Saturday, February 18, 2012

Surname Saturday - Houston

John Carroll Houston I (1756 - 1838)
my 4th great grandfather
Son of John Carroll
Son of John Carroll
Daughter of John Carroll
Son of Ada Louise
Daughter of William Philip
daughter of Elsie Louise Roesch
John Carroll Houston I
Talbot Island, Florida
1756-1838
John Carroll Houston I
DAR Presentation
Revolutionary Patriot

John Carroll Houston II was the first child of John Carroll Houston 'I' and Mary Harvey.  He was born ca. 1788 in Beufort, S.C. On May 2,1811 he married Elizabeth Susannah Christopher, born 1797 on Big Talbot Idland, Duval County, Florida.  They were married by the Reverend Miguel Crosby of the Cathedral of St. Augustine, Florida.  Witnesses were Fernando de la Mayo Ardono and Antonia Seony (Scony).  John was about 23 and Elizabeth about 14 years of age.  They lived in Beaufort Carolina, possibly on his fathers plantation in St. Lukes Parish.  In 1814 they appeared as Nominal Residents of Big Talbot Island in the Spanish Census of that date.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Spicer Christopher and his wife Mary Greenwood.  Spicer was the son of John Christopher and Martha Watson. Mary was the daughter of William Greenwood of Virginig and Isabel Bryan of Georgia.


 
John Carroll Houston II
1789-1856
John Carroll Houston III was an Indian scout during the Third Seminole War.  It was in the late 1850's when this pioneer arrived in Eau Gallie, Florida with a company of soldiers on an Indian hunt when the territory was just a wilderness.  He fell in love the the area and decided this was where he wanted to build his home and live. 
  
When the Second Seminole War ended in 1842, Congress passed the Arms Occupation Act.  It gave settlers the opportunity to earn title to 160 acres by building a house, living on the land for five years and cultivating five acres.  Further, that they would have to take up arms to protect themselves from the Indians that remained in Florida. 

Houston returned to Enterprise, Florida and obtained a soldier's land grant for 160 acres.  He returned to Eau Gallie, built his home with the aid of the 10 slaves his father had given him, and with his oldest sons, it took nearly a year to build the first hickory log cabin for his family and quarters for his slaves.  Finally, on October 5, 1860, this pioneer returned to Enterprise for his family.  It took three weeks to drive the covered wagons hauled by oxen and the herd of cattle and horses. Houston, after homesteading for two years, was deeded an additional 80 acres of land by Abraham Lincoln for his services as an Indian Scout. 
John Carroll Houston III
1813-1885

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