, Tennessee, by Indians led by "Dragging Canoe".

(Known to whites as Dragging Canoe, c. 1738 – 1 Mar 1792 was an American Indian war leader who led a dissident band of Cherokee. Dragging Canoe led attacks on white settlements all over the American Southeast, especially against the colonial settlements on the Holston, Watauga, and Nolichucky Rivers in East Tennessee, and the Cumberland River settlements in Middle Tennessee (after 1780), sometimes raiding into Kentucky and Virginia as well. His brothers Little Owl, The Badger, and Turtle-at-Home are known to have taken part in his wars as well). (

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 William D Crockett (1709 - 1770)
 Elizabeth Boulay Crockett (1710 - ____)

 William Crockett (1748 - 1836)*
 John Crockett (1759 - 1834)*

 Elizabeth Hedge Crockett (1730 - 1777)

Burial: Crockett Cemetery Rogersville Hawkins County Tennessee, USA

The elder Davy Crockett, Davy's grandfather, left the settled lands of North Carolina and crossed the mountains into present-day East Tennessee, in search of fresh territory to settle. While his older sons were away with the Revolutionary army at King's Mountain in 1777, the grandfather and his wife, were two of a dozen or so settlers living near present-day Rogersville who were massacred by Creek and Cherokee Indians.

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John David Crockett, The Elder's Timeline

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 21
Frederick County, Virginia, United States
Age 23
Age 26
Virginia, United States
Age 27
August 13, 1755
Age 28
Frederick, Virginia, USA
Age 29
Pennsylvania, United States
Age 29
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Age 36
Berkley, Virginia, USA
Age 38